free hit counter code McDonald’s is making a major change to Happy Meals for first time in 38 years – but you’ll have to be quick –

McDonald’s is making a major change to Happy Meals for first time in 38 years – but you’ll have to be quick

MCDONALD’S has made a major change to Happy Meals for the first time in 38 years.

The fast food giant has removed the iconic smile from millions of boxes across the country.


The smile from the Happy Meal boxes has been removed[/caption]


The Happy Meal first appeared in the UK in the 1980s[/caption]

The move aims to communicate to children it is okay not to be happy all the time, helping spark family conversations about emotions during Mental Health Awareness Week.

This follows new research commissioned by McDonald’s which reveals that almost half (48%) of UK children feel like they must be happy all the time, even if they do not want to be.

The limited-edition Happy Meal boxes have been designed to encourage parents to talk to their children about how they are feeling.

Available alongside the limited-edition Happy Meal boxes are sheets of stickers that showcase an array of emotions that children experience, enabling children to illustrate their feelings directly onto the boxes themselves.

The boxes are available nationwide in all McDonald’s restaurants, with the stickers available in select locations until Sunday, (May 19).

Full list of eight new McDonald’s food and drink items

McDonald’s has confirmed its latest menu shake-up which includes a never seen before burger and a new McFlurry.

The fast food giant has confirmed shoppers will soon be able to get their hands on eight new items in a matter of weeks.

Here’s a list of all the new items coming to menus.

  • The Hat Trick £5.89 or Medium Meal – £7.69
  • McDonald’s Chicken Sharebox – £10.59
  • 9 Chicken Select Sharebox – £8.49
  • Mozzarella Bites with a Rich Tomato Dip – £2.39
  • Skittles McFlurry – £2.19
  • Iced Latte – £2.49
  • Galaxy Caramel McFlurry – £2.19
  • Galaxy Chocolate and Raspberry Pie – £1.99

McDonald’s is working with BBC Children in Need to provide families with access to a dedicated hub of resources designed to encourage candid conversations on emotional well-being with children.

It’s in collaboration with the charity’s Mental Health Awareness Week campaign shining a light on the emotional weight children and young people across the UK carry.

The hub is available to access via a QR code on the limited-edition Happy Meal boxes, as well as via the McDonald’s website and social media channels.

Football legend and father-of-five, Rio Ferdinand, has teamed up with McDonald’s to support the campaign.

He is drawing on his own personal parenting experiences to highlight to parents and families the reasons why it is so important to have conversations about emotional well-being with your children.

Ferdinand said: “I’ve experienced first-hand with my own children how good communication and encouraging kids to embrace how they truly feel can build trust and help to manage emotions – no matter how big or small.

“It’s our job to empower our children to express themselves freely and support them every step of the way in understanding that it’s okay to not be happy all the time.”

The research also shows the emphasis parents put on their kids to feel positive all the time, as 74% of parents claim that it is important to stop their children from feeling sad.

As well as this, almost two-thirds (63%) of parents said they always encourage their children to be happy.

Louise Page, Head of Consumer Communications & Partnerships at McDonald’s, said: “We’ve been proudly supporting BBC Children in Need for four years now, and we know how important it is to help stimulate open conversations about mental health in families.

“Through this change to our iconic Happy Meal box, we hope that many more families are encouraged to kickstart positive conversations around children’s emotions and wellbeing.”

Fozia Irfan OBE, Director of Impact and Influence at BBC Children in Need, said: “Ensuring children are happy is at the top of all parents’ priorities, but allowing children to express themselves and giving them the necessary space to articulate when they aren’t feeling at their best is of equal importance.

“Mental Health Awareness Week is the perfect opportunity to shine a light on the vital impact we can make on children and young people’s mental wellbeing and we are thrilled to be working with McDonald’s to provide the necessary support parents and families may need to start the conversations with their children.”

Customers can donate the cash equivalent of their MyMcDonald’s Rewards points to BBC Children in Need through the McDonald’s App, to support the company’s commitment to helping children’s wellbeing.

For more information on the resources available, visit the McDonald’s Family Hub.

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