Mac and cheese Happy Meals, and standalone servings of mac and cheese are being sold in 18 McDonald’s restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio.
The restaurant chain is trialing the new menu item — which apparently is made with real cheese, not powdered — until February 2016.
Mac and cheese Happy Meals are selling for around $3, while a standalone serving of the creamy pasta is $1.75. If the trial is successful, mac and cheese could be rolled out throughout the country.
McDonald’s has seen a number of changes since March, when the company hired new CEO Steve Easterbrook to replace Don Thompson.
The restaurant chain’s financial performance had been tapering off, with same-store sales dropping for six consecutive quarters, until the third quarter of this year.
Easterbrook introduced his “turnaround plan“ in a video to investors in May.
In October, McDonald’s introduced all-day breakfast at its 14,000 restaurants, just five months after the company started testing the concept in select markets.
While some new items are being added to menus around the country, McDonald’s has also been quietly phasing out some of its less popular menu items, such as some types of McWraps.
And in New York, a trial of mozzarella sticks was a success. The menu item will be available nationwide from January 4, Youth Independent reported.