March is just around the corner, which for McDonald's lovers, also means it's time for the seasonal mint-flavored green shake to reappear on the menu.

Beginning February 7th, the original Shamrock Shake will become available, as well as four other brand new varieties, including the Chocolate Shamrock Shake, Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, Shamrock Mocha, Shamrock Hot Chocolate.

The beloved original version, composed of vanilla soft serve blended with mint syrup, launched in 1970 and has developed somewhat of a cult-following. The popular green shake is only available in the weeks leading up to St. Patrick's Day.

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Since being founded in 1955, McDonald's has seen a lot (!!!) of success.

I mean, as of now, there are over 36,000 restaurant locations worldwide, they serve approximately 69 million people per day and they make approximately $27.44 billion in revenue per year -- that's impressive.

But, even with all their success, there have been a few major food fails over the years. Do you remember any of these?

9 McDonald's Menu Items That Majorly Failed:

1. McLobster

This is basically a hot dog bun stuffed with "lobster," lettuce and sauce.

Much like the McRib, this sandwich appears every once in a while at select locations across the country, only to vanish weeks later. As a whole, it doesn't see much success.

Currently, it's only available in parts of New England and eastern Canada.


2. McSpaghetti

Somehow, this product is pretty popular in certain areas of the world -- namely the Philippines -- and even has a bit of a cult following.

But, in the U.S., this dish failed miserably.


3. McAfrika

Okay, this was more of a fail because of the name, not the taste.

The pita-like sandwich was one of the biggest marketing catastrophes McDonald's has ever seen, because it was released in 2002 during a slew of famines in southern Africa.

They later apologized and pulled the item.

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4. McHotDog

Apparently, the founder of McDonald's, Ray Kroc, banned hot dogs because he felt they were unsanitary -- understandable. But, when he died, the chain decided to try them out, and it was a total fail.

These can still be found in some locations around the world, but you will never find them in the U.S.

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5. McSoup

This was literally Campbell's soup poured into a McDonald's cup. The company thought it would be popular in the colder seasons, but it wasn't.

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6. McPizza

First of all, no one wants to go to McDonald's for pizza -- ever. Second of all, it took 10 or more minutes to cook, which defeats the purpose of going to a fast food restaurant.


7. McSalad Shakers

The concept was okay, but in the end, people just wanted normal salads.

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8. McLean Deluxe

In the 1990s, McDonald's put this abomination out. In an attempt to be healthy, they made a burger that was a mix of lean beef and seaweed extract -- ewww.

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9. McD.L.T.

In an effort to keep the lettuce and tomato from getting hot, McDonald's released this burger which separated the patty from the toppings.

This item was actually a fan-favorite, but it was discontinued after the restaurant, due to criticism from an increasingly environmentally-conscious America, decided to stop using styrofoam containers.

The thing I love most about McDonald's is that they're true to themselves, and don't often change their menu.

Of course, since being founded in 1955, the historic fast food chain has expanded and updated the foods they serve, but they haven't veered far off the original path -- burgers and fries.

Now, in addition to their delectable burgers, they offer breakfast items, such as Egg McMuffins and McGriddles, McCafe items such as lattes, coffee and shakes, and healthy options, such as chicken nuggets, salads, wraps and oatmeal.


But, even though McDonald's has made many changes toward the healthier, a lot of their menu items still veer on the side of dangerously caloric, fat and sodium dense.

So, next time you visit your favorite fast food destination, keep these menu items in mind.

McDonald's 11 Unhealthiest Menu Items May Surprise You:

11. McGriddle

Calories: 448

Fat: 22 Grams

Sodium: 1,110 milligrams


10. McDonald's Sausage Biscuit with Egg

Calories: 570

Fat: 35 Grams

Sodium: 1,290 milligrams


9. Crispy Chicken and Bacon Premium McWrap

Calories: 620

Fat: 32 Grams

Sodium: 1,540 milligrams


8. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagel

Calories: 630

Fat: 27 Grams

Sodium: 1,040 milligrams


7. Premium Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich

Calories: 670

Fat: 30 Grams

Sodium: 1,199 milligrams


6. Frappe Mocha, Large

Calories: 680

Fat: 22 Grams

Sodium: 160 milligrams


5. Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese

Calories: 750

Fat: 45 Grams

Sodium: 1,060 milligrams


4. Cheeseburger Happy Meal

Calories: 840

Fat: 23 Grams

Sodium: 790 milligrams


3. McCafe Shakes

Calories: 850

Fat: 15 Grams

Sodium: 340 milligrams


2. McFlurry with M&Ms, 16 oz.

Calories: 930

Fat: 32 Grams

Sodium: 256 milligrams


1. Big Breakfast with Hotcakes

Calories: 1,150

Fat: 56 Grams

Sodium: 2,150 milligrams


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When I'm looking to eat healthy, I don't usually think, "Oh, let me run to McDonald's for something light." But, as it turns out, the famous fast food joint actually has some decent options.

Now, in addition to their delectable burgers and fries, McDonald's offers non-red meat and healthy options, such as chicken nuggets, salads, wraps and oatmeal.

So now, when you're trying to shed a couple pounds, you don't have to forfeit health for convenience.

McDonald's 6 Healthiest Menu Items:

6. Grilled Sweet Chili Chicken Premium McWrap

Calories: 380
Fat: 15 Grams
Sodium: 1,090 milligrams


5. Buffalo Ranch McChicken

Calories: 360
Fat: 16 Grams
Sodium: 990 milligrams


4. McChicken

Calories: 360
Fat: 16 Grams
Sodium: 800 milligrams


3. Premium Classic Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Calories: 350
Fat: 9 Grams
Sodium: 820 milligrams


2. Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken

Calories: 290
Fat: 8 Grams
Sodium: 680 milligrams


1. Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken

Calories: 220
Fat: 8 Grams
Sodium: 690 milligrams

The thing I love most about McDonald's is that they're true to themselves, and don't often change their menu.

Of course, since being founded in 1955, the historic fast food chain has expanded and updated the foods they serve, but they haven't veered far off the original path -- burgers and fries.

Now, in addition to their delectable burgers, they offer non-red meat and healthy options, such as chicken nuggets, salads, wraps and oatmeal.


But, even with those changes, the original menu items have remained among the most popular.

I mean, are you surprised?

McDonald's Top 10 Menu Items:

1. French Fries


2.Big Mac


3. Snack Wrap


4. Happy Meal


5. Egg McMuffin


6. Apple Dippers and Baked Apple Pie


7. Chicken McNuggets and Chicken Select Strips


8. Premium Salads


9. Double Cheeseburger


10. McGriddles Breakfast Sandwich

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If you've ever wished you could binge on unlimited golden fries from McDonald's, you can now grant that wish at an experimental McDonald's in Missouri.

The restaurant in St. Joseph has christened itself the "McDonald's of the Future", and will feature a customizable menu complete with digital order kiosks and all you can eat fries. For the kids (and maybe adults too), this model will include tabletop video games, as well as interactive tables. All we can hope is that this restaurant does well in Missouri so that we can reap its bounty across the South.

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