82% of Spaniards would travel to the past if there was a time machine to be able to relive many of our happy memories and the flavors of the time, which McDonald’s now brings back for a limited time
MADRID, 23 (CHANCE)
At a time like the present, when the days seem to follow one another with little variation, the Spanish have begun to feel the need to relive experiences from other times. This is demonstrated by a study carried out for McDonald’s by the study company Sigma Dos, which reveals that 82% of Spaniards would not hesitate to travel to the past, if there were a time machine. And one in three (33%) would live at that time forever.
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According to the study, the favorite decades to travel to the past would be those of the 80s – chosen by 30% of those surveyed – and the 90s, to which another 32% would travel. And among the things they would do when they reached their destination, more than one in three (36%) would take the opportunity to revive the flavors of the time, going to restaurants or buying food products in the supermarket that can no longer be found in the current era.
In this sense, the study reveals that many of the happy memories of Spaniards are related to food. For 30% of those surveyed, flavors are the sensations of the past that they remember most intensely, ahead of other experiences such as visual, sound or olfactory.
Based on this idea that Spaniards are nostalgic, eager to once again enjoy the flavors and experiences of bygone eras, McDonald’s has decided to bring back two of its classics, for a limited time: the Apple Pie and the Grand hamburger McExtreme 1955.
In the words of Natalia Echeverria, Chief Marketing Officer of McDonald’s Spain, “If we are known for something at McDonald’s, it is our ability to generate real good moments, offering our customers the best possible experience both in our restaurants, and through our take away, McAuto and McDelivery channels. We believe that at the present time consumers need more than ever for brands to give them the opportunity to experience those good times. Therefore, knowing that more than 80% of Spaniards would like to travel to the past, we want to make it easy for them, and we have brought back two recipes that our customers have been asking for for a long time: the Apple Pie and the 1955 Grand McExtreme. With this, we want to convey a message of optimism to society: that good things always come back “.
Reuniting with family and friends, one of the main motivations for Spaniards to travel to the past
Among the things that Spaniards miss the most at this time, and that would lead them to use the time machine to travel to the past, are reunions. 66% of those surveyed would like to experience again, even for a few minutes, the experience of hugging a family member or friend. And if they could bring just one thing from their journey back to the present, more than half (67%) would bring that person they miss so much with them.
Reliving experiences from other decades also occupies an important place among the wishes of the Spanish. 32% would travel to the past to attend the concert of a mythical group of the time, and 30% would travel to live an important historical event, such as the arrival of man on the moon or the fall of the Berlin wall. Others opt for more familiar experiences, such as the 21% who would ask their grandmother to write down all their recipes, to be able to keep them and, thus, replicate them in the present.
Asked if they would try to change something in that trip to the past, more than half of those surveyed affirmed that they were convinced. In this sense, 47% of Spaniards would try to find themselves as a child to give them advice. And among the things that would change, 19% affirm that they would choose a different professional path than the current one, guided more by emotion than by reason, and 22% would try to enjoy life more, without worrying so much about the future.
With the return of the Apple Pie and the 1955 Grand McExtreme, McDonald’s wants to help the most nostalgic get back to enjoying those good times of other times, based on taste and shared experiences.