America's biggest fast-food franchise is making a major change to one of their most iconic meals. McDonald's Happy Meal will no longer be available with a cheeseburger or chocolate milk. In addition to those changes, they will also reduce the amount of fries that come with the meals.
The changes are being made because McDonald's wants to improve the health benefits of its Happy Meals everywhere. They have been working in tandem with Healthier Generation since 2013 in an effort to increase customers' access to fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and water, this is just another part in the grand plan to be healthier overall.
The changes will fully roll-out by June of 2018. Happy Meal combinations offered on Happy Meal menu boards will be 600 calories or fewer, and 100 percent of those offerings will be compliant with the new nutrition criteria for added sugar, saturated fat, and 78 percent compliant with the new sodium criteria.
Customer will now be able to choose from a hamburger meal, a 4-piece Chicken McNuggets meal, or a 6-piece Chicken McNuggets. Guests can still special order cheeseburgers if they want; it just won’t be on the board. McDonald’s is also replacing the small French fries with kids-sized fries in the 6-piece Chicken McNugget meal, which decreases the calories and sodium in the fries serving by half, McDonald’s said.
For the beverage options, McDonald's will be removing the choice of chocolate milk from the Happy Meals. The restaurant is currently working on reformulating the chocolate milk formula and will later reintroduce a healthier, less sugar version of the beverage.
The announcement was part of McDonald’s expanded commitment to families revealed Thursday. The chain aims to improve access to reading and wants to help keep families together through Ronald McDonald House Charities, in addition to the Happy Meal upgrades.