Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review: McDonald's - Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal launched nationwide about a week ago but it's been a fairly quiet launch so far with very limited promotion and marketing. McDonald's had been testing the product in several markets for a while and has come up with a concoction of 100% natural whole grain oats, brown sugar, and cream topped mixed with diced fresh apples, dried cranberries, and regular and golden raisins.

A good-sized cup (9.2-ounces) costs $1.99 (once again undercutting Starbucks) and is available all day.

I picked up McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal one day after work when I was craving some of McD's golden fries. I creaked the lid a bit before driving home and it smelled delicious a blend of maple and apples wafted their sweet aroma throughout my car.
The first thing I noticed upon getting a good look at the oatmeal was that there was plenty of fruit to go around. After I mixed it up and tasted it, I have to say I really dig the fresh apples which weren't particularly sweet but were crisp and tart. It's a nice touch and the defining flavor of the oatmeal. The oatmeal itself was fairly thick after mixing and carried just a hint of maple flavor. The raisins and dried cranberries were plentiful and standard.
All-in-all, I'm digging McDonald's new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, it's a lot better than the instant stuff and a healthy option available all day. It's also available without brown sugar if you so choose.

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Nutritional Info - McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (252g)
Calories - 290 (from Fat - 40)
Fat - 4.5g (Saturated Fat - 1.5g)
Sodium - 160mg
Carbs - 57g (Sugar - 32g)
Protein - 5g
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