REVIEW: McDonald’s Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry

Nowadays, many of us learn about someone famous passing away when their name trends on social media. So when did the McDonald’s Strawberry Sundae trend? Because I didn’t know it was gone until I picked up the new McDonald’s Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry.

The lack of dark red gloops or glops in this limited time only dessert had me wondering why McDonald’s didn’t use the syrupy topping. And after a visit to its website, I learned the sundae no longer existed. I guess I should’ve looked at this McFlurry’s promo photos closer and read its description because what’s in this are vanilla soft serve with strawberry flavored clusters and shortbread cookies.

I assumed the syrupy topping would be included because it was around for so long. But instead, McDonald’s has said so long to it. Geez, I could’ve sworn I had the sundae about a year ago.

McDonald’s Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry is sort of like an Oreo McFlurry, but all the crunchy pieces are strawberry-flavored instead of chocolate. That actually sounds good, and this tastes good, but it’s a little disappointing because McDonald’s had a lovely red topping that would’ve been great with this. The artificial strawberry-tasting clusters were plentiful, good, and crispy, but not strawberry topping satisfying.

Although not as depressing as finding out one of your favorite McDonald’s treats no longer exists, the shortbread cookies were a bit of a letdown. Having cake pieces in pints of Ben & Jerry’s and other ice cream brands spoiled me, so expecting actual cake seems reasonable. But then again, I guess cake pieces wouldn’t survive whirls around the McFlurry mixing machine. The idea of using shortbread cookies is fine since they seem to be in strawberry shortcake recipes, but the small chunks in this blended treat get lost among the flavor AND crunch of the berry-flavored clusters when everything is eaten together. McDonald’s describes them as “buttery,” but my taste buds didn’t notice anything like that.

McDonald’s Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry is a fine dessert; I don’t regret eating it. But it’s not tasty enough to make me forget about the strawberry sundae. RIP.

It’s so hard to say goodbye to strawberry sundae.

(I imagine the internet is going to internet, and someone in the comments will tell me that the Strawberry Sundae still exists at their McDonald’s.)

Purchased Price: $3.59
Size: Snack Size
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 370 calories, 12 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 170 milligrams of sodium, 52 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 41 grams of sugar, and 8 grams of protein.

15 thoughts to “REVIEW: McDonald’s Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry”

  1. This was my issue too! When I first heard that a strawberry shortcake McFlurry was coming I was so happy because I figured that meant the strawberry sundae topping was coming back. But I guess they figured if they brought it back for this then people would also expect them to make the sundaes which for some unknown reason they seem to be so against!

  2. I somewhat agree with you, but I can also understand warning casual MIckey D’s dessert consumers who (not unreasonably) would have expected the strawberry sauce. It would kind of be like if they rebooted Will & Grace but had a completely sober/sedate/straight-woman version of Karen: people/critics who vaguely remembered the show might be disappointed on tuning in (even if the promos clearly showed the “new” Karen/it wasn’t a surprise) and would reminisce about her wackiness from the original.

    It may have flowed better (for some of us) had (most of it) come at the end as a late hit of nostalgia/days gone by, but a fair amount of the reviews have sections that (understandably) talk about what they expected/would have liked, especially when the fix doesn’t seem that difficult.

  3. Yeah, Marvo, who vets this stuff?

    I too was excited about this flurry having the strawberry sundae sauce. Might try it nonetheless, though i haven’t had a McFlurry in probably ten years.

  4. Tried it and was disappointed. Tasted like a vanilla McFlurry with some unidentifiable crunch. I don’t think I would have known it was strawberry flavored if the tiny pieces weren’t pink and you didn’t tell me. Don’t waste your money. What a letdown.

    1. Totally agree. I didn’t care for it at all.
      Vanilla Icecream with this “ crunch stuff” thrown in.

  5. When I had read an article which stated the ingredients, I was disappointed too, thinking it would be better with strawberry sauce. I asked them if they had any even though I pretty much knew they didn’t. They didn’t, so
    I ordered a small strawberry shake with a side of the shortcake crumbles. That’s the way to go unless you have some strawberries or strawberry topping at home.

  6. It is nothing like strawberry shortcake. It is vanilla ice cream with strawberry cereal in it. Not good at all. I bought one (my 1st one and my last one).

  7. Dairy Queen still has a good strawberry sauce for a classic strawberry sundae. Of course I can’t go classic anymore since I started adding peanut butter sauce with the strawberry. The workers always seem to think it’s strange but surely I’m not the only one ordering that combo.

    1. That actually sounds pretty good! Kind of like a PB& J. I think I’m going to have to try that next time I go there and maybe add banana as well!

  8. Strawberry shortcake McFlurries were around about 20 years ago (at least here in Ontario), and they did indeed have strawberry syrup in them rather than strawberry-flavoured “bits”.

  9. Bad…just bad! I had high hopes for this sweet treat, but they were dashed. I mainly got tiered of the taste. Maybe my tastebuds kept trying to find the flavor but there was none to be found. I liked the crunch but the “strawberry” bits were just nasty. I’d read the reviews so I had to try it myself to decide. It’s a hard NO.

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