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.
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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.