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Encyclopedia > Happy Meal
Happy Meal logo, English
Happy Meal logo, English
Happy Meal logo, Japanese. Text reads "Happy Set"
Happy Meal logo, Japanese. Text reads "Happy Set"
Happy Meal logo, Spanish. Text reads "Happy little box"
Happy Meal logo, Spanish. Text reads "Happy little box"

A "Happy Meal" is a meal specially tailored for children, sold at the fast-food chain McDonald's since June 1979. A toy is typically included with the food, both of which are usually contained in a small box or paper bag with the McDonald's logo. Download high resolution version (1685x1685, 482 KB)Happy Meal logo, English This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Download high resolution version (1685x1685, 482 KB)Happy Meal logo, English This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Download high resolution version (1685x1686, 614 KB)Happy Meal logo, Japanese This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Download high resolution version (1685x1686, 614 KB)Happy Meal logo, Japanese This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Download high resolution version (1685x1685, 441 KB)Happy Meal logo, Spanish This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Download high resolution version (1685x1685, 441 KB)Happy Meal logo, Spanish This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... For the coarsely ground flour, see flour. ... For other uses, see Child (disambiguation). ... McDonalds in Times Square, New York McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest fast food chain restaurant, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries and carbonated drinks. ... A teddy bear A toy is an object meant to be played with. ... An empty cardboard box elaborate wooden box Boxes are highly variable receptacles. ...


The Happy Meal was the brainchild of St. Louis, Missouri advertising manager Dick Brams, who in 1977 contracted Kansas City-based advertising firm Bernstein-Rein to develop a children's meal item that would promote McDonald's as a restaurant for families, specifically those with smaller children.[1] Nickname: Gateway City, Gateway to the West, or Mound City Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: Country United States State Missouri County Independent City Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area    - City 66. ... Nickname: City of Fountains or Heart of America Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Bernstein-Rein is an advertising agency located in Kansas City, Missouri. ...


The first Happy Meal in 1979 (a regular hamburger or cheeseburger, fries, McDonaldland Cookies sampler, and a soft drink) was the Circus Wagon Happy Meal. It cost one dollar and contained a McDoodler stencil, a puzzle book, a McWrist wallet, an ID bracelet and McDonaldland character erasers.[2] Hamburgers often contain beef, lettuce, onions, and other toppings in a bun. ... A McDonalds cheeseburger A cheeseburger is a hamburger which additionally contains a slice of cheese. ... French fried potatoes, commonly known as French fries or fries (North America) or chips (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Commonwealth) are pieces of potato that have been chopped into batons and deep fried. ...


Often the Happy Meal is themed to promote a current movie. The first such promotion was the Star Trek Meal, to promote Star Trek: The Motion Picture in December 1979. Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979; see also 1979 in film) is the first feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series and is released on Friday, December 7. ...


Today Happy Meals consist of three parts:

In some locations the choices have been expanded to included a grilled cheese sandwich (known as a "Fry Kid") as one of the options. French fried potatoes, commonly known as French fries or fries (North America) or chips (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Commonwealth) are pieces of potato that have been chopped into batons and deep fried. ... Strawberry Sundae In the United States, one of the most familiar ice cream desserts is the ice cream sundae. ... An ice cream cone or cornet is a cone-shaped pastry, usually made of a wafer similar in texture to a waffle, in which ice cream is served, allowing it to be eaten without a bowl or spoon. ... A soft drink is a drink that contains no alcohol. ... Hamburgers often contain beef, lettuce, onions, and other toppings in a bun. ... A McDonalds cheeseburger A cheeseburger is a hamburger which additionally contains a slice of cheese. ... McDonalds Chicken McNuggets Chicken McNuggets (established 1983) are a fast-food product offered by the restaurant chain McDonalds. ... Fishsticks or fish fingers are a processed food usually made using white fish such as cod (although with cod quotas, alternatives are now popular). ... Chicken Wings can refer to: A type of food, a serving of the wing sections of a chicken. ...


In the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and other countries, McDonald's has recently introduced a "healthy option" to the Happy Meal - children can now choose to have milk or a fruit juice drink instead of a soft drink, and bags of dried fruit (or a whole piece of fruit such as an apple, or carrot sticks) in place of fries. Juice is the liquid naturally contained in plants. ... Fruit stall in Barcelona, Spain. ... This article is about the tree and its fruit. ... Binomial name Daucus carota L. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ...


To make the trademark internationally recognizable, McDonald's now uses the term "Happy Meal" in all countries. There are some exceptions, such as in French Canada, where it is also called "Joyeux Festins" (meaning happy meals) but is called Happy Meal in France. A trademark, trade mark, ™ or ®[1] is a distinctive sign of some kind which is used by an organization to uniquely identify itself and its products and services to consumers, and to distinguish the organization and its products or services from those of other organizations. ...


The Happy Meal did not introduce the practice of providing small toys to children. In Canada, the promotion prior to the Happy Meal was called the "Treat of the Week," where a different toy was available free on request each week; it continued after the Happy Meal was introduced.


Happy Meal toys have become increasingly elaborate in recent years. While initially they were little more than a cheap plastic trinket such as a frisbee or ball, they have since evolved into much more sophisticated toys, many of which are a tie-in to some existing toy line or contemporary motion picture. Past examples of recent Happy Meal toys have included Ty Beanie Babies, Neopets toys and a trading card, Mattel brands Barbie and Hotwheels, Hummers, and toys based on many Disney cartoons. A Wham-O Professional Frisbee For the amusement ride, see Frisbee (ride). ... computed tomography of a soccer ball (Video) Balls are usually hollow and spherical but can be other shapes, such as ovoid (only in a few special cases) or solid (as in billiards). ... A tie-in is an authorized product that is based on an existing or upcoming media property, such as a movie or video/DVD, computer game, video game, television program/television series, board game, web site, role-playing game or literary property. ... Beanie Baby with its ty tag Ty Inc. ... Teddy Beanie Baby A Beanie Baby is a stuffed animal filled with plastic pellets, or beans, rather than stuffing (see PVC). ... Screenshot of the Neopets homepage viewed with Internet Explorer Neopets is an online virtual pet game. ... Mattel Inc. ... Barbie is a best-selling doll launched at the American International Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. ... Hot Wheels is a popular brand of toy automobile, introduced by U.S. toymaker Mattel in 1968. ... Current Hummer logo. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney; NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ...


Initially buying the toy separately from the meal was discouraged, although this is now a fairly common and accepted practice, with "toy" now appearing on the menu.

Contents

Selected menu items

The original Happy meal simply consisted of a hamburger or cheeseburger, twelve-ounce soft drink, McDonaldland Cookies and a small order of French fries. In recent years, however, other options have been added to make them healthier and add more variety:

  • Australia: The current available happymeals include: Cheese & Tomato Toasted Sandwich (with saltanas, choice of drink and toy). A nugget happymeal with option of 6 or 3 piece McNuggets, with choice of drink. A cheese burger or hamburger happymeal including fries drink and toy. A new type of Happy Meal named 'Pasta Zoo' is to be launched 17th January. This Happy meal contains 10 peices of animal shaped Pasta, 'Zoo Goo' sauce, a low fat milk drink with a milk sipahh straw, ripper grippers and a toy. The box is also in the shape of an animal, this happy meal will replace the toasted sandwich happymeal.
  • Brazil: McFruit drinks, yogurt, MeltCheese Sandwich or 4 McNuggets Pack.
  • Canada: Grilled cheese sandwiches, Apple Dippers, One-percent milk or chocolate milk, Apple or Orange Juice.
  • France: Yogurt smoothies and flavored water.
  • Hong Kong: Fresh Corn Cup, Hi-Calcium Mango Fruit Yogurt, Hi-Calcium Low Fat Milk/ Chocolate Milk, Orange Juice.
  • Indonesia: Fried Chicken.
  • Italy: Fruit cups.
  • Japan: Fish McDippers.
  • Mexico: Milk and orange juice.
  • New Zealand: Fruit Juice, Bottled Mineral Water, Packet of Sliced Apples, Fresh Milk.
  • Norway: Mini carrots.
  • Romania: Dannon yogurt, apples, Nesquik cereal bars, and mini apricot pies.
  • Spain: Kid-sized bottled mineral water and Dannon low-fat yogurt.
  • United Kingdom: Organic milk.
  • United States: One-percent milk or chocolate milk and Apple Dippers.
  • A variety of fruit, chicken, and yogurt products in markets around the world.
  • Philippines: Spaghetti.

McDonalds Chicken McNuggets Chicken McNuggets (established 1983) are a fast-food product offered by the restaurant chain McDonalds. ... Fish McDippers are deep fried, batter coated, fish nuggets offered as part of Happy Meals in Japan and Malaysia. ... A glass of cows milk A goat kid feeding on its mothers milk Milk is the nutrient fluid produced by the mammary glands of female mammals (including monotremes). ... Spaghetti in a bowl. ...

International differences

The name of the meal differs internationally. In Japan, it was called Okosama Lunch from 1987 to 1988, then Okosama Set from 1988 to 1995 (Okosama is a polite word for "child"). It has been Happy Set ever since. In Japan, it is common to use honorific titles after a persons name. ...


Toys differ. In Japan, unique toys were offered from 1987 to 1996.


In Spanish-speaking United States, Hispanic America and Puerto Rico it is known as "Cajita Feliz" (Happy Little box in Spanish). In Spain, it is called "Happy Meal". In Brazil is known as "McLanche Feliz" (Happy McSnack in Portuguese), however in Portugal it's called "Happy Meal". Hispanic America (Hispanoamérica in Spanish) refers to those parts of the Americas inhabited by Spanish-speaking peoples. ...


Other uses of "Happy Meal"

The term Happy Meal is also a name given to an Ethernet adapter used in Sun Microsystems machines. The interface name is shown as hme when one views the interfaces via the ifconfig command. See also Big Mac Ethernet is a large and diverse family of frame-based computer networking technologies for local area networks (LANs). ... Sun Microsystems, Inc. ... The Big Mac is a type of hamburger, a signature sandwich sold by the McDonalds chain of fast-food restaurants since 1968, made with two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. ...


Trivia

Happy Meals have been served to Guantanamo Bay prisoners as a reward for showing signs of good behavior.[3] Detainees upon arrival at Camp X-Ray, January 2002 Guantánamo Bay detainment camp serves as a joint military prison and interrogation center under the leadership of Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), has occupied a portion of the United States Navys base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002. ...


Others believe that the Happy Meal was in fact invented in Guatemala in the late 1970s by a female McDonalds Franchise Operator.



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People: Dick and Mac McDonald | Ray Kroc
Ralph Alvarez | Fred L. Turner | Jim Skinner | George Cohon | Don Gorske | Michael R. Quinlan | Joan B. Kroc

Foods: Menu items | Arch Deluxe | Big Mac | Big N' Tasty | Big Xtra | Chicken McNuggets | Chicken Selects | Filet-O-Fish | Happy Meal | Lean Beef Burger | McChicken | McDLT | McDonald's Fruit and Walnut Salad | McFlurry | McRib | Mighty Kids Meal | Quarter Pounder | Shamrock Shake | Special sauce | Egg McMuffin | McGriddle McDonalds in Times Square, New York McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest fast food chain restaurant, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries and carbonated drinks. ... Richard Dick McDonald (February 16, 1909 – July 14, 1998) and Maurice Mac McDonald (November 26, 1902 – December 1971) were two early American fast food pioneers, originally from New Hampshire, who established the first McDonalds restaurant in 1940. ... Ray Kroc: American entrepeneur. ... Ralph Alvarez (born 1951 in Cuba) is a Cuban-American businessman and the current President and COO of McDonalds. ... Fred L. Turner was one of the first employees of McDonalds in 1956. ... Jim Skinner is the Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of McDonalds Corporation. ... George A. Cohon, O.C., O.Ont. ... Donald Gorske of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, is a Big Mac enthusiast who has eaten over 20,000 Big Mac cheeseburgers in his lifetime, winning a place in the 2005 Guinness Book of Records in the process. ... Michael R. Quinlan is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and became the chairman of the McDonalds Corporation. ... Joan Beverly Kroc (née Mansfield) (August 27, 1928, St. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... The Arch Deluxe was a hamburger created and marketed by McDonalds with the intent of capturing the adult fast food consumer market, presented as a more sophisticated burger for an adult palate. ... The Big Mac is a type of hamburger, a signature sandwich sold by the McDonalds chain of fast-food restaurants since 1968, made with two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. ... The Big N Tasty is a McDonalds fast food hamburger introduced in several U.S. cities in 1996 and nationwide on February 16, 2001 with NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant featured in the advertising campaign. ... The Big Xtra is a McDonalds fast food sandwich that was released in 1999 and became a regular menu item until replaced in 2001 by the smaller Big N Tasty. ... McDonalds Chicken McNuggets Chicken McNuggets (established 1983) are a fast-food product offered by the restaurant chain McDonalds. ... Chicken Selects are McDonalds menu item. ... The Filet-O-Fish is a fish sandwich sold by McDonalds since 1963. ... Lean Beef Burger is a hamburger that is a healthy alternative to McDonalds regular menu. ... McChicken sold in India (Note the sesame seed bun)  It should be possible to replace this fair use image with a freely licensed one. ... The McDLT (McDonalds Lettuce and Tomato) was a hamburger product based on a novel form of packaging. ... The fruit and walnut salad is a fruit dish sold in US branches of global fast-food chain McDonalds. ... McDonalds McFlurry A McFlurry is a brand of flavored ice cream distributed by McDonalds restaurants. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Mighty Kids Meal is a meal from McDonalds designed for preteens, who are older than those who might eat a Happy Meal, but still not hungry enough to eat from the full menu. ... A Quarter Pounder is a McDonalds hamburger made from approximately 1/4 pound (4 ounces or 114 grams) of beef, weighed before cooking. ... The Shamrock Shake is a seasonal dessert sold at select McDonalds fast-food franchises during March, to commemorate St. ... Special sauce is the informal name given to the variation of Thousand Island dressing used in the McDonalds Big Mac hamburger. ... The Egg McMuffin, introduced in 1973 by operator Herb Peterson in Santa Barbara, California, is the brand name for a breakfast sandwich available at McDonalds consisting of a slice of canadian bacon, a poached egg, and a slice of cheese on an English muffin. ... The McGriddle is the brand name for a breakfast sandwich available at McDonalds in Canada and the United States. ...


Characters: Ronald McDonald | Mayor McCheese | Birdie the Early Bird | Hamburglar | Grimace | Captain Crook | Big Mac | Fry Guys/Fry Kids | Uncle O'Grimacey | Mac Tonight Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-01-14, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... Mayor McCheese is the mayor of the fictional McDonaldland, created for an advertising narrative for the McDonalds fast food chain. ... Birdie the Early Bird Birdie the Early Bird is one of the McDonaldland characters used to promote McDonalds Corporations restaurants. ... The Hamburglar circa 1970s The Hamburglar circa 1980s The Hamburglar circa 2003 The Hamburglar is a fictional character used in marketing campaigns for McDonalds restaurants. ... Grimace Grimace is a fictional character who is part of the marketing campaign of McDonalds. ... Captain Crook is a fictional character who was used in marketing for McDonalds Restaurants from 1971. ... In addition to McDonalds signature sandwich, Big Mac was the name of a character in McDonaldland, the fictional world created as an advertising campaign for McDonalds. ... The Fry Kids are McDonaldland characters used to promote McDonalds restaurants. ... Uncle OGrimacey Uncle OGrimacey is a character of the fictional McDonaldland, created for an advertising narrative of the McDonalds fast-food restaurant chain both in celebration of St. ... Mac Tonight was a mascot introduced by McDonalds restaraunts in 1983. ...


Places: Countries with McDonald's franchises | McDonaldland | The Hamburger Patch | McDonald's Museum | Ronald McDonald House | Hamburger University Countries with McDonalds stores McDonalds is one of the most successful restaurant franchisers in the world, with locations in over 100 countries and territories. ... From left to right: Hamburglar, Ronald McDonald, Grimace and Birdie the Early Bird (as they appeared in a series of commercials for McDonalds). ... The hamburger patch was the term for the fictional gap in McDonalds hamburger expenditure. ... The McDonalds Museum is located near the site of the former McDonalds restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois opened by Ray Kroc in 1955, which the company usually refers to as The Original McDonalds. ... Parker Anderson-Stanley, four, visits with Olympic gold-medalist Cassie Campbell at Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta in Calgary on Saturday, 2006-01-14. ... Hamburger University is a 130,000 square foot (12,000 m²) training facility of McDonalds Corporation, located in Oak Brook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. ...


Other: History | TV campaigns and slogans | Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. | McDonald's Menu Song | i'm lovin' it | Fast Food Nation | Super Size Me | Golden Arches | The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald | Legal cases | McDonaldization | M.C. Kids video game | Global Gladiators | McDonald's Monopoly | Supersize | Urban legends This is a timeline of the history of McDonalds. ... There have been many McDonalds TV campaigns and slogans over the years, and they are one of the most prevalent fast food advertisers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The McDonalds Menu Song was an instant-win promotion created as part of an advertising campaign, which ran from 1988 to early 1989. ... im lovin it is an international branding campaign by McDonalds Corporation primarily aimed at people aged 15-24. ... Fast Food Nation, paperback edition Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (2001) is a book by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser that examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry. ... Super Size Me is a 2004 documentary film, directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. ... Golden Arches, the McDonalds logo The Golden Arches are the famous symbol of McDonalds, a fast-food hamburger chain based in Oak Brook, Illinois, USA. They were introduced in 1953, when Dick and Mac McDonald began franchising their company, as part of the standard building design: a pair... The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald was a series of retail animated video features produced by Klasky-Csupo for the McDonalds hamburger chain. ... McDonalds has been involved in a number of lawsuits and other legal cases the course of the fast food chains 66-year history. ... McDonaldization is a term used by sociologist George Ritzer in his book The McDonaldization of Society. ... M.C. Kids is the title of a video game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Virgin Interactive during 1991 in Europe (where it was called McDonald Land), and in February of 1992 in the United States. ... Global Gladiators (or alternatively Mick and Mack: Global Gladiators) is a platform game released for the Sega Master System and Sega Genesis. ... The McDonalds Monopoly game is a sweepstakes advertising promotion of McDonalds and Hasbro that has been offered in the United States, Canada and Australia. ... Supersize was a trademark that referred to the largest portion size available in meals offered by McDonalds. ... Golden Arches, the McDonalds logo. ...


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Happy Meal: Information from Answers.com (765 words)
A "Happy Meal" is a meal specially tailored for children, sold at the fast-food chain McDonald's since June 1979.
The first Happy Meal in 1979 (a regular hamburger or cheeseburger, fries, McDonaldland Cookies sampler, and a soft drink) was the Circus Wagon Happy Meal.
In Canada, the promotion prior to the Happy Meal was called the "Treat of the Week," where a different toy was available free on request each week; it continued after the Happy Meal was introduced.
Happy Meal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (790 words)
The Happy Meal was the brainchild of St.
Often the Happy Meal is themed to promote a current movie.
A new type of Happy Meal named 'Pasta Zoo' is to be lauched in Australia in early January 2007.
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