D24 durian is a milder flavored version of the infamously fragrant Southeast Asian fruit, and of course a durian McFlurry is a seasonal treat in Malaysia and Singapore. This ad is a marvel of economy—the special McD-branded durian handling gloves tell you everything you need to know about how seriously McDonald’s takes the task of properly dealing with the world’s most aromatic fruit.

McAloo Tikki, India

There is really nothing not to like about these singing, dancing, Bollywood potatoes. You can even sing along with the handy karaoke lyrics.

McKroket, Netherlands

This sandwich looks absolutely appalling, but there’s something so pleasantly downmarket and basic about this ad, it feels like a Mentos commerical redux. McKroket, the freshmaker! Also, the dig at American tourists at the end is well placed.

Kiwi Burger, New Zealand

Putting sliced beets on a burger became a point of antipodal pride sometime in the twentieth century, first in Australia and then in New Zealand. This vintage McDonald’s commercial from the 1990s celebrates not just questionable burger toppings, but all things Kiwi in a very enjoyable, very nuts kind of way.

Smoked Meat Poutine, Canada

This is the most unnecessarily fancy commercial for a pile of fries covered in gravy, cheese, and smoked meat imaginable. Jeff Petry is a hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens, but for some reason this commercial seems to be referencing Oceans 11, which has nothing to do with hockey, Canada, McDonald’s, or poutine.

Prosperity Burger, Asia

Across much of Asia, McDonald’s rings in the lunar New Year with a special Prosperity menu consisting of a McRib-like beef or chicken patty covered in black pepper sauce, curly fries, a Prosperity McFizz drink, and assorted other specials, which change yearly. The commercials for the Prosperity menu aren’t nearly as creative as the Bollywood potatoes. Instead they’re fascinating in their proof that McDonald’s can take nearly any local custom, dish, or celebration and reduce it to a molded patty of emulsified meat product.

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