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.

Maple Bacon Poutine McDonaldsMcDonald’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?

McDonalds Poutine w BaconThe 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.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 6.50/10
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
Nutrition Facts:
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

8 comments on “Review: Maple & Bacon Poutine from McDonald’s Canada

  1. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Last time I was in Canada I asked a bunch of different Canadians where the best place to get poutine was. I expected them to tell me about some sort of exotic place or Canadian exclusive restaurant but surprisingly most of them said Wendy’s and it was pretty good. I tried Harvey’s another time I went and it was okay, but Wendy’s was better. Like the reviewer said, McDonald’s fries are too thin to work properly for poutine and unsurprisingly their cheese curds look downright anemic compared to the ones from Wendy’s or even Harvey’s and the Wendy’s ones were nice gooey globs. Poutine is great on its own, this doesn’t seem like it would improve the experience.

  2. SPM79 says:

    I had a few McDonalds poutines back in the day. They were OK. There are plenty of mom and pop places that make a good poutine, along with La Belle Province and even Harveys, so I see no reason to get one from McDonalds and I see no reason to throw bacon on top.

  3. edh says:

    Honestly, that doesn’t look to appetizing.

  4. SonOfCoul says:

    That’s not Poutine….those are cheese fries.

  5. Matthew says:

    At least for my local Wendy’s, I’d rather have McDonalds standard poutine. The “poutine sauce” they use is weak and watery, and it’s rarely piping hot. Harvey’s, though… On the rare days I go there the poutine is as good as fast food poutine gets.

  6. ahecht says:

    I had this last weekend, and thought that the bacon and maple sauce were very good, but as the reviewer stated the fries weren’t substantial enough and I frankly thought the gravy was terrible. It tasted like a bouillon cube, and unlike with real gravy my hands smelled like artificial chicken for hours. Of course, this did come on the heels of having some amazing poutine at La Banquise the previous day, so I might’ve been a bit biased.

  7. CulinaryZerg says:

    Man, I miss poutine. I worked in Quebec for many months and definitely hit up many spots. The best ones are those that feature/specialize poutine as their main or only dish (vs. it being just another side item on a chain menu). Even then, most places use a very similar pre-made poutine base. It’s a rare place that has a truly good and distinctive gravy.

  8. Radium says:

    I feel ridiculous. I lived in Canada for 10 years, but it never occurred to me that McDonald’s or Wendy’s would have poutine. Duh! KFC did, so why wouldn’t they? I mostly got mine from NYF and random bars, in any case.

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