Tired, hot, and hungry after my lesson and walking two blocks under the afternoon sun, I was ready to cool off with Mom in McDonald’s. Three years ago, McD’s was my refuge for those blazing, burning days where everyone just about melted under the sun. With air conditioning and a cold beverage or ice cream, McDonald’s was the savior. This time round, the heat was nowhere as bad, but a little cool air and treat does not hurt.
Our third smoothie this summer, we went with a flavour we had tried when it first came out but have not had in a long time – the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie. The mango and pineapple flavours were both very strong and distinct, yet they blended quite nicely. It was a tropical drink through and through. The tanginess of the mango and the sweetness of the pineapple, all mixed with the creaminess of yogurt and ice slush certainly made for a refreshing drink. I had this pointed out to me earlier, and it seems to be true – there seems to be a gritty, yogurt residue aftertaste left in my mouth after each sip. It is not at all obvious and I probably would not have noticed it had it not been for my friend. Perhaps I am just not as perceptive to it but it could be because of the yogurt they use. I am not even sure if it is anything like the yogurt we normally buy from a store, although I hope it is. All in all, though, since one can never go wrong with mango, this is the best flavour so far.
Still not the biggest fan of smoothies, I got myself the Oreo McFlurry. Honestly, the McFlurry, along with the breakfast sandwiches, is probably the best invention ever created by McDonald’s. After all, all the chocolate companies started churning out ice cream products that had their respective chocolate bits swirled into it. This happened after the invention of the McFlurry, I believe, so clearly, McDonald’s can be quite influential. Their vanilla soft serve is always just the perfect sweetness and smoothness in texture; it is neither too creamy nor runny. The Oreo bits added a nice, crunchy texture to the dessert, as well as a light hint of chocolate. I would have liked a little more Oreo in mine, but it was blended nicely into crumbs and mixed well into the ice cream. July is also National Ice Cream Month, so eating McFlurries is perfectly fitting!
Whenever I feel the need to cool down, I will start looking for the nearest McD’s. They have so many cold treats to choose from now, from ice cream, sundaes, and McFlurries to smoothies and juice to iced coffee, frappes, and other iced espresso beverages. As long as the restaurant is kept clean and is not too crowded, McDonald’s makes for a lovely and casual little spot to chill and hide from the sun.