This Beautiful Inheritance: The McDonald's Happy Meal: Making Generations Happy

Monday, April 27, 2015

The McDonald's Happy Meal: Making Generations Happy

The FTC requires me to tell you that I am a brand ambassador for McDonald's of Central Arkansas. But mainly, I talk about McDonald's because I (and my kids) love the place.

I still remember my firstborn's first Happy Meal. We were sitting at a table inside the Play Place. We ordered her a four-piece nugget. And I snapped a photo. Because Happy Meals are a hallmark of childhood worth celebrating.

 
I remember ordering many a Happy Meal from the back seat of my parents' car as a kid. And now, a generation later, my kids are doing the same.
 
 
I love how, in recent years, McDonald's has made their Happy Meals healthier too. The orders of fries are now smaller, and they offer healthy side options like apple slices, Go-Gurt, and Cutie oranges. We love all three. And I feel even better about ordering Happy Meals for my kids.
 
 
And maybe it's just me, but I feel like the Happy Meal has stepped up its game in the toy department. All the toys my kids have gotten lately are ones they actually want to keep and play with. (I can't get by with tossing these in the trash.)
 
 
And now, Happy Meal fun extends even beyond the smiling red box. Kids can access HappyMeal.com anytime or download the McPlay app (with the help of parents) for games, educational ebooks, previews of upcoming toys, and more. On the app, you can even scan your Happy Meal toy to unlock hidden games!
 
And did I mention that for every Happy Meal you buy, McDonald's donates 1 cent to the Ronald McDonald House? When you consider all the Happy Meals bought in our state in a year, that adds up to a lot of helping hands!
 
The memories, the toys, the healthy side options, the benefits to charity... there are so many reasons to smile when you buy a Happy Meal. Our family plans to keep creating smiles for years to come.
 
 






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