Squishmallow Happy Meals Are Here! But Are They Worth the Hype (and the Price)?

Happy Meals with the very popular squishmallow toys are now available in the U.S. for the first time.
Updated July 11, 2024
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McDonald’s has a history of working with exclusive brands to bring special Happy Meal toys to their stores. From Beanie Babies to Cabbage Patch Kids, collectors and kids alike flock to this fast-food chain to snag limited-edition toys while they last. And now, McDonald’s has partnered with Squishmallow for a bunch of plush toys, available now.

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What are Squishmallows?

Squishmallows are plush toys that have made a pretty big impact in recent years. They come in a variety of sizes, from miniatures to giant plushes, perfect for lounging or cuddling. They also have seasonal and limited releases with a wide range of styles, characters, and even brands like Disney and Marvel. You’ve likely seen them in stores around the country, like Target and Costco. And now, they’re about to finally make their American debut at McDonald’s. It's a great way to save money shopping by eliminating two birds with one stone. 

Why these Happy Meals are a big deal

In the summer and fall, UK McDonald’s had themed Squishmallows in their Happy Meals, and American customers have been waiting for these popular toys to appear in their local stores. Finally, these exclusive plush toys will be making their appearance in participating restaurants for a limited time. 

These Happy Meals will include 12 Squishmallow characters, including Grimace and a special surprise character. These started rolling out nationwide on December 26. Plus, these toys also come with their QR-code-accessible playlist, making them more interactive.

How to get Squishmallow Happy Meals

Like many exclusive McDonald’s Happy Meal collections, this brand collaboration might go quickly. You can visit your local McDonald’s, check their website, or go on the app to see if they’re offering these limited-time toys. But these toys will only be around while supplies last, so be sure to grab your Happy Meal while they’ve got these special Squishmallows. You may even be lucky enough to secure the mystery one.

Bottom line

If you’re a Squishmallow fan or have a kid who is, then this collaboration is one you won’t want to miss. You can even try to collect them all during your McDonald’s visits. Plus, the mystery character is a fun prize that many customers will likely be going after this winter! You can avoid wasting money on a toy by getting one with a Happy Meal first to see if it really is worth the wait. 

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Ariel Taranski Ariel Taranski is a writer for FinanceBuzz. She has worked as a content marketer for CPAs and financial advisors, and she enjoys being frugal and money-savvy in her day-to-day life. Ariel has also worked with clients such as The Knot, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Alpha Prime, and many more in her time as a freelance writer.