I swear, McDonald’s Happy Meals put out some of the greatest toys known to mankind. Perhaps a full article is warranted on the subject…
Anyway, it’s rather unfortunate that I did not collect all 4. I only had Wonder Pig (Petunia Pig) and Batduck (Daffy Duck). I still have Wonder Pig and her snap-on costume!
Those 80s/early 90s McDonald’s commercial were so awesome. Each commercial told a 30 second tale (which always climaxed with a burger or McNuggets). They could be goofy or heartwarming, but they were always entertaining.
Take this 1985 commercial for instance, “The Hamburglar Touch”. Hamburglar was my second favorite McDonald’s character (besides Ronald, of course). Throughout my youth while watching movies and television, I’ve often sided and found much in common the scheming, yet lovable scamps. So, it’s no surprise Hamburglar had a special place in my heart when these commercials aired.
Back to the story at hand, Hamburglar dreams of having a magic cheeseburger touch, turning everything and everyone into cheeseburgers. Can you imagine? It’s actually a scary thought because if 47 years of Spider-Man comics has taught us anything, it’s that with great power comes great responsibility. The fact that Hamburglar was quick to turn on Grimace just for another cheeseburger and that he was stupid enough to turn himself into a cheeseburger just shows that this guy wasn’t ready for such immense power.
What the heck is up with Grimace anyway? Those plastic shells he calls eyes… That glare is creepy and makes him look high.
“TOUCH MY FACE!”
It makes me laugh everytime.
It’s good to know we’ve been able to depend on the same three McDonald’s sundaes for the past three decades plus. So why don’t you stop by on your way home from work on this warm Summer afternoon and enjoy a hot fudge, strawberry or hot caramel sundae? Ya want nuts?
As we march on in search of truth about the mysterious Monster Pops, let us not forget about McDonald’s peppermint sundae. I’ve made no secret that this item is at the top of my list of foods I want BACK in production. It’s a no-brainer really. Ice cream + peppermint syrup + holidays = $$$. Why McDonald’s ever dropped this one from the menu I’ll never know– but WAIT! I WILL know because I just sent the McDonald’s Corporation a letter requesting the return of and information on this delicious treat. Here’s the letter… Will I get a reply?
“To the fine makers of Chicken McNuggets, Oreo McFlurries, and those wonderfully golden french fries…
There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to stand up for what he believes in, no matter what the cost. They say a man that stands for nothing will fall for anything, and I’m writing to tell you that I stand (well, I’m actually leaning back on my desk chair) firm in my belief that your fine company once produced one of the greatest desserts ever– the peppermint sundae. Or would that be the McPeppermint sundae?
Now, as a child, I remember having this wonderful holiday treat back in the 80s and the whole world wants confirmation that it actually existed. A picture or a few words from a company spokesperson explaining the history behind the peppermint sundae will suffice. Were there two different flavors or just two different colors? I seem to remember a red syrup and a green syrup.
I say this to you, you simply must return the peppermint sundae to the TOP of the holiday dessert heap! Forget about doing any market research, if you put out a frosty pepperminty treat during the holidays– it is going to sell. I can’t fathom why the peppermint sundae went extinct, but let’s make 2008 a comeback year!”
UPDATE: The pictures shown above are a strawberry sundae and a Shamrock mint sundae, both a virtually identical to what the peppermint sundae would have looked like. I’m pretty sure red & green syrup were offered. Red being peppermint and green being mint. We at least know that the mint sundae existed at some point, but darnit, I want my peppermint sundae!
So I’m checking out another retro-themed site (www.retroist.com, for those you who like to be kept in the know), and came across an entry about McDonald’s infamous Shamrock Shake.
“Oh great,” I said to myself. “Another Shamrock Shake article at yet another retro site. How original.”
But I was too quick to judge! You know what they say when you surmise– you make an s out of ur mise. Anyway, the point here is that after nearly 20 years of vague recollections and after a recenty exhaustive and ultimately empty-handed online search, I have found all the proof that I need upon viewing that article…
That’s right! I’m talkin’ ’bout the Shamrock Sundae! Granted, it’s not *exactly* what I’m looking for. You see, I can remember on at least one “winter holiday” (aka Christmas) occasion that McDonald’s offered mint sundaes (with green syrup) and peppermint sundaes (red syrup). I’ve hit up a few 80s message boards and no one remembers this, but I do and I even remember a commerical for it! This is a like a typical episode of The Twilight Zone where I’m sane and everyone else is acting weird.
So, now the world can see I am not completely crazy. I still say this was a short-lived holiday treat as well, probably ’86 or ’87, but at least we’re getting closer to blowing the lid off this whole mint/peppermint sundae cover-up.