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A history of
McDonald’s breakfast

The fast food leader has history with the most important meal of the day. Take a look through innovations from McDonald’s.

A sweet start

A sweet start

A sweet start
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Franchise owner Jim Delligatti, who is also credited with inventing the iconic Big Mac for his Pittsburgh-area franchises, receives permission from owner Ray Kroc to sell doughnuts and sweets at his restaurants during breakfast hours.

1971

Origins of Egg McMuffin

Origins of Egg McMuffin

Origins of Egg McMuffin
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Inspired by the success of breakfast in Pittsburgh, McDonald’s begins testing a “Continental Breakfast.” Meanwhile, the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich is invented by California franchisee Herb Peterson. The company likens it to eggs benedict on the go.

1975

McMuffin goes mainstream

McMuffin goes mainstream

McMuffin goes mainstream
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The Egg McMuffin achieves nationwide release. This iconic sandwich holds its uniform shape thanks the development of the egg ring that is now used in all of the company’s restaurants, according to McDonald's.

1977

Breakfast goes national

Breakfast goes national

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McDonald’s debuts a breakfast menu at all of its restaurants. The innovative menu includes the Egg McMuffin, hotcakes, toasted English muffin, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns and Danish.

1986

Biscuits go crazy

Biscuits go crazy

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The company adds biscuits to its national breakfast menu. The restaurant is now responsible for serving one out of four breakfasts in the US that is not cooked at home, according to McDonald's.

1991

That’s a wrap

That’s a wrap

That’s a wrap
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The company adds Breakfast Burritos to its national breakfast menu. The Tex Mex-inspired wrap was created by two Houston-area McDonald’s franchise owners.

2003

Syrup included

Syrup included

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The fast food company merges hotcakes with a breakfast sandwich to create McGriddles and adds it to the national menu. The company describes the fusion food item as, “soft, warm griddle cakes with the taste of sweet maple.”

2010

Healthier options arrive

Healthier options arrive

Healthier options arrive
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McDonald's starts offering oatmeal nationwide. The health-focused Fruit & Maple Oatmeal contains two servings of whole grain oats, red and green apples, cranberries and two varieties of raisins.

2013

Low calorie McMuffin

Low calorie McMuffin

Low calorie McMuffin
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Expanding on its healthier breakfast options, McDonald’s introduces the Egg White Delight McMuffin. The sandwich only uses grilled egg whites and counts for 250 calories.

2015

Breakfast for dinner

Breakfast for dinner

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McDonald’s launches all-day breakfast on October 6, 2015 in an effort to grow overall sales.

2018

Off menu creation

Off menu creation

Off menu creation
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The triple stack becomes the first new addition in years to the McDonald’s lineup. The company says the item is available for a limited time.

2019

Do not pass on donuts

Do not pass on donuts

Do not pass on donuts
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McDonald’s introduces donut sticks.

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