10 Cancelled McDonald’s Items That People Still Talk About (Part 3)

Over the years McDonald’s did some tinkering
with their menu as one would do if one was a giant fast-food chain. Some of the tinkering was met with approval
and that meant that the menu item was here to stay. Others, however, didn’t make it and soon
disappeared from the public menu if not from the public memory. Fondly remembered or not, here are 10 canceled
McDonald’s items that people still talk about part 3. Jalapeño Double The Jalapeño Double was test marketed, found
to be lacking, and quickly removed from the public menu just as fast as it had appeared. And while the US website still has a page
for the now-defunct item, there’s no image there. Maybe McDonald’s is so embarrassed about
the Jalapeño Double that they want to erase it from everyone’s memory. But that’s neither fair to the sandwich
nor to the customers who took to online forums and social media asking about whatever happened
to their favorite sandwich. You see, even for its short and brief life,
and despite the fact that the Jalapeño Double was officially being test-marketed only, it
had managed to create a loyal fan base. So why, oh why, was it pulled off the menu
even when it was selling like hot cakes? Or was it? The answer comes from deep inside the McDonald’s
franchise itself. It seems the sandwich wasn’t the success
story the online ravings make it to be. Some outlets would go whole days without selling
a single sandwich. Add to that the fact that Jalapeño doesn’t
have a long shelf life, which meant that most of the sandwiches were being thrown in the
trash by the end of the day instead of landing on paying customers’ trays, and you start
to get a clear idea of why the Jalapeño Double was an embarrassment to the company. The McHot Dog McDonald’s has a long history with hot dogs. In fact, hot dogs were the backbone of the
McDonald’s menu long before burgers became the staple of the franchise. So it’s only natural to dig out a few hot
dog skeletons buried deep in the McDonald’s closet. And this one really rattles. See, once the fast food giant realized that
people were all about burgers and it was long over for hot dogs, the smart executives made
the switch rather quickly. The decision not only ensured the survival
of the franchise but helped make it the multi-billion dollar global brand it is today. However, some people were still harking back
to the early beginnings of hot dogs and pickles. And those people wanted to reintroduce hot
dogs to the menu just in case the customers were feeling just as nostalgic as the top
executives of the franchise were. Enter the McHot Dog. The retro sandwich made its entrance with
a lot of marketing fanfare in the 1980s. And it had tried to stay true to its origins. It was a hot dog in a bun with some mustard
and ketchup. Just the way hot dogs have been served for
decades throughout the 20th century. But either the unimaginative sandwich had
failed to entice the customers or people were too attached to burgers and weren’t willing
to let go – the result was the demise of the McHot Dog after clinging on to its place on
the menu for over 10 years. Fish McBites For a while now McDonald’s has been seeing
its sales decline or remain flat at best. And just like every living thing, a flat line
is never a good sign. So to bring some life back to sales, the marketing
folks decided to bring in the heavy guns. And by heavy guns we mean introduce a single
new item to the Happy Meal menu. Something that hasn’t been done for a decade. So you’d think that for 10 years they’ve
been working hard on a secret menu item that would take the fast food market by storm. Well, it turns out that the secret weapon
was the humble Fish McBites. It coincided with Lent and cautiously McDonald’s
added the new item as a seasonal side dish. Now you might be wondering how a seasonal
item would revitalize sales and ignite the appetites of the weary customers. And it’s a good question. Because the answer, of course, is that it
wouldn’t. Foodies everywhere just had a lukewarm response
at best to the fishy bites while the general public just ignored it. And since it didn’t help sales much, if
at all, the item was briskly removed from the menu and the marketing department hoped
that nobody would notice. Some people did notice though and they keep
asking about the fishy nuggets from time to time. Because no one wants to break apart their
Fillet-O-Fish into little pieces trying to recreate the Fish McBite experience. McRib The McRib had two appearances on the public
menu and both of them were brief. In 1980 the pork sandwich was test-marketed. The results were encouraging enough to make
it to the official menu in 1981. But right from the start, there was something
off about it. Maybe it was the oblong slab of pork with
the barbecue sauce. Even back in the ‘80s where appetites were
easier to satisfy and customers were less finicky, the McRib just couldn’t cut the
mustard, so to speak. As sales kept declining, the plug was pulled
on the pork sandwich in 1985. At the time it was stated that pork is just
not a big hit in the US market. Some customers expressed their dissatisfaction
and demanded the return of their favorite sandwich. So in 1989, the McRib returned with a whole
new sandwich. Only it was just the same old slab of boneless
pork smothered with barbecue sauce, onions, and pickles stuffed in a roll. This time it was offered as a promotion and
it stayed on and off until 2005. The McRib remains a staple of the public menu
in countries like Germany where it has been a popular item. But in the US its journey finally came to
an abrupt end after a McRib Farewell Tour. Which is a fitting ending to a sandwich that
couldn’t capture the spirit of the times. Well, the times keep changing and the McRib
does seem to make an appearance here and there every so often, however rare. So never give up hope, this one might just
turn up again at a Big M near you – and then disappear just as fast. Chicken Fajita The McDonald’s Chicken Fajita has loyal
customers in the American market who still carry fond memories about it. Some went even so far as to start campaigns
on social media to bring it back. One such campaign, after pointing out that
the item is still available in some locations in Canada but nowhere in the US, declares
that such “type of regional menu discrimination is unfair to Americans who also deserve these
‘lighter choices’, or at least a chicken fajita.” And that’s the voice of fans who miss their
chicken fajita so bad they can’t imagine their life without it. And ignoring that part about geopolitical
envy since Canadians finally get to enjoy something that’s not available in the US,
we can only otherwise empathize with these sentiments. Another campaign on Facebook was met with
the same fate. It seems that the chicken fajita has left
the US for good. The chicken fajitas were on the dollar menu
and were just as yummy as they sounded. They contained chicken, cheese, onions, green
and red bell peppers, all rolled in a flour tortilla. You could also request packets of Picante
sauce with it and enjoy a flavorful and yummy meal. But for some reason, the sandwich wasn’t
a huge success and around 2013 it was finally retired to the chagrin of at least 50 signees
of the petition to bring it back. McLean Deluxe It was the 1990s. The ‘80s were over and simple fatty meals
were a thing of the past. Customers were starting to question what their
sandwiches were stuffed with and whether it was healthy to eat fried stuff day in day
out without having their hearts pay the price. McDonald’s couldn’t ignore the rising
murmurs of discontent any longer, what with the declining sales and the other fast food
chains offering healthy alternatives. So McDonald’s came up with their own version
of healthy sandwiches. The McLean. Touted as having 91% less fat than a normal
sandwich. And that doesn’t sound bad at all. For years, having a burger with so little
fat was something foodies only had in their dreams. But now it was a reality at long last. And the secret? Well, you’d better not ask. Because you might not like the answer. But if you must know then it’s the seaweed
which makes the burger leaner and less fatty. Without fat how would you make the burger
tasty? Well, beef flavors were used to make the sandwich
more appealing. As you can imagine a lot of fiddling went
on behind the scenes and the end product wasn’t as tasty as anybody had hoped, including the
health conscious advocates. Which is why after one year, the whole idea
was buried deep in the basement never to be talked about again. Hot & Spicy McChicken The idea behind the Hot & Spicy McChicken
was simple. Get a toasted wheat bun, slice it open and
stuff it with a breaded chicken patty, some lettuce, and mayonnaise. Voila. Simple and tasty with a dash of fresh veggies
to satisfy those people worried about eating fried chicken every day. What could go wrong? Well, a lot actually. Lack of flavors and the chicken patty was
a little dry. So after disappointing sales, it was pulled
off. The Hot & Spicy McChicken made its debut in
January 2006, but a short six months later, because of slow sales, it was discontinued. The Hot & Spicy McChicken made a brief comeback
in 2013 when McDonald’s decided to add the sandwich to what was then their Dollar Menu. This time the honeymoon lasted a full eight
months before the item was pulled again. While the Hot & Spicy McChicken was still
available in some southern McDonald’s locations, it vanished for good in June 2015, never to
be heard from again…that is until Mickey D’s decides to give it a try one more time. McDonald’s Brownie Melts A blast from the not-so-distant past. Brownie Melts were a delicious treat that
both children and adults adored. Now to be fair we need to add hastily that
they were a bit of an acquired taste. They were brownies dunked in hot chocolate
and drizzled with icing. Some people swore by them while others thought
they were too sweet and messy. Well, to each their own, we say. But the fact remains that they were quite
popular for some time on the menu until McDonald’s decided they weren’t going to sell them
anymore. That was in 2010. But you could tell the decision created seismic
shifts in the culinary world as customers looked around frantically for something to
fill the sugary void in their diet. McPhilly Cheesesteak The Philly Cheesesteak is a popular sandwich,
so when McDonald’s decided to “borrow” the concept and create its own fast food version,
fans of the restaurant were quite excited. Only, as we have seen over and over again,
that not all good ideas translate into compelling products. In fact, all the items on this list prove
that you can’t trust a concept until millions of customers have come back to buy it. McDonald’s found that out the hard way. The outcry of the customers could be heard
in almost every outlet where the bad copy of the original thing was sold. People called it every name they could think
of. And they had every right to be disappointed. The McPhilly Cheesesteak was nothing like
the original one. It was messy, and pricey too. It still had a few things going for it, like
how it had fewer calories than the Big Mac. But that didn’t save its fall from grace
and like many other items on this list, it was swiftly swept under the rug and never
mentioned in the company’s meeting rooms ever again. Cheesy Bacon Fries Up until recently, if you landed on the McDonald’s
US website that used to rave about cheesy bacon fries, you would have seen a surprising
message asking, “How did you get here?” While the McDonald’s Chessy Bacon Fries
had vanished from the menu, it seems this disappearing act is back for at least one
last curtain call. While Cheesy Bacon Fries used to be a regular
thing, and they are still served in several countries across the world, the fact that
McDonald’s had removed the item from their menu without even an explanation tells us
that the cheesy thing wasn’t the success it originally hoped to be. Which is fine. We get it. These things happen and you can’t always
expect your food experts toiling away in the bowels of your food labs to churn out one
culinary hit after another. There’s bound to be some duds. But never one to give up, it looks like Mickey
D’s are trying again with this new limited US release. A major business publication reviewed McDonald’s
cheesy bacon fries and came to the conclusion that it was a “gross, mucky mess of gobbed
cheese.” That’s kind of harsh though. Considering that you’re getting three of
the most popular fast food ingredients in one nifty box. To McDonald’s credit, they never intended
the item as a side dish. It was originally conceived and marketed as
a snack. Something to munch on when the afternoon hunger
hit. But somewhere along the way between the drawing
table and the drive-thru window, something went wrong. You could blame it on the paper box that doesn’t
do a good job of keeping the cheese from creating a surrealist painting all over the snack. Whatever the reason, it seems all that cheese-bacon-fries
goodness from McDonald’s wasn’t meant to be. Or was it? Wendy’s has their own take on this idea,
the Baconator fries, and they seem to be doing well! So it looks like McDonald’s are giving these
fries another chance. But get em while you can because chances are
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  2. The hot and spicy is still available in Arizona; but we don’t have the regular mcchicken 😭😭😭

  3. I remember the chicken fajitas commercial when I was younger.
    "Chicken Fajitasssssssss, 2 for just 2.99, 2 for just 2.99"
    The campaign definitely worked because the song is now playing my head 20 years later. The fajitas really brought me back… I love it ❤️

  4. McDonald's is ass now there's nothing new on that menu that stays… Everything on there been on that menu since I was a kid.. and there prices keep going up

  5. We have the McRib every year through November and part of December. People go insane over it. They get livid when it’s over for the year. But it does come around every single year.

  6. The hot dogs? Anyone? Or maybe they were bratwursts, but they came with 2 per meal. I was in E. Lansing Mi in 2003 and just stopped and thought, that just isn't right, I don't know why. Nevermind. Spoke too soon

  7. they just keep getting lower and lower in quality as time goes on with all there new products …and the customer sees it and stop buying…this happens with all McDonald products they suck…..the food is of lowest quality…D rating at most..McDonald dont care they just see the bottom line MONEY.

  8. Those Bacon cheesy fries were mediocre & what happened to those big verison Snack wraps they came in three flavors and I think they even did a beef one like back in 2014

  9. 1:55 that's a lie watch the founder "original founders" (Mac and dick McDonald not Ray (c) krok ) were very strict on what food they served there menu was strictly burger soda shake and fries and a hot dog being served the person serving a mc hotdog would be fired

  10. One can't blame the McDonald's corporation. One doesn't know if a food item is going to be a success or failure until it's tried.

  11. Honestly the hot and spicy Mc chicken just looks and sounds like the junior chicken??? Like there’s even a little spice to it, at least here in Canada :/

  12. This really brought back some old memories. I love the section about the McRib. You need to update the video as the McRib is brought back pretty much every Christmas. We have a tradition of getting McRib sandwiches, taking them home and decorating our Christmas tree.

  13. i want the mc rib back & mighty wings back and also their double jalapeno Burger back on thier regular menu.

  14. In the Chicago Market, we get the McRib Every year at the start of Football Season & we just had both the Jalepeno Burger & Spicy McChicken. They both come around often.

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