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How the McDonald’s Happy Meal Has Changed Over the Years

Reader's Digest Logo By Maggie Ward of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 9: Before the Happy Meal, there was the 'Treat of the Week.' While the Happy Meal didn’t make a full appearance until the late ’70s, McDonald’s locations in Canada were already focused on what kids love best: toys! Each week, McDonald’s offered a different toy by request to their young diners, called 'Treat of the Week.' Little did these clever innovators know that 50 years later, McDonald’s would be distributing 1.5 billion toys each year. Here are 11 surprising McDonald’s menu items you won’t find today.

At first, you could order only the toy

Before the Happy Meal, there was the 'Treat of the Week.' While the Happy Meal didn’t make a full appearance until the late ’70s, McDonald’s locations in Canada were already focused on what kids love best: toys! Each week, McDonald’s offered a different toy by request to their young diners, called 'Treat of the Week.' Little did these clever innovators know that 50 years later, McDonald’s would be distributing 1.5 billion toys each year. Here are 11 surprising McDonald’s menu items you won’t find today.
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