Tuesday, July 5

Facts about McDonald's


Are you ready to learn some cool facts? Learning is good for you. It keeps your brain in shape, which is like a computer; it holds a lot of information.

Today, we are going to learn facts about McDonald’s. Did you know that McDonald’s was started in 1940 in San Bernardino, California, by two brothers named Richard and Maurice McDonald? Yep, that is how McDonald's got started. The brothers opened their first drive-thru McDonald's restaurant in 1940. In 1961, Ray Croc bought McDonald's from the brothers.


What is your favorite meal from McDonald's?



Facts about McDonald’s:

1. The first McDonald’s menu only had nine (9) items on it. Here is a list of those nine (9) items:

  • Pure Beef Hamburger        15¢
  • Tempting Cheeseburger     19¢
  • Triple-Thick Shakes            20¢
  • Golden French Fries          10¢
  • Thirst Quenching Coke      10¢ 
  • Delightful Root beer           10¢ 
  • Steaming Hot Coffee         10¢ 
  • Full-Flavor Orange Drink   10¢
  • Refreshing Cold Milk         12¢

2. Stanley Clark Meston was an architect who designed the Golden Arches for the McDonald’s brothers.

3. The Big Mac was first sold in 1967 at a McDonald’s in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. It cost forty-five (45) cents. Michael James Delligatti created the Big Mac. About 550 million Big Macs are sold each year.

4. The Happy Meal was first sold in 1979. It sold for one dollar and ten cents (1.10). It came with a burger, fries, a drink, cookies, and a toy. Bob Bernstein came up with the idea of the Happy Meal. McDonald’s sells around 1 billion Happy Meals each year.

5. McDonald’s is very popular! There are over 36,500 McDonald’s all over the world. Nine countries have banned McDonald’s. Here is a list of the nine countries:

  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Macedonia
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe

6. A McDonald's in Sedona, Arizona, has the world's only turquoise arches. The reason is that the golden arches didn’t want to clash with the surrounding environment; they wanted the arches to blend in with the area.

7. McDonald’s made over 23 billion dollars in 2021. French fries are McDonald’s number one (1) selling item. The second best (2) seller is the Big Mac.

8. 1962 Louis M. Groen invented the Filet-O-Fish sandwich in his McDonald's in Cincinnati, Ohio. The rest of America was introduced to the Filet-O-Fish in 1965, and it sold for twenty-nine (29) cents. Around 300 million Filet-O-Fish sandwiches are sold each year. The original price of the Filet-O-Fish was twenty-nine (29) cents.

9. In 2020, McDonald’s donated about 145 million dollars to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

10. The second/first adult Happy Meal was introduced on October 1, 2022. It was a limited edition release collaboration with the Cactus Plant Flea Market. There was also a healthy version of an adult Happy Meal that was released in 2004.

Share a fantastic fact or memory about McDonald's with us?



Books about McDonald’s:

1. Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's by Ray Kroc

2. McDonald's Happy Meal Toys from the Eighties by Joyce Losonsky

3. Ronald McDonald and the tale of the talking plant by John Albano

4. A Visit to the Doctor with Ronald McDonald by Ronald McDonald House

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.



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