I had a greasy, delicious happy meal with orange soda and even got a kickass toy! Oh and we also visited space. And had a planet named Pluto. Kid: Mind = Blown.
That will be the next “when I was your age, I got a candy bar for 5c and gas was 20c/gallon” apparently.
Here’s some exciting (rolls eyes) excerpts of the news about happy meals taken from the NY Times.
Bowing to pressure from health advocates and parents, is putting the Happy Meal on a .
The company announced Tuesday that it would more than halve the amount of French fries and add fruit to its popular children’s meal in an effort to reduce the overall calorie count by 20 percent.
But McDonald’s appeasement only went so far. A toy will still come with each Happy Meal despite criticism that the trinkets, often with tie-ins to movies like “Toy Story,” foster a powerful connection between children and the often calorie-laden meals.
While Happy Meals account for less than 10 percent of all McDonald’s sales, the signature box and its contents — first introduced in 1979 — have become a favorite target in recent years. Lawmakers and consumers have rallied around breaking that childhood link between toys and fast food, with the efforts increasing as Michelle Obama and national public health officials point to the estimated 17 percent rate of among the nation’s youths.
San Francisco, for example, has banned the inclusion of toys in children’s meals unless certain nutritional requirements are met. A New York City councilman is proposing a similar law.
The new Happy Meals will be introduced in September and rolled out across the company’s 14,000 restaurants by April 2012. They will all include apple slices, but in a smaller amount of three to five slices than the current eight to 10 offered as an alternative. (The Apple Dippers also will be renamed after the company phases out the caramel dipping sauce, according to Tuesday’s announcement.)
“It’s a trade-off between everybody getting a small portion and 10 percent of kids getting a larger portion, which is better than nothing and maybe will accustom kids to eating fresh fruits and vegetables when they go out to eat,” Mr. Jacobson said.
Parents will have the option of requesting more fruit or, possibly at a later date, vegetables instead of fries. McDonald’s will also offer a fat-free chocolate milk option, along with the option of low-fat milk or the traditional soda. The price is not expected to change.
Today’s Happy Meal with chicken nuggets has 520 calories and 26 grams of fat, and the reconstituted version, with 1 percent milk, will total 410 calories and 19 grams of fat, according to the company.
Are you kidding me? Remember when it was more about parents controlling how often a kid had a happy meal, rather than controlling what’s in a happy meal? You can’t remove the toys just because it “fosters a powerful connection between children and the often calorie-laden meals.” That’s retarded.
Okay, I get why McDonald’s has to do it, but really? Lawsuits over the health content? How is that even stand up in court? McDonald’s does not claim to have “Healthy food.” Just because people enjoy their food does not mean they are at fault for anything.
This is totally ridiculous.
I get social responsibility and all that jazz, but I also get that McDonald’s is all about being a fast-food restaurant. No matter how hard they try, they will not be a fresh, healthy-food destination, so why try? Subway already has that locked down.
Take away some of the fries…and the caramel dipping sauce…and give less apples. Really? Stupid. And not give a toy!? LUDICROUS!
Read the rest: here