Category: Food – Old

The McDonald’s Superhero Burger of 1995

McDonald’s has released more than their fair share of various hamburgers and sandwiches through the years. Some have been big hits, and others colossal flops. And while different ones like the McD.L.T. have been discussed at length through the years, the Superhero burger rarely gets mentioned. Let’s change that.

Historically, the Big Mac has always been the largest burger on McDonald’s menu.  But for one glorious month in 1995, it played second fiddle to the Super Hero Burger.  With it’s 3 (that’s right, 3!) burger patties on a hoagie length bun, with two different slices of cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo….this sucker was a monster. 

The Super Hero burger had two promotional tie-ins attached to it.  First and foremost, it was available during the release of the movie Batman Forever, and Batman, Robin, Riddler, and Two-Face all figure prominently in the advertising spots for this burger.  Secondly, 1995 was the year that McDonald’s released a different burger every month, known as their “Taste of the Month”, and this was the featured item one month.  Speaking of the “Taste of the Month” promotion, I’m going to have to dig deeper into that for some future write-up. That was a great year for new products from McDonald’s.

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Products of the Past: Christmas Glasses From Arbys

Back though the ’80s and early ’90s, Arby’s used to roll out sets of glasses for the Christmas season that you could purchase. There were various sets they released including goblets, tumblers, and just regular old glasses.

Some were adorned with red and green, and others featuring etched artwork. The ones I’m interested in are featured in the photo at the top.

I wish I had more details on these but I don’t. That’s partly why I’m doing this post. I’m hoping one of you out there can shed some light on them for me.

What I remember is that these were released either at the very end of the ’80s, or possibly in 1990 or 1991. My Mom saw them and instantly knew she had to have them. We ended up getting four of them for our family, and she would trot them out every Christmas season to drink punch from. The rest of the year they stayed on display on the top of her china cabinet in the kitchen.

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My Famous Christmas Punch Recipe!

You may not know this, but I’m a pretty damn good cook. Not necessarily in the vein of a Gordon Ramsey or an Emeril Lagasse, but when it comes to good old southern cuisine, you won’t find much better.

A lot of times, the simpler the recipe, the more it’s enjoyed, and that’s pretty much the story with my green Christmas punch. Now I can’t take credit for creating it. Hell, I remember my mama making this punch every year when I was young. But since I make a big deal out of it and put on a full presentation unveiling it each year, the locals around here identify this stuff with me.

Regardless of any presentation or how much I hype it up, this stuff stands on it’s own. Just one taste and you’ll know what all the fuss is about. It’s like green liquid crack. Green liquid crack with creamy sherbet floating in it.

It’s quick and easy to make, and I cannot suggest strongly enough that you make it this year for your Christmas. But if punch isn’t your thing, you can also try my recipe for quick and easy egg nog.

Green Punch

An exceptionally good punch for any occassion.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Christmas, Christmas Punch, Green Punch, Grinch Punch, Lime Punch, Punch

Ingredients

  • 2 packs Lime Kool-Aid
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 48 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 ltr Sprite or 7-Up
  • 1 bowl Lime Sherbet
  • 1 cup hot water

Instructions

  • Add koolaid, sugar, and water to punch bow. Still until disolved
  • Add pineapple juice and soda. Stir.
  • Chill until ready to serve
  • Just before serving, add bowl of lime sherbet to start melting into the punch
  • Over indulge and enjoy

Notes

You can make this a party punch by substituting the soda with champagne, rum, vodka, or just about any other clear liquor.