If you grew up in the ‘80s or ‘90s, this list will give you a jolt of nostalgia for back-in-the-day golden arches. We’re taking this opportunity to look back at some of our favorite ‘90s McDonalds memories.
McDonald’s birthday parties:
If you grew up in the ‘80s or ‘90s, you definitely attended a birthday party at McDonald’s. You’d HAVE to bug someone to take your photo next to Ronald McDonald on the bench (for you youngins, selfies didn’t exist back then) while you rocked a silly McDonald’s birthday hat like you were king of the world. And though you may have come for the McDonald’s playground and must-have Happy Meal toys, you stayed for that insane ice cream cake, which tasted like the best thing ever.
Doing a stint in burger jail:
Officer Big Mac was a giant cheeseburger in an officer’s uniform that basically had bars for teeth and a place in the hearts of ‘80s and ‘90s children. A mainstay at McDonald’s playgrounds, Officer Big Mac was the perfect way to get kids to sit in one place -- albeit, behind bars.
From Ronald McDonald to Grimace to everyone’s favorite bandit, Hamburglar, McDonald’s characters were a group of characters from the fictional world of McDonaldland, which was created in 1971 and became the basis for some of the chain’s commercials and Happy Meal toys through the ‘90s. The characters even starred in an animated show in the late ‘90s, “The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald.” While the characters are no longer part of McDonald’s marketing, these weird little creatures remain burned in the brain of every ‘80s and ‘90s kid.
The McNugget Buddies:
Yes, they were some of the McDonaldland characters we already covered, but they deserve a special shoutout. I mean, look at them! Don’t even get us started about those collectable McNugget Halloween toys…
Teenie Beanie Babies:
Who could forget the ‘90s Beanie Baby craze? These plush animal toys flew off the shelves, becoming the most fought-after Christmas toy at the time. But McDonald’s fans got a chance to get Teenie Beanie Babies, the even cuter, smaller cousin to original Beanie Babies, for free. As part of a Happy Meal deal, McDonald’s gave away Teeny Beanie Babies -- to the tune of 100 million in their first 1997 promotion alone.
The Cheddar Melt:
The beef patty topped with a cheddar cheese sauce and grilled onions, as the 1990 ad suggested, was a “big, bold taste too good to be true.” Complex magazine named it one of the best limited-time fast food menu items of all time, dubbing it “the greatest grilled cheese sandwich ever.” The Cheddar Melt has made brief appearances in some locations since the early ‘90s, but for most of us, our only option is to reminisce about the good old days -- like folks have been doing on this Facebook group dedicated to the beloved back-in-the-day burger.
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