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Who can forget this: 'The Burger With the Grown-up Taste.' I never saw what was so grown-up about it; adding more to the mystery was how they advertised it with kids showing opposition to the Arch Deluxe. You may have seen these type of ads on TV or, more prominently, on highway billboards. Thus, the Arch Deluxe had to be one of the most hyped products introduced by McDonalds...and also one of the least healthful by any food chain. According to an issue of Consumer Reports magazine, just one Arch Deluxe contained nearly 600 calories - the near equivalent of 15 Burger King Whoppers. Based on the average diet, that's about 1/4-1/3 of what you need for the whole day! The article put it best: 'Hardly what your arteries need.' I guess the kids DID have every right not to like the Arch Deluxe...who's gonna miss it now? I didn't think so.
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Harry - September 21, 2008 - Report this comment
The Arche Deluxe was amazingly good. The sauce really made it unique.
Stewie - September 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved the Arch Deluxe, especially the peppered bacon. This was a sandwich I could never get tired of. I worked at McDonald's when this came out and most of my break meals included the Arch. They said this was an "adult sandwich" and I remember seeing commericals with kids frowning upon it. If there's any "adult" sandwich that kids love to hate and that I love it's the Arch. It should never have left the menu. I have dreams about McDonald's putting it back on the permanent menu and keeping it there for all time!
mister man - December 10, 2008 - Report this comment
i too loved the arch deluxe...a stoner's delight.
Nicole - January 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I liked the other arch sandwiches. The arch crispy chicken was so good. The bread they used tasted a lot better.
Patrick - February 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I'll always long for the Arch Deluxe. I remember it fondly. Came out in the spring of 1996. I was away at college and the Arch Deluxe was a night of fine dining back then. A very good sandwich worthy of a petition to McDonald's for it's reinstatement. Let's unite to bring back the Arch Deluxe!
Chad - May 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved the Arch Deluxe. I was in high school at the time and would get one every day after practice it seemed like. We had like 100 coupons which made the sandwich only $1.00 and with the meal you'd get a sheet of sports cards, football mostly. Maybe it wouldn't be as good now days however they should bring it back for a while.
Dr. Ether - August 15, 2009 - Report this comment
"just one Arch Deluxe contained nearly 600 calories - the near equivalent of 15 Burger King Whoppers." This is incorrect. A regular Whopper actually has MORE; 670 calories. Also, Double Whopper has 920 calories, Triple Whopper has 1160.
Sara - February 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved that special bread too.
Erin - March 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I was actually in one of those commercials and never understood why they left so quick! We need to definitely bring that burger back to America!
Alexis - April 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I think i'm the only one in the world who remembers the commercial..two little black boys rapping i think they were twins " we not shorties act like you know im the man i run the show we are upon this microphone dont call us kids believe it we're grown" cant believe i remember that lol
Shannon - May 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I was about 11 when this burger came out and I loved it, wish it would come back, the new angus deluxe is not so great .
kelly - July 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED the Arch Deluxe burger.. came out in Spring '96, when I gratuated highschool. I found this site via google search, 36 weeks pregnant and I could really go for an Arch. McDonalds still tries to come out with a newer, better speciality burger and they just do not cut it. Maybe Arch was such a flop because they tried to hard to market it. Marketing 101: they should take their failures and leasons learned on launching the burger and try again for success this time. Please just bring back the ARCH !!!
Meagan - November 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Ahh....the good ole days. (sigh) Loved that bacon. I still to this day bring it up in conversation every couple months.
Kulkulkan - December 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Here I thought I was the only obe who, loved this thing! Almost worth the cost to go to France to get one...almost.
Joe - February 09, 2011 - Report this comment
You need to change that comment about 15 Whoppers. If 600 calories equals 15 Whoppers that means one Whopper is only 40 calories and that's blatantly false on the face of it. I doubt that either the top or bottom half of the bun is only 40 calories let alone the whole Whopper. The lettuce and tomato probably have more than 40 calories. If you're going to rip one company's products using another company's products to back up your claims then at least use accurate information. Oh, and a 600 calorie burger is nothing these days. There's burgers out there with 1500 calories or more now, so an Arch Deluxe looks positively healthy in comparison.
Ty - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Just so you know, the whopper has 600 calories.
Zack - January 25, 2013 - Report this comment
The Arch Deluxe was so awesome. I especially liked the special dijon sauce. I'm not sure why they discontinued it but i wish they'd bring it back. If there were health concerns, i'm not surprised though because "healthy" living was in at the time.
Jenny - March 28, 2013 - Report this comment
I think the original posters calorie count is way off...600 calories is "near equivalant" to 15 Whoppers! In this day and age, 600 calories is really not that bad for a burger...not great, but still not bad...
brian - July 02, 2013 - Report this comment
That was a damn good burger. The Arch and Fish Deluxe were my favorite drive-thru options in grad school.
MR SISTER - October 30, 2013 - Report this comment
YEAH!! THey need to bring back the Arch Deluxe, best burger McDonalds EVER made. I think it was not the right timing for the product. Nowadays $6 for a burger really isn't that bad, considering Carls Jr. and Hardee's have a whole line of $6 burgers and there doing just fine. PLEASE!! Mikey D's bring it back !!!!
Bellke - April 05, 2014 - Report this comment
whats not to like
Erin - August 12, 2014 - Report this comment
I really wish I'd tried one of these. They looked delicious! Sadly in '96 I was a kid and I was eating McDonald's PIZZA!
Brianna - January 22, 2015 - Report this comment
Hi everyone! I am a college student doing a paper on this burger. I am having trouble finding the cost of it. Can anyone help me/
CJG - February 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Brianna, how did the paper go?
John Harrison - June 30, 2015 - Report this comment
I used to work at McDonbalds when this burger was sold, heck I still have my Arch Deluxe & You...Team Deluxe fold out pamphlet they handed out to all the employees when they were rolling this thing out. I wonder if its collectible by now?
Ca$h Fl0 - October 08, 2015 - Report this comment
The fact that it was marketed for adults made it actually appeal to me as a kid! Like I wanted to be like an adult. First full large sized value meal I ate as a kid. Too bad I was 8 yrs old and headed toward being overweight. Nonetheless my favorite of all time and needs to be brought back. I'd be worried that it wouldn't be the same if it came back. Who knows if they still have the recipe and access to all the ingredients. They should bring it back for limited times like the mcrib

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