How Much 12 Classic Fast-Food Items Used to Cost
Find out what your favorites cost back in the day.
McDonald’s Big Mac
In 1967, when McDonald’s introduced the sandwich that became iconic, it cost 45 cents. The price remained about a dollar through much of the 1970s, but it has gone up since. These days, the cost of two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, and onions on a sesame seed bun ranges around the world. In New York City in 2018, a Big Mac would set you back $5.09, according to Business Insider.
This confection has retained its value over time. When Wendy’s first opened in 1969, a Frosty cost 35 cents. More than 50 years later, a small Classic Frosty is just 99 cents. With changing prices comes changing places; these American towns used to be poor, but are now rich.
Pizza Hut Cheese Pizza
When college students Dan and Frank Carney opened a pizza place in Kansas in the late 1950s, a large pizza only cost $1.50, according to The Daily Meal. Now, a large hand-tossed cheese pizza at Pizza Hut goes for $14.99. Find out the 15 most convenient fast-food restaurants.
Ray Kroc opened a McDonald’s in Illinois in 1955. The price for fries and soda were each ten cents, while a burger cost 15 cents. A Classic Meal Deal today is $6. Don’t miss how your favorite fast-food restaurants got their names.
In 1965, when Fred DeLuca opened the sandwich shop in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that would grow into Subway, a sub started at 49 cents, Entrepreneur reports. Footlong subs today start at about $5.50. Find out 10 fast food facts that are actually false.
KFC Family Bucket
Colonel Sanders and his first franchisee created the KFC Family Bucket in 1957 as a way to give housewives a reprieve, according to the National Museum of American History. The “finger-licking good” meal in the bucket included 15 pieces of chicken, gravy, and six hot rolls. The price? $4.90, according to GoBankingRates.com.
In 1948, William Rosenberg opened a restaurant in Quincy, Massachusetts called Open Kettle. He charged five cents for a doughnut and ten cents for a cup of coffee. The restaurant grew into the international Dunkin’ chain. Today, a doughnut will cost you around 99 cents. Read about 10 fast food scandals that rocked the industry.
Taco Bell Bean Burrito
Entrepreneur Glen Bell took a no-frills approach when he opened the first Taco Bell in Downey, California, in 1962, HuffPost reports. His first franchise opened two years later on Torrance, California. The menu? Tacos, burritos, frijoles, and tostados. They kept the price simple too: every item cost 19 cents. Today, a bean burrito is still a deal at $1.19. Find out how much your favorite products cost when they were first produced.
White Castle Slider
When White Castle opened its first restaurant in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921, they charged five cents for their pint-sized burger, according to QSR Magazine. These days, a plain slider will run you about 72 cents. Believe it or not, these things will actually be cheaper in 2020.
Dairy Queen Blizzard
Launched in 1985, the Blizzard quickly became a major moneymaker for Dairy Queen. Back then, a 12-ounce Blizzard sold for $1.29, the New York Times reports. Now a small Blizzard will cost you about $3.69. Find out about 12 weird effects fast food has on your brain.
Starbucks Tall Coffee
It’s hard to get out of Starbucks ordering a basic coffee. But you can still order a tall Starbucks coffee from $1.95 to $2.15, depending on location, Fortune reports. That’s an increase from 1994 when the same cup of joe would have cost you $1.25. Next, find out 33 secrets your fast food worker isn’t telling you.