McDonalds for X-mas

1 Dec

In Japan it is tradition to eat chicken for Christmas dinner and the most popular Christmas chicken in Japan is from “Kentucky Fried Chicken“.

Other fast-food places try to compete with Kentucky Fried Chicken, Japan every Christmas…but, to Japanese people, “X-mas dinner = Kentucky (Fried Chicken)“.

Click here to read the post I wrote that goes into more detail about Kentucky Fried Chicken for X-mas dinner in Japan.

Well, this year, from December 3rd – 25th, McDonalds in Japan will be offering a X-mas chicken dinner set that they hope will help them take some of the lucrative Christmas dinner market away from Kentucky Fried Chicken, Japan.

They’re calling it the “iCon’ Box“.

X-mas Chicken dinner from McDonalds Japan.

For ¥1,780 (about US $21), it includes:
– four “Juicy Chicken Selects” (two packs with 2 pieces each),
– ten “Chicken McNuggets” (two packs with 5 pieces each),
– sauce for the McNuggets include the two “regular” BBQ and Honey Mustard, plus a new “Sour Cream & Onion” McNugget sauce,
– two “Shaka Shaka Chicken” patties (the chicken and a flavored powder are put into a bag and shaken together)
– flavor powder for the Shaka-Shaka Chicken include the two “regular” flavors of Black Pepper and Cheese, plus a new “Pizza” flavor,
– “Mega” size French Fries
– and three cell-phone straps (“McDonalds” restaurant, “McDonalds” logo, and “Shaka-Shaka Chicken”).

Orders for the iCon’ Box will be taken beginning on December 3rd so that the meal will be ready for Christmas dinner on the 25th.

10 Responses to “McDonalds for X-mas”

  1. tokyo5 December 3, 2010 at 1:57 am #

    Yes, it was one of the four “Big America” burgers that I mentioned in this post here:

    I was surprised to see that the “Texas Burger” is the one that they’re putting back on the menu. I thought it was the worst of the four!
    I think the “New York Burger” or “California Burger” were much better.


    • jaydeejapan December 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

      Really? I thought it was the best of the four. Probably because of the barbecue sauce.


      • tokyo5 December 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

        Well I guess it was popular and that’s why they put it back on the menu.

        But I didn’t like it at all.


  2. jaydeejapan December 3, 2010 at 1:39 am #

    I’m not getting this set, but I’m definitely getting a Texas Burger. I was surprised to see it’s returning tomorrow.


  3. RattRocker December 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    I find Japan has the weirdest fast food stuff, or at least to me, Fast food for Christmas dinner doens’t sound very impressive, maybe you should cook your own KFC, to sum it up, I think fast food for dinner on a major holiday is silly, but then again I am America where we call football soccer and we call an oblate-spheroid a ball (I am talking about an american football), on the side note, I call soccer football like it should be and I call american football the game of the oblate spheroid becuase it isn’t a ball. Anyways I got way off topic, so are oyu having this “gourmet” McDonalds for dinner?


    • tokyo5 December 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

      >I think fast food for dinner on a major holiday is silly

      Japanese think so too. But in Japan, X-mas isn’t a “major” holiday. It’s a western imported holiday.
      X-mas is popular in Japan and is celebrated by many people (basically only young people (especially couples) and families with children celebrate X-mas in Japan).

      As with all holidays in Japan that are imported from the West, X-mas isn’t a “legal holiday”…it’s a normal workday.

      Kentucky Fried Chicken has a X-mas package that includes chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, etc.
      It’s the Japanese image of X-mas dinner (along with wine and X-mas cake).

      New Years is Japanese biggest holiday. On this day families get together and have a big traditional Japanese New Years dinner together.

      >I call soccer football like it should be and I call american football the game of the oblate spheroid becuase it isn’t a ball.

      Doesn’t that confuse the people you’re talking to?

      >are oyu having this “gourmet” McDonalds for dinner?

      No. It doesn’t look as good as KFC‘s X-mas set.
      Actually, we have chicken for dinner on X-mas…but usually not from a fast-food place. My wife prepares a nice dinner most years. We have had the KFC dinner before though. It’s pretty good.


      • RattRocker December 2, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

        I try to confuse people, not too much though, I was thinking that Christmas wasn’t a legal holiday in Japan but I had my doubts with the KFC and McDonalds emals being available, my family atr least, doesn’t really do much for New Years but on Christmas Eve I go to my grandparents where she makes all this really good food and family and some family friends get invited over to it, it is probably the only meal throughout the year that rivals my other grandma’s thanksgiving dinner whcih she cooks and family is invited over.


      • tokyo5 December 3, 2010 at 12:02 am #

        So you usually have Thanksgiving at one grandparents’ house and X-mas dinner at the other?

        Sounds nice.

        What do you usually eat for X-mas dinner?


      • RattRocker December 3, 2010 at 10:26 am #

        We usually have a large ham and my grandma makes this punch out of sprite and strawberry lemonade and ice cubes and it is really good, she also makes a chocolate cake; other stuff she makesincludes deviled eggs (I am not a fan of deviled eggs), coleslaw (neither coleslaw), and she makes mashed potatoes and the list goes on, I still think Thanksgiving is better though, the stuffing, turkey, corn, mashed potatoes, and especially the pumpkin and apples pies my grandma makes, man I lvoe the holiday season.


      • tokyo5 December 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

        When I was a kid, my family would go to my parents house on Thanksgiving and we’d have a huge meal of delicious food too.


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