Because of the popularity of its Happy Meals, McDonald's is one of the top toy distributors in the world. McDonald's is not alone in enjoying the success of kids' meals; chains including Wendy's Arby's ( WEN), Sonic ( SONC), Yum! Brands' ( YUM) Taco Bell and Burger King, among others, also offer free toys in their kids' meals. Fast-food kids' meals toys have been called into question lately after a New York City councilman, following in the footsteps of a measure adopted in San Francisco and California's Santa Clara County last year, proposed that free toys be banned from fast-food meals intended to appeal to children unless the meals meet certain healthfulness guidelines. (Even McDonald's time-honored icon Ronald McDonald was called on to retire for the clown's peddling of fatty foods to kids.)
For Jack in the Box, its Los Angeles stores stopped offering toys with kids' meals as of Thursday.