REVIEW: McDonald’s Caramel Apple Sundae and Caramel Apple Parfait

McDonald's Caramel Apple Sundae

McDonald’s once used fresh apples slices for good, but with their new Caramel Apple Sundae and Caramel Apple Parfait, they’ve now gone over to the dark side of the Force.

I’m sorry. I should warn you that this review might be sprinkled with Star Wars references because I have both trilogies in my head thanks to Spike TV, who showed Episodes 1-6 multiple times over the Labor Day weekend. This is not the first time I got caught up in watching all the Star Wars movies on Spike.

Much like Bothans losing many lives to provide the Rebel Alliance with information about the second Death Star, I have lost many three-day weekends watching all the movies multiple times since 2008, when Spike TV started broadcasting all the films. Although, to be honest, it’s not a complete waste, if you count the custom permanent butt mold in my couch that was made with all the sitting I did.

With all the Star Wars in my head right now, my dreams are a little weird. Do you know what it’s like having Jar Jar Binks popup in your dreams? It’s like having a car alarm go off in your head. Not even imagining gold bikini Princess Leia can help overcome that.

Wait. What was I talking about before? McDonald’s Chewbacca Anakin Solo? McDonald’s Calrissian Antilles Padmé?

Oh, that right. McDonald’s Caramel Apple Sundae and Caramel Apple Parfait.

Both desserts use the apples found in the much more wholesome Fruit & Walnut Salad and Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. The apples in both desserts are smothered with a generous serving of gooey caramel, making the apples look like they’re floating in a Dagobah swamp. While the apples will keep the doctor away, the caramel might not keep the dentist away. The sundae version also includes McDonald’s reduced fat soft serve ice cream, while the parfait has low fat vanilla yogurt.

McDonald's Caramel Apple Parfait

The caramel is the Order 66 that turns the apples from wholesome to evil. And when I say evil, I mean really good.

Both desserts had a delicious caramel apple flavor. Although I could taste the apples more with the parfait. The crunchy apples were cut into small enough pieces that it easily allowed me to mix everything with the included spoon and, thanks to the added calcium ascorbate (calcium and vitamin C), the apples looked as golden and fresh as a recently cleaned C-3PO. As I mentioned earlier, there’s a lot of caramel, but there’s also enough apple chunks to ensure you get a little bit of everything in each spoonful.

Now, the thing is the caramel is the dominant flavor in both the sundae and parfait. It’s dominant enough that it negates the flavors of the soft serve ice cream and vanilla yogurt. Basically, the Caramel Apple Sundae and Caramel Apple Parfait pretty much taste the same. So deciding which one to choose really depends on how much you’re willing to spend or how many calories you’re willing to take in. Although, the Caramel Apple Sundae’s serving size looks smaller than McDonald’s regular sundaes, so you should also take that into consideration.

However, whichever one you choose, you can’t go wrong. The McDonald’s Caramel Apple Sundae and Caramel Apple Parfait are both really good desserts.

May the Force be with you.

(Nutrition Facts – Caramel Apple Sundae – 330 calories, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 120 milligrams of sodium, 55 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 35 grams of sugar, 7 grams of protein, 8% vitamin A, 130% vitamin C, and 20% calcium. Caramel Apple Parfait – 180 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 85 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 24 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein, 130% vitamin C, and 20% calcium.)

Thanks to Impulsive Buy reader Lane for letting me know about these.

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Items: McDonald’s Caramel Apple Sundae and Caramel Apple Parfait
Price: $2.29 (Caramel Apple Sundae)
Price: $1.99 (Caramel Apple Parfait)
Size: N/A
Purchased at: McDonald’s
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Caramel Apple Sundae)
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Caramel Apple Parfait)
Pros: Tastes like caramel apples. Lots of caramel and apple chunks. Small apple pieces made it easy to mix. Star Wars. Custom couch butt molds. Gold bikini Princess Leia. The Force.
Cons: More expensive than regular sundaes and parfait. Sundae and parfait pretty much taste the same. The Caramel Apple Sundae’s serving size looks smaller than regular sundaes. Wasting a three-day weekend watching nothing but Star Wars movies multiple times. The dark side of the Force.

17 thoughts to “REVIEW: McDonald’s Caramel Apple Sundae and Caramel Apple Parfait”

  1. mcdonald’s ice cream has been chemically engineered to be my guilty pleasure. caramel apple sundae with my best favorite soft serve?? i want to go to there.

  2. Holy crap that’s a lot of caramel on the parfait! I work at McD’s and you’re only supposed to put a tiny bit of the caramel drizzle (from the frappe) over the top in the shape of an “M” (same as the frappe, again). These are very tasty though.

    BTW, the McRib is coming back at the end of October…

    1. The caramel is what makes this good. Just a drizzle would be disappointing, like the time I hugged Grimace and found out it was some guy in a Grimace suit.

  3. I work at McDonald’s too… this obviously doesn’t have anything to do with McRibs, but the availability of McRibs depends on what state and store you work at, just saying… anywayz, the caramel apple parfaits and sundaes are AMAZING!!!!! Love it 🙂

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