Mum shares her simple recipe for 'fakeaway Maccas' for her kids

‘Fakeaway’ is the new takeaway! Mum shares the simple Happy Meals she makes for her family – and they cost less than HALF what she pays at McDonald’s

  • A mum has won praise from parents after sharing her Happy Meal ‘fakeaways’
  • Elly Mae, from Queensland, said she saves a fortune making Maccas at home
  • She spends $10 on ingredients including chicken nuggets and French fries
  • Hundreds who saw the idea online were inspired to make their own at home 

A mum has won praise from parents across Australia, after she shared her simple recipe for DIY ‘fakeaway McDonald’s’ for her six children.

Elly Mae, from Queensland, said she saves a fortune by making her own Happy Meals at home, spending around $10 on all of the ingredients for multiple meals.

‘Fakeaway Maccas for my kids,’ Elly posted on Facebook. 

A mum has won praise from parents across Australia, after she shared her simple recipe for DIY ‘fakeaway McDonald’s’ for her six children (her Happy Meal pictured)

‘Around $10 and I’ll get multiple “Happy Meals” out of it. Instead of two Maccas for the same price.’ 

The ‘fakeaway’ Happy Meals are made from cooked chicken nuggets and French fries tucked into individual paper bags.

They are paired with apple juice Pop Tops and individual yoghurt pouches. 

To complete the meal, Elly puts the food inside a Happy Meal box along with a sweet and sour sauce.

She explained that she puts her yoghurt pouches in red boxes, which are available online, and made the chip and chicken nugget bags from baking paper.  


The Happy Meals are paired with apple juice Pop Tops and individual yoghurt pouches (pictured); the entire thing is tucked into an old Happy Meal box

Elly wasn’t the only person to make fakeaway Happy Meals, with others saying they make their own for a cheaper price too (another mother’s meal pictured)

Those who saw the Happy Meal online were hugely impressed with Elly’s dedication to giving her children something they love and saving money.

‘What an amazing idea,’ one woman posted.

‘We do fakeaway Maccas too!’ another added.

‘My kids love it, but I make the nuggets with chicken breast, coat them in panko crumbs and cut up big potatoes into fries. It’s so much nicer, even if I join in and make a Happy Meal for myself.’

Previously, a devoted wife went viral, after sharing how she made a McDonald’s McMuffin for a third of the price for her husband (the finished result pictured)

The woman from Perth called it a ‘fakeaway’ breakfast and said the muffins cost $1.90 each to make – rather than purchasing a McMuffin for $4.75 from the food giant (the meal pictured)

This isn’t the first time a mum has made a DIY McDonald’s meal.

Previously, a devoted wife went viral, after sharing how she made a McDonald’s McMuffin for a third of the price for her husband.

The woman from Perth, Western Australia, called it a ‘fakeaway’ breakfast and said the muffins cost $1.90 each to make – rather than purchasing a McMuffin for $4.75 from the fast food giant.


To make it, she bought English muffins, Irish pork sausages and cheese slices to make 12 muffins for $22.90, before toasting the muffins and cooking the sausages with cheese on top (pictured)

To make it, she bought English muffins, Irish pork sausages and cheese slices to make 12 muffins for $22.90. 

‘I slightly toast the muffins before assembly and take the skins of the sausages,’ she said.

The method is very simple and involves turning the sausages into patties, slightly cooking them with the cheese on top, then assembling the muffin.

‘I wrap in paper towels then wrap in [aluminium foil] and freeze. We defrost overnight and hubby zaps in microwave in the morning or toasts in the sandwich press,’ the woman said.

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