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11 McDonald’s Menu Items That Totally Failed


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In the late ’80s and early ’90s, McDonald’s tried adding pasta products to their menu. A spaghetti-and-meatballs dish is the best-known, but they also tried fettuccine Alfredo and lasagna. Rumor has it that they were trying to compete with Italian-inspired fast food, like Domino’s and Pizza Hut. But as it turned out, consumers just weren’t interested in eating spaghetti at McDonald’s. Check out the coolest McDonald’s locations in the world.

Onion Nuggets

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If you think these sound like a wacky variation on the old favorite, McNuggets, you’d be incorrect—they actually debuted before McNuggets! Onion Nuggets, introduced in the 1970s, were chunks of onion, fried, breaded, and served with dipping sauce. This unusual marriage of onion rings and chicken nuggets proved pretty unpopular. Luckily, though, the company would introduce Chicken McNuggets in 1980, and the rest is history.

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