Review: Haupia Pie from McDonald’s

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Here in Hawaii, we have two seasonal McDonald’s pies you won’t find in any of the other 49 states — taro and haupia. While McDonald’s Taro Pie can also be found at McDonald’s locations throughout Asia, the Haupia Pie can only be purchased in the Aloha State.Haupia Pie McDonald'sHaupia (pronounced how-PEE-ah) is a coconut milk-based dessert that has a texture similar to gelatin. It’s usually served by itself, but it’s also used as a dessert filling or topping. If you visit the Hawaiian islands and attend a luau, being offered a haupia dessert is as guaranteed as there being hula dancers at that same luau.McDonald's Haupia PieMcDonald’s Haupia Pie was first introduced in 2007 and since then it has made an annual limited-time-only appearance on local menu boards across the state. It sticks around for a few months, usually starting in February, and when it goes away Hawaii residents must get their haupia fix through ways that don’t involve a drive-thru.  To be honest, my mouth doesn’t enjoy the texture of coconut and I usually don’t enjoy its flavor, but when coconut milk, sugar, and cornstarch are combined to make haupia, I find it to be quite tasty.McDonald's HaupiaIts golden brown exterior and the nondescript box the McDonald’s Haupia Pie comes in makes it look like a regular McDonald’s Apple Pie. But once you bite through that light, crispy shell that’s guaranteed to leave crumbs, you’ll expose the white creamy filling. Just like with McDonald’s Apple Pie, it’s best to let a Haupia Pie cool before taking a bite because hot scalding innards burning your mouth is no fun and it allows the filling to congeal a bit.Haupia PieAccording to the ingredients list I received from McDonald’s of Hawaii, the pie gets its coconut flavor from coconut juice, cream, and fruit. The sweet, creamy filling has a strong coconut flavor and it comes fairly close to tasting like haupia, but to be honest, it’s a bit weird eating warm haupia, since it’s usually served chilled. McDonalds Haupia PieIts bright white color makes it look like WhiteOut or Elmer’s Glue and, if it’s cooled down, it also appears to have the same consistency as the popular non-toxic elementary school adhesive. There aren’t any coconut bits in the pie, but you may find small white gelatinous cubes floating in the creamy center which were probably supposed to completely melt while the pie was being heated up. However, they don’t affect the pie’s flavor.  If you ever find yourself on a Hawaiian vacation sometime during the spring months, and enjoy coconut, trying a McDonald’s Haupia Pie is something I’d highly recommend.

Pros: Crispy crust. Tasty sweet coconut filling. Cheap dessert.

Cons: Only available for a limited time. Only available in Hawaii. Filling looks like glue.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 9.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Price: $1.00

Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 270
Total Fat - 17 grams
Saturated Fat - 6 grams
Cholesterol - 0 milligrams
Sodium - 220 milligrams
Carbs - 29 grams
Dietary Fiber - 1 gram
Sugars - 7 grams
Protein - 2 grams

20 comments on “Review: Haupia Pie from McDonald’s

  1. Chefprotoss says:

    Doesn’t McDonald’s serve Spam over there too?

  2. Jay Melo says:

    Strawberry Cream pies are back at my local McDonalds [Central CA]! We do the Dance of Joy!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Do they fry all the pies there? We just have baked pies…sad.

  4. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Dammit I need to try this, it sounds good. That is one thing McDonald’s does well, it is their pies. I hate when they bring them in for a short time and then take them away. Still craving the holiday pie.

  5. Tracy says:

    Fried pies! No fair! I really miss fried apple and cherry pies at McD’s!

  6. Jay says:

    Fried meat pies (spicy please) are the only pies I’d consider purchasing from McDonalds. Somebody wake me when that happens.

  7. Rosie says:

    Aloha, I am traveling to Maui in late April, can anyone tell me if Mcdonalds is serving their Haupia pie. I had one in a previous trip and loved it.

  8. Maxwell says:

    I was just in Hawaii and I had a Haupia Pie here, Another fact, Hawaii is the only state to still fry the pies. They are much better fried. Also if you want some good Haupia and you are on Oahu, go to Leonard’s they have Haupia Malasasas (Portugese Donuts).

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    I’m gonna spew.

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  13. Amila says:

    where can i get a haupia pie in the UK, or in Europe?

  14. Beverly says:

    Had Haupia pie in September when we were in Hawaii. I was amazed at how good it was!! Wish we could have them in the states if only for a short time. It would be something to look forward to!!

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