Recreating Discontinued McDonald’s Menu Items (TASTE TEST)

– We're eating McDonald's food that doesn't exist anymore – Let's talk about that

(alarm rings) (playful theme music) (fire blasts) Good Mythical Morning – Announcement! The fall Tour of Mythicality is heading to Toronto, New Jersey and Connecticut on November 8th, 9th, and 10th, so get your tickets now at tourofmythicalitycom – But today, life is fleeting and often cruel, and as humans, we're predisposed to take for granted the blessings we receive and live miserable lives full of loss and grief – What Rhett means is that sometimes fast food chains suddenly discontinue items and he really just misses the McRib

But today, we are bringing the dead back to life by tasting McDonald's items that you cannot find anywhere It's time for to be discontinued: McDonald's food edition – Mythical chef Josh has scoured the internet to faithfully recreate to the best of his ability, actual McDonald's food that existed but has since been discontinued And we're gonna review said food items and then taste their zombie reincarnations and decide, given all the information available to us, if it's whack or if they should bring it back So listen up, Ronald, 'cause we're gonna travel back in the McTime McChine– (Rhett chuckles) To figure McOut if these should be McBrought McBack

– You just said McTime McChine – I know, I did – I like that Okay first up we have McDonald's onion nuggets Yes, this was a thing, introduced in the 1970s, these weird little lumps were made out of diced onion blobs that were breaded and fried

They were pulled from test markets in the early 80s and then seemingly replaced by the introduction of the now iconic chicken nuggets Couldn't find a commercial for this but we found a couple of old school ads Look what's new for you! Onion Nuggets – Yeah! I'm blown away that this was a predecessor to the chicken nugget – Well you've gotta start nuggetfying something before you get to chicken

– [Link] I'm willing to bet that these probably contain more chicken than an actual current chicken nugget – No it's 100% white meat, man Don't you listen to the ads? – That's true – It's also only served from 4 pm

to 9 pm – That's weird, so there's like a limited window, you gotta get in and get your onion nugget – Supply and demand – Steakout tonight

– And this is something that really piqued my interest, 'cause it looks a lot like the McRib, but that is not the McRib, that's just a chopped beef steak sandwich Bring that back while you're at it Anyway– (mug clatters) Oh gosh! – We're not gonna taste that Don't spill your water – What we did is, the way we made these, the way Josh made these is he sourced onion directly from local McDonald's and then he breaded it and fried it to a golden, lumpy finish, just like we see in the picture

– Here's one for you Now, I know I don't like a lot of things, but one thing I really do like– – Onion rings – No, onions in general – Onions in general? – But onion rings, I'll still find a way to complain about those because when you bite them– – Oh gosh – You bite

I mean the whole onion strings out of the ring Not so with these That's the point right off the bat – Oh you know what? You were right This is an onion ring that has been made easier to consume

– It's really good with ketchup too – You double dipping too? – I'm not saying these are better than Chicken McNuggets I'm not saying they should re-replace them – It feels like a totally different thing though I don't think these would compete with each other

– You get your veggies, you know? It's hard to get your veggies at McD's – That is really, really, really good! – Yeah, of course we're really, really, really hungry and really, really stupid! (Rhett laughs) – That's true So according to these two nimrods, we say– – [Rhett And Link] Bring it back! – We have the iconic McDonald's fried apple pie It was introduced in 1968 as McDonald's first dessert item, but then it was actually replaced by its basic second cousin which is a doughy baked apple pie in 1992 But right now, let's take a McTrip to the Mc1971 ad campaign that introduced a hellscape known as McDonaldland where little kids never come back again

♪ Take along a friend ♪ ♪ And grab ahold of Ronald's hand ♪ – [Rhett] Oh gosh (sunny pop-rock music) ♪ Follow Ronald McDonald through the land ♪ ♪ Of apple pie trees ♪ – Yeah so McDonaldland has since closed, but it has been featured on several episodes of Dateline (chuckling) – The only thing creepier than that commercial is whatever Grimace is – Oh I gotta say that– – Pull these things in, buddy

– It's catchy, it's very catchy – So you got the baked apple pies here, we got the fried over here – So we wanted to do a side-by-side – [Link] I'll take this one – I wanna do a side-by-side here

– Oh my goodness – Now you might be wondering, how did we get hold of a fried apple pie? – That's right, the only place that still serves them in the United States is in Downey, California, which is the oldest McDonald's that's still in existence You can also get them at select franchises in Canada, Mexico and Hawaii – Yeah but the only place in America you can get one is– – Downey – Right down there in Downey

– We went down to Downey I'm gonna taste the baked one first – It's prettier It's got the traditional apple pie slits – Mhm, I definitely remember these

The only thing that can ruin an apple pie is knowing that it used to be fried – Mm, mhm – How much better is it? – [Stevie] Just a point that Hawaii is in the US, but it's just not part of the– – Continental U

S – Continental US For all the fans who are about to comment that, thank you – Thank you

– I'm all about the continental US – I thought I said continental, but I'm just thinking it all the time – I didn't Hey

– It's so much better to me – First of all, I remember this from childhood, and I remember the early 90s when it changed and nobody told me – I didn't realize that it changed, I just stopped ordering them – Yeah, I stopped ordering it And I remember, the thing about the fried one, you may not think this is good but when you bite into one end, it's like hollow

– Yeah – You gotta go all the way like halfway down just to get to the apple part But you don't care 'cause you got trans fats! – Ronald bites the end off of this, what does he do with all that space? He hides contraband – I'm glad you said contraband (chuckles) Listen, I think that when you make a decision about dessert, you shouldn't be thinking about health

They shouldn't have made this change Fried is better, go to Downey, or Hawaii, gosh! – So much better! – [Rhett And Link] Bring it back! – Take yourself back to the 1960s Counter culture was booming, free love was abounding, and the Dole Company which had cruelly overthrown the aboriginal Hawaiian monarchy decades earlier had finally colluded with the US government to secure Hawaii as the last state added to the union

So Dole pineapples were popular Introduced in 1962, the Hula Burger was meant to add an exotic twist and a non-meat alternative for Catholics observing Lent to the menu We couldn't find an actual pure Hula Burger commercial, but we did find a video from the 1980s where they introduced pineapple to add an exotic twist to an actual regular burger They called it the Gold 'n' Grill ♪ Hey hey hey! ♪ ♪ Put some gold in your day ♪ ♪ Come on in and say McDonald's Gold 'n' Grill ♪ – [Announcer] It's got real pineapple! – [Both] It's got real pineapple! – Limited time only! Was that a Disney collab for McDonald's? – I don't know, you had to be blonde to order it, there are lots of lawsuits

– (chuckles) Look at this packaging though Within these boxes, we have two recreated Hula Burgers – Yeah so here's what we did – Amazing, guys – Sourced the bun from McDonald's and purchased the same exact style and brand of American cheese squares and then Dole pineapple cored rings, lightly grilled the pineapples, added cheese, and covered them in buns

– Oh my gosh, look There's a little cubby hole for your contraband – You like finding holes and thinking about what you can put in them, don't you? – No No, no – No, no I don't

Okay so this didn't last long – Oh look, look, look, look, look! I removed the pineapple and it left a little cheese dollop! – Maybe they should bring it back just based on the excitement that it causes you Now, again, there's no meat in this, and I think that people were super excited about the Hula Burger and many people were like, "Excuse me, they didn't put the beef on my burger," and that's why they discontinued it, but I've still gotta give it a try – Maybe they were ahead of their vegan, vegetarian trends – It tastes exactly as you would imagine, if you were to take pineapple, put some American cheese on it, and put it on a bun

– Well you may be thinking, cheese and pineapple? Sounds gross, but actually, it's good – It's not a bad taste but it's the kinda thing that you would make if you had run out of food and you were snowed in, you know what I'm saying? This isn't something I would order at a restaurant, this is something, if I were given other options that I would pick, there's absolutely no way that they should bring this back, even if it is a little bit tasty – It's interesting But you're exactly right – [Rhett] So ultimately, nah, that's whack

– McDonald's fries have always been some of the best fries on the fast food market, but allegedly, they used to be even bester because pre-1990, they were cooked in beef tallow, which is purified beef fat – Mm, mm – It made them more delicious, it gave them more saturated fat per ounce than a McDonald's burger, however So let's dive back into the hell hole that leads to McDonaldland and watch another ad – French fry lovers! ♪ It's a good time for McDonald's french fries ♪ – Oops! – The Fry Guys! – [Fry Guys] Bye bye! – [Ronald] Give back those fries, guys! – [Fry Guys] Can't catch us! – Oh The Fry Guys are really thriving after BuzzFeed

(Link chuckles) – All right, bring in our beef tallow prepared fries All McDonald's french fries are pre-cooked and only re-fried in oil to deliver them warm and fresh– – I did not know that – At the store Yeah, so what we did is we took McDonald's fries and then re-fried them in the original recipe which is 7% cottonseed oil and 93% straight beef fat Now we're not comparing these are we? – Yeah

– We have those over there I don't wanna– – I wanted to get unadulterated experience before we just went to the, these are the modern-day fries – Mhm – And these have, in the US

at least, they still have beef flavoring in them – Right, in 1990 they switched, because the backlash over how much cholesterol the beef tallow added, so they just switched to beef flavoring and 100% vegetable oil – There is definitely a difference, but I honestly can't tell you which one I like more – Well they probably dialed in that beef flavoring – It's almost too much for me

It's almost too– – Mhm – It's almost too beefy I don't know if my palate has just adjusted to the modern-day fry – There's no doubt in my mind they're better, but they're not so much better to justify bringing them back – It's not worth the years of disease that it will bring you

(crew laughing) So unfortunately, as much as I want to bring as much back and beef fat as possible, I think we're gonna have to say– – [Rhett and Link] Nah, that's whack – It just occurred to me, are you dressed like the Hamburglar? – (laughs) You figured it out! – Where's your hat and your mask, man? – In the back! – He's the Hamburglar – Ah, you blew my cover No one needs McDonald's to get fancy No one wants McDonald's to get fancy, but McDonald's decided to get fancy regardless of everybody's thoughts and feelings with the McLobster

– [Announcer] Our McLobster is filled with big, tender chunks of Atlantic lobster (theatrical music) (electricity crackling) This is one sandwich that's bound to please everyone Well, almost everyone ♪ At McDonald's today ♪ – I love a fun commercial about a living creature who we kill and then rip apart, who's trying the best he can to prevent his species' genocide – Yeah, makes you hungry, doesn't it? – Yeah

Mm, let's get into it! – Okay so these were actually a seasonal item– – [Link] Look at this – In Canada, but they officially pulled them in 2017 because they basically are too expensive to make Now Josh really did some incredible work on this one because he followed what is called the rule of thirds, wherein restaurants make a menu item for a third of the cost of what it sells for to achieve profits, and so based on our research, the last reported price of this was $9, so Josh made this sandwich for $3 – What? – This is a $3 lobster sandwich, so– – Here you go – Set your expectations

– Well it smells kinda like the sea – But it's actual lobster, right? – [Josh] I'd like you guys to taste it before you ask any questions (Rhett laughs) – Okay – It's a little black piece of something on it that I didn't want – I didn't get one of those

– Tastes like a lobster roll, man Kinda chewy – [Josh] So it's mostly lobster – You got some crab in there as well? – [Josh] No, that was also pretty expensive, so we did use imitation chunk style lobster meat It was how it was described, but it's about 70/30 real Atlantic lobster to imitation chunk style

– What is imitation chunk style? – [Josh] It's imitation lobster product that's made from grinding up, I believe it's pollock, the fish from the sea and then compressing it– – You know, the fish from the sea – [Josh] Yes (Rhett chuckles) – It's not horrible – It's not bad at all – But it's really not great either

– It's the kind of thing that, the thing I like about McDonald's is the items that they have are so different than what you normally expect that they had their own McDonald's quality Like even a burger You can't make a McDonald's burger at home It is its own thing – Right

– And this is getting too close to a actual lobster roll and still being nowhere near a lobster roll, so the comparison in your mind is just, ah, a disappointment – We can get them in food trucks, they're pretty great But they cost like $18 – I had high hopes for this one I thought we could bring it back and make some money

– [Rhett And Link] But nah, that's whack – All right Ronald, onion nuggets and fried apple pies Get to work, buddy – Also make the McRib available year-round, please – Thank you for liking, commenting and subscribing

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