Like Taking Candy Pie from Strangers

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The caption at the Woodley Parks McDonald's reads "Apple Pie, $1 each or 2 for $1.00," so obviously I was enticed. A pie so nice you're charging me twice if I only want one?! But next to the apple pie sign was a little picture of a little blob with sprinkles - clearly not apple - and a caption that said "Holiday pie!"

Consider my interest officially piqued.

I asked the guy working what flavor holiday pie is. His answer? "I don't really know..." He confirmed only that it was tasty & that a customer told him it tasted like birthday cake. When asked to approximate its ingredients, he laughingly refused, despite my persistence. He did, however, offer me a free pie if I'd provide him with an apt description to give other inquiring potential-pie-buyers. I happily accepted the free sprinkly blob & bit into it with only moderate hesitation, es evidenced below:

I'm a pretty good sharer, so the roommate tried it, too:

The verdict? The "birthday cake" describer came pretty close. It's vanilla custard, I think, or some sort of lumpy imitation Bavarian cream. Inside a warm cookie. And in fact, it tastes a lot like a doughnut, though McDonald's insists upon marketing it as a pie, thus doing a disservice to Thanksgivings everywhere by tricking cheap fast food lovers into eating incorrectly labeled pastries. Also, it comes in a small rectangular box, so color me confused - that's not pie shape! Still, it was pretty delish, I saved $1 & got a free dessert for my descriptive skills! Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?


  1. It doesn't sound as tasty as the Hot Apple Pie that they used to ALWAYS offer with anything you bought, but at least it was free. I got a free sandwich at Starbucks once because I asked if it was good or not. We should start a club of breakfast taste-testers! What would the name be?

  2. Thanks to this post I've had a craving for a doughnut all day long. After my final tomorrow I'm picking one up - a doughnut that is.

    I'll walk in and ask if it's delicious and will keep a camera near me to document the free gifting of a doughnut.

  3. i love that mcdonalds. i cant tell you how many times ive gone in there after climbing the mountain of escalator stairs to stave off my hunger until i walk 5 blocks to my friends apt [that just so happens to be your apt too ;)]

  4. I don't think I would eat one of those even if it was sounds kinda gross. But awesome that you finagled your way into a free one!

  5. Sure it was free but who knows how much longer you'll live now that you ate it.


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