Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: McDonald's - Chicken & Bacon McWrap

Apparently, McDonald's new McWraps are meant to better compete with Subway in the sandwich category. I recently tried the Grilled Chicken & Bacon McWrap, which comes with a few slices of a grilled chicken filet, diced pieces of bacon, two half slices of tomato, spring greens, shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar jack cheese, and a creamy garlic sauce.

Regardless of which version you choose, each McWrap is typically sold for $3.99.

The first thing I noticed about the McWrap was its fairly unique packaging. It resembles a much larger version of a McDonald's pie box, but with a tear strip around the center that allows you to easily open it, while leaving half of the box to serve as a sleeve for portable eating.

While McDonald's might have offered the McWrap first abroad, Burger King beat them to the punch here in the US by offering their salads with a whole wheat wrap option starting last year.

My McWrap was about the size of a decent burrito. Inside was a good deal of produce, but only 4 strips of grilled chicken that might have been maybe a third to half of a chicken breast filet of the kind usually found in McDonald's chicken sandwiches and salads. The flavor was just okay and didn't stand out much. There was a good amount of slightly crispy, but very thin, bacon that added a decent note of smoky saltiness.

The veggies were mostly iceberg lettuce, which made a bulk of the McWrap. There's not a lot of flavor between the greens and the slice of tomato.

The shredded cheese was also very mild and lent a bit of creaminess here and there.

A lot of the flavor comes from the creamy garlic sauce, which is a yogurt-based sauce that still tastes a lot like mayo with only a light garlic flavor. I prefer the garlic sauce at a local place called Zankou, which is mostly just pureed garlic, making for an intense and delicious garlic flavor. With the McWrap's sauce, the garlic is a far second thought.

Overall, McDonald's Chicken & Bacon McWrap was just average for me. It reminded me a lot of an over-sized Snack Wrap, but with a good deal less meat in proportion to the veggies. That would be okay if there was more flavor from the vegetables and sauce. A bolder sauce and better veggies would go a long way.

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Grilled Chicken & Bacon McWrap - 9.3 oz (263g)
Calories - 440 (from Fat - 150)
Fat - 16g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 1250mg
Carbs - 40g (Sugar - 5g)
Protein - 33g
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