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McDonald’s celebrated the 50th anniversary of its beloved Egg McMuffin last month by offering it for just 63 — the same price it sold for when it debuted in 1971.

The Egg McMuffin debuted in 1972 at a single McDonald’s location in Santa Barbara, California, the brainchild of franchise owner Herb Peterson. Peterson wanted a reason to open his restaurant before noon.

He loved Eggs Benedict and wanted to make something similar, but found Hollandaise sauce too messy — and realized that prepackaged sauce “didn’t work.”

McDonald’s celebrated the 50th birthday of its beloved Egg McMuffin last month by offering it for just 63 — the same price it sold for when it debuted in 1971.

Instead, he traded it for cheese and butter. He also developed Teflon rings to shape the eggs into circles as they cooked, debuting the sandwich in his store in 1971.

But Peterson was just a franchisee – and he had to get Ray Kroc, then owner of the whole company, what a great idea it was.

Santa Barbara franchise owner Herb Peterson invented the sandwich in 1971 as an excuse to open his store in the morning

Santa Barbara franchise owner Herb Peterson invented the sandwich in 1971 as an excuse to open his store in the morning

Kroc revealed how he got on board in his autobiography, Grinding it Out: The Making of McDonald’s.

Peterson has been selling breakfast sandwiches in his store since 1971. In 1972, Kroc paid him a visit—and Peterson insisted that he look at something without saying what it was.

“He didn’t want me to turn it down right away, which I might have done, because it was a crazy idea — a breakfast sandwich,” he wrote, according to Time.

It consisted of an egg formed in a Teflon circle, with the yolk broken, and dressed with a slice of cheese and a slice of grilled Canadian bacon. This was served on a toasted and buttered English muffin. I was a bit shocked by the presentation. But then I tasted it, and I was sold. Wow!’

When Ray Kroc, then the owner of the company, came to visit in 1972, Peterson let him try the sandwich — and he loved it, he rolled it out all over the country.

When Ray Kroc, then the owner of the company, came to visit in 1972, Peterson let him try the sandwich — and he loved it, he rolled it out all over the country.

That name was coined by Patty Turner, the wife of a McDonald's executive

That name was coined by Patty Turner, the wife of a McDonald’s executive

It wasn’t called Egg McMuffin at the time – that name was coined by Patty Turner, the wife of a McDonald’s executive.

The Egg McMuffin began hitting test markets that same year, and for the next three years the company worked to get them into all McDonald’s locations at the low, low price of 63.

At the time, fast food restaurants didn’t really offer breakfast, so the McMuffin changed the business.

“The Egg McMuffin was introduced at a time when going to a fast food restaurant for breakfast was something new,” said Professor Jordan LeBel, who teaches food marketing at Concordia University in Montreal. Advertising Week.

When it proved successful, McDonald’s expanded its breakfast offerings, adding an entire breakfast menu in 1977 that included warm breads, toasted English muffins, scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns, and pastries.

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