Did McDonald's sell bubble gum-flavored broccoli?
This question is preposterous, I know. My friend insists that they did, but I will not allow this Willy Wonka-sounding claim to be true.
Well, no, McDonald’s didn’t sell bubble gum-flavored broccoli—but they did test it on some unlucky children.
On Nov. 13, 2014, Don Thompson, the now-former CEO of McDonald’s, spoke at an event hosted by a venture capital firm. According to Business Insider, someone asked him what the fast-food giant was doing to encourage children to eat healthier, and he mentioned that, in addition to reducing Happy Meal fry sizes and redesigning their milk jugs, yes, they’d even tested out bubble gum-flavored broccoli.
Thompson admitted that the broccoli concoction "wasn't all that," saying it confused the children who tried it. Thankfully, McDonald’s never released their godforsaken creation on the wider universe.
No, because that would be gross and disgusting. Also, McDonald's is not dumb. Have you ever seen a person eating bubble gum-flavored broccoli?