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Review of McDonald's New Oatmeal

Taste Test: McDonald's Oatmeal

McDonald's OatmealMcDonald's has kicked off 2011 with a truly timely launch: the nationwide rollout of its Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, just in time to capitalize not only on New Year's resolutions but also a tidal wave of an oatmeal craze.

It was nearly a year ago when we first got wind that the world's largest fast-food chain was toying with oatmeal, testing it in select markets like Baltimore and Washington DC. Apparently, it was well-received, because last Monday the company began offering it countrywide, and oatmeal became the chain's first new permanent breakfast item in two years.

But how did it stack up to the likes of oats from Starbucks and Jamba Juice? To see whether we were bowled over, keep reading.

McDonald's Oatmeal

The McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal boasts 100 percent natural whole-grain oats, light cream, and brown sugar, and fresh red and green apples, dried cranberries, and two types of raisins as toppings.

Each bowl is prepared upon request and can be ordered with or without brown sugar. The offering, which goes for $1.99, is available all day.

The oatmeal turned out well-cooked, and the brown sugar was evenly distributed throughout. It was slightly on the sweet side, although not overwhelmingly so. Here's the good news: since each bowl is individually prepared, it's easy to order oatmeal without brown sugar, light cream, or apples. You can even calculate the nutritional value based on your custom order.

Our only complaint came in the form of the apples, which tasted somewhat off in flavor and in texture. They were mysteriously cardboard-like and didn't possess any of the natural sweetness that apples tend to have. (Perhaps that's because we noticed the "fresh" apples came out of a plastic packet.) And a close analysis revealed that, unlike store-bought instant oatmeal, the ingredient list contains items like modified food starch — as well as no maple syrup (something that the state of Vermont is already after).

Nevertheless, the oatmeal's a welcome healthy addition to the McDonald's all-day menu, and one that I hope other fast-food establishments will soon follow. If you've tried them, what did you think?

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ViolaMorbid ViolaMorbid 2 years
I didn't know you could order it without sugar! Good to know! Now I want a bowl... :)
loiyaR loiyaR 4 years
Speaking of McDonald's ,McDonald’s has relinquished its crown to Subway as the world's largest fast food franchise. I found this here: Subway passes McDonald's to become world's largest fast food chain A growth spurt in foreign markets has brought Subway past McDonald's in the number of locations globally. Major fast food companies, facing slow to no United States growth, are looking overseas for expansion in the years ahead.
Skorpio Skorpio 5 years
There is NOTHING McDonalds could convince me to go there for. NOTHING.
jessvogel85 jessvogel85 5 years
I order it without the brown sugar, and I love it! I've never had weird apples, but I'll take a healthy option from McDonalds any day!
amber512 amber512 5 years
It looks WAY too liquidy for me, but most oatmeal is. Definitely sticking to homemade.
mlle-nessa mlle-nessa 5 years
@ Susanna CHen & fuzzles- probably ascorbic acid, aka good old vitamin C. Very common anti-enzymatic browning agent for fruits & veggies.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
@fuzzles — I don't even want to think about that!
dclsweetspot dclsweetspot 5 years
I loved it. Not the best oatmeal ever but it was good and a better option than anything else on the menu. I would normally go without eating if I were running around all day with kids and errands because I couldn't stomach fast food and a salad takes long to eat. I love having the option of warm and healthy oatmeal at a fast food restaurant.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
I thought it was pretty good. Not as good as homemade by any means, but a nice option when you want something healthy on the fly. The only thing that creeped me out a bit, and I learned this after the fact, was that the "fresh" apples are pre-cut and come in single serving packets. How do they keep from browning? *scratching head*
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 5 years
Something was just plain off about the apples. The dried fruit was good though!
zeze zeze 5 years
I'm excited, I would love more easy to get healthy options. My only issue is why does it seem like the unhealthy stuff is so much cheaper, I mean with McDs it's not a biggy, $1.99, but still, why isn't it on the Dollar Menu, it's oatmeal!!! Shouldn't it cost less than sausage (same goes for the plain egg McMuffin, why is it more than the sausage one?!)
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
ugh. oatmeal is the least photogenic food in the world.
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