McDonald’s Japan to Release Ramune Flavoured McShake

17.May.2020 | FOOD

McDonald’s Japan is teaming up with confectionery company Morinaga & Company to release the “McShake® Morinaga Ramune” at all McDonald’s branches in Japan. This is the first time McDonald’s Japan has collaborated with the product.

 

Morinaga Ramune is a candy soda, and the perfect match to McDonald’s sweet and creamy to cool down during spring and early summer.

The mixed beverage maintains the same refreshing taste as the original McShake® while drawing out the full flavour of the Ramune. It’s available in a small size only while supplies last and is the same light blue colour as Morinaga Ramune. It’s also served in an original cup.

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    BABBI GELATERIA KYOTO | Gion Shijo

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    Kissa Zou
    Address: 440-3 Santeichō, Kamigyō-ku, Kyoto
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    Address: 45-15 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)
    TEL 075-432-7940
    Official Website: https://bread-espresso.jp

     

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    Original Text & Photo: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

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    *Image for illustration purposes only

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    Waffle Cone Chocolate Banana Ice Cream: ¥250 (Price may vary)

    *Image for illustration purposes only

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    Minions Happy Meal®

     

    Selling: July 17, 2020 ( approximately four weeks)
    Bonus Toys: A total of 30 minions toys and 30 golden versions.
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    *You cannot choose which toy you will get with your meal

    The Minions Happy Meal® comes with a toy. There are a total of 30 different minion toys and each one is pulling a hilarious and mischievous pose. Which one will you receive? From dancers and sporty minions to firefighters, the toy collection represents the large variety of minions that we’ve seen over the ten years. There’s even a Bob holding a teddy bear and a King Bob. There are also gold versions of the toys too, however, these are very rare to come across. Each toy will be sealed in an exciting minion capsule, adding to the excitement.

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    Campaign Running: July 13 (13:00) ー July 15, 2020 (23:59)
    How To Apply:
    1. Follow the official McDonald’s Japan account (@McDonaldsJapan
    2. Reply to the post with the tweet that contains the hashtag #わたしのミニオン愛はミリオン級 by copy and pasting the hashtag and writing a message to declare that you are a minions fan.
    Prizes: 32 winners will be chosen to receive a Complete Minions Happy Meal®

    From July 10, 2020, McDonald’s will be sharing eight different minion-themed backgrounds on their website. These collaboration-limited backgrounds are perfect for spicing up your online video calls and web meetings.

     

    McDonald’s Minions Virtual Background Download: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/minions/cmp01/
    Accessible From: July 10, 2020 (Available for approximately 5 weeks)

    *8 different backgrounds available

     

    Join in the minions fun at McDonald’s this summer!

     

    *Food and item names have been translated from Japanese
    © Universal City Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved. 

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