2017 is fast shaping up to be the year of the comeback.
In fact, the Golden Arches may not be done there either with the fast food giants potentially bringing back a few more forgotten classics before the year is out.
Much has already been made of the possible return of the McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce, following a social media campaign sparked by its appearance in the animated series Rick and Morty.
But another possibly comeback could be on the horizon – provided the fans put their full support behind it.
Though it sounds hard to believe now, there was a time when the McHotDog was an actual thing on the McDonald’s menu.
What makes that all the more surprising is the fact that original McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc, absolutely despised the things and had even vowed they would never darken the doors of the Golden Arches.
Writing in Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald’s, he said:
“There’s damned good reason we should never have hot dogs. There’s no telling what’s inside a hot dog’s skin, and our standard of quality just wouldn’t permit that kind of item.”
Despite Kroc’s comments, the McHotDog did arrive on the menu for a limited time in 2002 and could be in line for a return.
Already available in several branches in Pennsylvania, in the US, where they sold well, the McHotDog can also be found in Tokyo, Japan and as a breakfast menu item in select restaurants.
So could it comeback? According to McDonald’s the answer is a resounding yes.
Asked that very question back in 2010, they told fans to “keep their eyes peeled”, as it “may come back in the future if there is enough demand for it”.
The answer is simple: if people start calling for McHotDogs on social media, McDonald’s is likely to relent.
Then we’ll be loving it.