Always innovative, McDonald's. Since 1940, the fast food restaurant has changed its menu to keep customers interested. Not all dishes are still available today. Mighty Wings, McDLT, and McPizza? Here are the old menu items.
"But McDonald's has apple pie," you say. Not as it was on 1960s US menus. The fruit turnover was fried in hot oil to create a crisp, flaky crust. No one knows why the recipe was changed in the early 1990s. Others believe the adjustment was made to prevent customers from scorching their tongues.
McDonaldland Cookies were little, crunchy biscuits like Animal Crackers. They were shaped like Ronald McDonald, Grimace, Hamburglar, Birdie, and Captain Crook were sold in the US in 1974. They disappeared in the 1990s.
In the 1970s, when McDonald's was still working out its menu, US locations sold McSpaghetti. Pasta, marinara, meatballs, and cheese. In the Philippines, it's served with fried chicken in some restaurants.
McDonald's created the McDLT in the mid-1980s to combat soggy salad in burgers. Styrofoam separated the hot beef patty and bun from the lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickle, sauce, and other bun half. The box was discontinued since it wasn't eco-friendly.
Few remember McDonald's Pizza from the 1980s and 1990s. It had cheese, pepperoni, green pepper, and onion on four pieces. Slow cooking times and other issues, such a too-big box for the drive-thru, hampered its long-term success.
McDonald's, known for its McNuggets, rarely sells bone-in chicken. Mighty Wings was released in 1990. The US sold crispy bone-in chicken wings until 2003 and twice subsequently. They were extremely hot, though.
In the early 1990s, McLean Deluxe was 91% fat-free. It had 10g (0.35oz) of fat compared to the Big Mac's 26g (0.92oz) and was made juicy with seaweed extract. McDonald's customers at the time weren't interested in low-fat cuisine, thus it wasn't successful.
This upscale fast food debuted in 1992. Since then, it has appeared on Canadian and New England summer menus. Claw, knuckle, and leg meat in a hot dog bun with lettuce and lobster sauce costs £5 ($7).