Dec 8, 2012

Around the World: McDonald's UK - Festive Menu

In what's become an annual event, McDonald's UK is celebrating the holidays with their Festive Menu.

The menu is anchored by the Winter Warmer with Tomato & Red Pepper Sauce, and also includes Cheese Melt Dippers, the Chicken Celebration sandwich, the Orange Flavor Chocolate Pie, and the Nestle Quality Street Fudge McFlurry.

Here are the details:

The Winter Warmer with Tomato & Red Pepper Sauce - a cheesy-bun hamburger with bacon, smoked cheese, Batavia lettuce (which seems to be the lettuce of choice in Europe), mayo, tomato, and red pepper sauce.

Cheese Melt Dippers - Four breaded and fried cheese balls filled with a mix of melted processed and Camembert cheese, served with a "Festive" Tomato Dip (I'm not sure what's so festive about tomato dip... maybe it's a Brit thing?)

The Chicken Celebration sandwich - A crispy-fried chicken breast filet topped with cheese, red onions, Batavia lettuce, "festive" relish (I'm starting to think it's just because they are red and green...) and mayo on a sesame bun.

The Orange Flavor Chocolate Pie - It's fried! And filled with orange-flavored chocolate! Did I mention it's fried?

The Nestle Quality Street Fudge McFlurry - Soft serve mixed with chocolate and fudge pieces and swirled with chocolate toffee sauce. Quality Street is a line of mostly chocolate and toffee-based candies out in the U.K.

If you're wondering what McDonald's offered for previous Festive menus:

In 2011, the menu included the Chicken Fiesta, Cheese Melt Dippers, and the After Eight McFlurry.

In 2010, McDonald's went with the Festive Deluxe, the Chicken and Bacon Supreme, Cheese Melt Dippers, Festive Pie and Terry’s Chocolate Orange McFlurry.

What is Festive Pie? This is Festive Pie:

It looks like Cheese Melt Dippers, having appeared at least three years running, are a bit of a McDonald's Festive menu tradition.


  1. I have no interest in tasting Street Fudge. :)

  2. I actually had the Winter Warmer today :) The tomato and red pepper sauce is actually much spicier than I anticipated! It tastes like a hot sweet chilli sauce mixed with pizza sauce, so not too bad but not really Christmassy...and no, the 'festive' tomato dip isn't a Brit thing :p Relish and cheese boards kind of are, it's the kind of thing you'd get at Christmas parties but otherwise it's a strangely un-festive festive menu. Also, McDonalds' terrible bacon always makes me sad.

    I miss the festive pies! Chocolate orange is Christmassy though because here Chocolate Oranges ( are a popular Christmas stocking gift.

  3. What?! Shame on McDonald's for tricking me! Haha! Yeah, McDonald's bacon lags behind their competitors now.

    I had one of those chocolate oranges recently! They sell them here as well. They're nice!

  4. I wish we had orange chocolate pies here. :O Those sound so good. And fried pie, not baked!

  5. I loooooove chocolate oranges. Probably 70% of my enjoyment comes from whacking it and peeling off "slices" though haha.

  6. I like the baked pies just fine. But yes, I wish we had orange chocolate pies in the US too... they sound delicious. In fact, most of the menu items listed above sound pretty good. But especially the orange chocolate pie.


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