Oct 24, 2012

News: McDonald's - 2012 Fall/Winter Holiday Line Up

McDonald's has quite a line up of holiday-themed desserts this year, but participation seems to vary a bit. For example, I've never seen pumpkin-anything here in the Los Angeles area, but I know they have/had the Baked Pumpkin Pie up in central California.

I've grouped the items from what I've been able to piece together. If you want to comment below if you've seen these items in your area, I'll update accordingly.

National Promotions

Egg Nog Shake - New for this year, it's egg nog syrup mixed into a vanilla shake.

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Egg Nog Shake - 12 fl oz cup 
Calories - 540 (from Fat - 150)
Fat - 17g (Saturated Fat - 11g)
Sodium - 180mg
Carbs - 86g (Sugar - 76g)
Protein - 11g

Holiday Mint McFlurry - also new, it features reduced fat vanilla soft serve blended with peppermint candy pieces and mint syrup.

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Holiday Mint McFlurry - 12 fl oz cup 
Calories - 570 (from Fat - 190)
Fat - 21g (Saturated Fat - 15g)
Sodium - 170mg
Carbs - 84g (Sugar - 76g)
Protein - 12g

Look for the Peppermint Mocha and Peppermint Hot Chocolate to return this holiday season as well.

At participating locations only

Baked Pumpkin Pie - McDonald's standard baked pie crust with a pumpkin filling.

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Baked Pumpkin Pie (73g)
Calories - 240 (from Fat - 110)
Fat - 12g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 150mg
Carbs - 30g (Sugar - 11g)
Protein - 3g

McCafe Pumpkin Shake - a mix of pumpkin shake syrup and reduced fat vanilla soft serve, topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

Nutritional Info - McDonald's McCafe Pumpkin Shake - 16 fl oz cup
Calories - 670 (from Fat - 190)
Fat - 21g (Saturated Fat - 13g)
Sodium - 220mg
Carbs - 106g (Sugar - 92g)
Protein - 14g

Holiday Pie - a baked sugar-cookie like pie crust with confetti sprinkles mixed in and a custard filling.

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Holiday Pie (81g)
Calories - 270 (from Fat - 120)
Fat - 13g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 150mg
Carbs - 34g (Sugar - 15g)
Protein - 4g

Test Market

Pumpkin Spice Latte - it looks like McDonald's recently ended a test of a Pumpkin Spice Latte out in Alabama. I guess they're testing it out for a possible nationwide release next year as they seek to compete for pumpkin coffee supremacy with Starbucks and Dunkin'. If you're out that way and have a craving, better get it while you can.

Nutritional info not available.


  1. In Jacksonville, FL Mcdonald's currently has a dulce de leche shake which is amazing.

  2. In Georgia, we have the dulce de leche shake. It's like a caramel shake.

  3. Oh neat! Do you know if that's a regional thing or a holiday thing?

  4. We've had the egg nog shake for several years here; it usually shows up right after Thanksgiving, along with the holiday pies. I enjoy the egg nog shake but don't particularly miss it when it's not "in season" (unlike, for example, the shamrock shake, which I would drink year-round if I could).

    Right now all of the McDonald's near where I live have the pumpkin pies, which are dangerously addictive. (Do they put crack in there? Is it one of the "natural flavors" or "spices"?) While the pumpkin pies have shown up for a limited time every fall for several years, the pumpkin shake is a new menu item this year, and it is also dangerously addictive (again, possibly laced with crack). The flavor of the pumpkin spice syrup that goes into these shakes reminds me of the flavor of a typical pumpkin spice latte (minus the coffee, of course), so if you like those, you will probably like the McDonald's pumpkin shake. Strangely, some of my local McDonald's restaurants still have the pumpkin shake, while others have already moved on to the egg nog shake. All of them still have the pumpkin pies; I imagine they will switch to the holiday pie sometime in November.

    I have also seen the holiday mint McFlurry, but have yet to try it. It looks good and I'm sure I will get around to trying it once the pumpkin shake is gone (I am unable to resist the pumpkin shake).

    If McDonald's is indeed rolling out a pumpkin spice latte next year, I'll be looking forward to trying that... the ones at Starbucks are good, but in my opinion they are overrated/overhyped and far too expensive. Especially since McDonald's has such a good track record with pumpkin-flavored things, their pumpkin spice latte sounds promising as a cheaper alternative to Starbucks.

    Other holiday-themed items I have seen at McDonald's recently are the peppermint mocha and peppermint hot chocolate (which they had last year) and the French vanilla latte (not particularly holiday-themed, but brand new this year).

  5. Eggnog shake was so disappointing. :< I really was looking for more eggnog flavor and barely got any!

  6. Fast Food seriously drives me crazy! One second they're saying, "ohhh we're so healthy, we have salads..." and the next they're launching products like this!!!

  7. It looks like your nutrition info might be off for the Holiday Pie (unless is varies state to state). I nearly died when I saw 106g of carbs. I emailed McD's to check in on this. This is the response I got...

    "Thank you for contacting McDonald's. I'm sorry you've had difficulty obtaining nutritional information for the Holiday Pie.

    We're happy to offer complete nutrition and ingredient information for all of our core menu items. Because test products, such as the Holiday Pie, are subject to change, the nutrition analysis and ingredient information are not available in our restaurants or on our website. For your convenience, below is the current information for this product:

    Holiday Pie:

    Calories - 270 Calories from fat - 120
    Total Fat - 13g
    Saturated Fat - 6g
    Trans Fat - 0g
    Cholesterol - 0mg
    Sodium - 150mg
    Total Carbohydrate - 34g
    Dietary Fiber - 4g
    Sugars - 15g
    Protein - 13g

    Again, thank you for contacting McDonald's."

  8. Thanks! I think I accidentally copied over the shake nutritional info. Sorry about that. I'll update it right now.

  9. My friend in England says they have Chocolate Orange Pies over there. I would love to get one of those here in Iowa.

  10. That sounds REALLY good. I hope those find their way to the US someday...

  11. I love the egg nog shake.. This is my second favorite thing in december right after christmas. If you haven't had one its a must try.

  12. wow, that sounds good..

  13. Here in Roanoke VA, we had the pumpkin shake and pies for about two weeks, they were really good but they didn't sell them very long.

  14. What good is marketing something you never have available... Lake View, and McCalla, Alabama never have these avalable and honestly the workers don't care... Ask Alia in Lake View and she just laughs... wonder if she would laugh if they ran out of paper to print her paycheck...

  15. I like their cherry pies, and strawberry when in season.


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