For National Candy Day, I decided it was time for some early holiday cheer. Chain restaurants seem to be releasing holiday menus earlier and earlier every year. Starbucks introduced their holiday drinks as soon as Halloween passed and so did McDonald’s.
The Holiday Mint McFlurry was certainly screaming ‘holiday’ by McDonald’s standards. It consisted of the regular low-fat vanilla soft serve ice cream with red and green mint candy bits swirled in. The candy pieces were not only colorful but added a really nice crunch and a refreshing mint taste to the ice cream. While not creative, it was still a nice addition. I am a little surprised that they decided to create a holiday McFlurry, considering how it is usually so cold no one really want to be eating much ice cream.
I asked for the grilled version but they first gave me the Premium Crispy Chicken Classic Sandwich. The artisan bun was soft and toasted, slightly sweetened. The lettuce and tomato were placed a little awkwardly. The fried chicken was quite oily and I did not realize they had given me the wrong sandwich until I broke into the chicken. It did not look that crispy and was slightly soggy after being left out for a while.
When I asked for the Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich, all they did was switch the chicken but the bun and other vegetables remained unchanged. I would have thought McDonald’s, with their generally superb customer service, would replace the whole sandwich. I guess there really is something to be said about horrible quality and service at this restaurant on campus. The grilled chicken was a lot less greasy and quite tender though just a tad bit dry.
The Mac Snack Wrap was actually decent, especially with the special Mac sauce. The pickles really brought some flavor and the beef was actually decently succulent and juicy. The tortilla was warm and soft while the lettuce was crunchy. It was certainly the Big Mac made into a wrap… and not so large.
Clearly, this McDonald’s is below average when it comes to quality. Seriously, they need to ensure each restaurant is good. You would think that with so many students and people in the general area, which is super close to center city, that the service would be decent. Everything would have been so much better had the items been made with more care.