McDonald’s french fries found hidden in the wall of a family home for more than 60 years look incredibly well preserved
A US family who were renovating their home have unearthed a bag of McDonald’s french fries that had apparently been sitting inside a wall for more than 60 years.
Rob and Grace Jones were fixing up their kitchen and bathroom on April 16 in Crystal Lake, which is about 75km northwest of downtown Chicago, when they made the fast-food discovery.
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The northern Illinois couple were replacing a built-in toilet paper holder, requiring them to open a 10cm by 15cm section of the wall.
That’s when they spotted a towel inside the wall, wrapping up something that the young parents initially feared.
“We were expecting the worst” Grace said as she laughed on Wednesday.
“We were both like, ‘Oh, my gosh, we’re going to be unveiling a cold case here’.
“I was shielding my kids in case there was any dried blood.”
Instead, what they found was a bag with two hamburger wrappers and a remarkably well-preserved order of fries.
“Not a cold case, just some cold fries,” said 31-year-old Grace.
“They were very well preserved.”
Their ranch style house was built in 1959, and the Crystal Lake Historical Society has records of an early McDonald’s having opened a less than a kilometre from the home the same year, the Chamber of Commerce said.
It was only a takeaway location, with burgers costing 15 cents, fries 10 cents and milkshakes 20 cents, town records showed.
The wrappers found by the Jones family had the 1950s McDonald’s mascot Speedee, who predated Ronald McDonald and emphasised the chain’s — at the time — revolutionary fast service.
Jones, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, said one of her mother’s most vivid childhood memories was going to the 1955 grand opening of the McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois.
That’s where Ray Kroc opened his first franchise of the California-rooted fast-food empire, which was started by Richard and Maurice McDonald.
The couple posted photos of the fast-food archeological find on social media accounts, and it has prompted them to learn more about their community’s history.
“It’s been unreal. We didn’t expect this to take off the way it has. We just thought it was it a cool find,” said Jones, an early childhood special education teacher.
“It’s been awesome, it’s been so fun, it’s been neat, learning about the history of our neighbourhood.”
And no, the Jones family didn’t eat the aged fries.
The papers are now tucked away in a folder and the fries are in Tupperware, stored up high so their children can’t get to them for a snack.
Back in 2020, a US grandmother left the internet in shock after unveiling the state of a McDonald’s burger that had been left in a bag for 24 years.
A clip posted to TikTok shows the woman showing off the burger and chips combination that was purchased in 1996.
The video has text written across it asking followers “what happens when you leave a McDonald’s burger in a bag for over 20 years?”
TikTok user @aly.sherb posted the video to her page and it’s since been liked over 500,000 times.
“So you wanna see my hamburger? It lives in a box,” the grandmother says to the camera before showing off what’s inside.
“This is the sack that it came in and it was advertising a Nascar race in 1996.
“The french fries look like they maybe could have fallen under your seat a month or so ago – they’ve never rotted or decayed.
“The hamburger itself – the bread has never moulded, the meat has never rotted.
“It’s never even broken, it’s completely intact.”
Naturally, social media was left stunned, with several comments being left on the video.
“This burger is going to live a longer life than me,” one person said.
“40 seconds in the microwave and it’ll be like new,” another joked.
“This burger is older then (sic) me n(sic) still has less damage,” one social media user added.
That wasn’t the first time a McDonald’s burger has stood the test of time.
A decade-old McDonald’s meal also remains almost completely intact and on show in Iceland.
The burger was purchased in 2009 when McDonald’s closed its stores in Iceland.
“The hamburger, which still shows no signs of decomposition is now exhibited at Snotra House,” the venue’s website explains.
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