4. McSalad Shakers from McDonald’s
Around the turn of the millennium, folks were beginning to pile on McDonald’s for their unhealthy foods that were making kids obese.
So, McDonald’s decided to try to answer the critics, and make healthy eating fun, by coming up with a new, fun product. Enter the McSalad Shakers, which were a fun take on the traditional salad that McDonald’s usually serves up.
The McSalad Shakers came in three styles, the Chef, the Grilled Chicken Caesar, and the Garden. Along with the core ingredients, the McSalad Shakers also has green salad mix (usually romaine), ham, turkey, cheddar AND jack cheese (because, you can never, ever get enough cheese), chopped eggs, and chopped tomato and green onions.
What made the McSalad Shaker unique is that, once you add your choice of salad dressing, you would “shake up” the cup that it came in, and mix the dressing and all of the other ingredients inside. There you go, you have a McSalad Shaker!
Sounds generic, right? Well, that’s because it was.
The only thing that separated the McSalad Shakers from their traditional salads was that you could shake up the former, which was more aimed at kids than adults. If that was the case, why didn’t McDonald’s just come up with junior salads just for the kiddos? Also, what amount of condiments you got in your McSalad Shaker really depended on the person making them. One time, I went to my local McDonald’s to try the Shaker, and, no lie, most of the cup was filled with romaine lettuce. Like, I could actually count the amount of ham and cheese that was in it.
All the McSalad Shakers were was a cup of salad. That’s it.
Fortunately, McDonald’s realized that they could just push their regular salads harder and make them better, without the shaking, so they discontinued it. Not long afterward, McDonald’s aimed to get kids to eat better by replacing the fries in Happy Meals with apple sticks.