The Happy Meal is a firm favourite at McDonald's - and not just for kids. But it's about to look a lot different, with changes to the Happy Meal menu due to get underway this summer.
The fast food franchise announced today that they are putting a big emphasis on making the Happy Menu a healthier option, meaning what's on offer is about to change.
In June of this year, the first of these changes will happen in the USA, where the only options listed on the HM menu will be a hamburger, or chicken nuggets. Customers who would like a cheeseburger will have to specifically request one.
The size of the fries is also going to change in the 6-piece mcNugget meals, with kid-size boxes replacing the current small fries.
They'll also be reformulating the chocolate milk to contain less sugar, and bottled water will be a featured item on the Happy Meal menu.
The aim is to have all Happy Meals coming in under 600 cals, and fitting new regulations around sugar and sodium intake.
The statement on the website reads:
Using rigorous nutrition criteria grounded in science and nutrition policy, by the end of 2022, at least 50 percent or more of the Happy Meals listed on menus (restaurant menu boards, primary ordering screen of kiosks and owned mobile ordering applications) in each market will meet McDonald's new Global Happy Meal Nutrition Criteria of less than or equal to 600 calories; 10 percent of calories from saturated fat; 650mg sodium; and 10 percent of calories from added sugar.
Can't argue with those stats.