McCone-ing? Really?

 

eat it, don't play with it...

 

A little break from my trip down the fast food memory lane to take a look at a popular new way to annoy the drive thru worker at your local McDonald’s..McCone-ing. Or maybe Coneing? Or Coning? I don’t know how you spell it but it just seems stupid. Here’s how it works – you order an ice cream cone, pay for it and then, when the drive thru employee hands it out to you from the window, you take it from the top of the cone, grabbing the ice cream and speed away in your mom’s Volvo, leaving behind a confused or maybe pissed off employee. Here is a video of some really cool dudes out coneing around town.

I have to admit the last guy’s reaction was kind of funny and I guess that is the whole point of the prank. If you are planning to go out to try your McConeing skills, just remember you may get the ice cream thrown at you or worse. There are a lot of videos on YouTube of the prank going bad. And to end this article, here’s a video of an angry McDonald’s manager who wouldn’t allow the coneing to happen on his watch…

 

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McDonald’s Burritos and Fajitas..1991

From 1990 to 1993, I was employed by McDonald’s doing everything from working the grill to taking orders at the front counter. Sometimes, thanks to the internet, it reminds of things I completely forgot about, for example, the introduction of the Breakfast Burritos and the now long gone Chicken Fajita. For whatever reason, McDonald’s went into the burritos biz and despite the fact that the breakfast option may still be around, it just seemed strange. Anyway, I found this picture of a tray liner plugging the new items and it did take me back to 1991.

From what I remember, the breakfast burrito was pretty popular but the chicken fajita had a pretty quick death. And I had a major problem learning to wrap a burrito correctly. I hated making those things.  If I remember correctly, all the fajita option came in a little plastic bag that we would cut open and fry on the grill before dumping it into a tortilla shell. Oh man, I just found a commercial…

It seemed like everyone was pretty excited about these burritos things but, like I said, the fajita died off pretty quickly. I never even bothered to eat one of them. Makes me wish I did but that’s the way it goes…

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The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special..Brought To You By McDonald’s…

As hard as I have tried to remember, and maybe I missed something, I can’t really find a good tie in from a fast food place to Thanksgiving. I doubt little money is made by the burger places on Thanksgiving, in fact most are closed on this great holiday. Fortunately, though, I was able to find this old ad spot from McDonald’s from 1986 sponsoring the classic cartoon “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”. Apparently McDonald’s ran a bunch of commercials during the show that year.

Tomorrow kicks off the official Christmas shopping season and, over the years, McDonald’s and friends have been commercializing the life out of that season. That’s all for now, go enjoy some leftover turkey and check back tomorrow.

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1978 Kentucky Fried Chicken Commercial…

One of the reasons I started this little blog is my love of old commercials. I like the toy commercials and some for cars or old movie trailers but the ones that always really take me back are the fast food commercials. This Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial features all that was great in olden days advertising – over eager employees, bratty kids, a perplexed mother and a catchy jingle. Let us watch this commercial and remember back to simpler times…

I don’t what is the best of the ad..the kids I could barely understand gurgling something about wanting crispy chicken, the Mom looking pained about the situation or the employee actually looking like she gave a damn who Becky or Sally or whatever the other kid’s name was..it was great! I also liked the part at the end where the twins are chowing down in the back on their undeserved chicken and Mom sits in the front driving them home looking relieved. Maybe her husband would beat her if the kids didn’t get the exact chicken the demanded? Who knows? The 1970’s were a strange time..

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Burger King sues Sarah Michelle Gellar

In 1981, before she became Buffy The Vampire Slayer or Mrs. Freddie Prinze, Sarah Michelle Gellar was a spokesperson for Burger King commercial. She was gutsy enough to point out that Burger King’s burgers were twenty percent larger than the wimpy version peddled by McDonald’s. Being that this was on of the first times that a fast food place called out opponent by name, McDonald’s pretty much literally flipped their shit and sued everyone connect to that commercial. Everyone from the Burger King, the advertising company that created the  commercial and, just for the fun of it, Sarah Michelle Gellar. By the way, she was four years old.

At some point, cooler heads prevailed or at least they came to settlement sometime in 1982. Sarah was five at the time and, while I’m not sure if she had to pay out any cash, I’m sure she was given a firm lecture on not making fun of Ronald and his boys. That clown can’t take a joke! Anyway, below is the controversial commercial. Enjoy!

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Baseball Cards..Long John Silver’s Style…

I grew up collecting baseball cards, just like about every other guy in the mid-80’s and early 90’s, and that was the hook Long John Silver’s used to get us to buy a Fish and More dinner. After all, back then baseball cards were like gold. And to be honest, they weren’t too bad as far as baseball cards go, they were officially licensed by both the Players Association and Major League Baseball, that meant none of those lame cards were the team logos are airbrushed off the jersey. Made by Starline in 1990, the cards were pretty popular and made a great addition to your collection. LJS even made a commecial to let us know how awesome these baseball cards were…

Yes, that was then Chicago Cub Mark Grace shilling the cards, I am guessing he got paid in hushpuppies. If you bought a one of the fish meals and a large Coke they gave you the cards for free. Their were eight sets of the cards available, with five cards per set. Apparently their was a mail in offer where you could get a poster of one of the featured players for four bucks but I have never met anyone who ever actually ever bought one. All in all, it is actually a pretty nice set of cards featuring the popular players of the day.

The bad thing about these baseball cards is that they are pretty common. While I didn’t eat at Long John Silver’s very often, my grandparents did – everyone’s grandparents did. And they brought you back the cards. I have at least four complete sets stashed away here at home and I haven’t bought a baseball card in the last twenty years. But still, it was really cool promotion. After all, LJS wasn’t trying to make it a valuable collection they just wanted to sell fish. And it worked. Nothing wrong with that.

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For That Special Child In Your Life….The Burger King Play Restaurant

I have always been kind of amazed by the amount of Fast Food related toys I see on the shelves at my local Wal-Mart but sometimes I am even more amazed at what was available back when I was a kid. Remco put out a McDonald’s action figure/doll thing back in the mid 70’s (and yes, we will be looking at that later) but I recently came across this awesome Burger King Play Restaurant. To be honest, I am not sure of what to make of it. I know that back in the 70’s these cardboard kid playhouses were a big deal. But a play Burger King? Complete with drive thru window? Wow!

mommy and daddy still love you..

It was featured in the Sears Wishbook (if you were a kid in the 70’s or 80’s you know what I am talking about, the Wishbook was the bomb!) along side girly playhouses and army forts. I’m not sure what parent saw this Burger King set and thought “You know, I think little Johnny would enjoy that” and really meant it. And, as a parent, I would be terrified if my child came to me and asked for this for Christmas. I doubt it sold well…how could it? What parent would tell the friends and family little Billy is in the backyard selling pretend hamburgers in his little cardboard shack? I am sure someone bought it, and if you did please email me immediatly.The set came with a paper hat, Burger King bags, an order pad and some other crap. Not too shabby for a toy that would make you the neighborhood outcast.

The McDonald’s Riverboat

I grew up in the 1980’s, living in Southern Illinois and we would visit St. Louis on a pretty regular basis, often to either take in Cardinals baseball game, visit the zoo or spend a day at Grant’s Farm. But I have to admit, one of my favorite attractions in that wonderful town was the McDonald’s Riverboat.  After all, I was probably eight years old, I was legally required to love McDonald’s and what eight year old kid could pass up a floating McDonald’s? I don’t know the numbers but I would bet it would be zero.

Though it is sad to admit, I am pretty sure I only had the chance to eat their twice, somewhere around 1983 or 1984. I do remember vividly dropping the Astronik from my Happy Meal into the Mississippi River below. I didn’t cry, I didn’t even get sad. It just seemed kind of cool. While it was the same food served at every other McDonald’s in United States,  it just seemed better eating it while sitting on the deck of a floating McDonald’s. After all, most fast food is pretty much the same – there are only so many things you can do with hamburger patties and ketchup, but you have to admit, McDonald’s really stepped it up by serving it on a damn riverboat.


The St. Louis McDonald’s Riverboat was a landmark but finally time caught up to it and the world no longer needed a floating McDonald’s. And a little other known fact – it really wasn’t a riverboat. It was just a barge that had a riverbaot shaped McDonald’s built on top of it. But For reasons I am not sure of, and probably wouldn’t agree with anyway, the powers that be decided it was time to shut the place down. I have no real idea of what happened to the place but chances are it was dismantled and sold for scrap. A sad ending for a place that made a lot of kids excited but a victory for parents who couldn’t stand the though of eating one more Big Mac. I miss the place but I still continue on…

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welcome to my blog…

If you think about it, some of your earliest memories are tied to the world of fast food. It may have been going out to eat with your parents and getting a Happy Meal or a birthday party at Burger King.  Or, like me, maybe your first job as a teenager in the early 1990’s was frying hamburgers in the kitchen at your local McDonald’s. I worked for two and a half years doing everything from taking orders at the drive-thru to unloading a truck’s worth of frozen quarterpounders. While it was not something I wanted to do for a career, I didn’t mind working there. I made enough money to buy a car (my reason for the job) and I think I learned a little about having a job in general. But it did leave me with a facination about the history of fast food and it’s place in history. So, here with the help of the this blog, I am going to share with you some of the things I remember when it comes to fast food industry – the promotions, the commercials and all of the other fast food things I come up with. Feel free to chime in with your own stories.

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