For years, McDonald's has successfully sold itself as the epicenter of happy childhood memories, that's why they invented the Happy Meal. A "Happy Meal" is a kids' meal usually sold at the American fast food restaurant chain McDonald's since June 1979. The original box had a circus theme and came with fries, cookies, a soft drink, and the first Happy Meal toy. The toys, which were branded with the McDonald’s logo, included: “McDoodler” stencils, “McWrist” wallets, small bracelets, puzzles, erasers, or spinning tops. From ball pits to Happy Meals to meeting the "real" Ronald himself, kids have and still grow incredibly attached to the Golden Arches as a joyous symbol of nostalgia.

Over the years, toy makers released dozens of McDonald's-themed playsets, and these sets allowed you to make the snack-ified version of savory items with a little cranking and a lot of white bread. Mattel's Happy Meal Magic series from 1993, put the power of making Happy Meal–inspired treats right in your own hands. Take for example the cheeseburger: two vanilla wafer cookies, peanut butter, crushed cereal, and cocoa powder patty, with fruit roll-up toppings and red and yellow icing as condiments. McNuggets are bits of white bread dipped in honey and coated in cereal. French fries were made out of strips of white bread with cinnamon sugar as "salt." And for dessert? What about an apple pie made of white bread (again) and applesauce.

Updated: 10 November 2021

Happy Meal Snack Maker value and price guide

What's your Happy Meal Snack Maker worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

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1993 mattel mcdonalds happy meal magic mcnugget snack 1993 Mattel Mcdonalds Happy Meal Magic Mcnugget Snack 08/2021 £86.17
1993 mattel mcdonalds happy meal magic mcnugget snack 1993 Mattel Mcdonalds Happy Meal Magic Mcnugget Snack 09/2021 £74.21
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