REVIEW: McDonald’s Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry

McDonald s Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry Cup

What is it?

McDonald’s newest McCreation is the Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry. The sweet treat features chocolatey-coated pretzel pieces and caramel topping blended with vanilla soft serve. It’s available for a limited time at participating locations.

How is it?

The dessert is creamy, chocolatey, crunchy, caramel-ly, and cretzel-ly, um, I mean pretzel-ly.

McDonald s Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry Spoon

First off, let’s talk about those pretzel pieces with a chocolatey coating. For the most part, they’re crunchy. The cocoa coating dampens the crunch a tad, but that’s better than uncoated pieces getting soggy in melting soft serve. I was expecting some saltiness from the pretzels, which would’ve made this more of a sweet and salty treat. But I’m fine with their crunch and whatever pretzel flavor comes through, which I’ll admit is not a lot. However, there are a lot of pieces. Every spoonful I dug up had a few. As for the coating, it has a mild chocolatey flavor that’s more noticeable than what’s inside it.

McDonald s Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry Top

The caramel in the Mount McFlurry crater in the middle of my cup is gooey and sweet. But, unlike the pretzel pieces, it’s not as noticeable in every spoonful after I’ve stirred everything a few times. Also, while it adds butteriness and more sweetness, it might’ve been better if it was salted caramel. Perhaps I should’ve asked for a salt packet to sprinkle on top. Oh, wait, salt melts ice or something, right?

Anything else you need to know?

Speaking of McDonald’s caramel topping, if it seems as if the fast food chain uses it often when it comes to new McFlurry varieties, you are McCorrect. Last year, it was the Caramel Brownie McFlurry. In 2020, it was the Chips Ahoy McFlurry. And in 2019, it was the Stroopwafel McFlurry. I’m not complaining, but I’d like to remind the R&D folks in McDonald’s test kitchens that they also have hot fudge and strawberry toppings.


McDonald’s Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry is tasty. Though, I’ll admit it’s not the most exciting combination when compared with previous limited time McOfferings. I don’t think it’s as scrumptious as the Stroopwafle or Caramel Brownie McFlurry, but it’ll satisfy a summer sweet tooth.

Purchased Price: $3.59
Size: Regular
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 670 calories, 19 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 320 milligrams of sodium, 109 grams of carbohydrates, 75 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of protein.

REVIEW: McDonald’s Minute Maid Tropical Mango Slushie

McDonald s Minute Maid Tropical Mango Slushie Cup

What is McDonald’s Minute Maid Tropical Mango Slushie?

Just in time for the season of consistent daily double-digit UV index levels, McDonald’s has added a new flavor to its cold drink lineup — the Minute Maid Tropical Mango Slushie.

How is it?

It’s 82 degrees in my office, and the frozen beverage is doing a great job at keeping me cool as I suck its high-level UV index-colored goodness from a straw. But, after trying so many different mango-flavored products that have an easily recognizable mango flavor over the years, which make them so great, I have to say I don’t have a crushie on this slushie.

McDonald s Minute Maid Tropical Mango Slushie Top

If I went up to random people on the street, asked them to try the Tropical Mango Slushie, and then asked what flavor they think it is, I’m not sure most people would say mango. Some might say peach, and others might say apricot because that’s what I taste. For those who answered with non-mango fruits, I’d tell them that they’re wrong. Then I’ll say they should never accept a slushie sip from a stranger. However, I do notice something that’s more recognizable as mango in the aftertaste. But it’s a fruity flavor that I associate with beverages that have artificial sweeteners, which isn’t optimal for a drink that doesn’t have any.

Anything else you need to know?

If you find yourself at McDonald’s and desire a limited-time slushie flavor, go for the Minute Maid Strawberry Watermelon Slushie. It’s better tasting, and it tastes like what its name says.


McDonald’s Minute Maid Tropical Mango Slushie will temporarily cool you down during the season that makes your antiperspirant work super extra hard. But if you’re a mango maniac, its flavor might not be a letdown.

Purchased Price: $2.00
Size: Medium
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 220 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 25 milligrams of sodium, 60 grams of carbohydrates, 59 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fiber, and 0 grams of protein.

REVIEW: McDonald’s Menu Hacks Land, Air & Sea

McDonald s Menu Hacks Land Air  Sea Tower

Hacking menus at fast food restaurants isn’t a new concept. It’s been around for decades but only became more publicly known with the rise of the internet. Most hacks are fairly simple in execution: add a different condiment, swap meats, etc. However, some are insane monstrosities that push the limits of what is a sandwich, like the Land, Air & Sea sandwich from McDonald’s new Menu Hacks line.

The chain has been notoriously silent on the various ways in which customers have used existing menu items to create new (and sometimes colorfully named) products. It was sort of a shock to see it outright acknowledge the menu hacks with this recent promotion. Of course, it’s a win-win for McDonald’s with little effort and will easily end up making the chain some money through customers who are curious about what these items are.

The Land, Air & Sea consists of a Big Mac, McChicken, and Filet-O-Fish stacked together like an edible Jenga tower. It’s worth noting that any of the hack items you order will require you to assemble them yourself. I’m sure most people would assume that, but glancing at the ads can make it seem they’re pre-assembled. It makes sense why we have to do the assembly, but I still would have liked the sandwiches to come as ordered.

McDonald s Menu Hacks Land Air  Sea Wrappers

I set out the three sandwiches and attempted to replicate the photo from the ad as closely as possible. I was shocked by how much it looked like the promotional photo without much fluffing done. The first flavor to pop was the Filet-O-Fish and tartar sauce. After that came the familiar taste of the special sauce, chicken, and beef. Three bites in, the sandwich imploded into a pile of meats, sauces, and bread. While not awful, the flavor created by combining the three sandwiches wasn’t particularly interesting.

McDonald s Menu Hacks Land Air  Sea Buns

One issue was the leftover bun conundrum. After assembling it, I was left with the buns for both the Filet-O-Fish and McChicken. This was why I had hoped the assembly would be done in-store to avoid food waste. Lucky for me, I have a husband who will, without question, eat whatever I hand him, so the buns didn’t get thrown out.

My biggest issue was the cost. Ordering the Land, Air & Sea through the app was $9.99. I had an inclination that I could get the three sandwiches cheaper but went with the official item in the event there was anything special. There was no special packaging, wrapping, or anything to indicate the hack item. It was just a McChicken, Big Mac, and Filet-O-Fish. After it all was said and done, I went back to the app to see if I could get a deal on the three sandwiches. Through an in-app deal on the Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish, I could get all three for under $7.

McDonald s Menu Hacks Land Air  Sea Bites

The Land, Air & Sea has been a well-known off-menu hack for over a decade, so it’s no surprise that McDonald’s would include it on its Hack Menu. There is certainly a novelty to it, but I think the overall experience makes it hard to recommend. If you’re adamant about trying it, I’d certainly explore the cheaper ordering route instead of through the official Hack Menu. I do like McDonald’s is now openly acknowledging the hacks and would like to see other ones (like the McCrepe) featured on a future menu.

Update: We also reviewed other Menu Hacks — the Crunchy Double and Surf + Turf.

Purchased Price: $9.99
Size: N/A
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 1330 calories, 69 grams of fat, 18 grams of saturated fat, 160 milligrams of cholesterol, 2150 milligrams of sodium, 123 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 55 grams of protein.

REVIEW: McDonald’s Menu Hacks Surf + Turf

McDonald s Menu Hacks Surf + Turf Whole

After combining a McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger with a Filet-O-Fish to create the Surf + Turf Menu Hack, the biggest question I have isn’t about how the Franken-wich tastes. Instead, it’s what the McHeck do I do with the extra top bun?

I’m left with some extra bread-age because I wanted to make it look like what’s in the promotional photo, so I put aside the Filet-O-Fish’s top bun and placed the tartar sauce-topped fish filet and the fish sandwich’s bottom bun between the Double Cheeseburger’s two halves. I imagine I could’ve just slapped the extra bun on top of everything and had the Atkins and Keto gods shake their carb-deprived heads in disapproval. Instead, the extra bun is a pain in my filet as it sits in my fridge.

McDonald s Menu Hacks Surf + Turf Wrappers

Creating the menu hack was also a pain. Have you ever tried to pry apart the two beef patties in a Double Cheeseburger that are pasted together with a Pasteurized Process American Cheese slice? It’s as frustrating as trying to get bubblegum off a shoe’s sole. The cheese prevented me from pulling the patties away from each other cleanly with my fingers. I eventually got them separated, but a patty was harmed in the making of this hack.

All right, enough about sandwich construction. Let’s move on to sandwich conMUNCHion.

McDonald s Menu Hacks Surf + Turf Split

I thought the addition of tartar sauce to a cheeseburger would be odd, but it’s not bad. And after thinking about it, it’s like mayo and pickles, which are on other burgers. So maybe it’s not weird. But, it has me thinking about adding tartar sauce to a burger in the future. Oh, perhaps I’m weird.

I could taste the beef with a few bites as I ate the sandwich, but the fish’s flavor stood out the most between the surf and turf. The tartar sauce comes through with every bite and gives everything a pleasant tanginess. The Surf + Turf is also quite cheesy, thanks to the three Pasteurized Process American Cheese slices. They stand out flavor-wise as much as the tartar sauce. And, as I experienced with the Crunchy Double, the ketchup and mustard get lost among all the other ingredients.

I occasionally crave a Filet-O-Fish, and I often crave a McDonald’s Cheeseburger. While I like eating these sandwiches individually, when they’re together, I get less delight out of them. I kept thinking that I’d like it more if the fish wasn’t there, but that wouldn’t be in keeping with the menu hack.

I’m glad I finally got around to trying McDonald’s Surf + Turf. I’ve known about the hack for a while but never had the motivation to make it before since it’s something I could make at any time. But, after trying it, I’m not motivated to construct and eat it again.

Although, making it again will give me another extra bun to pair with the one sitting in my fridge.

McDonald s Menu Hacks Surf + Turf Extra Bun

Update: We also reviewed other Menu Hacks — the Crunchy Double and Land, Air & Sea.

Purchased Price: $7.28
Size: N/A
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 830 calories, 42 grams of fat, 15 grams of saturated fat, 125 milligrams of cholesterol, 1700 milligrams of sodium, 73 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and 41 grams of protein.

REVIEW: McDonald’s Menu Hacks Crunchy Double

McDonald s Menu Hacks Crunchy Double Complete

Update: We also reviewed other Menu Hacks — the Surf + Turf and Land, Air & Sea.

I thought I knew all of the McDonald’s menu hacks before they were McDonald’s Menu Hacks. Land, Air & Sea and Surf + Turf, the other two non-breakfast hacks the chain is promoting, are two that I’ve seen before. But the Crunchy Double is a creation I’ve never come across.

To create it, you have to bring together a Double Cheeseburger with a six-piece Chicken McNuggets and Tangy BBQ. Yes, YOU have to build it.

McDonald s Menu Hacks Crunchy Double Parts

Combining the two menu items appears to be simpler than the other two mentioned above — pull off the bottom bun, place a layer of McNuggets on it, pour the sauce on the nuggets, and then place the rest of the Double Cheeseburger on top of it. Despite my 20-piece jigsaw puzzle prowess, I was able to put only four of the six nuggets on the bun to make a layer. If you’re able to put five or six on the bun neatly, I bow down to you. Also, teach me your McNugget puzzle ways, sensei.

I didn’t expect a Double Cheeseburger with McNuggets and barbecue sauce stuffed in it would be anything special, but I was surprised by how much I loved it and how much its flavor and texture remind me of a “Western” cheeseburger or chicken sandwich. Sometimes the McNuggets’ seasoned coating comes through and overwhelms the beef patty’s flavor. But other times, it’s the beef that stands out.

McDonald s Menu Hacks Crunchy Double Sauce

But when it comes to condiments, the Tangy BBQ takes the condiment reins from the ketchup and mustard in the Double Cheeseburger. It’s as if the red and yellow toppings weren’t even there, but the napkin I used to wipe my hands and mouth assured me they were there. As for the pickles, they add a sour tang that helps push the whole Western burger/chicken sandwich flavor.

McDonald s Menu Hacks Crunchy Double Split

But, my favorite aspect of the sandwich is the combination of the chopped onion’s flavor with the McNuggets’ crispy texture, which makes it seem like there are onion rings in the burger.

My least favorite part about the Crunchy Double is its name. I’ve never considered McNuggets to have a crunchy texture. Crispy? Yes. And I believe this so deeply that I accidentally typed or started typing “Crispy Double” every time I should’ve typed “Crunchy Double.” The only way this could truly be a Crunchy Double is if, instead of McNuggets, this had a layer of those small, pointy French fry end nubs that fall to the bottom of fry sleeves.

McDonald’s says Menu Hacks can only be ordered through its app. But, let’s be honest, they can be ordered via the drive-thru, in the restaurant, or even through the app, but instead of ordering a Crunchy Double, you just have to order a Double Cheeseburger and a six-piece McNuggets with Tangy BBQ. It’s the same price no matter how you order it.

I’m glad I now know about McDonald’s Crunchy Double. It was worth putting together.

Purchased Price: $5.98
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 740 calories, 39 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 120 milligrams of cholesterol, 1890 milligrams of sodium, 60 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 39 grams of protein.