McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal — I'm Retching!

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McDonald's -- your brainwashing won't work on me!


"Doesn't the 'Fruit' in McDonald's 'Fruit and Maple Oatmeal' imply more than one fruit?" I mused, desperately searching for something besides the apple dice that I was finding in the murky mess. The picture on the poster outside had promised both brown and yellow raisins.


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McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal is none too appetizing as it sits, swamp-like, in its shorty cup.


I'd watched as the cashier had prepared my penurious breakfast by pouring hot water from the coffee machine into a cup that looks like it was designed to hold only half a cup of joe. She peered into the cup and stirred hesitatingly, as if she didn't really know how to make instant oatmeal.

I'd forced myself to order the 290-calorie Fruit and Maple Oatmeal ($1.99) even though it was advertised on the menu board next to a gleaming picture of the Big Breakfast With Hot Cakes, which consisted of three pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuit, sausage, and deep-fried hash browns, and weighed in at 1,350 calories ($4.65). The Big Breakfast had looked so much more appealing.

The oatmeal sat dull and gray in the cup, with a consistency more liquid than it should have been. Here and there a bit of green or red apple skin glinted, but it did little to dispel the idea that I was about to eat something emptied from the sink trap.


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The consistency doesn't improve much as it sits, and the whole thing could use a little milk. Wait! Then it wouldn't be vegan.

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105 comments
tonytyner
tonytyner

McDonald's oatmeal sucks! I brought mine back asked them to add less water and the next one was more soupy. The women showedd me the cup with the measuring line and it's way too much water. Also no other fruit but apple.

Bjschmidt@Rochester.rr.com
Bjschmidt@Rochester.rr.com

Mine actually had all the promised ingredients in ample supply. It was a little soupy to start but after I stirred it a bit, it was perfect. Like anything else, it matters who's behind the counter preparing your food....I'd give it a try at a different location- mine is pretty good.

AGreen
AGreen

Obviously you had a bad version of this product. Hopefully you've tried it since then...it is almost always excellent! And does have the two different varieties of apples, and red and yellow raisins. (and isn't soupy like your photo).

Shannon Schmitz
Shannon Schmitz

That's really too bad.  The fruit and oatmeal that I get from McDonald's in a city in Minnesota definitely looks like the picture and tastes great too.  I get all the fruit that it advertizes.  I actually sometimes think that there is too much fruit and I would just like a spoonful of only maple and oatmeal.

Francejan60
Francejan60

first time having it and i thought it was delicious.  then again, mine was not floating in too much water.  try again.

Melanie
Melanie

You just had the wrong person make it. It's normally thicker and taste like heaven in your mouth. No joke. Warm, delicious, heaven. Try it again at a different mcdonalds.

Rachel Price-Hanson
Rachel Price-Hanson

here in Texas, I get the apple cinnamon sans walnuts and its GREAT!   the cinnamon seems to be stuck on the bottom, but nothing a good stir cant fix!  butter and sugar added are even better. who CARES about  pesticides, chemicals, and what ever other crap yall are spazing about...............you DO BREATH the air here on EARTH right?   and shower/ swim I will assume .......................... its EVERYWHERE so - unless u have locked yourself in a bubble somewhere u are exposed to it somehow some way - get over it we are all dying. - it started the second you were born, its ok   :)

SHS
SHS

Wow, my family members and I were talking about how delicious this oatmeal is.  I think it's fantastic that McDonalds is serving something this wonderful and nutritious for customers who have health problems and are more calorie conscious.  This isn't all that low in calories, but it sure is yummy.  Maybe you got a bad order, but in our Aiken, SC restaurants I've rarely been disappointed with my oatmeal.  It's almost like eating dessert for breakfast. 

Mdavis642
Mdavis642

I eat it five days a week with a non-fat, sugar free vanilla latte.  I love it and it is just fine with me.  Coming off 9 months of Jenny Craig, now introducing back other foods.  This is a solid breakfast--the pictures aren't great, but I like it.

Katie
Katie

Everytime I've ordered it, it came w the raisins. And it was pretty much as tasty as oatmeal can be. You're stupid.

TheTrendyMom
TheTrendyMom

And for all you dumbasses- you can order it WITHOUT the sugar. It tastes good without it. Just like you can order the 'sweet tea' without sugar.

TheTrendyMom
TheTrendyMom

Yeah, well, I'm in a cold place and we have craisins, raisins, AND apples. With the hardcore workout I do at the gym, I NEED this kind of calorie intake in such a small meal in the morning. It's better then a donut.

Tracylynn
Tracylynn

I'm an oatmeal hater. It looks like vomit, has the consistency of vomit, not a fan of oatmeal at all. Local McD's was offering this oatmeal for free. Hey it was free, why not try it. I was given a cup with hot oatmeal inside and fruit in little baggies. It had a very watered consistency even after sitting for the 10 minute ride home. But after dumping the fruit in, I kinda liked it. In fact I wanted another. Next morning, I ordered another and this time fruit was inside cup and the consistency was perfect for me - a hater of oatmeal. When I don't have time to fix breakfast, don't have time for a nice relaxed breakfast at a mom & pop cafe, this is the best option on the drive thru board.

Luscious_2116
Luscious_2116

That oatmeal was awesome. mine was loaded with apples, cranberries, and raisins. i guess not all McDonalds are the same. but its true you can make the same kinda OATMEAL for less at home. it was a quick breakfast so ya it was good:)

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l|l|l|l|CoConutYappers|l|l|l|l

Are you guys serious! I bought their oatmeal a few days ago and mines didn't even taste like it was fully cooked. But then again...oatmeal never turns out right when it's been microwaved for 1 min.

Beccakay123
Beccakay123

i am actually eating it right now and it is DELICIOUS!! mine looks nothing like the pictures currentcly above. So it might have been the Mcdonalds you went to.

Noelwright
Noelwright

Mine didn't look like that. My oatmeal was just the right consistency. And I'm not a big fan of oatmeal and I loved it!

boskydellfarm
boskydellfarm

Here in Vermont, the new Gov got so mad about the false claim of "maple" in the oatmeal, McD's has agreed to buy the real thing and serve it up. Still in all -- why is any kind of news flash that fast food sucks? Cmon -- this couldn't be an easier thing to make at home before you trudge off to work.

Amycstober
Amycstober

I had one this morning in the Los Angeles area... it looked good and tasted good. I was totally suprised. It looked like the picture in the ad, unlike the McRib. It's better than the Starbucks oatmeal. I am giving it a thumbs up.

Carol
Carol

Mine looked like the advertised McDonalds photo and was delicious....I may try it without the brown sugar to see how it tastes and to keep sugar down....but overall I am glad they have this...I am trying to lower sodium content and this is lower sodium than a cheeseburger or egg mcmuffin.

Joanne_trepanier
Joanne_trepanier

I agree... the real thing is not what Mickey D's advertise in their pictures....

Exman
Exman

Dude, you got "SERVED" by someone that was untrained and left out part of the ingredients...Instead of making a post like this and complaining "worldwide" you should have complained to the local management. Just by looking at the sign and comparing it to what you got, you can plainly see you were shorted. It's critics like you who give critics a bad name. signed Mr. Obvious

Reedy
Reedy

You can make real oatmeal faster than McDonalds can make you fake oatmeal. Take a little bit of old fashioned oats pour just enough water in it so the oats can soak it up....by the time you grate an apple into to it and maybe add some blueberries and a drizzle of honey it's ready to eat.... you don't even have to cook it....very delicious and makes you feel great. Eat it.......don't eat at Mcdonalds....your helping to kill yourself and the world.

oneshot
oneshot

Just tried this fruit and maple. Maybe it is dependent on the location doing the preparation ? Mine was actually loaded with everything pictured...could not taste maple....good consistency and I was pleasantly suprised (Not that a small cup of oatmeal is worth $2 but those who don't have time to prep any healthy breakfast in the a.m. can't be so picky) that there was more fruit than I expected...sorry yours was blah....

AshleyC
AshleyC

I just had it today and it was great! It wasn't watery and there was plenty of fruit. It had apples and two different types of raisins. I will definitely get it again. Yummy!

AshleyC
AshleyC

I just had it today and it was great! It wasn't watery and there was plenty of fruit. It had apples and two different types of raisins. I will definitely get it again. Yummy!

Jason S
Jason S

I really like oatmeal for breakfast, but I can't stand anything pre-flavored. It's ALWAYS too salty and too sweet and too artificial tasting. I always just get regular non-flavored oatmeal and then add a little raw sugar and maybe some craisins and it's really delicious and quick, even at my desk at work.

This stuff McD's is hawking is garbage. Disgusting.

PS: McCann's Irish Steel Cut Oats are fantastic and have a nice texture much better than any rolled oats in my opinion.

Ganga Din
Ganga Din

No research required. Picture is worth a thousand words.

America Come-Lately
America Come-Lately

Amazing, guys. I thought that this was an intrinsically Chinese problem, where commenters are paid to haunt blogs and non-kosher topics. In America, we leave that to the McDonald's corporations!

Personal to those being paid: do you get paid by post or are you on a retainer? I'm so curious!

Pronoiad
Pronoiad

Oatmeal with water?! That's a gruel. Who does oatmeal with water? Milk people milk and stirred on a stove until thick.

Socialcityneibu
Socialcityneibu

I work at Mcdonalds in the UK.

As you can guess i hate my job.

Randicarter
Randicarter

Yours must not have been made properly...maybe the water wasn't hot enough, I don't know but I think it is FANTASTIC!! It is chock full of different fruits and has a great taste and consistency. I hope you don't turn people off to trying it because I am addicted and want it on the menu!

Jwilson07
Jwilson07

4 months....that how much extra life your going to get for eating tree branches with burlap sack sauce. Winston Churchill smoked 20 cigars a day, drank brandy like it was water, ate like a pig, and lived to be 90. Its genetics and NOTHING ELSE. Google "Jim Fixx running" and see what good health living did for that guy.

Fulldepth
Fulldepth

I tried mine at the McD's on Water Street, across from South Ferry. It was $2.69, not $1.99, and like Sarah says, it did have cranberries and raisins. A little too sweet for me, and instant? I guess that's the only way to do it. You have to qualify that price with long waits, and surly staff. Around the corner, Au Bon Pain's self-serve oatmeal, to which you can add almonds, raisins, etc is $3.69. And for $4, at Fika, just down the street, you can get an excellent bowl, with lingonberries, in a comfortable space, and served to you in porcelain. But I'll never run-down McD's too much. Often they're the only restroom choice in this City, without having to sit down and order, and for that they provide a great service.

Elim
Elim

I guess the author was expecting whole oats? Or perhaps, steel cut oats? Oatmeal is dull. It looks the way it looks. I love McDonalds fruit & maple, and the raisins are always included.

Dat
Dat

I tried the oatmeal today and it was fantastic!

Mjab123
Mjab123

Oatmeal's consistency depends on the amount of water and the time sitting.

jasonh
jasonh

what kind of douche goes out to order instant oatmeal

Stephaniehuiras
Stephaniehuiras

That sucks...for you. I've gotten this before and it was actually quite good. You totally got jipped.

Mom
Mom

Just looking at the cup, there was too much water added. They also forgot to add the packet of raisins and cranberries. I'd guess they probably forgot the shot of cream that is supposed to go in there too. Looking at the pic, they also stirred it after adding the apples, which is a no no. It's a training issue, maybe just for that single employee, maybe the store in general. Or maybe the employee was just a lazy dumbass who doesn't give a shit. Who knows.

You got a substandard product, which is going to happen from time to time, when you are too cheap to spend more than 2 bucks on breakfast. Think there is a correlation between going to a place that is forced to use employees willing to work for minimum wage, because it's customer base is a largely a bunch of cheapskates, and the biz has to turn 600 checks a day just to break even, and the probability of your breakfast not being perfect?

A one star restaurant is going to get you one star service and product, for a one star price. A four star restaurant is going to get you four star service and product for a four star price. Pretty simple concept.

chitown
chitown

I don't think the author knows what "sluice" means.

Sly
Sly

It is really questionable as to whether or not McDonald's actually serves food.

Invisible_Jester89
Invisible_Jester89

Yes, you can order sweet tea at McDonald's without sugar. it's called "regular iced tea".

And just fooling with you, Trendy Mom, don't get bent out of shape please. :)

Sam
Sam

I agree with you. I had the McDonald's oatmeal this morning also. Mine was thick and tasty and had plenty of apples and raisins in it. It looked nothing like the picture above. Obviously the McDonald's employee who made the above put too much water in it and left out part of the fruit.

Prek
Prek

but it has no maple -- absolutely none.

Dat
Dat

I tried it and my stomach churned until I threw up. Then later today I had the runs...coincidence? I think not!

Invisible_Jester89
Invisible_Jester89

Lazy cheapskates. Okay. So explain why you have college kids going there.

If you sell food cheap, people with little cash will eat your food. Pretty simple concept.

JK
JK

Shut up, mom. You're being a dick.

guest
guest

haha u got screwed

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