Review: Blueberry Maple Baked Pie from McDonald’s Canada

I remember the good old days, a simpler time, when McDonald’s would gleefully deep fry their pies. A magnificent era, when your tongue would force you to sign a waiver before you could attempt inhaling one, so as to allow the proper amount of time had elapsed, thus avoiding third degree burns via cherry pie filling.Blueberry Maple Pie McDonald's CanadaThe fried pie was a golden slab of glory, sporting a bubbly, crispy outer shell, with a scalding, molten filling inside. It was perfection. Then, McDonald’s decided that, hey, maybe they were frying too many item menus, or, perhaps too many folks were cremating their taste buds on those kamikaze dessert pockets and McSuing them. So here we are, living in the baked pie era. *dozes off, thinking about it*

Blueberry Maple PieI guess when your pie delivery system is as boring as this, you need to constantly come up with oddball flavors, so people like me will green-eggs-and-ham-it in the name of science, or say a review on GrubGrade. Enter the new Blueberry Maple Pie from McDonald’s Canada.  I’ve poured many a gallon of maple syrup over thousands of blueberry pancakes in my lifetime, and let me tell you, I could eat nonstop short stacks until I burst like a carb stuffed piñata at a 6 year old’s birthday party. It’s a fantastic flavor combo, one that I’ll never say no too. Well, until now.Blueberry Maple PieMaple syrup is the first thing I smell upon unloading my paper bag bounty. Enough to get me giddy. Truth be told, I’ve never bought a McD’s blueberry pie and detected any aroma at all, other than the scent of mechanically produced, toasted dough. In this case however, this “pastry” is just a few steps shy of cremation. So the room quickly filled with the scent of burnt pie & syrup. (Insert horrible Canadian Easy Bake Oven flashback) I’m unsure of McDonald’s baking process when it comes to pies, but this batch definitely was an ode to the Showtime Rotisserie. “Set it and forget it” indeed. Vigorous scraping of charcoaled pie exterior ensued. There are real blueberries present in the pie filling, not brimming mind you, but enough to make it look like they gave it the old clown college try. Anyone looking for a sweet and/or tart blueberry flavor profile will be greatly disappointed, as it’s grossly muted, most likely killed off with whatever they used for the attempted maple notes, for which there are none. It’s grossly muddled, blue, gelatinous goo. (Insert tasteless Smurf joke here)Blueberry Maple Pie In fact, the Blueberry Maple Pie is a hot mess, where it appears everything is working on all cylinders to cancel each other out. The burnt pie pastry efficiently killed off any other flavor meant to be highlighted in the pie. Upon sampling the pie filling on its own, it becomes clear; this dessert offering is a one trick pony; named Blueberry. And that pony should’ve been led out to the glue factory long before it got past McD R&D. And you know what? I can’t believe I’m saying this. Even deep frying wouldn’t have saved it.

Pros: Great price per pie. Actual blueberries present. 

Cons: Overenthusiastically baked. Maple smell up front, but no maple taste. Not deep fried.

Taste: 2.50/10
Value: 5.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Price: $1.39 CAN for 2

Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10

More Info: mcdonalds.ca
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 250
Fat - 13 grams
Saturated Fat - 6 grams
Sodium - 200 milligrams
Carbs - 31 grams
Fibre - 1 grams
Sugar - 14 grams
Protein - 2 grams

3 comments on “Review: Blueberry Maple Baked Pie from McDonald’s Canada

  1. Matt says:

    Didn’t wake up this morning expecting to see a Ron Popeil reference on Grub Grade

  2. Marco says:

    Just so you know: here in Germany the pies are still deep fried…
    So just come over and grab one… or a few! 😉

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