Review: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe from McDonald’s

Battling lunch hour traffic is no small feat in Springfield, Missouri. Dodging teenage drivers that just got their licenses, anticipating little old ladies that can’t be bothered to check before switching lanes and racing against every other idiot that thinks they need to eat lunch when I do is an ordeal to say the very least.  Successfully purchasing your lunch and getting back to the office in time to eat during your allotted lunch hour makes the excursion even more difficult. For such a harrowing trip to become worthwhile, you need to make smart decisions on what grub you’d like to enjoy once you’re safe from the obnoxious traffic. Today I chose poorly with a stop at McDonald’s where I tried the new Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe McDonaldsI had a coupon for a free burger from McDonald’s. All of the participating franchises were a little out of the way but I figured for free food I could drive a little farther. Besides, I wanted to try the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe and I would not be deterred. On my way home I licked my lips in anticipation and dodged the various drivers in their mad dash for lunch.

McDs Chocolate Covered FrappeI got home and snapped the photos which are the tiniest bit misleading. The whipped cream on top had melted a bit and the original presentation was marginally more impressive.  The strawberry sauce on top of the whipped cream smelled amazing and the whole thing looked very promising. My first taste however, was more than a little disappointing.  We all know that fast food joints are infamous for using highly processed food with chemical additives and preservatives so I’ll just come right out and say it: this frappe tasted fake.

Chocolate Strawberry Frappe McDonaldsThe drink tasted overwhelmingly of cheap, synthetic chocolate and there was very little strawberry flavor. There were no fresh strawberry pieces inside,  only an overwhelming amount of chocolate chunks that clogged the straw and only slightly enhanced the flavor. It seemed and tasted as if someone had crumbled up a dark Hershey’s bar into the drink and then blended it. The strawberry sauce on top had a sharp, tangy flavor that was far too sweet. So sweet and overpowering that I failed to even taste the whipped cream.  The sauce was almost like cheap strawberry flavored bubble gum, the aftertaste made me want to go brush my teeth. It even left me feeling a bit queasy.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry FrappeI like sugar laden drinks like this as much as the next guy and I’m no stranger to frozen drinks made with chocolate and or coffee (ahem, Starbucks), but I was sorely displeased with this one. My sincere hope is that this drink was either made very poorly or incorrectly because I would not recommend it nor would I buy it again. Has anyone else had one of these? I hope your experience was better than mine.

Pros: It looks fairly close to the ad, unlike the rest of the menu.

Cons: Cheap, sad flavor. Too many pieces of chocolate floating around. Almost no strawberry flavor. No strawberry pieces.

Taste: 4.50/10
Value: 5.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Price: $3.29 for the 22oz size

Overall GrubGrade: 4.50/10

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Nutrition Facts:
22oz purchased, 830 calories (calorie range 570-830)

26 comments on “Review: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe from McDonald’s

  1. Taylor says:

    I was skeptical when I heard about how the strawberry flavor is implemented and this review confirmed my beliefs. How disappointing.

  2. MP says:

    What time do you eat lunch, Dustin? I like to take my lunch at 11am if I’m at work.

  3. Dustin says:

    I usually bring my lunch, but due to some poor planning and even worse timing I left at about noon, so I accept partial responsibility for the trip being so hectic.

  4. Matt says:

    I’m pretty certain that all McCafe blended drinks are made with the push of a button, so there is little room for human error in making the drink.

  5. alek says:

    Why they couldn’t blend in the strawberry topping from the sundaes? Their strawberry topping has chunks of real strawberries. Simply ladle in before making the frappe.

    They do the similar thing with double chocolate chip adding chips before making the frappe.

  6. Jamie says:

    I tried one yesterday & I’d say it tasted like a wax candle-not that I’ve ever actually ate a candle before.
    It was just very nasty & left a unpleasant taste in the mouth.
    My 17 year old son even said it was nasty & couldn’t finish it.
    If you know teenage boys,they wolf anything down

  7. Jessica says:

    I had one today and you described it to a t! Especially the part about the after taste. Very disappointed to say the least haha

  8. Ana says:

    Wow, mine had a lot of the strawberry flavor! So much that one whole side of the drink was covered with the red sauce. I enjoyed it, however if you don’t like artificially flavored stuff, I would probably say you stay away from the drink. I don’t really care, so I thought it was delicious. Lol

  9. Alex says:

    It literally tastes like cherry cough syrup. I couldn’t stomach more than one sip. Waste of $3.

  10. ELizabeth says:

    I actually am in love with these. I disagree with it tasting fake. Everyone I have had was delicious. I actually love the chocolate pieces. Mine werent big enough at all to clog the straw. Maybe my Mcdonalds is just really good…

    • Pat says:

      I fell in love with the Strawberry Frappe; it could use more strawberry. I’m going to learn how to make them at home so I don’t kill myself with the calorie count!!

  11. WhenItWasSMSU says:

    You have SONIC there… How can you even think twice (unless they’ve gone massively downhill in which case my heart’s a little broken as I LIVED on their tater tots, dogs, sometimes chicken strips or similar, and ALWAYS one of their delightful drinks from high school through my 4yrs of SGF…and I admit Taco Bell at times… when I was a double major with a minor dealing with Wash U’s frustrating integrated program…I went to the gym 3x a week to bulk up-I was skin&bones and wanted to have SOME wind resistance!)…anyway, when I was there, Sonic made DELICIOUS chocolate covered strawberry shakes for V-day… Oh and chocolate covered CHERRY ones too. I seriously YEARN for that place and the nearest one’s a hundred miles away!

  12. Darlene says:

    I just saw a commercial for this & I want one, BUT…. am wondering if it is as good as Starbucks ? that’s right I said STARBUCKS, if you have them add Java chips to their Strawberries and Cream you get a Chocolate Covered Strawberry drink that is so REALLY GOOD and I have been getting them for over 6 years at Starbucks

    • WhenItWasSMSU says:

      Darlene-as GOOD as Starbucks? I might be shot living here in Seattle for being honest, but you mean the same starbucks that was using bug dye (perfectly fine in toothpaste but a STRAWBERRY drink should rely on STRAWBERRIES to be pink!) in their fake-flavored “strawberries” and (oil based cheap-o off-brand coffee “creamer” goopy powder) “creme” base but swapped bugs for a tomato juice extract to make it pink?

      If QUALITY were at all a consideration, McD’s is about the same or quite possibly better ingredient-wise on the whole. Starbucks’ chips-and possibly the base, though last I’d seen it was palm& cottonseed or rapeseed oil based-have soybean based toxic ingredients, the powder base for the drink is right on par with “strawberry” jell-o, and to it they add cheap Kirkland milk or your preferred brown rice laden nut or legume based sludgey substitute (they don’t offer hazelnut or a high QUALITY almond milk because that would make it cost more than a dollar a gallon to make-double strength, that is, since ice is about half of it and it’s typically 2percent–the worst-for-your-health milk–which just means even MORE sugar in the bad bacteria laden mess).

      I’m not defending anything BUT McD’s having options (codes coupons and deals) to essentially get their stuff at a somewhat realistic price whereas Starbucks is ALL overpriced, VERY poor quality sludge. Doesn’t a LOCAL spot or ice cream place have an ACTUAL strawberry offering? Is it SO impossible to dump half a pint of Haagen Daaz strawberry ice cream with frozen-at-their-peak berries and maybe even real syrup (the stuff that never has over 4 ingredients)? You can make your own base at your own strength and save enough to feed someone at a shelter with the savings from each drink…less waste&pollution from dumping cups or even recycling them too. A pound of Guittard chips can usually be found for a dollar. You won’t NEED that diabetes-facilitating sugary concoction if you let the natural sweetness of fruit and real milk blend together in beautiful harmony-and you can consider a syrup instead of chips unless you like to chew your drinks. A milkshake from real ice cream will have more calories, but if THAT is your worry, consider WHICH calories are what turn straight to fat(hint: fat stores as glycogen, NOT fat)! If you want a lighter texture or excuse to drink bigger sizes while counting the pound-putter-onner calories (chips sort of counter that idea) add ice and enjoy. You can even store a week of the base and do a quick blend and swirl something like my favorite, pomegranate molasses!, in with a big straw, which will be about 2c if you get a small box.

      If I were you, I’d ditch the $4 coffeemate powder based icees and retrain my taste buds to enjoy FRUIT, not Jolly Rancher, Kool-Aid&Jell-O flavors-drinking candy is a BAD way to set yourself for long term failure, to hate complex natural flavors out there. The same time spent in line will not only blend you a drink but have the blender quickly rinsed or soaking. Once every few years would be an okay seeming interval for frappes, but 6 years of them is nothing to brag on-at all. Like asse…t…s, everyone has an opinion. I’m a bit science and garden bound in mine-my sweet tooth is BIG, but not for things that left out a couple hours turn weird green shades (Ovaltine anyone?) or feel like wax when they hit 55 degrees or so, hence the need for tongue-numbing ice so you only get the vague sugar and candy overload.

  13. diana says:

    ugh! very bitter and disappointing

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  15. Dargi says:

    I was so excited to try one for I love chocolate covered fruit. I even thought it would make me feel better since I have been battling a cold for a week. I managed to get two sips down. Totally disgusting. I took it home to my husband who loves anything sweet and he found it even more disgusting than I did so it was poured down the drain. I want my money back!!

  16. Jessica says:

    I thought that where i had mine from was super delicious! it had a good strawberry flavor and chocolate flavor not too overwhelming at all. i like sweet but i don’t like things like that super sweet. I’d say it was a great in between!

  17. Maryann says:

    It must be me! I never buy any Frappes or any other drinks from Starbucks anymore…I only bought one, years ago…too sweet and expensive. But I bought this one from McDonald’s, had to get used to it but once it was finished I really liked it, been buying them ever since and stopped because I thought the sugar content might be too high. The store near me does a great presentation, and in spite of all I read here I’ll buy them again but adding one thing, fresh strawberries, that would make it awesome!

  18. Maryann says:

    I’m sold on the Chocolate Strawberry Frappe!!

  19. Brian says:

    Me and GF LOVE these and get one every couple days… the promotion just ended at our local McD Booooo!

  20. kelsy says:

    What do you expect from a fast food chain? Gold?

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