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McDonald's new Fish McBites Happy Meal targets finicky kids

McDonald's new Fish McBites are part of a

McDonald's new Fish McBites are part of a new Happy Meal. Credit: Handout

How do you win over a picky kid who won't eat fish? McDonald's has come up with an answer -- at least for the next month. The hottest new thing at the Golden Arches is Fish McBites Happy Meals, the first Happy Meal launch in a decade.

Fish McBites are cute. And crunchy. And really little -- each of these heavily breaded, deep-fried spheres of Alaska pollock is around the size of a grape tomato. Kids might, in fact, think of them as big pieces of popcorn.

To a grown-up, though, they may be hardly worth eating. Way too much crust, not enough flavor and only the fleeting sensation of something soft, mild and vaguely marine. Which might suit your youngster just fine.

So what's in a Fish McBites Happy Meal? Seven fish balls, a small bag of French fries, a sealed plastic bag of apple slices, a drink and, of course, a toy. Depending upon the beverage chosen, the calorie count for this meal hovers between 385 and 415. The price on Long Island is $4.69 plus tax.

Adults who so desire can buy the same Fish McBites on the restaurant's standard menu; they come in three sizes -- a snack size, with 10 pieces, a "regular" size with 15 pieces and a "shareable" 30-piece size.

If you plan to cast a line for these bites, better do so soon. They're only around for a limited time -- until the end of March, which is also the end of Lent.

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