If you were a kid in America in the '90s, there's a good chance you had a McDonald's Happy Meal at least once in your life. And it was even better if you had a McFlurry or an apple pie to finish off the meal once you were done with your McNuggets.
But if you've gone to the Golden Arches recently and noticed that the apple pie just wasn't the same, you aren't imagining things. McDonald's changed its apple pie recipe in 2018 to make the dessert a bit healthier, much to fans' chagrin. (And, really, the McDonald's apple pie still isn't a healthy choice.) Here's what's different about the apple pie from the days you had it in your youth.
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The original McDonald's apple pie was deep-fried
The McDonald's apple pie dates back to 1968 when it debuted on the fast-food chain's menu in all its deep-fried glory.
The current iteration of the McDonald's apple pie, meanwhile, is baked. It's better for you (although still not good for you), but plenty of fans want the older recipe back.
How is the new apple pie "healthier?"
McDonald's current apple pie recipe doesn't feature high fructose corn syrup, and you won't find any preservatives or artificial colors, either. But don't be fooled: The baked apple pie still includes sugar and palm oil among its ingredients, and each serving contains 15 grams of sugar, along with a whopping six grams of saturated fat. You won't find this treat winning any nutrition awards—you'd be better off with our homemade Best-Ever Apple Pie Recipe.
And if you just can't get behind the new apple pie recipe, there's a silver lining: McDonald's offers other pies seasonally, like the custard-filled holiday pie and the baked pumpkin pie. Plus, Popeyes offers a crispy, cinnamon-coated apple pie—it won our fast-food pie taste test!
Gone are the days of the old apple pie recipe, along with those Happy Meal graham cookies shaped like the McDonaldland cartoon characters. But you can always order these Secret Menu Options at McDonald's if you want to spice up your fast-food order.
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