I was driving in this morning and a new billboard caught my attention. It was a McDonald’s billboard talking about their new “Mickey D’s® Dinner Box” for only $9.99. Seemed like a good price so I figured when I got to work I’d check it out. Not because I would actually buy it (I’ve documented my issues with fast food here) but just cause I was curious as to what actually goes into this fabulous purchase.
Mickey D’s® Dinner Box
- 2 Big Macs
- 2 Cheeseburgers
- 4 Small Fries
- 10 Chicken McMuggets
Yes, I know the photo I snagged off the web is a little misleading as it also includes 4 sodas, but let’s be honest… Is the typical family (or person) that buys this Dinner Box NOT going to get a Coke too? Plus, that’s probably how they’re making their money on this deal. Check out this article.
If you look at the McDonald’s website here’s how they market this deal:
“At McDonald’s®, what do we call it when we bring together two legendary Big Mac® sandwiches, two juicy cheeseburgers, four small World-Famous Fries®, AND a ten-piece Chicken McNuggets®—all for one unbelievably low price of $9.99? Well, we call it the new Mickey D’s® Dinner Box. But you can call it Family-tastic. Or One-Less-Job-for-Mom. Or Dad’s Night to Cook. The Mickey D’s® Dinner Box. More value to love.”
I’m just glad they didn’t reference this as a “nutritious” choice… cause it’s far from it.
Nutritional Value Of The Mickey D’s® Dinner Box
- 2 Big Macs – 1,060 calories (530 each), 54 grams of fat (27 each), 170 milligrams of Cholesterol (85 each), 1,920 milligrams of Sodium (960 each)
- 2 Cheeseburgers – 580 calories (290 each), 22 grams of fat (11 each), 90 milligrams of Cholesterol (45 each), 1,360 milligrams of Sodium (680 each)
- 4 Small Fries – 920 calories (230 each), 44 grams of fat (11 each), 0 milligrams of Cholesterol (0 each), 520 milligrams of Sodium (130 each)
- 10 Chicken McMuggets – 470 calories, 30 grams of fat, 65 milligrams of Cholesterol, 900 milligrams of Sodium
So for the “meal” we’re looking at 3,030 calories, 150 grams of fat, 325 milligrams of Cholesterol and 4,720 milligrams of Sodium. I’ve archived the McDonald’s Nutrition Information here. As you go through it, you’ll see that these are not even the worst items offered. Prepare to be appauled.
So, if we look at the Recommended DAILY Intake we’ll see that this single meal:
- Contains enough calories to feed 1.5 people for a day (2,000 calories per day per person)
- Contains enough fat for 2.3 people (65 grams of fat per day per person)
- Contains just slightly over the daily Cholesterol (300 mg)
- Contains enough Sodium for 1.96 people for a day (2,400 milligrams per day per person)
And all this… for just $9.99. And we wonder why we’ve got an obesity epidemic.