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McDonald’s New Pokémon Happy Meals Are Being Bought En Masse

Photo courtesy of Brian Yamamoto.

McDonald’s has teamed up with Pokémon to celebrate the gaming franchise’s 25th anniversary. Their way of doing that? Happy Meals branded with the titular game mascot, Pikachu, that also include toys and Pokémon trading cards.

While this was expected to be an easy way to get kids to ask for more McDonald’s, some of the biggest orders for these meal sets have come from adults seeking Pokémon treasure.

These people could honestly care less about the food, as they’re trying to score the packs of Pokémon cards in hope of scoring a rare one.

Over the past year, the value of rare types of Pokémon cards has vaulted through the roof. There are reports of celebrities like Logan Paul or Logic selling or buying the most coveted of these cards for over $100,000.

Rare cards include “holo” or “foil” varieties that have a kaleidoscopic sheen to them. They’ve been included at random in packs of Pokémon cards for years, but the recent spike in value they’ve seen has led to a craze where retailers struggle to keep the regular packs on shelves.

The Pokémon cards from McDonald’s include a brand new set of foil cards, some of which have already resold for close to $100 each. As such, folks are hoping to score some of these rare cards from the McDonald’s Happy Meals, and will clean out inventories to do so.

The cards themselves have a value of about $10 a pack on resale sites as of press time, making them more than double the price of the meal you would purchase to obtain one. Of course, most people are buying the meals in bulk to get their hands on these cards.

McDonald’s doesn’t have a unified policy on whether franchisees can sell just the toys or not, meaning that in some cases, folks can get away with buying out the whole stock of toys and cards and posting them on eBay. Some boxes of hundreds of these cards have popped up for sale there for close to $10,000.

Other locations have had limited amounts available or restrict to having to buy the meals. According to Kotaku, some YouTubers have gotten around this buy purchasing from multiple locations, hoping to generate enough boxes to make videos, and hopefully money, off of.

As for the meals themselves, it seems like people are trying to do their best to not have the burgers and fries go to waste. Some YouTubers will do mukbangs of themselves eating the entire order, while others gave them away to those in need.

There have been reports, although unconfirmed, of people throwing away the meals, but no physical or video evidence has emerged yet to support that case.

The Pokémon Happy Meals were just released on February 9th, meaning there should still be time to get your hands on one if you want. However, since they are a limited-time offering, chances are folks on the internet could buy the entire stock up fast.

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Pokémon Cereal Makes Comeback After 20-Year Hiatus

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While Pokémon is extremely popular around the world, you won’t find too many food products featuring the pocket monsters inside the United States. A lot of products, including cereal, Heinz Ketchup, and Eggo waffles were introduced back in 2000, but have all been discontinued since. Outside of a couple of food releases in 2009, Pokémon hasn’t seen much of a resurgence in your local grocer’s aisle.

For Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, however, General Mills has teamed up with the titular fictional universe to create a special new Pokémon cereal.

The new “Berry Bolt” breakfast box features red and blue berry-flavored corn puffs, alongside yellow marshmallows that feature the franchise’s figurehead, Pikachu.

Pokémon is celebrating its 25th year of getting folks to obsess over catching fictional monsters in 2021, so this may be just the first food product we see featuring Pikachu and other characters as the year progresses.

For now, however, you can find the brand new Pokémon cereal at grocery retailers nationwide.

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‘Detective Pikachu’ Treats Are Popping Up At 7-Eleven Stores Nationwide

Hardcore Pokémon fans have been ecstatic waiting for the release of the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie. While most brands are still focused on Game of Thrones and Avengers collabs, 7-Eleven is rolling out treats featuring the cartoon electric mouse a little early.

The movie launches on May 10th, but you can already start finding themed foods and swag at 7-Eleven locations nationwide. These include a Mr. Mime “Mystery Flavor” Slurpee, which has fruity hints of orange. Those who guess the three flavors inside correctly can enter in a sweepstakes to get free Slurpees for an entire year.

There’s also a Hi-Hat Mocha, which is apparently based on Pikachu’s caffeine addiction from the film. Some locations will have chocolate sauce and sprinkles on the side for you to add into this drink to give it an extra sugar kick.

Other items available include Snubbull and Psyduck-themed chocolate bars, as well as Slurpee containers and coffee mugs featuring various Pokémon. Pokémon ready-to-bake cookies, cupcakes, and cookie decorating kits are also being sold.

All of the Detective Pikachu items will be available in stores for a limited time.


How Starbucks Almost Leaked The Next Big Pokemon GO Update, Also PokeFrappes Are Coming


As the Pokemon GO craze hits a pretty drastic low from Niantic’s initial launch last July, the company has been quietly working to integrate the newest batch of creatures in interesting ways.

Some reportedly leaked documents from a few days ago suggest that Starbucks was working with the company to push a major launch of the newest set of Pocket Monsters.


Looks like the company is trying hard since a majority of fans have dropped off after catching the initial set of creatures from the first generation.

The documents hinted that the launch will release a line of Pokemon GO Frappuccino‘s called…Pokemon GO Frappuccinos. Essentially, the frappes start with a vanilla bean base, with the addition of black berries and raspberry syrup. The drinks will apparently launch on Thursday, Dec. 8.

According to Forbes, the partnership between the two companies could also potentially lead to every Starbucks location in the United States turning into a PokeStop.

Another interesting coincidence, Niantic said today that a big announcement will come on Dec. 12. Wonder what it could be?

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Log These Pokemon Burgers In Your Pokedex ASAP


You may have heard of Australian burger pop-up Down N’ Out, the joint with the In-N-Out Burger-inspired menu. The long-running pop-up is now adding three new burgers that’ll be sure to please Pokemon GO fans.

Meet the Pokeburgs.


Launching in Australia August 22, the first round of monstrous sandwiches feature three iconic Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Pikachu.

The burgers feature wagyu beef with different toppings depending on the Pocket Monster. Each bun is colored to match its namesake. We spoke to Ben Kagan part-owner of Down N’ Out to see how this menu came about. Surprisingly, it was Kagan who came up with it and not the pop-up’s chef Sebastian Cens.

[Cens] hated it at first, because he’s one of those sad individuals who hated the Pokemon GO trend. A few days later and he’s out-levelled me on Pokemon GO. Now he’s a Pokemon GO addict.

While the pop-up will still feature its staple In-N-Out themed menu, they wanted to branch out into something new. Ben says they’re going to test the waters with the initial launch, already trending on social media, and plan on introducing new Pokemon characters soon.

He’s got concepts for Snorlax, Clefairy, and Voltorb.

The only thing that bugged us from the initial batch was that there wasn’t a Squirtle Burger featured.

The bun kept coming out GREEN. We are working on it.

You can find the Pokeburgs during Down N’ Out’s pop-up hours at the Sir John Young Hotel, located in Sydney. Only a limited number of burgers will be available.

Photos: Jason King of Spooning Australia

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Here’s What Happened When I Went On A Pokemon Go Bar Crawl

I feel my phone vibrate in my oversized purse just as I’m about to choke down my third pickleback shot. The familiar sensation spurs a wave of relief as tears were welling up in the corner of my eyes at the thought of ingesting another one of these godless concoctions. I welcome the distraction and excuse myself from the barstool, letting my new friends know this will only take a moment. As this is our third bar of the night, “The Australians” as I began exclusively calling my new cohorts, had seen this scenario play out about a dozen times already. Phone buzzes, I pull out my device, slide my screen open to find I am once again, face to face with a Pokémon.

Yes, I have fallen victim to the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go. And I am only mildly embarrassed by it. What started out as “research” or perhaps what was always a subconscious hunger to play, quickly evolved into a bona fide addiction. I shouldn’t have been so confounded by the fact, however, that light game play could escalate into diagnosable obsession.


Not only have I read about the mania that this augmented reality game inspires, but have witnessed it firsthand. Coworkers spend hours with their feet kicked up, mindlessly flicking Pokéballs at creatures determined to evade their strikes. Friends drag me to precarious locations in hopes of uncovering rare captures. And even my mother has distracted conversations with me as she searches the parameter for PokéStops.

Beyond my own network of friends and family, the hysteria is somehow even more fervent. Not a day has transpired since the game’s inception that Pokémon Go hasn’t been featured in a headline in some capacity, with the media’s coverage of the game completely unbridled. This cycle of vehement gameplay and subsequent media attention is a crucial part of the machine that drives users’ obsessions. With headlines ranging from “What Pokémon Go has to do with armed robbery and a dead body” to “Pokémon Go players form stampede to catch rare Pokémon,” how can the average human be expected to thwart their yearning to download the free game. The short answer – they can’t.

It was time to investigate this mania firsthand.

Grabbing an extra charger, as the app is known to swiftly drain battery, and letting go of some inherent cynicisms, I fell down the rabbit hole phone in hand. I decided the best strategy to begin my hunt was through a structured bar crawl around New York.

An organized bar crawl, without the usual squad and within unfamiliar pubs, would force me to fully immerse myself in the game and deter excuses to quit, or worse, moments of introspection.

When the day my Pokémon adventure was set to begin, I awoke with a pang of dread. Whether this was was provoked by anticipation of the evening’s plan or a result of watching Room on Amazon Prime the night prior, I decided to attribute it to the former and consequently prepare myself for the day. I crossed the first threshold into addiction by downloading the game, the second by designing my avatar (a chic brunette donning an all black outfit) and the third with my first catch: a Zubat.

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The exhilaration I felt from that first capture was staggering. Why did that feel so satisfying? The tension that came from attempting to capture the wily blue bat with my first couple clumsy throws, immediately was overtaken with a sense of pride upon copy coming up on the screen reading, “Gotcha!” I chose to ignore the sensation and made a pact with myself to not play until it was time for the bar crawl.

Doing so (or not doing so as it was) proved more arduous than I had previously assumed as I found myself opening the app periodically to gauge my surroundings.

9:00pm: I Wanna Be The Very Best

When it finally struck 9:00pm I was eager to head to the meeting location to be able to re-experience that raw feeling of satisfaction. Busting into the West Village’s Fat Black Pussy Cat in the same way I do when I arrive late to work, I opened my phone before exchanging pleasantries with the others participating in the bar crawl. I’m transported into the game; phone buzzes alerting me of a nearby Pokémon, I see a Krabby — it’s mine. Boasting a slight high following my most recent conquest, I meet my comrades at the bar and indulge in the first drink special of the night, a free vodka shot with your first drink purchase, which for me was the cheapest beer they had on draft. I engaged in the small banter that uniformly occurs when drinking with strangers. However, it only took about three more sips of Bud Light to divulge my journalistic intent for the bar crawl. Like two people who realize they grew up in the same hometown or have the same last name, this sparked an instant connection as my new friends were also recent Pokémon Go converts. Visiting from Australia, these world travelers had, like me, downloaded the game upon the unbelievable hype. Following this realization, we all opened our phones and caught an adjacent Rattata.

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10:12pm: To Catch Them Is My Real Test

It was time to head to the next bar, which I was happy to do as the Fat Black Pussy Cat was unstirred with dynamic Pokémon. On the way to Off The Wagon, I’m not sure if it was because Dean, the taller, more zealous Aussie trainer had deployed a lure module or because the brief journey was inherently saturated with Pokémon, but we all caught a Staryu as well as a Jigglypuff before setting foot in the second location.

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10:17pm: I Will Travel Across The Land

There’s a Zubat right when we walk in. I catch it unceremoniously, for even as a novice player, I realized they were nothing special. What was deemed (a bit uncreatively) by the other members of the bar crawl, “The Pokémon Squad,” made our way to the bar, intent on taking advantage of any free offerings. Lemon drops are tossed back and chased with more beer. Though the life of my battery is quickly dwindling, my growing drunken state prompts me to keep my phone near with the app open so as to not miss a single lingering creature.


10:46pm: I Know It’s My Destiny

Another Rattata. Gotcha! We drink one, two, three more drinks at this bar, with each one aiding our desire to play. Dean easily becomes the most zealous as he ceases engaging in conversation except to shout at an inappropriate decibel what his latest capture was. His head hangs low, swaying gently from side to side as he is forced to squint one eye when throwing his Pokéballs to help steady his tipsy brain. In my observation of this, I catch a Pidgey.

11:11pm: A Heart So True

We leave for the third and final (for me anyway) bar, The Red Lion. Close to the comforts of my home and with 18% battery left, I knew I’d never make it to the actual last location. We make the move to our free shots, and with the choice in our hands we chose picklebacks. Note for the curious: don’t try them.

11:50pm: You Teach Me And I’ll Teach You

It is here we all catch a Spearow, and Dean with pure wonder and elation, realizes he has reached the point where he can evolve the tiny bird Pokémon. My eyes widen with child like fascination as he presses the button reading, “Evolve” and watch as the creature transforms into it’s stronger self. In this moment, I believe I had what a drug addict would refer to as a moment of clarity. The Spearow was evolving at about the same rate as my addiction to the game. It happened so suddenly and fluidly that I didn’t even have time to complete my epiphany before I was aggressively throwing a Pokéball at a Goldeen.

12:36am: In A World We Must Defend

As I stumbled home, having given a weak goodbye to my night’s companions who were too engrossed in the game to notice anyhow, I reflected on the events that transpired. I now understood the absurd headlines spurred from people breaking into hospitals to catch rare Pokémon or my mom’s indifference to my stories as she tries to catch a Poliwag. I speculate that the hype isn’t a mindless deterrence from society’s happenings, but rather a purposeful distraction from it. In an era where stories of senseless shootings are the norm, and a divided nation is something we’ve come to accept, Pokémon Go acts as the antithesis to this prolonged darkness. Though this hypothesis also functioned as a vindication for my obsession, I still decided that to be able to function as an adult human, I would need to quit the game cold turkey.

12:41am: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

I pulled up my phone to delete the app, then immediately had a relapse. A quick buzz and I see a Ghastly. Gotcha.

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PIKACHU CHURRO: Here’s Where To Catch This Adorable Dessert

With the Pokemon GO craze still going strong, a local dessert shop decided to have a little fun with their menu. The Loop, a do-it-yourself churro spot in Southern California, created these adorable Pikachu churros as a gag.


That gag got more than 10,000 likes on Instagram between three photos.

While The Loop currently didn’t serve the PikaChurro (the toothpicks used to hold the ears in place are a safety hazard) the owners knew they were onto something big. Co-owner of The Loop, Jed, had this to say:

With the huge response to the PIKACHURRO, we’re developing a way to sell it in store safely sans toothpicks. Our challenge is we get such high traffic, that we need to figure out an efficient way to serve and serve fresh, which we’re working on now. Hopefully, it will be available sometime soon this month.

Since we last spoke to Jed, he and his team have figured out a way to fashion the Pocket Monster Churro without using toothpicks – with Pocky Sticks.

Brilliant. The Loop began selling the PikaChurros on Monday, August 15. They’ll only be available Mondays through Fridays. Because of the insane popularity, the bright-yellow dessert typically sells out within the first 30 minutes of the store opening, said Jed.

We limit it to 25 per day, so they’re rare.

You can visit The Loop to get your churro and Pokemon fix – the place is a well-known PokeStop in the community.


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This Pikachu Cake Is Way Too Disturbing To Eat

With Pokemon back on top, the world will once again be dressed from head to toe in anything and everything related to Pokemon. We’re well on our way to that already. God knows how many slutty Pikachus we’re going to see at Halloween this year.

The trend has even spilled over into food, prompting all sorts of restaurants, bakeries, confectionaries and even some bars to join in on the revived cash cow. Still, there should be some limits to how Pokemon are used.

One Redditor known as TheOneInTheHat posted a photo of a cake made to look like Pikachu, only the pokemon-shaped cake was laid down on its stomach like a pig at a luau then barbarically cut into slices.

While the cake itself isn’t red or anything gory like that, the part with Pikachu’s face is uncomfortably disturbing, solely because imagining Pikachu smiling while getting chopped into pieces is the stuff nightmares are made out of. What do you think? Does this picture also make you uncomfortable?

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Photo Credit: Reddit, YouTube