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Awaiting sightings: McDonald's McFruits/ Ham & Cheese Melt/ Pasta Salad
Posted: 12:18 Sun 02-03-2003. Price: from 59p.
reports that McDonald's will be offering "fresh slices of fruit and bags of grapes" in the UK in April, apparently as "an alternative to fries". No mention of this on McDonald's own New Tastes page, however, which promises such low-fat delights as the "Toasted Ham & Cheese Melt", "Pasta Salad with Chicken", and - yes, there is a God - the return of the Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry. It seems likely they'll promote this (the apples and grapes, I mean) as part of the Department of Health's five-a-day campaign to get us to eat at least five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Intriguingly, the French have a similar campaign encouraging their populace to eat *ten* 80g portions of fresh fruit and veg a day - getting on for almost a kilogram...
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Posted: 21:20 Wed 05-03-2003 by "Snackspot"
Comment: Just tried the Chicken Salsa Flatbread (£2.48 by itself), a "premium chicken fillet in a seasoned coating with iceberg lettuce & salsa sauce, wrapped in a warm sun-dried tomato & herb flatbread". Not too different to the old Chicken McPremier to be honest - and like many new McDonald's products, seems to take ages for them to make (I'm always suspicious of whether they're actually microwaving the meat round the back). Unlike the other two hot offerings, you can get a drinks and fries option with the Chicken Flatbread however, to the possible disappointment of anyone hoping to purchase a 99p Toasted Ham & Cheese Melt meal deal.
Posted: 22:28 Wed 19-03-2003 by Snackspot
Comment: Finally got hold of the Toasted Ham & Cheese Melt - aka "a toasted flatbread filled with cheddar cheese sauce, tasty roasted ham & melted mozzarella" (99p). As you'd expect, nothing too substantial, but it did appear to have been recently toasted, and I was surprised how - for the first time I can remember for a McDonalds product - you could actually taste some herbs. Was that really - a hint of rosemary...?
Posted: 20:18 Fri 28-03-2003 by "Neiltosh"
Comment: Toasted Ham & Cheese melt spotted in Swindon: ordering two provides a surprisingly filling lunch. Reports of herbs somewhere in there harder to digest than the product itself, however.
Posted: 21:57 Fri 28-03-2003 by "Guilty (and anoymous) McDonald's user"
Comment: H&C Melt spotted in Altrincham. I thought it looked horrible on the ads and fellow users said the same - I can't see it being around for long.
Posted: 23:06 Fri 28-03-2003 by Snackspot
Comment: In the interests of balance - an astonishing catalogue of recent protests against McDonald's: http://www.robwalker.net/html_docs/mcprotest.html . My personal favourite has to be: "In Quito, Ecuador, on March 20, protestors haul
[away] a Ronald McDonald statue, to be burned. For reasons that aren't clear, they seem to have scrawled a swastika on his chest."
Posted: 00:26 Sat 29-03-2003 by "Quaint1"
Comment: I had one of the HAm and Cheese MElts and the Chicken Pasta Salad (I was feeling peckish) in one of the Basildon MvD's a couple of weeks ago - the Melt was somewhat insubstantial - basically a folded flatbread with warm cheese spread and some bits of ham-like stuff. Edible, but not exactly more-ish.
The salad (I had to state my request a couple of times - teh assistant thought I was ordering the Chicken Salsa thing) was pasta, chicken and may based sauce in a plastic tub. Not bad, actually.
Also had the Cadbury's minis thing - 3 CAdbury's choc cakes for 79p. Too small.
Chicken Salsa thing I had last week - not too impressed, mainly because I got a thick but short bit of chicken, which meant an inch or so of empty flatbread on either side. Salsa is just a variation on the usual Tomato sauce.
Posted: 18:02 Wed 02-04-2003 by "Martin"
Comment: The Creme Egg McFlurries are most definitely back. A friend of mine is a McEmployee at an undisclosed location, and took home a 2kg pack of Creme Egg fondant. Y'know, just the yellow stuff. I think he's been eating it with everything.
Posted: 20:03 Wed 02-04-2003 by Snackspot
Comment: Spotted the McFruits just now, in the McDonalds near Swiss Cottage tube. In London. To be honest, I didn't actually try them, as they were on a poster apparently offering new options for the Happy Meal. Of which they are one. Apparently including sliced apples and a grape. And costing an "extra 59p".
Posted: 17:20 Fri 04-04-2003 by Snackspot
Comment: Fantastic pics of McDonald's posters from Austria & Italy:
Posted: 13:14 Sat 05-04-2003 by "Ben"
Comment: from the babymilk site: "...it seeks the ultimate image transfer - equating burgers to breastmilk."
ummm I don't get it, can anyone give me a hint? My best guess is it's some kind of wordplay.
Posted: 07:32 Thu 17-04-2003 by "Connie"
Comment: It's great to see you have this great salad coming, especially with the flavors, thank you. You are always surprising me with you new products, I like to have an alternative to the good old standby hamburger, people are going towards the learner more healthy you, thats what i think of the salads , great idea, and the ham melt, yum, keep on the good work McDonalds.
Posted: 13:22 Sat 19-04-2003 by "Segue"
Comment: Ben: I think they're referring to the McDonalds 'M' as looking like a pair of pert tits. "The providers" and all that.
Posted: 21:30 Wed 07-Feb-2007 by "Rhoslyn"
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Comment: What is funny is that apparently, the salads are more fattening than the burgers because the sauces have got tons of calories in them. A salad never really fills me up anyways.
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