The top 9 McDonald’s retired menu items we need back

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Many meals come and go at McDonald’s, we need these retired items back!

Have you ever gone to your favorite fast food joint, tried something, and fell in love with it? Yeah, me too. Unfortunately, one day you may go to order one, and it’s gone. Much to our dismay, that seems to happen a lot, and McDonald’s is no exception.

Menu items from fast food joints across the globe will come and go just as fast as we can get our hands on one.

In the following pages, we’ll be looking at eight of McDonald’s most favorite menu items that have been discontinued. Be sure to drop us a note in the comments if any of these were your past favorites, and which you’d be willing to sign a petition to do just that!

These nine McDonald’s menu items have been retired

1. Chicken Selects

This is probably one of the most well-known menu items that have since been retired. They were first introduced back in 2004 and taken off the menu in 2015. Since then, they’ve been brought back a few times for limited time, but never stuck around.

These were McDonald’s Chicken Fingers, essentially. As a bonus little fact here, their Snack Wraps (one of my most favorite things from McDonald’s ever) were made with these Chicken Selects as well, it was a Chicken Finger Wrap.

2. Fruit and Walnut Salad

This really wasn’t an actual salad, technically. It was a container that had a big section full of sliced red and green apples, followed by two smaller containers; one was full of yogurt, and one was filled with walnuts.

This was first introduced back in 2005, around the time of the Chicken Selects, and taken off the menu just two years prior in 2013.

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3. Mighty Wings

The Mighty Wings were just introduced first seven years ago in 2013 and taken off shortly after, really. Essentially, these were McDonald’s take at Bone-In Chicken Wings. They were covered in a spicy breading.

The sales of these were so bad that at one point, McDonald’s had severely reduced the price of them! Ouch!

4. Fish McBites

I’m unsure of when these were first initially introduced; however, they were discontinued in 2013, and evidently didn’t last super long. Heads up, though, because if the Filet-O-Fish didn’t sound appealing to you, then neither will these.

These were little nuggets, little square pieces of breaded whitefish served battered and fried, and then served with a tiny little tub of Tartar sauce for dipping.

5. Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich

This is probably one of the oldest and most original menu items that have since been discontinued. This was first introduced all the way back in 1979 (wow).

Basically, this was McDonald’s attempt at doing something different. This Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich was essentially a ‘longer’ burger served a sub roll. It looked more like an actual sandwich than a burger, so eat up and enjoy!

6. McHotDog

This particular menu item was something that was mainly released in the midwestern locations of the beloved franchise; however, as of 2019, there were still some known Japanese locations that still had it on their menus.

This was originally released back in 1995. As Ray Kroc said it himself:

"“There’s no telling what’s inside a hot dog’s skin, and our standard of quality just wouldn’t permit that kind of item.”"

7. Onion Nuggets

These Onion Nuggets were originally released in tandom with the Beefsteak Sandwich as kind of like their little companion/perfect sandwich to side mashup! They do actually sound pretty good because they’re basically just like an Onion Ring minus the donut hole in the middle!

I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a little ball of fried Onions? Crazy people, I tell ya!

8. McLobster

This one was originally sold at Canadian locations, and I’m pretty sure that it did just that! This was essentially McDonald’s very own version of an ever-so-classic Lobster Roll that was originally released all the way back in 1993.

Here’s a quick fact about it and why it wasn’t on the menu for very super long, even though you still could potentially get it in the Atlantic Canada/New England regions during the Summer, must you find yourself truly wanting to look into it:

"After some supply issues and the fact that it wasn’t profitable, they discontinued it not long after."

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9. McPizza

Finally, as a bonus here, I feel like I couldn’t complete this without purring the McPizza on this list! First of all, it does look pretty good actually! They were unfortunately only being sold at two locations at the time: one in Ohio and one in Virginia.

This was added to the McDonald’s menus back in the 1980s. Essentially, it was a family-sized pizza that was eventually shrunken down to more of a personal pizza-style size!

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If we missed any of your faves, be sure to drop us a comment down below!

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