McDonald's Attempts Bakery Items: A 420 Calorie Mini Scone and A Multi-Grain Muffin
April 24, 2012 40 Comments
I know what you are thinking. What is she doing in McDonald's?
If you are like me, you pass a McDonald's a couple times a week and sometimes a couple times a day. There has been a photo of a LARGE cheese danish on the outside of the building.
Ummmm, what is going on in there? I just get so curious and I get questions from readers about the latest "Multi-Grain Berry Muffin". Yes, they are actually selling a multi-grain muffin!
It seems that McDonald's is baking stuff - and they advertise that it these products are served fresh all day. When I asked at the store, they said that they reheat them before serving (perhaps in a microwave). This is not the same as buying a freshly baked muffin - trust me.
So, I went and tried TWO of their offerings. Before I went, (and this is a good tip) I got my hands on the nutrition information from McD's themselves. The products are so new that they information wasn't on the website so I e-mailed and got them to send it to me (see below).
The shocker for me was the "Mini Vanilla Scones" - 420 calories! They are supposed to be MINI not MEGA!! What did you put in those confections? I got ahold of the ingredients list and found that the second ingredient (after flour) is sour cream. These puppies make donuts look healthy - which is really hard to do.
Here is a photo:
Don't they look like they will just end up sticking to your butt? They should rename them "Mini Scone Butt Stickers". My taste test revealed that these don't even taste that good. How sad is that - 420 calories of tasteless goop?
I tried the Multi-Grain Berry Muffin and I had higher hopes for this muffin. The ingredient list got me excited:
Berries (blueberries and raspberries), whole grain rolled oats, cultured buttermilk, flour, brown sugar, applesauce, water, honey, wheat bran, eggs, soybean oil, oat flour, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), wheat germ, sugar, salt, natural flavor (botanical source).
Wow! And they served me organic coffee for $1! What I want to say is that these are a great choice for those who are on the run. But, 22 grams of sugar (more than 4 teaspoons), is not a good idea for breakfast. Even though it is multi-grain (oats and wheat) and does a good job with keeping saturated fat out of the muffin - the sugar is out of control.
How did it taste? Like sweetened rubber with some squishy berry stuff. It was really awful in my humble opinion. I just know that someone is going to comment about how much they like these - but I couldn't eat more than two bites.
Have you tried any of these new products? Please share.
Cheese Danish: Calories 380; Calories from Fat 210; Total Fat (g) 23; Saturated Fat (g) 14; Trans Fat (g) 0; Cholesterol (mg) 70; Sodium (mg) 390; Total Carbohydrates (g) 37; Dietary Fiber (g) 1; Sugars (g) 10; Protein (g) 6: 10 Points+
Banana Bread: Calories 380; Calories from Fat 130; Total Fat (g) 14; Saturated Fat (g) 9; Trans Fat (g) 0; Cholesterol (mg) 75; Sodium (mg) 390; Total Carbohydrates (g) 58; Dietary Fiber (g) 2; Sugars (g) 30; Protein (g) 5; 10 Points+
Mini Vanilla Scones: Calories 420; Calories from Fat 170; Total Fat (g) 19; Saturated Fat (g) 11; Trans Fat (g) 0; Cholesterol (mg) 50; Sodium (mg) 260; Total Carbohydrates (g) 59; Dietary Fiber (g) 1; Sugars (g) 28; Protein (g) 3; 11 Points+
Blueberry Muffin: Calories 390; Calories from Fat 140; Total Fat (g) 16; Saturated Fat (g) 9; Trans Fat (g) 0; Cholesterol (mg) 50; Sodium (mg) 290; Total Carbohydrates (g) 57; Dietary Fiber (g) 2; Sugars (g) 24; Protein (g) 5; 11 Points+
Multi-Grain Berry Muffin: Calories 280; Calories from Fat 50; Total Fat (g) 6; Saturated Fat (g) 1; Trans Fat (g) 0; Cholesterol (mg) 15; Sodium (mg) 290; Total Carbohydrates (g) 51; Dietary Fiber (g) 6; Sugars (g) 22; Protein (g) 7; 7 Points+
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