The Absolute Biggest Flops In McDonald's History

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McDonald's is one of the most successful fast food chains of all time, but it's also had its fair share of failures. Some of them were flawed to begin with, while others were done in by circumstances beyond their control. Keep watching to discover the biggest flops in McDonald's history.
Way back in the 80s, McDonald's decided to up its cachet by adding some continental swagger to its humble homegrown burgers and fries. Banking on the idea that everybody loves pasta, the chain launched a spaghetti and meatballs meal that went by the name of McSpaghetti. But despite the general popularity of spaghetti, it was difficult to convince customers why they should orderi Italian pasta with tomato sauce at a burger joint. Anyone can make spaghetti at home, while it's a lot harder to reproduce Big Macs and McDonald's fries.
McDonald's learned this lesson fairly quickly and McSpaghetti was discontinued when it was still in its al dente phase. If you feel you somehow missed out on this historic flop, you should know that tomato sauce-doused McSpaghetti still lives on in the Philippines. Considerably closer to home, the largest McDonald's restaurant in the world, which is in Orlando, Florida, also offers McSpaghetti and other McPasta dishes such as lasagna and fettuccine Alfredo to curious customers.
Watch the video for the biggest flops in McDonald's history.
#McDonalds #FastFood #Restaurants
McSpaghetti | 0:00
McPizza | 1:14
McHotDog | 2:34
Hula Burger | 3:38
Fish McBites | 4:43
McLobster and Crab Cakes | 5:58
McDLT | 7:17
Mighty Wings | 8:41
McAfrika | 9:54
Arch Deluxe | 11:24
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  • Which of these flops do you think was the worst idea?

    MashedMashed12 օր առաջ
    • Hula burger, a slice of pineapple on a bun.... get outta here!

      Oscar Azocar fanOscar Azocar fan7 օր առաջ
    • This video which I'm 💯 certain you've done before.

      aDg 2k18aDg 2k189 օր առաջ
    • The Mcspaghetti. The crab cake sandwich wasn't too bad, but the price and availability killed it. I just happened to be visiting Chincoteague and saw it on the menu and tried it. At $7.99 I could have had a better sandwich anywhere else.

      Gregg GossGregg Goss9 օր առաջ
    • The worst idea was the Hula Burger, I can see why it was discontinued.

      Elizabeth BinghamElizabeth Bingham12 օր առաջ
    • The mclobster was nasty, and you forgot to mention the big xtra and the big xtra with cheese from the early 2000's

      Nelson ViveirosNelson Viveiros12 օր առաջ
  • I miss the jalapeño mcdouble

    Joe SullivanJoe Sullivan16 ժամ առաջ
  • Soggy lettuce and tomato ...George is getting angry.

    Mr EdMr Ed2 օր առաջ
  • Not watching your channel anymore. Way too many commercials.

    B KampB Kamp4 օր առաջ
  • Honestly though little sad even though they were a flop it is a lost that don’t affect them

    Salemchevy GamingSalemchevy Gaming7 օր առաջ
  • The Mclobster is by far my favorite!!!

    mike tmike t7 օր առաջ
  • How come none of these ever include the bratwurst?

    Don MillerDon Miller7 օր առաջ
  • You forgot about the McChicken in the late 70’s that was to complete with KFC. Not a sandwich but actual pieces (not formed) that were high pressure, deep fried. Our store didn’t sell enough to keep the bin stocked so it was made to order. Twenty minutes later you got your food. It was there when I started in ‘77 and I would guess it was pulled out sometime in 1978. I worked at a company owned store not a franchise.

    Shari CartwrightShari Cartwright7 օր առաջ
  • I loved the Arch Deluxe

    Nancy ReichenbachNancy Reichenbach7 օր առաջ
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the Mighty Wings.

    Beau AudirschBeau Audirsch7 օր առաջ
  • The McDLT is still my favorite burger.

    MightyBifferMightyBiffer8 օր առաջ
  • I liked, and had the chance to cook, the McDLT.

    Terry RunyanTerry Runyan8 օր առաջ
  • The McPizza was awful. And Pizza Hut eventually ruined its pizza too.

    Alvin CashAlvin Cash8 օր առաջ
  • In 1982 while traveling to th World Fair in Knoxville TN I had a large burger called the McFeast to rival tha Whopper. It was great but never saw it again

    Steve ButlerSteve Butler8 օր առաջ
  • I liked the Mighty Wings

    A. T. SmithA. T. Smith8 օր առաջ
  • I miss the arch delux

    Wang JanglerWang Jangler9 օր առաջ
  • Gas guzzling Reagan years? Snide cut slid into your video against Reagan, NOT appreciated.

    Kathleen NortonKathleen Norton9 օր առաջ
  • After "aksing" the president‽

    whatever8282828whatever82828289 օր առաջ
  • I've been going to McDonald's for decades.......... for burgers and fries, that's it. If I want pizza or fish dishes I'll go elsewhere. Whoever the marketing wizard is that keeps coming up with different ideas and food offerings should be demoted, and sent to the fryers work at food prep cooking burgers and fries.

    rolly doucetrolly doucet9 օր առաջ
  • Loved McDonald's pizza

    RobRob9 օր առաջ
  • If someone mentions the Arch Deluxe or the McDLT I will swing on your ass. Damn good burgers. The McPizza was pretty damn awesome.

    W. DearthW. Dearth9 օր առաջ
  • Don't most people go to McDonald's because they DON'T feel like having spaghetti for the 3rd time that week?

    Benjamin dustman official YouTube policeBenjamin dustman official YouTube police9 օր առաջ
  • It should be understood that several of the products shown were only test marketed, not rolled out chain wide. In such cases, products are introduced in four test markets in each quadrant of the country.

    Robert BarrowsRobert Barrows9 օր առաջ
  • What happened in 2013 that no less than three on these disasters show up on the list?

    suralossuralos9 օր առաջ
  • For the love of McDonald's, stop mispronouncing the word pasta!

    Loula LucilleLoula Lucille9 օր առաջ
  • What about the big extra or McChicken strips.

    james boucherjames boucher9 օր առաջ
  • It is odd that they fail; in areas that Jack-in-the-Box, Carl's Jr., Arby's, and others have succeeded with.

    George BGeorge B10 օր առաջ
  • Some still have it, some never had it, but I miss the Eggnog Shake! Yummy yummy yummy! I can remember shopping late at night for Christmas with my new husband. We would stop off and pick up a shake first! Official holiday start. 🎄

    Debbie JohnsonDebbie Johnson10 օր առաջ
  • Mc DLT was McDonald’s best burger.

    John WilliamsJohn Williams10 օր առաջ
  • I like the triple cheeseburger with big mac sauce, they should just put that on the menu.

    Nick ANick A10 օր առաջ
  • I remember the Arch Deluxe. I actually liked it. I was 18 when it came out. But I got a TON of jokes about the tagline about it having a "grownup taste" and made that sexual! lol

    MemphisTigerMemphisTiger10 օր առաջ
  • Can I get a McTequila

    Moonstar ChroniclesMoonstar Chronicles10 օր առաջ
  • i worked at kfc when they came out with hot wings in 90 to 91 they also had the keel all white meat the keel is gone and hot wings change no meat just bones i use to eat hot wings and 6 biscuits for lunch and remember the chocolate parfae thy had it was good also gone

    TRUE CHURCH OF GOD AND SAINT S FOR THE END TIMESTRUE CHURCH OF GOD AND SAINT S FOR THE END TIMES10 օր առաջ
  • they used imatation crab meat on the lobster roll

    TRUE CHURCH OF GOD AND SAINT S FOR THE END TIMESTRUE CHURCH OF GOD AND SAINT S FOR THE END TIMES10 օր առաջ
  • pete rose needs to b put in to the mlb hall of fame

    TRUE CHURCH OF GOD AND SAINT S FOR THE END TIMESTRUE CHURCH OF GOD AND SAINT S FOR THE END TIMES10 օր առաջ
  • didn't ray crock pict a ball to pete rose in a game back then

    TRUE CHURCH OF GOD AND SAINT S FOR THE END TIMESTRUE CHURCH OF GOD AND SAINT S FOR THE END TIMES10 օր առաջ
  • I voted for Reagan. In 2012

    K37K3710 օր առաջ
  • I LOVED the Mighty Wings...

    Michael GonzalezMichael Gonzalez10 օր առաջ
  • 🍕Liked video 👍 🍝

    Brian Rock RailfanBrian Rock Railfan10 օր առաջ
  • This is making me want McDonald's and it's 45 minutes away 😭😭😭 I would like a double quarter pounder with no ketchup, no mustard, and 5 pieces of cheese total. Try it, you will like it.

    Adrienne BodryAdrienne Bodry10 օր առաջ
  • I actually liked the Arch Deluxe.

    Skippy SkipSkippy Skip10 օր առաջ
  • reproducing the burger and fries is very easy...

    Ian WoodfieldIan Woodfield10 օր առաջ
  • The MC,DLT was my Fave !

    Idiot- 983Idiot- 98311 օր առաջ
  • Q

    sullivansullivan11 օր առաջ
  • Mcpizza looks pretty good.

    PinkyBearPinkyBear11 օր առաջ
  • I personally miss the Big N' Tasty and the McLean Deluxe

    kenneth scalirkenneth scalir11 օր առաջ
  • Fish McBites aka round fish sticks. ugh. Again over priced for what it is and what you get.

    gentillydannygentillydanny11 օր առաջ
  • The spaghetti should have been shells mixed in a ground beef meat sauce and maybe a couple of choices of cheese. Kids could eat it without getting it all over themselves and without having to deal with twirling the spaghetti. It would look and taste a lot more appetizing than that thin, overly sweet tomato sauce with those rings of sausage. The portions were stingy, too. When someone orders a pasta dish they're usually looking for a filling meal.

    gentillydannygentillydanny11 օր առաջ
  • What was wrong with the Arch Deluxe?

    Clapback MDSClapback MDS11 օր առաջ
    • Pricing

      B RussB Russ9 օր առաջ
  • honestly their pizza wasnt bad at all. wish they would have kept it

    kaneda956kaneda95611 օր առաջ
  • I just want to know who thought naming a giant, smiling, purple, gumdrop shaped children's mascot "Grimace" was a good idea?

    Kris FrederickKris Frederick11 օր առաջ
    • Satan thought it was pretty funny.

      B. JonesB. Jones7 օր առաջ
  • Alot of the items on this list were limited time items to begin with and shouldn't be among the biggest flops in McDonalds history.

    John McnultyJohn Mcnulty11 օր առաջ
  • Anyone remember when McDonalds had two menus the classic menu and the new tastes menu? I don't think anything from the new tastes menu lasted very long like the Arch Deluxe, the Crispy Chicken Deluxe, the Grilled Chicken Deluxe, the Filet O Fish Deluxe, the McLean Deluxe and I think the Big and Tasty was on there too. McDonalds spent $150 million to develop this new menu.

    John McnultyJohn Mcnulty11 օր առաջ
  • How is the McLean not on this list?

    John McnultyJohn Mcnulty11 օր առաջ
  • McSpaghetti is still thriving in the Philippines tho!!!

    Stiel OcampoStiel Ocampo12 օր առաջ
  • I wouldn't mind some McPitas for sure......

    Ishmam AhmedIshmam Ahmed12 օր առաջ
  • Mcspaghetti bad bad bad idea, gorilla glue girl voice lol

    D'shawn CherryD'shawn Cherry12 օր առաջ
  • 4:11 that sounds, looks and surely taste like the worst invention in culinary history.

    GatazGataz12 օր առաջ
  • The biggest flop is...QUALITY AND SERVICE !

    Meaux JeauxMeaux Jeaux12 օր առաջ
  • I guess the only place for hot dogs is A&W & Sonic. Man I miss the fish sandwich. They need to bring back the original recipes for their menu items.

    Faith SmithFaith Smith12 օր առաջ
    • Nathan’s Famous.

      The Gate with Brian CohenThe Gate with Brian Cohen12 օր առաջ
  • So McDonald's invented the air fryer?!

    Faith SmithFaith Smith12 օր առաջ
  • What about the salad in a drink cup flop. Didn't they call it a salad shaker or something like that?

    Ed BaranowskiEd Baranowski12 օր առաջ
  • Bring back the lobster rolls. I would be there morning noon and night

    Charles BrasieCharles Brasie12 օր առաջ
  • The arch deluxe was amazing. Bring it back!!!

    Douglas BunchDouglas Bunch12 օր առաջ
  • McDonald's just can't seem to get the Lettuce/Tomato thing down pat. McDLT was OK, the Arch Deluxe should have been called McSux. Maybe they should come up with a McWhopper.

    Carl HortonCarl Horton12 օր առաջ
  • McDonald's serves crap, period.

    Ken KKen K12 օր առաջ
  • Ray Kroc was NOT the founder. End of PERIOD!

    Matt TaylorMatt Taylor12 օր առաջ
  • Why don’t they have onion rings?

    xmypantsxxmypantsx12 օր առաջ
  • Fish McBites were good.

    IWasAPepperIWasAPepper12 օր առաջ
  • man McDonald's taste a whole lot better in the 90s until they messed with the recipe and the oil it was good stuff back then

    Albert RamirezAlbert Ramirez12 օր առաջ
  • The Arch Deluxe may have been the greatest McDonald's burger ever. They should do annual limited releases of those puppies

    M LunaM Luna12 օր առաջ
    • The Big 'N Meaty was another good burger.

      Cody BurgessCody Burgess7 օր առաջ
    • The Big 'N Tasty was pretty amazing too.

      aDg 2k18aDg 2k189 օր առաջ
    • Seriously! The were awesome

      Eric CallahanEric Callahan9 օր առաջ
  • What about the big and tasty?

    lazlo zandlazlo zand12 օր առաջ
    • You mean the Small and Nasty?

      Joanna BrattonJoanna Bratton10 օր առաջ
  • I worked at McDonald's when both the mighty wings and fish mcbites were qround. I really miss the mighty wings. A sense of spice that not many wings places have without the use of sauce

    Nobody Cares CustomsNobody Cares Customs12 օր առաջ
    • @Michael Gonzalez straight facts

      Nobody Cares CustomsNobody Cares Customs10 օր առաջ
    • Yeah breaded wings are MUCH better when the seasoning is in the breading and not a sauce.

      Michael GonzalezMichael Gonzalez10 օր առաջ
    • @Carlton Knox every break I'd buy a 10 piece and just dawg em. But, people then, "These wings are too spicy"! vs. People now, "Oh the spicy McNuggets aren't spicy enough!" This is why we can't have nice things

      Nobody Cares CustomsNobody Cares Customs11 օր առաջ
    • Yes I worked at McDonald's when mighty wings were first introduced..I think we ate more than we sold..we were always out because the crew was always eating them..would love to see them again

      Carlton KnoxCarlton Knox11 օր առաջ
  • Oh i love being in this video 🥰👍✨💚 3:18 👍👍

    JunkFoodGuruJunkFoodGuru12 օր առաջ
    • Well done 🙂

      Ishmam AhmedIshmam Ahmed12 օր առաջ
  • all jokes on you because McDonalds has kicked it so well and is a smart enough company to try options and offer items in locations market specific. they continue to do so. so to talk about non successful items is a joke. they adjust and get better unlike some biz as usual companies. do the math and you will realize how stupid is this video but it's entertaining!! haha!!

    Mike DickinsonMike Dickinson12 օր առաջ
  • Doughey bun. 3:32 Looks like a frickin baked potato.

    Christopher GrotjahnChristopher Grotjahn12 օր առաջ
  • how is there no mcsoup yet.

    kavinh10kavinh1012 օր առաջ
    • Weeeelll... If you don't eat the Hot Fudge Sundae fast enough....

      Michael GonzalezMichael Gonzalez10 օր առաջ
  • I don't understand. Nathan's Famous has been selling hot dogs and cheeseburgers for a long time. No flops. McDonald's tries hot dogs and flops? Why did the fish bites flop but chicken nuggets didn't? It's the same type of food, deep fried and bite sized. McDonald's already sells a fish sandwich and several chicken sandwiches, so what's wrong with the fish bites? I get the feeling that most customers are not open to change at McDonald's. They want the same menu all the time.

    eggie1978eggie197812 օր առաջ
  • My wife loved the McDLT

    D JD J12 օր առաջ
  • I loved the McDLT !

    Alan ReynoldsAlan Reynolds12 օր առաջ
    • Same. Was my fav sandwich and I was like 8ish at the time.

      Michael GonzalezMichael Gonzalez10 օր առաջ
    • I miss it as well

      Andrew PolewarczykAndrew Polewarczyk12 օր առաջ
  • how dare you put might wings on this list. people are mostly upset that they took them off the menu. they were really solid wings at a good price.

    Jimothy SnookerJimothy Snooker12 օր առաջ
  • As a vegetarian, the hula burger looks disgusting

    kathryn mkathryn m12 օր առաջ
    • @B Russ I can’t tell you the last time I went to McDonald’s tbh, the fries aren’t even vegetarian(beef flavoring but that’s not the case for every country,like India). And I know everyone is entitled to their own taste 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

      kathryn mkathryn m9 օր առաջ
    • Yeah I don''t see how anyone thought that would beat Filet O'Fish. Ray really hated fish I guess. I really can't see many vegetarians walking into a Mcdonald's anyway.

      B RussB Russ9 օր առաջ
  • No wonder their McFlurry machines keep on having issues

    Kraig YoungKraig Young12 օր առաջ
  • Hi-C Orange is coming back! 💥

    Adam 187Adam 18712 օր առաջ
    • Didn't realize it had been gone. Guessing the locations with the Freestyle machines were the only ones that still had it.

      Michael GonzalezMichael Gonzalez10 օր առաջ
    • @Will S yes! They announced it on their Twitter a few days ago.. there is even a tracker to locate a mcd with it in stock lol

      Adam 187Adam 18710 օր առաջ
    • Is this true? That would be awesome! It was the only thing I ever drank there. It was a staple that they had since my childhood. I was extremely disappointed when they discontinued it.

      Will SWill S11 օր առաջ
  • What about the chicken mcbites?

    not some1 yknot some1 yk12 օր առաջ
  • Have we been here before? I feel like we've been here before.

    ZemZem12 օր առաջ
  • man i used to love mcpizza

    theicecreamjonestheicecreamjones12 օր առաջ
  • Here's some irony for you. Pizza Hut's crust is frozen now.

    Kevin BarnardKevin Barnard12 օր առաջ
  • Sorry, but the Mc DLT was invented as a way for McD's to compete against the Whopper. At that time, McD's only had lettuce on the Big Mac, and no other burger had tomatoes- not the hamburger, cheeseburger, quarterpounder, or Big Mac. I guess you could say the quarterpounder was the Whopper's competition, but it didn't have lettuce or tomato.

    LawomenshoopsLawomenshoops12 օր առաջ
    • Back then...NOTHING could compete with the whopper. But now.....THE WHOPPER SUCKS, and it can't compete with anything !

      Meaux JeauxMeaux Jeaux12 օր առաջ
  • McDonald's should do what they did with Chipotle, but with McSpaghetti, McPizza and other pasta dishes.

    PockyFiendPockyFiend12 օր առաջ
  • Love the vid

    Rcc GreninjaRcc Greninja12 օր առաջ
  • Shoot, I miss mighty wings. They were great!

    Readf30Readf3012 օր առաջ
    • @Jason Mitchell that's actually the going price.. I've seen Buffalo wings a little higher.. please bring them back

      Carlton KnoxCarlton Knox11 օր առաջ
    • @Jason Mitchell still delicious 😋

      Readf30Readf3012 օր առաջ
    • A little overpriced I thought. About $1 a wing IIRC. That's pretty steep for wings.

      Jason MitchellJason Mitchell12 օր առաջ
  • The arch deluxe was bomb , miss those

    THA BROWZERTHA BROWZER12 օր առաջ
    • @Josh W yup, 96 was the year for the arch deluxe:)

      Von SchweringenVon Schweringen11 օր առաջ
    • I really liked the arch deluxe also...ate quite a few of those in 96

      Josh WJosh W12 օր առաջ
    • no joke...maybe they cost too much to make. the arch deluxe rocked!!!

      Mike DickinsonMike Dickinson12 օր առաջ
    • Yes! They were the bomb. Why did they d/c those?

      Von SchweringenVon Schweringen12 օր առաջ
  • orange cheese?

    Don ChristophersonDon Christopherson12 օր առաջ
  • That's interesting and thank you.

    Nick HillNick Hill12 օր առաջ
  • Do you know what happens if you work really hard at McDonald's? You get a promotion and become a McManager hahaha 😃😁

    Nick HillNick Hill12 օր առաջ
  • Feb 2021 pokemon cards in happy meals. Weres the videos from tiktok of manager's locking up boxes of pokemon cards

    Daniel ChavezDaniel Chavez12 օր առաջ
  • Omg, if I ever go to the Philippines, I'll go eat at a McDonald's to check out the tomato sauce spagetti!! Looks sooo good!

    IKEMEN Osaka-ben!【大阪弁】IKEMEN Osaka-ben!【大阪弁】12 օր առաջ
    • @David Quinn nope

      Space MonkeySpace Monkey12 օր առաջ
    • You are kidding, right???

      David QuinnDavid Quinn12 օր առաջ
    • Been there it's sauce is really sweet if you have a jollibee near you their spaghetti tastes almost identical

      Space MonkeySpace Monkey12 օր առաջ
  • All of these are highly successful in alternate universes

    Thomas ScottThomas Scott12 օր առաջ
    • Guess that means the Big Mac, Chicken Nuggets, and the fish sandwich, would be on this list there lol

      King RobotnikKing Robotnik10 օր առաջ
  • I'm ready to see these flops..BRING IT ON

    Shaneca RenéShaneca René12 օր առաջ
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