Wednesday, April 25, 2012

McDonald's New Baked Goods in New England

My Local McDonald's
The breakfast wars in New England are heating up with the introduction of a new baked goods product line in local McDonald's restaurants.  I was invited to try the new line of baked products with coupons for two free bakery items and a free smoothie.  I thought why not give them a try, and that you might be interested to know about the new bakery items, as well.  Truth be told, it's been quite a while since I have visited a McDonald's restaurant.  With two grown sons, my Happy Meals days are over and the traditional burger and fries menu at McDonald's isn't a friendly choice for my hips. 

McDonald's does not usually jump to my mind when choosing a breakfast restaurant.  If the same is true for you, you might be pleased to know the recently introduced bakery items are baked on site with fresh ingredients and whole berries.  The price for these baked goods is right as well, ranging from $1.59 - $1.89.  Add any size Newman's Own Organic coffee for just $1.00 and you've got a quick to-go breakfast.  Are you watching your calories?  The whole grain berry muffin has just 280 calories, making it a healthy choice.

The Baked Goods Menu at My Local McDonald's
How do these new baked goods taste?  Muffins are a favorite breakfast choice for me so I tried the blueberry muffin and the whole grain berry muffin.  You might want to choose the banana bread or vanilla scones instead.  I also tried the 210 calorie, 12 ounce Wild Berry smoothie.

Whole Grain Berry Muffin, Wild Berry Smoothie, Blueberry Muffin
The Whole Grain Berry muffin was dense and chewy with a nutty flavor from the whole grains.  When pulled apart you can see the whole berries.

The Whole Grain Berry Muffin
I would have liked a few more berries in my muffin and a lighter texture, but the muffin's flavor was enjoyable.
The Blueberry Muffin

In contrast, the blueberry muffin appeared to have more berries and had a lighter texture.   I preferred the texture of the blueberry muffin over the whole grain berry muffin.   The Wild Berry Smoothie was very flavorful and had a smooth, creamy texture.  At 210 calories, the 12 ounce size is a good choice if you prefer your morning meal in liquid form.

Overall, I found the muffins to be of average quality and not tasty enough to make McDonald's my preferred choice for baked goods.  I applaud their use of fresh ingredients and the value pricing.  These factors make McDonald's just one more option when choosing a place to buy your coffee and baked goods.

Enjoy!
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I was not asked to write this review and was not compensated for this post.  I was given coupons good for two free baked goods and one free smoothie at McDonald's.  The opinions offered in this post are mine alone.

3 comments:

  1. Interesting. I really like the McDonald's oatmeal, fruit, nut 'thing'. I get it with no sugar it's pretty darn good and the calories are acceptable.

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    1. I should try the oatmeal. I'm an oatmeal fan, so I would probably like it.

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  2. I have tried the oatmeal and it is very good. Also wanted to mention that hubby and BFF were part of the McDonald's taste test. I had a bacon, egg and cheese on a biscuit prior to the muffin tasting, a third of 2 muffins and a sip of a smoothie was not enough of a breakfast fot me. However, I agree with Donna's review. xoxoxxo

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