We saw queues of traffic tailing around retail car parks when McDonald’s reopened post-lockdown.
However, there were tears and tantrums when it announced there would only be staple items on the menu.
So, as the Big Tasty relaunches and Katsu Curry Chicken Nuggets become the latest addition to the limited edition items, we take a look back at some other ‘wish-you-were-here’ items.
Although these delights make a return every now and then, they have yet to be made a staple on the McDonald’s menu
The famous cheese melt dippers usually make an appearance around Christmas and disappear in late January.
The Camembert cheese is coated in a four bread crumb mix and accompanied by a tangy tomato dip - richer than your average ketchup.
You can currently buy four or 12 at your local store - for takeaway only.
Cheddar Dippers will be introduced to the menu on 19 January 2021.
Ice cream Sundaes
Remember those soft serve tubs of indulgence - wrapped in a choice of strawberry or toffee sauce?
Forget the 45-50g of sugar per serving, these were a firm favourite and feisty competitor to the humble McFlurry.
They were removed from the menu in June 2018, to the dismay of golden arch loyals.
Now they find themselves cheating on Ronald, with a hot fudge sundae from Burger King.
Your loss, McDee’s.
Breakfast snack wraps
Despite its championing of the convenience lunch, with Drive Thrus up and down the country, the one thing McDonald’s struggles to accomplish is the great British breakfast.
It seemed it had come close when variations of the breakfast wrap snack wraps appeared on the cheaper savers menu, but by January 2018 they were discontinued.
Now, the fast foods giant has launched its latest morning roll creation - with a sausage pate, egg, bacon, cheese, and a choice of ketchup or brown sauce.
Or you can still enjoy one staple that never quits - the Egg McMuffin.
The Arch Deluxe
The Arch Deluxe was launched in 1996 and consisted of two beef burgers, peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato, American cheese, onions, ketchup, and a 'secret' mustard and mayonnaise sauce on a sesame bun.
Introduced to captivate the classier, adult demographic, its aim was to impress the upper echelons of the fast food connoisseurs.
It is estimated that McDonald's spent over $300 million on the research, production, and marketing for the Arch Deluxe.
Unfortunately, such a thing did not exist and the beefy burger was axed in 2000.
The Big Tasty
The Big Tasty is back! It was cut from the menu in January 2020 after featuring on the McDonald’s festive menu in 2019.
A firm favourite with McDonald’s punters, it is made up of fresh British and Irish Beef patties, melty Emmental cheese, tomato, lettuce, slivered onions, and doused in Big Tasty sauce - served on a sesame seed bun. You can also add bacon.
It rivals the latest addition to the festive menu - the Double Quarter pounder with cheese (yes, it should be called a half pounder).
Crunchy and Dairymilk McFlurrys
While we waved goodbye to Smarties McFlurry only to see them return some years later, it came at the loss of two OG McFlurry flavours.
The ice-cream favours were axed in 2019, leaving the Oreo topping as the longest standing dessert choice.
Luckily, Ronald McDonald and team usually introduce a new flavour or two every Winter and Summer - with Maltesers returning again and again, along with other firm favourites such as the Flake or Galaxy Caramel.
Katsu Chicken Nuggets
It’s a match made in millennial-McDonald’s heaven. The surge in popularity of everything katsu came in the shape of other restaurant giants - such as Wagamama.
However, the fast food hybrid being sold in McDonald’s from 30 December involves bites of British chicken breast coated in Panko breadcrumbs and served with the Maccie Dee’s traditional curry dip.
There is light at the end of 2021 afterall.