Review: Egg White Delight from McDonald’s
Can you imagine a more beloved fast food breakfast sandwich than the Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s? Sure, McDonald’s being the #1 most popular fast food chain in the world for decades has a lot to do with the iconic status of the sandwich, but you can’t argue with its staying power. Now can you imagine McDonald’s taking another super popular menu item like the Big Mac and giving it a healthy makeover? Could be a sign of disaster. Well the Egg McMuffin isn’t going anywhere, but it’s got some new competition with the new Egg White Delight.McDonald’s describes their Egg White Delight like this:
Make your morning with 100%, freshly grilled egg whites, extra lean Canadian bacon and smooth white cheddar*, stacked on a toasted English muffin made with eight grams of whole grain. Great taste for 250 calories.
So you’ve got a couple of things to consider with the Egg White Delight. Having the Egg McMuffin come first is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it’s paved the way as a combination of simple ingredients that has clearly passed the taste test. A curse because by making a copycat version, you’re likely to take some possible hits in taste and textures by making it a healthier alternative. But maybe you’re one of those people that prefers the taste of Diet Coke over regular Coke? Let’s break down the hits and misses of the Egg White Delight.
Even though I’ve never been terribly impressed by the original Egg McMuffin, I can respect its place in fast food history. I consider the Egg McMuffin to be an average breakfast sandwich and the same can be said for its new incarnation in the Egg White Delight. With the Egg White Delight you’re obviously replacing the round griddle-steamed egg with grilled egg whites, but you’re also replacing American cheese with a slice of white cheddar. I didn’t miss the egg yolk much at all and found the egg whites to be an adequate substitute. I found the egg white consistency to be pretty on point with any other grilled egg whites I’ve had in the past. There isn’t a particular taste highlight from the eggs and that was expected as the white cheddar and Canadian bacon take center stage. I was looking forward to the white cheddar to see if it would be an obvious upgrade over the American cheese from the regular Egg McMuffin, but unfortunately, it’s just about on par. White cheddar doesn’t melt as well as American cheese, and that saved me from peeling off the gooey mess usually left on the wax paper packaging. I was hoping for a sharper white cheddar and what I got was a processed slice that didn’t separate itself from American. The white cheddar seemed to work better in the Grilled Onion Cheddar burger.Just like the original Egg McMuffin, the Egg White Delight does a pretty solid job at having each ingredient stand out individually. The saltiness of the Canadian bacon is really the key ingredient that leads the flavor charge. The muffin highlights 8 grams of whole grain and either this is nothing new or both the Egg McMuffin and the Egg White Delight are sporting the same bread now because they have “8 grains of whole grain” in both descriptions. I prefer the muffin when it’s adequately toasted… almost too toasted. Just enough toasting to get some sharp crusty edges for some crunch. This quality of toasted muffin seems to be hit or miss depending on location. I don’t know if it’s all in my head, but I found the muffin to be more buttery with the original Egg McMuffin.Can you imagine one day we’ll have “diet” versions of our fast food favorites? Maybe in the future there will be a new Big Mac with ground turkey and low-fat Mac sauce. McDonald’s didn’t take a huge risk with the 250-calories Egg White Delight, but they succeeded in not botching it. I find the Egg White Delight to neither be an upgrade or downgrade to the original Egg McMuffin. If you want to save yourself 50 calories, go for it. Both were priced at $2.69 at my local McDonald’s and I find that $1.99 would’ve made this a much better value for its size. The Egg White Delight isn’t too far of a stretch to distance itself from the original and since the original has been around for over 40 years, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In the end, to me it’s still just an average breakfast sandwich.
Pros: Egg white consistency and wiping out the idea of an egg disc. 50 calories less than the original Egg McMuffin. Canadian bacon. Extra toasty muffin.
Cons: $2.69 still seems a little high for this sandwich since the size doesn't really satisfy a big appetite. White cheddar wasn't an improvement. It took me five McDonald's locations until I finally found it.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: http://www.McDonalds.com
Calories - 250
Total Fat - 7 grams
Carbs - 32 grams
Sodium - 800 milligrams
Protein - 18 grams
Dietary Fiber - 5 grams