REVIEW: McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie

McDonald's Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie

Since I live on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that’s known for its pineapples and mangoes (but mostly pineapples), you might be thinking I could make a better smoothie than McDonald’s new Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie.

However, while my magic smoothie making hands/magic massage hands/magic magic hands would probably, nay, most definitely make a better tasting smoothie made with fresh fruits, magic, and aloha, it wouldn’t be an overall better smoothie, which should be one that is not only tasty, but also reasonably priced and easy to make.

If I were to use my superb skills to make a mango pineapple smoothie, it would turn out to be one expensive smoothie. Because, while the volcanic soil on this rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean bear these two tropical fruits, they aren’t cheap fruits if you buy them from a store, farmer’s market, vendor on the side of the road, or on the black market.

Sure, I could steal the fruits by sticking them down my pants from anyone of the places I previously mentioned, but while the mangoes will make it look like I have huge cajones, the pineapples and their spiky skin make them the worst possible fruit to stick down my pants.

So instead of purchasing fruits that may taint poke me and are a pain to cut into pieces because of either a tough skin or a huge pit in the middle of it, I think I’d prefer to have McDonald’s prepare their Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie for me.

If you ever want to make a Jamba Juice employee jealous, tell them how easy it is for their McDonald’s counterpart to make a smoothie. While a Jamba jockey has to physically dump each ingredient into a blender’s container, all a McDonald’s worker needs to do is punch a couple of buttons on their blender and then watch it dump and blend all the ingredients. It’s like something you’d see on the Jetsons.

The McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie is made using fruit purees, low-fat yogurt, and ice. It has a consistency that’s almost perfectly in between thick and watery with tiny ice crystals floating throughout it. The smoothie smells like a ripe mango and its flavor is mostly mango with a little pineapple at the end, giving your taste buds a tasty tropical 1-2 punch. For fruits that come in the form of purees that are sucked through a tube and spit out into a blender, I was surprised by how much they tasted like the fresh versions of the fruit. I was also a little weirded out by how fresh the puree tasted.

Overall, I think the McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie is better tasting than the original Real Fruit Smoothie flavors — Wild Berry and Strawberry-Banana. Is it better tasting than what I could whip up? No, because when you put a blender in front of me, I make refreshment gold. But I think it’s cheaper and easier to make than whatever I could create. Plus, I don’t have to worry about pineapples poking holes in my crotch.

(Nutrition Facts – 12 ounces – 220 calories, 10 calories from fat, 1 gram of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 40 milligrams of sodium, 49 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 49 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein, 45% vitamin A, 25% vitamin C, 8% calcium, and 2% iron.)

Item: McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie
Price: $2.49
Size: Regular
Purchased at: McDonald’s
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Best tasting McDonald’s Real Fruit Smoothie. Gives your taste buds a tasty tropical 1-2 punch. Nice consistency. My magic smoothie making hands/magic massage hands/magic magic hands.
Cons: Pineapples poking holes in my crotch. It’s a little weird the fruit puree tastes like fresh fruit. Prices of mangoes and pineapples. Cutting mangoes and pineapples. Stealing fruit.

19 thoughts to “REVIEW: McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie”

  1. You talked me into one. I was surprised at how good it was. I was also surprised that after this, a quarter pounder and cheese, and some fries–my bill was 10 bucks. Yikes.

  2. I love smoothies so I am sure I would like this McDonald’s product. It is good to see McDonald’s offering more and more healthy beverage options and it certainly is a nice change of pace from the usual soft drink. I think I will no head over to Viewpoints to see if anyone else has reviewed this product.

  3. Well I so happen to work at a McD’s. Today was the first day we started to sell them at my store. Absolutely delicious!

  4. Read your review after trying this smoothie for the first time yesterday. I make mango smoothies at home, too, and yep, this certainly had the mango flavor I crave. Also, the small version sells for $1 at Mickey D’s this week. Holla.

  5. Just because products say the word “fruit” in them, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. I’d be curious to know the fat and sugar content, in both the puree and the “low fat” yogurt? Also I’m sure the puree is loaded with preservatives. Making it at home is still the better option, if it’s a healthy smoothie you’re looking for. If not, then by all means bottoms up! 🙂

  6. best smoothie mcdonald has made to date I would like to know all of the ingredients since I am on a gluten free hydrogentated oil free diet.

  7. Got a coupon and tried it. It tasted like orange juice was barely cool and there was no milk product in it…I went back for more ice. Machine failure??? Love the frappe.

  8. Before these smoothies I could count on my fingers how many times I had ever driven into McD. But now I am a regular visitor. I have consumed a small fortune in Mango Pineapple smoothies along with my family and friends. Without a doubt these are a huge hit.

  9. For those wondering, this is McDonald’s only smoothie without added sugar. You can also order it no yogurt to eliminate the fat and cut some sugar and calories (I think it tastes better that way, too). It’s not necessarily the epitome of health, but a nice alternative to soda at least. Also filling.

  10. You are completely ignoring the fact that McDonald’s also includes some ingredients you absolutely DO NOT WANT in your system and for the one who posted that this smoothie doesn’t have added sugar… well that’s not true… this does indeed have added sugar

  11. ingredient list…

    Water, clarified demineralized pineapple juice concentrate, mango puree concentrate, pineapple juice concentrate, orange juice concentrate, pineapple puree, passion fruit juice, apple juice concentrate, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, contains less than 1% of the following: peach puree, cellulose powder, peach juice concentrate, pear juice concentrate, xanthan gum, pectin, citric acid, colored with fruit and vegetable juice and turmeric extract, ascorbic acid (preservative).

    Allergens: MILK
    *Dispensed from equipment that also dispenses milk ingredients (yogurt)

  12. mcdonalds… mango/pineapple shake is awesome. Loved it!! I want more! Very very refreshing.

  13. McDonalds Mango Pineapple Smoothie is delicious. After I tried it for the first time I would stop after work almost every day & treat myself to a large one. Although I’m usually pretty fussy about ingredients, it was such a treat I didn’t care what was in it. Tangy & cold, it sure hit the spot after a hot day at work.

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