Last week, I received an email from a local PR firm asking if I’d be interested in hostessing an event at McDonald’s to launch the “new and improved” HEALTHIER Happy Meal.
I said sure. Because, why not? Plus, I like the PR people from that firm, well, the ones I’ve had contact with. I don’t know them ALL so…
Last night was the big event. The turn out was more than OK. In this case, it wasn’t the quantity of attendees, it was the quality! I finally got to meet one of my original blog friends who lives near me Cardiogirl and I got to hang out with another bloggy friend, Middle State Mom. Plus, a few other Facebook friends showed. It was an all-around good time. There were a million happily screaming kids pouncing on each other in the play structure. Luckily, no injuries or vomiting occurred.
The event took place at a McDonalds that I had never been to. And it was, by far, the nicest one I’ve ever seen. The outside looked like your typical Micky-D’s but inside…GORGEOUS. Seriously. It’s in Warren, Michigan at 10 Mile and I forgot which crossroad. Listen, I was lucky to get there without getting lost.
Let’s talk about the “new and improved” Happy Meal, shall we?
It’s supposed to be more nutritiously balanced. Which, makes sense. In this day and age, consumers are more educated as to what they are putting into theirs and their children’s bodies. With the U.S becoming the fastest rising stats in obesity, McDonalds decided to help out by making their Happy Meals better for our children. Because, let’s face it, a TON of kids eat a TON of McDonalds.
The big difference in the new Happy Meal is the downsized fries and the bag of apple slices and a choice of white or chocolate milk…that are now included within the meal.
As you can see, it still comes in the standard Happy Meal box along with those fun toys.
OK…I got my son his standard McDonalds meal. Cheeseburger Happy Meal.
He ate it.
He happened to be ravenous. So was my nephew.
And…when they were finished, they were still hungry.
So I got them another new Happy Meal to share.
I asked this VERY important question to those in charge…
Yes, it’s all fine and good that McDonalds is trying to keep up with the health trends. But, I’m not going to McDonalds to be healthy anyways, right?
I wanted to know if, with the introduction to this “new and improved” Happy Meal, they did away with the old and un-healthy one. Because, to be honest, that’s the one I’d get for my son. And, if he wanted apples, I’ll pay a little extra for the apples.
The answer is yes. You can still get the nutritiously unbalanced Happy Meal. Which, in my opinion, doesn’t make sense. Why introduce a new one if you are just keeping on with the old one too?
Regardless, I’m glad they didn’t do away with the old when they brought in the new.
In my opinion, because that’s what the bottom line is on this whole wordy post is about…
If a fast food restaurant is trying to make their meals healthier, then perhaps fried food, no matter what quantity, isn’t the answer. There are chicken nuggets out there in the consumer marketplace that have no breading on them, called Naked Nuggets. That could be an option for a healthier meal? I’m not going to give away all my ideas for McDonalds on this blog post because I wouldn’t want them stolen. You know, just in case I decided to start a fast food restaurant or something.
Long story short…
I loved hostessing this event. It was fun.
I adored meeting some of the PR folks, they are WAY smart.
I really was impressed by this particular McDonalds.
Way underwhelmed by the new Happy Meal. It’s more like a Happy Snack.
disclosure: i was not compensated by the pr firm or mcdonalds for this post or for my attendance at the event. oh wait, i received a gift card, which i will happily use to feed my children. i had a great time and loved doing the hostessing. and that…is my full transparent disclosure.