Review: Maple & Bacon Poutine from McDonald’s Canada
McDonalds Canada has been running a “Great Canadian Taste Adventure” promotion claiming to offer five fast food takes on regional cuisine over the course of June. Unfortunately I didn’t jump into this until right near the end, and as a result two of them I haven’t been able to try due to the promotion ending (Cottage Country Chicken sandwich, Western BBQ Burger), while my local McD’s is completely out of the Chocolate Nanaimo Sundae. Here’s my take on the Quebec-inspired Maple & Bacon Poutine from McDonald’s Canada.
McDonald’s Canada describes the Maple & Bacon Poutine as such:
Lose yourself in the thick green forests and magnificent rivers of Quebec. The Maple & Bacon Poutine combines two of the nation’s favorite flavors with Quebec cheese curds to transport you to the vibrant province in just one bite.
The description’s a little confusing so I’ll explain. This is a standard McDonald’s poutine with bacon, maple brown sugar seasoning, and a maple BBQ sauce. Before we can talk about how these added condiments, let’s talk a bit about McDonald’s poutine.The gravy and cheese curds are about as good as you can expect for a fast food poutine, and you’ll find these pre-made ingredients anywhere. The gravy is rich enough, the cheese tastes like cheese, and it combines together to make a solid rich sauce over french fries. However, I’ve never felt McDonald’s fries (fantastic though they are) really worked well with poutine. In my experience you want thicker, potato-y fries that aren’t quite as heavy on the salt. Overall McDonald’s poutine is pretty good for fast food poutine, but it isn’t perfect. So what do the new additions of bacon and maple dressing add?
The bacon and maple sugar seasoning is frankly fantastic. The bacon isn’t cheap little bits like you’d find in a salad, but actual hefty chunks. Maple bacon is a personal favorite of mine, and McDonald’s absolutely nailed it with the seasoning they use on the bacon found here. The salty pork flavor mixes perfectly with the sugary maple taste of the seasoning. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for the maple BBQ sauce, which seems really out of place getting drizzled over the already gravy-covered fries. It just adds a bit too much sweetness and upsets the already well-balanced flavors of the gravy, cheese, fries, and maple bacon. The taste of something you’d throw on ribs is just didn’t work. I still finished off the whole thing, and it was nice to try something else, but I just wish I would’ve asked them to hold the extra maple sauce. For $4.59 CDN before taxes, this is a filling option if you want something other than a burger and want something a little bit sweet. Finally, trying to eat this to-go is about as good an idea as you’d think eating fries covered in gravy and cheese would be. The to-go container is a take-out style box that keeps everything together, but poutine is a meal for sitting down and eating, not munching on during a drive.
Pros: Maple bacon and maple sugar seasoning. Filling.
Cons: Maple BBQ sauce. McDonald's fries are a little too thin for a proper poutine.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.50/10
Price: $4.59 CDN
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: http://www.mcdonalds.ca/ca/en/promotions/flavourpassport.html
Serving Size- 261 grams
Calories - 630
Total Fat - 37 grams
Saturated Fat - 14 grams
Cholesterol - 85 milligrams
Sodium - 1400 milligrams
Carbs - 48 grams
Sugar - 4 grams
Fiber - 3 grams
Protein - 25 grams