The McDonald’s Chopped Menu Items You Forgot, From McSalad Shakers to McPizza


McDonald’s fans were devastated in early 2022 when the fast-food chain announced it was permanently removing two breakfast favorites, its wraps and bagels.

The fast food chain softened the blow soon after when it revealed it was launching the Chicken Big Mac in branches for the first time, you can read more about it here, but the departure of two articles Popular made us think of other loved and lost McDonald’s menu options.

From the McRib to the Sundae to the little-known McPizza, many unique menu items have been discontinued over the years.

Read more:McDonald’s Chicken Big Mac UK release date, price and duration

Company favorites such as the Big Tasty and the Chicken Legend have also been phased out as permanent options, but are making regular returns as limited-edition items.

Breakfast bagels and breakfast wraps

The fast-food chain announced on Monday, January 24, that popular breakfast items would not be returning to restaurants after being temporarily removed from the menu in March 2020.

McDonald’s fans had hoped breakfast bagels and wraps would return one day, but in a statement, the company confirmed that would not be the case.

McDonald’s said: “It is with love and deep respect for each other that we announce that we are parting ways with Breakfast Bagels & Breakfast Wraps.

“Despite speculation and after a period of trial separation, breakfast bagels and breakfast wraps will not return to the menu.

“We adore each other deeply, but our love for the iconic McMuffin was just too hard to ignore. We want our fans to know it’s a mutual decision, as a bagel can make its own decision.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported our union. Regarding the rumors that there will be a new breakfast on the premises later this year…no comment. But for now, it’s time to say ‘it’s over’. And donut.”

Strawberry Caramel Sundaes

99p Strawberry Caramel Sundaes are no longer available at McDonald’s

There was outrage when McDonald’s announced that two longtime classics would no longer appear on the menu in 2018.

The fast food chain has confirmed that 99p caramel and strawberry sundaes have been pulled from UK restaurants because they ‘weren’t very popular’.

In a tweet at the time, McDonald’s wrote, “The Toffee Sundae and Strawberry Sundae were removed from the McDonald’s menu on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and they were removed because they were not very popular.

“Government recommendations on sugar also played a role in the withdrawal.”

A McDonald’s spokeswoman said at the time: “Removing sundaes from our menu makes room for mini McFlurries and promotional favorites like Smarties McFlurries, which have proven incredibly popular with customers.”


The McRib was first introduced in 1981. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

The barbecue-flavored pork sandwich first appeared in restaurants in 1981, but was taken off the menu four years later. Since then, it has returned for sporadic appearances on menus around the world.

It was last available on UK menus in 2015 when it launched as a limited edition for just five weeks after a 12-year hiatus, however there do not appear to be any plans to bring it back to the UK. United, and for good reason.

On their website, McDonald’s explains why they no longer sell the item, explaining: “The reason is that the McRib patty is made from minced pork and in the UK we consider it important to separate pork and beef on the grill.

“Unfortunately, many of our restaurants do not have sufficient grill capacity to cook pork and beef products at the same time.

“The breakfast menu is different as we don’t serve beef products, allowing us to have a dedicated grill for all of our delicious pork products.”


Small popcorn sized Chicken McBites were made with chicken breast in a light crispy golden brown coating, with a slight peppery flavor.

They were launched as part of the Little Tasters collection in 2013.

Fish McBites was also launched in 2013, but sadly both were taken off the menu the same year.


The classic American hot dog made its way onto the McDonald’s menu in the 1990s.

It was briefly sold in the UK in the late 1990s and as a seasonal summer item in 2002.

McDonald’s says on its website, “McDonald’s once sold a promotional hot dog, which was available for a short time.”


Yes, you read that right.

At one point, in the mid-1990s to be exact, McDonald’s tried to break into the world of pizza.

Three flavors were introduced as part of a trial, including Cheese, Cheese and Pepperoni, and Deluxe.

However, soon after, the pizzas were discontinued. According to reports, this was due to the time they took to cook.

More information about them can be found on the McDonald’s website, where the fast-food chain states: “We sold pizzas for a limited time in select restaurants in the mid-1990s as part of a test of sale and product.

“As part of the test, we tested three flavors – Cheese, Cheese & Pepperoni and Deluxe (cheese, green pepper, onion, peperoni and more) – and they were 8-inch pizzas cut into four slices. We have no plans to reintroduce pizza to our menu at this time.”

salad shakers

According to Liverpool Echo, salad shakers had three years on the McDonald’s menu from 2000 to 2003 before being discontinued.

They were in Garden, Chef and Grilled Chicken Caesar options.

Sure, McDonald’s still serves salad now, but it’s not in shaker form.

Double quarter pounder with cheese

However, an ax does not always mean the end of an article. In 2019, McDonald’s reintroduced Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese 13 years after it was last available in 2006.

The classic burger was only available for seven weeks as a limited-edition item, but has returned again in 2020, with McDonald’s confirming it will once again become a permanent resident of the menu due to its popularity.

“It’s here to stay! Now you can enjoy Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese all year round!” the fast food chain told fans at the time.

There are of course plenty of other McDonald’s UK items that haven’t stood the test of time, such as the Supersize portions which were dropped from menus in 2001.

How much do you remember and what did we miss? Let us know in the comments.

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