Review: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe from McDonald’s
Battling lunch hour traffic is no small feat in Springfield, Missouri. Dodging teenage drivers that just got their licenses, anticipating little old ladies that can’t be bothered to check before switching lanes and racing against every other idiot that thinks they need to eat lunch when I do is an ordeal to say the very least. Successfully purchasing your lunch and getting back to the office in time to eat during your allotted lunch hour makes the excursion even more difficult. For such a harrowing trip to become worthwhile, you need to make smart decisions on what grub you’d like to enjoy once you’re safe from the obnoxious traffic. Today I chose poorly with a stop at McDonald’s where I tried the new Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe.
I had a coupon for a free burger from McDonald’s. All of the participating franchises were a little out of the way but I figured for free food I could drive a little farther. Besides, I wanted to try the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe and I would not be deterred. On my way home I licked my lips in anticipation and dodged the various drivers in their mad dash for lunch.
I got home and snapped the photos which are the tiniest bit misleading. The whipped cream on top had melted a bit and the original presentation was marginally more impressive. The strawberry sauce on top of the whipped cream smelled amazing and the whole thing looked very promising. My first taste however, was more than a little disappointing. We all know that fast food joints are infamous for using highly processed food with chemical additives and preservatives so I’ll just come right out and say it: this frappe tasted fake.
The drink tasted overwhelmingly of cheap, synthetic chocolate and there was very little strawberry flavor. There were no fresh strawberry pieces inside, only an overwhelming amount of chocolate chunks that clogged the straw and only slightly enhanced the flavor. It seemed and tasted as if someone had crumbled up a dark Hershey’s bar into the drink and then blended it. The strawberry sauce on top had a sharp, tangy flavor that was far too sweet. So sweet and overpowering that I failed to even taste the whipped cream. The sauce was almost like cheap strawberry flavored bubble gum, the aftertaste made me want to go brush my teeth. It even left me feeling a bit queasy.
I like sugar laden drinks like this as much as the next guy and I’m no stranger to frozen drinks made with chocolate and or coffee (ahem, Starbucks), but I was sorely displeased with this one. My sincere hope is that this drink was either made very poorly or incorrectly because I would not recommend it nor would I buy it again. Has anyone else had one of these? I hope your experience was better than mine.
Pros: It looks fairly close to the ad, unlike the rest of the menu.
Cons: Cheap, sad flavor. Too many pieces of chocolate floating around. Almost no strawberry flavor. No strawberry pieces.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Price: $3.29 for the 22oz size
Overall GrubGrade: 4.50/10
More Info: http://www.grubgrade.com/2014/01/16/new-chocolate-covered-strawberry-frappe-from-mcdonalds/
22oz purchased, 830 calories (calorie range 570-830)