McDonald’s Crème Brûlée McFlurry

by KimHo on February 17, 2010 · 9 comments under: British Columbia,Events,Food



OK, I can see people thinking, WTH?! No restaurant post today, instead that of a McDonald’s?! Sky is falling!!!!

Nah, similar to why I wrote the McDonald’s s’mores pie post, I was with Mijune (of Follow Me Foodie, her post on this “dessert”, to be up soon!) in the Downtown area and knowing she loves sweets, I suggested we try this new concoction: the crème brûlée McFlurry. After all, what are the chances I will finish one of these? (Answer: none). But, here is the interesting detail to all this (something I found out afterwards): it seems this, along with the s’mores pie and some dipping sauces for the McNuggets (spicy Szechwan and zesty mango), they are part of the featured Winter Olympic Games menu. So, in a way, it is a Canada only item right now (or as far as I know)! So, without further ado, the Creme Brulee McFlurry.

One big caveat here. The picture above is for the small McFlurry; when we went initially to try the McFlurry, we went for the large one. I thought that ought to be more than enough for the two of us (as I was more on the lines of sampling than devouring the whole thing). So, how come I ended up getting this shot of a small one? The lightning conditions for the first one was not as good as it could have been so I went to buy another one another day… Feel free to call me crazy, hehehehe.

Note: Click on the images below for a larger version in a new window.

According to the menu, it is made with “crunchy caramelized sugar bits” but, in addition to that, there is some form of syrup/liquid caramel. See the yellow droplets on the rim? Yup, that is the caramel. As for the bits, Mijune was calling them “toffee”. That might be a good analogy/description, as it has that sweetness you expect from that confectionary, except they were not that soft. Come to think about it, since the idea of cream brulee is to have that crunchy top, I see why it ended up being brittle/crunchy.

When they were preparing it, I noticed they did not really layer the soft serve and the caramel bits. As a result, and despite it is mixed before it is served, the top layer has a good share of caramel bits, which starts to vanish as you reach the lower half (in my case, I was digging on a side to partially avoid the caramel). Some might be disappointed but…

I will admit that McDonald’s soft serve, along with DQ’s and other similar iterations of soft serve, is somewhat of a guilty pleasure once in a while. Sure, I could have gelato instead but I grew up with eating these rather than gelato (as I wrote here). As for the Crème Brûlée McFlurry, it is way sweeter than what I expect and what I can tolerate, so it is unlikely I will come back for one of these. However, those are my thoughts and I can see why some people (specially hyper-active children?) would like it.

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1 egirlwonder February 17, 2010 at 8:10 am

LOL – least appealing pictures of food EVER!
The last McFlurry I had was immediately after getting my wisdom teeth out: I ordered the Cadburry Creme Egg McFlurry, but because of the medication, I can’t remember anything about it!

2 Melody Fury February 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

It’s a guilty pleasure for sure. Give me a side of fries for dipping and I’m in heaven :) Who needs Michelin stars? ;)

3 Tia February 17, 2010 at 9:04 am

hmmm… i don’t like crunchy bits in my ice cream but i love sugar/sweetness. I might have to give these a shot! thx for the review.

4 raidar February 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

There is a fine line with the McFlurry, and having made quite a few (when it was introduced in the mid 90′s), they can be good or bad. I mean really, soft serve it good by itself, so the mix of ingredients better be done right to get the full experience. Like you though, I could rarely conquer such an item.

5 holly February 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Other than the crunchy candy bits, it’s not much different from their usual caramel flurry. If you stir it up and let it melt a bit, it becomes lighter and more creme brulee like.

Would I order it again? Probably not.

6 shokutsu February 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

These are insanely sugary.

7 KimHo February 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Raidar, yes and no. After all, DQ has mastered their blizzard… Hmmmmmm…..

Holly, nah, I don’t have that type of patience, hehehehehehe.

shokutsu, that might be an understatement!

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