Review: Blueberry McGriddles from McDonald’s
In the summer of 2016, panic set in that I was 5 years away from being a 40-year old virgin. On July 22nd, 2016, I was no longer a boy. My first McDonald’s McGriddles experience was a good one. I’ve had a 3+ year drought since that day. With new Blueberry McGriddles being a test market in the DC Metro area, I felt it was appropriate that I break my cold streak.Has there ever been another flavor of McGriddles? Since making its debut 16 years ago, I can’t recall this sandwich introducing any expansion to the McGriddles family. I guess blueberry is the next step in the evolution of this breakfast bread. Let’s review:
My biggest complaint with Blueberry McGriddles would unfortunately be the griddle cakes themselves. With my original experience with McGriddles, the griddle cakes were pancake-like, but toastier. I purchased the Sausage Egg and Cheese Blueberry McGriddles along with the Bacon version and both griddle cakes were soft and spongy and lacked that toasty quality I found with the original. The consistency of the griddle cakes were very reminiscent of a moist blueberry muffin top. This “toasty” quality is likely hit or miss depending on where you go and when you go and who is in control of the food. All I can do is review the product I received and these griddle cakes had unimpressive texture.
From a flavor standpoint, Blueberry McGriddles were just fine. A good amount of blueberry in each bite mixed with syrupy sweetness… and smells great too. How well blueberry griddle cakes pair with sausage or bacon plus folded egg and cheese is up for debate, but this is another area for me that didn’t live up to the original. It’s not off-putting or anything, just an added flavor to a breakfast sandwich that already had pretty good balance. You’ve got a mix of salty/buttery/sweet and that should be enough for most, but it works better with the original.At a price of $3.99, Blueberry McGriddles are a 10-cent upcharge over the original McGriddles. It’s a breakfast sandwich that doesn’t skimp on the egg and the a fair amount of breakfast meat in both versions I tried. Under the 4 dollar mark for a breakfast sandwich is a decent value in the fast food world so Blueberry McGriddles are priced right.It’s cool that my area is a test market for Blueberry McGriddles, but I just wish they were better. It’s hard to top an original and the original hasn’t been toyed with since it’s debut. If/when these hit a national release, I hope they’re tweaked a bit to be more like the griddle cakes I remembered from my first time.
Pros: Smells great. Plentiful blueberries. Priced under the 4 dollar mark.
Cons: Consistency of the griddle cakes wasn't like the original.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.25/10
Sausage Egg Cheese - 500calories
Bacon Egg Cheese - 370 calories