Review: Egg White Delight from McDonald’s

Can you imagine a more beloved fast food breakfast sandwich than the Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s?  Sure, McDonald’s being the #1 most popular fast food chain in the world for decades has a lot to do with the iconic status of the sandwich, but you can’t argue with its staying power.  Now can you imagine McDonald’s taking another super popular menu item like the Big Mac and giving it a healthy makeover?  Could be a sign of disaster.  Well the Egg McMuffin isn’t going anywhere, but it’s got some new competition with the new Egg White Delight.Egg White Delight packagingMcDonald’s describes their Egg White Delight like this:

Make your morning with 100%, freshly grilled egg whites, extra lean Canadian bacon and smooth white cheddar*, stacked on a toasted English muffin made with eight grams of whole grain. Great taste for 250 calories.

So you’ve got a couple of things to consider with the Egg White Delight.  Having the Egg McMuffin come first is both a blessing and a curse.  A blessing because it’s paved the way as a combination of simple ingredients that has clearly passed the taste test.  A curse because by making a copycat version, you’re likely to take some possible hits in taste and textures by making it a healthier alternative.  But maybe you’re one of those people that prefers the taste of Diet Coke over regular Coke?  Let’s break down the hits and misses of the Egg White Delight.

Egg White Delight McMuffinEven though I’ve never been terribly impressed by the original Egg McMuffin, I can respect its place in fast food history.  I consider the Egg McMuffin to be an average breakfast sandwich and the same can be said for its new incarnation in the Egg White Delight.  With the Egg White Delight you’re obviously replacing the round griddle-steamed egg with grilled egg whites, but you’re also replacing American cheese with a slice of white cheddar.  I didn’t miss the egg yolk much at all and found the egg whites to be an adequate substitute.  I found the egg white consistency to be pretty on point with any other grilled egg whites I’ve had in the past.  There isn’t a particular taste highlight from the eggs and that was expected as the white cheddar and Canadian bacon take center stage.  I was looking forward to the white cheddar to see if it would be an obvious upgrade over the American cheese from the regular Egg McMuffin, but unfortunately, it’s just about on par.  White cheddar doesn’t melt as well as American cheese, and that saved me from peeling off the gooey mess usually left on the wax paper packaging.  I was hoping for a sharper white cheddar and what I got was a processed slice that didn’t separate itself from American.  The white cheddar seemed to work better in the Grilled Onion Cheddar burger.Egg White Delight 2Just like the original Egg McMuffin, the Egg White Delight does a pretty solid job at having each ingredient stand out individually.  The saltiness of the Canadian bacon is really the key ingredient that leads the flavor charge.  The muffin highlights 8 grams of whole grain and either this is nothing new or both the Egg McMuffin and the Egg White Delight are sporting the same bread now because they have “8 grains of whole grain” in both descriptions.  I prefer the muffin when it’s adequately toasted… almost too toasted.  Just enough toasting to get some sharp crusty edges for some crunch.  This quality of toasted muffin seems to be hit or miss depending on location.  I don’t know if it’s all in my head, but I found the muffin to be more buttery with the original Egg McMuffin.Egg White Delight vs Egg McMuffinCan you imagine one day we’ll have “diet” versions of our fast food favorites?  Maybe in the future there will be a new Big Mac with ground turkey and low-fat Mac sauce.  McDonald’s didn’t take a huge risk with the 250-calories Egg White Delight, but they succeeded in not botching it.  I find the Egg White Delight to neither be an upgrade or downgrade to the original Egg McMuffin.  If you want to save yourself 50 calories, go for it.  Both were priced at $2.69 at my local McDonald’s and I find that $1.99 would’ve made this a much better value for its size.  The Egg White Delight isn’t too far of a stretch to distance itself from the original and since the original has been around for over 40 years, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  In the end, to me it’s still just an average breakfast sandwich.

Pros: Egg white consistency and wiping out the idea of an egg disc. 50 calories less than the original Egg McMuffin. Canadian bacon. Extra toasty muffin.

Cons: $2.69 still seems a little high for this sandwich since the size doesn't really satisfy a big appetite. White cheddar wasn't an improvement. It took me five McDonald's locations until I finally found it.

Taste: 6.25/10
Value: 5.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $2.69

Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10

More Info: http://www.McDonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 250
Total Fat - 7 grams
Carbs - 32 grams
Sodium - 800 milligrams
Protein - 18 grams
Dietary Fiber - 5 grams

27 comments on “Review: Egg White Delight from McDonald’s

  1. rob says:

    Can’t imagine why anyone who likes the Egg McMuffin would try this, it’s only a 50 calorie different and if you are trying to lose weight then why are you eating a breakfast sandwich at all? Eat a piece of fruit.

  2. Meliorn says:

    Oh. you beat me to a review. Just got one this morning to get together. I agree on the cheese, it didn’t add much to the flavor. The puppy at my job loved it though. Its a decent substitute for the higher calorie one. Thanks!!

  3. Ryan N says:

    I had this yesterday morning, and it was definately lacking flavor!

  4. Frank says:

    Sadly, it’s not about calories. Egg yolks are the most nutritious part of an egg, I don’t think that can be debated. Foods high in saturated fat are actually good for you. Oh well, leave the yolks for me.

  5. Mike N. says:

    The best thing about the original egg mcmuffin is the fresh-cracked real egg (a rarity in fast food!) I can’t imagine someone at McD’s is separating egg whites from the yolk in-store — it probably comes in a carton or bottle like the other egg product they use.

  6. Roger C. says:

    Why would anyone order and pay full price for this, is beyond me. Let’s leave it to the health nuts.

  7. Ryan says:

    Frank is exactly correct. Unless you define “healthy” to mean low in cholesterol and disregard everything else, egg yolk is the healthy part of the egg. It’s where all the nutrients are located, save for some protein. Far from a healthier alternative, this new version delivers less nutritional value than the traditional Egg McMuffin.

  8. Ryan says:

    Or actually, Frank is partially correct. Foods high in saturated fat are not good for you. But saturated fat isn’t the issue in egg yolks. Cholesterol is. Eating too much cholesterol is still bad for you (though not as bad as eating too much saturated fat), but assuming you keep your egg intake at a reasonable level, it’s not worth throwing out all of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients found only in the yolk.

    • TJ says:

      I agree, cholesterol is not the worst problem these days, nicely put.

    • Jackie says:

      It has been proven the cholesterol in eggs does not raise bad cholesterol. If you Google search it, you’ll find an overwhelming number of studies proving this.

      • Darrell Martinsen says:

        Here’s what’s odd. I eat a LOT of whole eggs every week. Just had my lab work done and my cholesterol was fine! But my triglycerides were a lil elevated (hot dogs maybe?) starving student food budget lol. But at least the eggs don’t seem to be hurting me!

  9. MiMI says:

    I eat the regular McMuffin pretty often but I tried this one today and I actually like it much better then the regular one. True your only saving 50 calories and some cholesterol from the yolk but its a nice change and I hope they keep this one around.

  10. tehbull says:

    You aren’t wrong about missing that butter flavor. The regular McMuffin egg is sprayed with a spray of butter.

    • Ryan says:

      Cool, thanks for the info.

    • Mike N. says:

      The website’s ingredients lists “Egg Whites Prepared with Liquid Margarine” — maybe Ryan just got lucky. Liquid margarine is also listed as a separate ingredient (presumably for the muffin) which unfortunately contains Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil and thus trans fat (the nutrition info can list 0g of trans fat if it’s less than 1g, but it’s still there!) But as mentioned before, you’re not going to McD’s for a healthy meal, but maybe a less unhealthy meal. :)

  11. Frank says:

    I feel I must elaborate on my earlier post. This is a reply to one of 3 Ryans? One of which runs this fast food blog.

    This (egg white) offering is about 20 years too late. Back in the 80s, there was this low cholesterol trending movement. You don’t really hear too much of it now, unless you’re in a doctor’s office and he or she is trying to shove statin meds down your throat.

    I digress.

    The brain actually produces cholesterol. It’s essential enough for our own bodies to be able to produce the stuff. I agree that in eggs, the saturated fat content is negligible. The issue of eggs (yolk) is cholesterol.

    Again, the yolk contains all the nutrients of an egg. The whites seem to be mostly empty calories (protein). Protein seems to be a glorified “nutrient” in our society.

    I will come full circle now. Foods high in saturated fat in nature, have more healthier fats in them. As an example, meat products might contain more saturated fats which raise LDL (bad cholesterol) levels; yet as a ratio will contain higher fats, such as olyeic acid which will raise your HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Tipping the scale to a “healthy” cholesterol ratio.

    I don’t think this egg white mcmuffin will succeed. One caveat, unless it takes off internationally. Even through that some states mandate posting caloric content in fast food, most fast food patrons pay no heed. Yolks taste great, they’re nutritious, and as the og Ryan has stated, the white cheddar isn’t a game changer.

    Well, that’s all I have for now.

  12. Kris says:

    I wonder if the white cheddar can be used on other products? Like, add it to a McChicken, or use it on a Big Mac?

    • Ryan says:

      It can be used on the other breakfast sandwiches… and the Grilled Onion Cheddar uses the same stuff so I’m guessing you can on the Big Mac and others.

  13. Darrell Martinsen says:

    Yea ever since the Grilled Onion Cheddar came out, I have been asking for my McDoubles with white cheddar. It was either same cost or 20 cents more, depending on the cashier working that day lol

  14. Lindsay says:

    I tried it today and thought it was pretty good. It was definitely less greasy than the regular McMuffin, which I’ve always loved. I eat a lot of eggs, so having the option of a sandwich with just whites is good. Other chains like Subway also have egg white options. I think this will popular in Manhattan, where I live.

  15. Michelle says:

    I would like to try this option because personally, I hate egg yolks. I have never liked the taste of them and it’s why I never have any McDonalds breakfast sandwiches before except for sausage mcgriddles and biscuits

  16. noki says:

    I agree with Frank. Saturated fat is much healthier for your body than poly-unsaturated fats (canola, soy, corn, etc oils). One reason is trans fats. Pretty much all PUFA have it. you just don’t see it on the label because vendors set the serving size just below the threshold where it has to be reported (as previously stated). Cholesterol you eat has NOTHING to do with serum cholesterol. And get this…if you do not eat enough cholesterol your liver will make it for you! You liver makes 4 to 5 times more cholesterol than most people eat. Why? Because the body needs it to thrive. Every single cell needs it. The organ that needs it the most is the brain (contains 25% of all the cholesterol in the body while making up only 2% of total body weight). The body is smart; if you don’t eat it every cell in your body can make it (the liver being the most efficient). I say give you body a rest and EAT your fair share of cholesterol! And to think doctors circumvent the body’s wisdom by limiting the amt. of cholesterol the liver can make by prescribing…statins! Don’t get me started….

  17. Karen says:

    I had a $1 coupon for the egg white mcmuffin……absolutely horrid…I don’t even know if my dog would eat it….well maybe she would since she eats garbage.
    There is no comparison between the egg mcmuffin and this new egg white mcmuffin.

  18. Jennifer says:

    I tried the egg white Mcmuffin. The taste was great, but my egg whites were undercooked and it looked like someone used an ice cream scooper to put the pile of mush on it. Overall, I wouldn’t order it again.

  19. Mark says:

    I would agree with the review in general. The sandwich was really good but far too expensive for what you get. $1.99 each would have been much more appropriate.

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