Thursday, November 15, 2012

McDonald's Holiday Mint McFlurry Review

[New for 2012] Well, I told you I was on a mint flavored bender, but don't worry, this should be the last mint review for awhile. (I sure hope no more mint treats come out for awhile)

McDonald's Holiday Mint McFlurry

Swirls of reduced fat soft serve vanilla ice cream blended with peppermint candy pieces
and our signature mint syrup make this the perfect holiday treat.

Definitely doesn't look like a ton of candy bits on top...
and something looks off here...

Do you see it? Look closer. Notice the puddles of clear liquid? That must be the mint sauce (kind of interesting that they went clear so as not to mess with the color of the base). I was tempted to spoon a bit and try it.... but then I realized that might be a bad idea, so I took a big whiff instead. It was like shoving sticks of Wrigley's spearmint gum up my nose. Boy that's potent. It's definitely time to give this McFlurry a little extra mixing before I dig in.

Let's start with the positives: The mint flavor is surprisingly mild which might be bad for mint fans but was good for me because it allows the vanilla flavored base to really come through. I had kind of forgotten that McDonald's vanilla soft serve is actually pretty good.

Negatives? Well, it didn't look like there were a ton of mint chips, but they are invading every bite and I quickly got bored of them. They aren't rock solid, that's not the issue, in fact, they are solid but somewhat soft and what annoys me is that there's a waxy after taste to them. It takes this ok treat down a notch (or two).

I'm not sure what would be wrong with using candy cane pieces instead, but I guess this is a holiday mint McFlurry and not a candy cane McFlurry. Bummer... I mean, I can't honestly say I had high hopes for this one. I think we all agree that it looks like someone spilled fruity pebbles on this treat, and it pretty much went downhill from there.

Verdict?  Could have been worse
Buy Again?  Doubtful

Nutrition: 570 calories, 21g fat (15 saturated), 12g protein, 0 fiber

Second Opinions: The Impulsive Buy & Brand Eating

FYI: McDonald's is also selling Peppermint Mocha and Peppermint Hot Chocolate again if that's more your thing. They even have the new Egg Nog Shake, but I won't even bother trying it since I know I won't like it.


Trampus said...

If you do just one more mint review this year, it should be Turkey Hill's amazing Lady Liberty Mint ice cream. Mint ice cream with a cookie swirl and chocolate cake pieces. Simple but delicious, and there's always a few spots where you get huge deposits of cookie swirl.

Dubba Scoops said...

hehehehe, oh I love hitting those spots in any turkey hill flavor!

Anonymous said...

I agree with trampus, it's a really good flavor!