Review: Stroopwafel McFlurry from McDonald’s

There have been over a half dozen McFlurry flavors at McDonald’s over the years (hands up if your favorite was the Butterfinger).  The latest is part of the Worldwide Favorites promotion coming nationwide in June.  Worldwide Favorites spotlight some international McDonald’s items and brings them stateside for America to indulge in.  My local McDonald’s started offering them early so I ordered the one item I was looking forward to the most… the Stroopwafel McFlurry… let’s review.The Stroopwafel McFlurry comes to the United States from The Netherlands… the land of wooden shoes and windmills.  What exactly is a stroopwafel?  According to Wikipedia, a stroopwafel is a “syrup waffle”… a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel syrup filling in the middle.  The Stroopwafel McFlurry features vanilla soft serve, mixed with a caramel swirl and authentic chopped Dutch Daelmans Stroopwafel caramel waffle cookie pieces.

From a visual standpoint, the Stroopwafel McFlurry wasn’t much to look at.  At the minimum I would’ve liked a McDonald’s Worldwide Favorites-branded cup.  Little flecks of chewy stroopwafel of various sizes, but mostly pieces that were too small to be identified.  The sweetness was overpowering at times which surprised me considering the ratio of vanilla soft serve to mix-ins is usually better balanced.  This was caramel overload in my cup.  I understand each persons individual experience may vary slightly, but I’m sure there’s a standard way of preparing these and mine seemed off.  At a price of $3.79 for the regular size, it’s feels like it’s a dollar away from being a great value, but still worth a one time buy.  My high hopes for the Stroopwafel McFlurry is due to my love for stroopwafels and unfortunately this product missed it’s mark and ends up at around average for me.

Pros: Stroopwafels and vanilla soft serve... a great flavor combo if the components are applied right.

Cons: About the price of a pint of Ben & Jerry's when it goes on sale. Ingredients felt unbalanced and it had an impact with unimpressive textures and overwhelming sweet spots.

Taste: 5.75/10
Value: 5.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $3.79

Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10

More Info: mcdonalds.com

9 comments on “Review: Stroopwafel McFlurry from McDonald’s

  1. SueBee says:

    At least they picked a good stroopwafel brand. Dalman’s is so much better than that lame Canadian van-wafel wannabe thing that Starbucks pawns. Bloody awful. How could two big global companies miss the mark so bad?!?!

    • Ryan says:

      If the mix-ins are just right, I think it could make a big difference. Sometimes it’s done right, sometimes very wrong.

  2. Sean says:

    I was disappointed in the presentation. I don’t know why I thought it would like it does in the ads. Should’ve known better. Really not much different than a caramel sundae with just a few chewy bits mixed in here and there.

  3. Christina says:

    The Stroopwafel McFlurry is the best thing on the menu right now , maybe because I love sweet stuff but my god it’s absolutely amazing , I always get extra caramel and waffle pieces which just makes it even better ! I recommend to anyone who loves ice cream and caramel. Way better then I expected. I live in America and I hope this stays on the menu !

    • Kim Klepcyk says:

      You are delusional. This was the best thing I’ve eaten in a long while. I don’t usually like a McFlurry, but this was yum a dum dum!

  4. Aidenborealis says:

    The version I had of this McFlurry was pretty pathetic. After driving to 5 different McDonalds with non-functional soft serve machines, I finally found one that offered this. What I received was a cup filled up with vanilla soft serve and a light sprinkling of the crushed up wafel pieces on top and a swirl of caramel syrup. I was under the impression that McFlurrys are supposed to be blended like a Blizzard but this wasn’t. It wasn’t even made like a proper sundae with layered toppings. I will be sending a note and photos to McDonalds of my experience as the Spain burger was extremely disappointing also. For $10 between these two LTO items (not including fries and a drink or anything else), I was pretty annoyed. I guess we just need to remember how rare it is to receive anything that looks like the advertising and not give in to marketing gimmicks!

    • Mary Wiggins says:

      My experience is that what you get varies considerably from restaurant to restaurant. And staff attitude makes a HUGE difference, whether they just shove whatever it is at you, or try with a little personal investment to give you something you’ll really like.

  5. Mary Wiggins says:

    I just tried one, and NEVER AGAIN – the waffle pieces are horrible – way too sweet for me, but far worse, they immediately stuck (really stuck!!!) in my teeth (in the tops, even!) and I had to scrape with a fingernail trying to get them out. I gave it back and the counter person made me one with caramel only.

  6. Mary A B says:

    I think it is the best new desert McDonald’s has ever had. I hope they bring it back permanently.

    I love it….just right…don’t change a thing.It’s addictive.

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