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Dec 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

4 comments:

  1. I tried it today and it is just undercooked instant oatmeal, not very good, maybe they aren't using hot enough water. Raisin cranberry adds a lot of calories , not worth it. I wouldn't get it again, Dunkin Donuts choose your own toppings for breakfast still rules!

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  2. I just tried it and now I have a reason to eat breakfast at McDonalds. I am not a big fan of the parfait and they stopped the fresh fruit and walnut salad (which was awesome) until they went to the prepackaged kind. But I really enjoyed this maple oatmeal and fruit. It was full of the fruit, too and had a nice overall flavor. Not high in calories and just thing I want to eat first thing to start the day. It is just under 300 calories and that is perfectly fine with me.

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  3. Healthy? 290 calories and 32g sugar is not healthy.

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  4. I just found out that McDonalds employees are instructed to add 2 single portion servings of half and half and brown sugar to the oatmeal. This explains why the calories, fat, and sugar content is so high.  They have taken a potentially healthy menu item and added tasty fat and sugar to keep the customers coming back for more under the idea that it is healthy.

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