Review: New! Chocolate Banana McCafe Shake from McDonald’s
Say it with me friends: fool it me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
After trying the new Chocolate Banana McCafe Shake last Saturday morning, it would appear as though I have not learned my lessons when it comes to McDonald’s “new” McCafe milkshakes (our review of the Strawberry McCafe Shake here). Last time I had a McDonald’s shake I was put off by the bland flavor of the soft serve vanilla base and the soupy texture of the shake, finding the “new” additions of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry to be about as helpful as a slingshot against an Abrams tank.
Still, after a disastrous set of circumstances left me starving at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, I decided to forgo a proper breakfast to try out the brand new flavor of milkshake, which comes at a time in which McDonald’s is rolling out an entirely revamped menu.
The shake, I must say, is a miserable failure. My complaints on the texture stand: it’s soupy, watery, and reminds me of what happens when you leave a frosty outside in the sun. Maybe you’re suppose to drink it? I guess that could be the case, except I wasn’t even given a straw-like device, and I’m not exactly sure if drinking a cherry and whipped cream is entirely possible.
Now, we can agree to disagree on what the texture of a “true” milkshake should be (as some commentors did with me on my last review). However, I’ll warn you that the flavor isn’t anything to get excited about. As you can see from the pictures, the shake actually comes out with an off layer of “chocolate” (really just cocoa) on top. It’s disjointed from the banana flavor, and it’s a weak cocoa flavor that almost reminds me of a NECCO wafer. The banana taste is moderate – think fake, but in a kind-of-want-more Banana Runts kind of way. Still, neither fits in with the whipped cream or the cherry. What is so “cafe” about whipped cream and a cherry anyways?
No, this is a weak shake, any way you slurp it. And trust me, you will be slurping it, unless you’re like me and make it about a fourth of the way through before asking yourself; “Why am I drinking a mediocre shake when it’s 8 a.m. in the morning and snowing?” Good question.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: 2.29 for small
Overall GrubGrade: 4.50 (Poor)
Chocolate Banana McCafe Shake from McDonald's (12 oz. cup, without whipped cream and cherry)
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 6 g
Trans Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 40 mg
Sodium: 150 mg
Total Carbs: 76 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 63 g
Protein: 10 g