McDonald's Happy Meals

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Five McAwesome vintage Happy Meal toys

    On a recent visit to McDonald's I spied a Hello Kitty toy in a Happy Meal, and I was almost inspired to order a kid's meal myself. The McDonald's Happy Meal was by far the most brilliant marketing idea to ever light up the golden arches -- luring kids, and their parents' disposable incomes, into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    One Book, One Denver goes to the dogs -- but why not take a bite of a Colorado book?

    ​When I equated the One Book, One Denver program with a McDonald's Happy Meal -- people-pleasing and easy to digest -- I didn't know that McDonald's had signed on to sponsor this year's celebration of reading, which will focus on The Art of Racing in the Rain. But hey, at least it's better th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    McDonald's will soon disappoint SF kids, and other unhappy news

    Mayor McCheese​Last week, San Francisco banned toys from McDonald's Happy Meals, which as of December 1 cannot contain more than 600 calories -- or a plaything! But that's not the only unhappy McDonald's news. While working at a McDonald's outlet in Brazil for a dozen years, a store manager ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Happy Meals do not decompose, and McDonald's not lovin' it

    Joann Bruso's Happy Meal at the start of her experiment.​What happens when you put a McDonald's Happy Meal on hold? Two very different women in two very different towns decided to find out. Coloradan Joann Bruso, author of the blog Baby Bites, which is designed to help parents transform picky ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Weirdest Breakfast Cereal Pop Culture Tie-Ins

    ​Marketing stuff to kids is pretty easy -- which is why the government prevented tobacco companies from doing it -- even subtly, supposedly accidentally -- a few years back. McDonald's Happy Meals are the latest to feel their knuckles rapped by this particular ruler -- the obesity epidemic am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    On 4/20, the worst places to stash your stash

    Despite the obvious enthusiasm for its legalization -- see today's rallies in Denver, Boulder, Santa Cruz and other hemp-friendly havens -- marijuana is still technically illegal. So it behooves us to consider that it might sometimes be advisable to, you know, hide it. Many have tried. And many have ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 15, 2005

    Carol Peril

    The sassy Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge skewers Dickens.

  • News

    June 5, 2003

    Grease Monkey

    Marilyn Megenity went biodiesel, and her car came up smelling like...fries.