Thursday, April 19, 2012

Golden Arches

Quarter pounders = McDonalds = sweet childhood memories.


Food always brings the sweetest memories to me.   Memories of my childhood.   One of those memories is going to McDonalds.  Walking up to the window and ordering our food.  Sitting on tables outside (because you couldn't go inside - and wouldn't want to even if you could).   Seeing the golden arches and the sign that says "1 million sold."    The menu in 1965 consisted of -

French fries - 15 cents
Hamburger - 15 cents
McDouble hamburger - 28 cents
Filet o'Fish - 24 cents
Cheeseburger - 20 cents
McDouble cheeseburger - 38 cents
Milk shake - 22 cents

Uncomplicated.  And delicious. 

The menu for 2012 consists of more items than I care to count - - more than a dozen different types of hamburgers, eight chicken sandwiches, an array of wraps, salads, breakfast items. . . and on and on.  And prices ten times what they used to be.  

Even Ronald McDonald was more uncomplicated back in the day.   Today he looks like this - -


I like simple.  I like uncomplicated.  I like cheap. 


32 comments:

  1. I totally agree with your posting on Golden Arches, especially on the prices then and now. I am waiting on a veggie burger. Hilarious pic on Ronald!

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    1. I love the pic of Ronald, too! Scary!

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  2. Great post, but I never liked McDonalds.

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    1. I liked it way better when the prices were fifteen cents for a hamburger!

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  3. Scientifically proven that more choices makes it more difficult to make decisions (and eventually lead to less decisions being made as well!)

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    1. I actually just saw a commercial for a show someone is doing on Costco and why they have limited choices -- and what you said is exactly the reason! People buy more when there are less brands to choose from!

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  4. There are way too many choices there. I remember in elementary school it cost under $1 for a hamburger, fries, shake and apple pie.

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    1. Now you could buy maybe one of those items (except the shake) from their $1 menu!

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  5. !!!!!!!!!!!

    A whole meal for less than a dollar?! Sounds wonderful.

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  6. Funny post. I secretly love McDonalds hamburgers. Love. I'll deny saying it. My parents say when I was a kid every Friday we went to Burger King..that was our big night out. Times have changed.

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  7. Wow! What a great post! Loved the comparison between then and now. Times are a changin'!

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    1. They seem to be a changin' every day!

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  8. Great post! Who would of thought you could be nostalgic about Mickey D's! Found you on the a to z challenge!

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    1. Lisa, it is weird how abstract things can bring such strong memories!

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  9. I swear I remember before it was a million sold. We rarely went out to eat, so McDonald's was a huge treat. I remember when they added chicken nuggets, it was such a big deal.

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    1. Well, I know you're not older than I am :) But I did just kind of pull that million sold thing out of the air :)

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  11. I remember the ad that you could buy a meal for a dollar and GET CHANGE BACK! I still like the simple burger, small fries, and a soft drink. It's all on the budget menu, simple and relatively inexpensive and not horrible in calories. When my daughter was a sophomore in high school, I chaperoned a trip to DC. We ate a lot of McDonald's meals. I also really like their salads.

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    1. I've never had their salads - always seemed like a waste of fast food calories - haha

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  12. Big Macs. Still my very favorite. Of all crappy fast food, Big Macs are my #1.

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    1. Haha - most of fast food is "crap" food, but still love it!

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  13. As a kid we NEVER went out to eat. Period. MacDonald's had a mystique that made it so appealing. And then I went to college. And tried it out. But then the natural foods movement was rolling and I was onboard! So really> I;ve never had MacDonald's but I remember having Carl's Jr once....

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    1. You are like the poster child for healthy eating - wish I was more like you!

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  14. I hate to admit that I remember those prices, yikes!

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    1. My philosophy is this - at least we can remember, so that means we're still young, right?!

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  15. Soooooo when are we getting that time machine !

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  16. As a kid, I never went to McDonalds. I was a Burger King kid all the way.....because that was the only fast food place my step dad liked. I will confess to having a whopper jr yesterday and it was as delicious as I remembered!

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  17. I was in my 20s before I had McDonalds .. dated a guy who had a ski house in Killington, VT .. long drive up with a stop in Springfield, MA for gas, bathroom break and a visit to McDonalds ..

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  18. I never know what to buy when I go in. Ronald looks like the joker in batman,scary.

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  19. I get a quarter pounder with cheese no onions and a Coke. It used to taste better when I was a kid and we never got to eat out.

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