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McDonald’s Pumpkin Pie Faces Harsh Criticisms

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The world is kookoo for their nuggets, and in love with their apple pies, but did you know that McDonalds has a new treat on their menu?

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That’s right, ‘tis the season for delicious pumpkin pie (well, they’re actually turnovers). One bite and you’ll taste the “smooth, rich pumpkin filling baked in a tender and flaky pastry crust dusted in cinnamon sugar.” Yes, that’s exactly how McDonald’s describes their tasty treat.

Though it’s been going on since earlier September, and the product isn’t new, fast food connoisseurs are now sinking their fangs in McDonald’s seasonal concoction, which is part of the company’s latest and limited “sweater weather sweetness” line up.

Charles Lam of OC Weekly typed, “If you’re getting one of these looking for a semi-competent pumpkin pie experience, you’re going to be disappointed.” Lam notes that while he does like McDonald’s apple pies, he believes the mushy pumpkin counterpart is no good.

“Now, exactly what kind of flavor these pies are bursting with I’m not sure, but it sure as hell ain’t pumpkin. The pies barely taste like anything distinct, forgoing America’s favorite seasonal gourd for a plain, generic sweetness that’s unassuming, unoffending, but also unappealing.”

“It’s like the disastrous pumpkin spice M&Ms. Only you don’t expect something with most of the components of an actual pie (flour, shortening, some actual pumpkin) to just taste vaguely sweet and cinnamony,” said Laura Northup at Consumerist.

Check out the nutritional facts and ingredients:

Nutritional Info – McDonald’s Baked Pumpkin Pie (73g)
Calories – 240 (from Fat – 110)
Fat – 12g (Saturated Fat – 7g)
Sodium – 150mg
Carbs – 29g (Sugar – 10g)
Protein – 3g

Ingredients: Milk, Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Vegetable Shortening (Palm Oil, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor, and Beta Carotene [Color]), Pumpkin, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Contains 2% or less of: Cinnamon Sugar Topping (Sugar, Cinnamon), Yeast, Salt, Spices, Dextrose, Cellulose, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Cream of Tartar, Natural and Artificial Flavors (Plant Source), Annatto & Turmeric (Color), Hydroxylated Soy Lecithin, Enzyme, L-Cysteine (Dough Conditioner).

CONTAINS: WHEAT, MILK AND SOY.

Apparently, McDonalds has had a lot of different varients of their pies over the years. The following picture below shows a selection of pies that were released in America back in 1985:
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A McDonald’s in Hawaii has taro, haupia, and banana pies. In Mexico and Guatemala, McDonald’s has cheese pies all year round.

Japan? They have a bacon potato pie.

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(Images via McDonalds, GrubGrab.com, BrandEating.com, MemoryGlands.com)

McDonald’s Pumpkin Pie Faces Harsh Criticisms


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  • Photocrazy

    McDonalds has offered pumpkin pie off and on for years, used to be every fall. I haven’t tried it this year, but is probably the same as past years. I thought it was OK before, not great, but edible.

  • Alex Williams

    No where near their apple pie?

  • Erika Watts

    A bacon potato pie? Now that will get the morning sickness going, yuck.

    • Alex Williams

      Haha, the morning sickness… oh, I don’t like that feeling. Bacon potato pie is the perfect dish to match the feeling.

  • Terasa Bouter

    I disagree with any negative feedback! My daughter and I get these almost every day. We LOOVE them!1

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