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How Much 12 Classic Fast-Food Items Used to Cost

Find out what your favorites cost back in the day.

McDonald’s Big Mac

Lodz, Poland, January 5, 2018 McDonald's Big Mac night, Christmas tree in background, McDonald's was founded in 1940 as restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in USAGrzegorz Czapski/Shutterstock

In 1967, when McDonald’s introduced the sandwich that became iconic, it cost 45 cents. The price remained about a dollar through much of the 1970s, but it has gone up since. These days, the cost of two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, and onions on a sesame seed bun ranges around the world. In New York City in 2018, a Big Mac would set you back $ 5.09, according to Business Insider.

Wendy’s Frosty

frosty sizesCourtesy The Wendy's Company

This confection has retained its value over time. When Wendy’s first opened in 1969, a Frosty cost 35 cents. More than 50 years later, a small Classic Frosty is just 99 cents.

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