Top 10 Failed McDonalds Products

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In an effort to stay in addition to the match, new menu items were sometimes tried out by McDonalds. Some of them become an excellent success while some are destined to fail before they even start. This list looks at 10 of the worst McDonalds products which vanished completely or dropped into obscurity. Feel free to mention your own favorite worst products in the opinions.


Mc Gratin Croquette

This special McDonalds hamburger designed for the Japanese Marketplace was a dismal failure. Why did it fail? Maybe it was the fact that it included mashed potatoes, shrimp, and a deep fried Macaroni. Maybe it was the fact that it was served on a bed of cabbage? Or maybe it was the name which actually is unlike anything. Despite all its failings, it does appear as a seasonal offering in areas of Japan. This won wins the prize that is neglect not for losing cash, but for being terrible. For your viewing enjoyment we’ve included a video clip of a Japanese advert for this abomination.




The Hulaburger was the most renowned flop of Ray Krok (the guy who purchased the small time McDonalds business and turned it into the mega-franchise we understand now). The hamburger was aimed. It was essentially a cheeseburger but with a piece of pineapple rather than meat. The hamburger was a catastrophe unlike the Filet O Fish which was being promoted at the exact same time by a Cincinnati franchise.



The McDLT (McDonalds Lettuce and Tomato) was sold in a new type of packaging. The bottom and meat half of the bun were prepared individually from top half of the bun, tomato, American cheese, pickles, sauces, and the lettuce. Both were subsequently packaged into a specially constructed two sided container. The consumer was subsequently anticipated to finalize preparation of the sandwich by combining the cool and hot sides only prior to eating. The first issue was that the packaging was unwieldy but even worse: who needs to purchase fast food after which put it themselves? The atrocious video above is nearly reason enough for this unbelievable failure of a product. It stars the famed Jason Alexander in one of the most horrible adverts from the 80s. This hamburger really put together for you, as the Big N Tasty, and finally found its way back to McDonalds rebranded, restyled.


Arch Deluxe

Arch Deluxe Composition

The Arch Deluxe was placed by mcDonalds with a classy, grown up flavor as a burger for grownups. Arch Deluxe advertising revealed children making faces, turning their noses up at the new adult hamburger. They revealed Ronald participated in adult activities like pool and golf. And the effect of spending $100 million over on the Arch Deluxe effort? They teed off one of the priciest campaigns in history as one Wall Street analyst put it, and we estimate that comparable store sales were down for the quarter. A leading management shakeup followed soon afterwards. [Source]




What did it fail? The cost! Who needs to spend $5.99 on a fast food hamburger that you understand will not fill your hunger? And lets face it it seems like someone threw up in a bun! This merchandise is really still accessible in Maine and sometimes in some Canadian franchises. Honestly, if you need lobster, you arent going to go to McDonalds to get it. Maybe next year they are going to introduce the McCaviar or the McFoieGras.



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In his 1977 autobiography CEO Ray Kroc prohibited the firm from selling hot dogs, regardless of possible demand, as he regarded them as unhygienic; yet, hot dogs were introduced in the late 1990s at some midwestern located shops (at the choice of the franchise-holder) as a summer thing. UK Shops sold Hot Dogs during the late nineties on the McChoice menu (after PoundSaver). Additionally, at least one American eatery offered Oscar Mayer hot dogs at a while, and McDonalds places at SkyDome and Toronto Metro Zoo in Toronto offered hot dogs until 1999. Hot dogs were accessible in 2001, and have been reintroduced for 2009 in Tokyo places, dubbed the McHot Dog. Despite many efforts to restore the McHotdog, it simply never sticks.



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In the mid-nineties, McDonalds determined to go into the pizza company; the ensuing pizza was bland (like much of McDs food offerings), and most individuals who really needed pizza went to a pizza place like they always had. Its frachisees and the company were left on the hook for new ovens that were high-priced and widened drive through windows that werent desired. McPizza was slowly left, and saturation advertising wasnt enough to alter the pizza customs of everyday Americans, and usually forgotten. Why did this product fail? In a nutshell, folks didnt connect McDonalds with pizza and they could get pizza that is better elsewhere. [Source]



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After testing pasta in the South in 1989, McDonalds started examining a pasta-based menu at 40 units across Rochester, N.Y. in September 1991, including lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, and spaghetti with meatballs. In early 1990s a Fresh Dinner Menu was analyzed for 612 months at two places in Tennessee and New York. It consisted of the aforementioned pizza but contained spaghetti, lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, and roasted chicken as entrees. The side dishes contained gravy and mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley. Like the McPizza, folks simply were bore in eating pasta at McDonalds. Lately the firm attempted pasta meals for children in New Zealand and Australia both states are removing them (or contemplating it) from their menus as a result of low demand.




What’s the worst thing you could maybe do when widespread famine in Africa is all over the news? Release and marketplace a McAfrica hamburger something to chow down on while observing the poor starving kids on TV. The trouble with this merchandise wasn’t in the flavor that is inferior, it was in the inferior taste time of the advertising campaign. This isn’t the first time McDonalds made this error in 2002 they released the McAfrika in Norway which included vegetables and steak in pita bread. The backlash was severe in all shops selling the merchandise so McDonalds place gift boxes for famine relief. To a McHolocaust later on, maybe we can look forward with such exceptional advertising.


McLean Deluxe

The first difficulty with this hamburger was that guys were turned off it (much like Diet Coke which lead to Coke Zero). The next issue was its flavor. In the advert above you see that it was being marketed by McDonalds as low fat but tastes wonderful but it didnt. Was replaced with water but it was combined with carrageenan seaweed to you and me to make the water remain in the meat. The hamburger had a small market, tasted terrible, and failed dismally which is actually no surprise.

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Jamie Frater

Jamie is the creator of Listverse. He spends his time cooking, doing research for new lists, and working on the website. He’s fascinated with all things weird and morbid.

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