McDonald's: Happy Meal new menu swaps THIS customer favourite for a bottle of water

McDonald’s Happy Meal is a kids’ meal which has been sold at the fast food chain since 1979.

Traditionally, the meal has included a selection of mains, including a cheeseburger, a hamburger or chicken nuggets.

However, the cheeseburger option is to be removed from menu boards in a bid to make the meals healthier.

This is part of a move to lower the calorie content of meals, while boosting their health credentials.

Chocolate milk will also be taken off the menus, according to the press release, and replaced with bottled water.

“In June 2018, 100 percent of the meal combinations offered on Happy Meal menu boards in the U.S. will be 600 calories or fewer,” said a press release. 

“100 per cent of those meal combinations will be compliant with the new nutrition criteria for added sugar, saturated fat, and 78 per cent compliant with the new sodium criteria.

For now, the changes will apply to US branches of McDonalds, however, it is known McDonalds in the UK is also making changes to make its menu items more healthy.

The small French fries contained in the meal will also be reduced to a “kids-sized fries”, with half the calories and salt of the former serving.

So will these McDonald’s Happy Meal menu changes soon apply to the UK, and if so when? 

A McDonald’s UK spokesperson explained their stance in a comment to

“We take our responsibility to families very seriously and in the UK we have, for a long time, been committed to evolving our Happy Meal menu to keep in step with what parents want,” they said.

While a cheeseburger is still available on the UK Happy Meal menu, it has not been advertised as part of the Happy Meal for over 10 years, the spokesperson explained. 

“Subsequently the average Happy Meal consumed in the UK last year contained 19.3% less salt, 9.4 per cent less saturated fat, and 13.5 per cent less sugar, compared with the average Happy Meal sold in 2006.

“There is also an increased choice of Happy Meal combinations, including semi-skimmed organic milk and mineral water and today, mums and dads can swap Fries for Carrot Sticks or a Fruit Bag.”

Earlier this month, McDonald’s released two new versions of its Big Mac meal.


The first is the Grand Big Mac, which is the same burger in a larger size.

The second is the Mac Jr. – a smaller version of the Big Mac made with one less beef patty.

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