Review: Holiday Pie from McDonald’s

As if you weren’t already sick of the season; between every bit of the mind blowing amount of advertising you are exposed to on an hourly basis throughout all medias to that age-old question ,“What do you want for Christmas?” In general, the over-saturation of the commercialized holiday season with TV specials, gift ideas for that hard to buy for person in your life, those manipulative bell-ringers, toy drives for the less fortunate and growing evidence that Santa is a work of fiction (I still believe, Santa. No matter what the older kids at school say) the seasonal theme extends to your fast food choices as well.  Just in time for Christmas I present to you the McDonald’s Holiday Pie.McDonald's Holiday PieI will preface this review by stating that I am generally a fan of the baked pies at Mickey D’s. Apple, Cherry, even the Pumpkin Pies around Thanksgiving are all quite tasty. In fact, during my brief stint as an employee there I would mash an apple pie into a McFlurry and cover it with caramel, virtually drowning my outer fat kid with awesome. Maybe my expectations for this pie were too lofty, given that I expected to like it as much as the rest.At first sight it looked innocuous enough, even festive. The sprinkles and vanilla cake colored outer crust brought to mind a sugar cookie or maybe even a birthday cake. Biting into the pie, the crust was crispy and flaky, but having my nose in such close proximity treated me to an unusual odor. The crust and sprinkles smelled of buttercream frosting, and underneath that, the hot custard inside smelled strongly of Play-Doh. Anyone with a childhood in their past or present will know this smell and while not offensive on its own, I would prefer my food smell like food.Holiday Pie Mcdonald'sThe custard was hot with a thick, creamy consistency but that odd smell pervaded and gave the custard an overly processed almost chemical taste. Granted, we are discussing McDonald’s here: the original slinger of processed sustenance; but I was really let down. I refuse to throw myself on the floor kicking and screaming (then again, this is Christmas so maybe I should) but I do have a keyboard and a convenient outlet for my dejection. I was quite disappointed in this item and can only hope they change their custard recipe into something resembling edible foodstuffs.

Pros: Festive "looking". Experimentation will only cost about a buck or less.

Cons: Tastes funny, smells funny.

Taste: 3.50/10
Value: 5.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $0.99

Overall GrubGrade: 3.75/10

More Info: http://www.McDonald's.com

10 comments on “Review: Holiday Pie from McDonald’s

  1. Unemployed Hartnell says:

    I can relate to the custom McFlurries. As a former employee in my teens I enjoyed adding my own toppings such as crushing up the cookies. That of course lead to a broken McFlurry machine one day. I also agree that the holiday pie is the worst of all the McDonald’s pies I encountered.

  2. Scrape says:

    There is something worse than the Smores Pie? I used to love their pies back in the day when they were FRIED and had the thermal qualities of fresh lava. I was particularly partial to the cherry pie, which they no longer offer.

  3. Todd says:

    Nice review. From a purely visual perspective it looks delicious.

  4. The holiday pie is awesome. They should keep it on the menu. It is a good once a week treat.

  5. Andre says:

    After massive anticipation, I finally got around to trying a holiday pie. It was honestly better than I thought it would be. The crust and sprinkles were definitely the highlights, although the custard was not bad – no odd taste that I could discern. More than anything, I think I was happy I didn’t miss it and have to wait a year to try one.

  6. Patrick says:

    Kind of late, but I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like it! The holiday pie is honestly my favorite of McDonald’s pies, though I still really like the apple, s’mores, and strawberry crème ones, whenever the latter two are available. Not a big cherry fan, though that’s unrelated. But yeah, I could eat a bunch of these and not get sick of them for a long time.

  7. Jsun says:

    I’m eating one now, I think if they changed the filling to one more edible in a fairly large quantity it would be better. It’s like eating hot cake batter, not bad…but not great haha

  8. Jess says:

    I’m eating one right now and they must have changed the filling because it does not taste nor smell “play doh-y” to me. I find it delicious! I’m not a fan of Mcdonald’s pies at all (i actually highly dislike them) but i must say, this is amazing.

  9. Ray says:

    Well I have always loved a mcdonalds pie and actually enjoyed the sweet potato pie . Then when ordering I saw Holliday pie ok let’s try it I asked the girl at the window what flavor it was she obviously was new she didn’t know . Ok give me one anyway . So I came home and tried it I tasted the sprinkles. But it had a processed type preservatives flavor I still wasn’t sure what it was so I came to this site and found out vanilla cream of custard it really tasted a bit off . Like the other guy stated like play- doh I agree not what I expected . I hope they can redesign this one . Great idea add real cookie dough and custard and vanilla keep the sprinkles . Well it’s your turn go try one . And let the world know what you think . On a scale of 1-10 it comes in a 4 . Sorry mcyds

  10. HB says:

    Holiday pies are delicious! I have two waiting for me after I leave the bar tonight. If youre a stoner you will definitely likr these give em a shot mucho tasty

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