TL 4-15 IS MCDONALD'S DAYMcDonald’s was founded on April 15, 1955 by Ray Kroc.  They began by making their own French fries and selling hamburgers for 10 cents a piece.  They’ve always made great shakes, and according to my diabetic educator, McDonald’s has the best ice cream for low-fat and low-sugar because they use ice milk.

Kroc tried many jobs before he found success.  He was an ambulance driver in the First World War and was later a Multi-mixer milkshake machine salesman.  If we learn anything from this success story, it’s that we should never give up!

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.  – Ray Kroc

 Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.
  In 1974, McDonald’s helped open the first Ronald McDonald House — a “home-away-from-home” just steps away from a hospital for families with sick children. To this day, they stand by RMHC in their mission to provide children with support, stability, and the best medicine of all — their families. Each year, McDonald’s proudly helps RMHC impact the lives of nearly 9 million children — both in your community and around the world.

Did you know that 1 in 8 American workers has been employed by McDonald’s at some time in their life?

Fast food joints come, and fast food joints go…  but somehow McDonald’s just rides the economical wave and is constantly reinventing itself for upcoming generations.  They are one of the few places that make a shake especially for St. Patrick’s Day – the famous Shamrock Shake!  Unlike the regular vanilla shake, the Shamrock Shake packs a calorie, fat and cholesterol punch.

When you’re green you’re growing, and when you’re ripe you start to rot.   – Ray Kroc

When a cup of Joe went from coffee to cafe’ ole…  well wouldn’t you know that McDonald’s would come up with their own brew?

McDonald’s has sold well over 100 billion hamburgers.  

My memories of McDonald’s relate to the old commercials.  I remember when the Big Mac was introduced with the greatest jingle ever:  TWO ALL BEEF PATTIES, SPECIAL SAUCE, LETTUCE, CHEESE, PICKLES, ONIONS ON A SESAME SEED BUN!

Back then we didn’t think about the calories in it or the 29 grams of fat and who knows how much saturated fat?  Back then we were in blissful denial of all that stuff.  McDonald’s was FUN…  it was a treat we indulged in once in a blue moon when mama didn’t feel like cooking.  I know that sounds like an excuse…  believe me – I know – but trust me, the 1970’s were a very different time.

In 1975 the first McDonald’s drive-thru was created near an Arizona military base to serve soldiers who were not allowed to get out of their cars while wearing fatigues.  From that time, other fast food places followed suit all over the country.  It seems that McDonald’s has led the way with all the really great ideas.  In 2005, they added salad to their menu with a variety of low-fat dressing choices.  Eventually, other fast food restaurants did the same.  Although a McDonald’s spokesperson admits that the sales of salads counts for only 2-3% of total sales, it’s nice that the option is available.

As America gets smarter, we make better choices.  It looks like McDonald’s will be there to serve us a more healthy diet in the future.  I’ve enjoyed their new healthy foods, including the new oatmeal for breakfast and the new fresh salads, which are much better than the ones they first introduced.  I’m glad they are offering a more diverse menu these days.  🙂







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