When you think about McDonald’s desserts,
you typically think about a McFlurry or some kind of pie. However, outside North America,
the golden arches hold a world of desserts waiting to be tasted. So, if a plane ticket
isn’t in your budget right now, we’ll take you on a tour of the most intriguing desserts
from McDonald’s around the world. So buckle your virtual seatbelt and check out 10 McDonald’s
desserts you would travel for. Ukraine: Ginger Plum Pie One of the signature dessert items on the
McDonald’s menu that has never failed is the pies. In the U.S., McDonald’s apple pies are
pretty much a staple. The company has tested out a few different pie flavors over the years.
Through it all, apple pie has remained a constant that is near and dear to Americans’ hearts.
When McDonald’s went and tried to change the apple pie, people were outraged. That’s how
much we love it. However, in other parts of the world, McDonald’s likes to change it up
and offer different twists on their pies. You can find a wide variety of pies based
on the area where that particular McDonald’s is. In Ukraine, you can order a ginger plum
pie. It’s made with ginger dough and stuffed with a plum filling. There’s nothing better
than that to remind you of a nice, Victorian-esque holiday dessert. Italy and Brazil: Nutella Pastries and Baked
Goods It’s no secret to anyone that has been to
Italy, and other European countries, that these people love their Nutella. You can find
it at any gelato stand, in bakeries, and in plenty of other places. No matter where you
are in Italy, chances are you’ll be able to find something with Nutella just a few steps
away. It’s also commonly added to croissants for a succulent breakfast. And that’s not
an accident. Nutella was actually created by an Italian company, Ferrero. So, it’s no
surprise that McDonald’s in Italy carries a variety of Nutella baked goods for dessert. At
McDonald’s Italy, one of the main things you can find is Nutella muffins. For a more adventurous
dessert, you can also try the Sweety Nutella Burger. Don’t worry – it’s actually not
a real burger. Instead, it’s a sweet bun with Nutella baked inside it. Overall it’s designed
to look like a burger. Think of it as a dessert burger. If you’re one of those people who
loves spreading Nutella on toast, this is probably right up your alley. You can also
get a Sundae Pocket, which is basically a waffle filled with hazelnuts and fudge. It’s
not necessarily Nutella, but it does have that same hazelnut-chocolate flavor you know
and love. These Nutella baked goods are also available at McDonald’s in Brazil. There,
you can snack on a traditional banana tart topped with Nutella, vanilla ice cream, and Farofa
de pacoca. McDonald’s in Brazil also features a pão de queijo with Nutella on the menu.
The pão de queijo is a traditional Brazilian cheese bread, generally eaten for breakfast.
McDonald’s has now put a spin on this food and added Nutella to the middle for a little
twist. Cheese and Nutella? Don’t knock it ’till you try it. Singapore: D24 Durian McFlurry Durian is known as the “King of Fruits.” But
for many, it’s the stinky fruit. Known for its pungent, potent odor, durian is a popular
but divisive fruit in Southeast Asia. Many who have tried the fruit have described the
smell as some type of combination of onions and dirty gym socks. In fact, in many Asian
countries, it’s illegal to bring this fruit on public transportation, including some taxis.
However, if you can get past the stench, it’s actually known to have a nice, sweet taste.
It’s also super healthy and packed with good vitamins. So, if you’re willing to try the
stinkiest McFlurry you’ll ever eat, head over to Singapore and try the Durian McFlurry.
It consists of ice cream swirled with a durian puree featuring real chunks of durian. According
to McDonald’s, this is a real puree of D24 durian, not the artificial stuff. It’s served
in its own custom paper cups for added effect. This durian McFlurry was actually first introduced
in Malaysia. Then, a year later, it was released in Singapore to celebrate the country’s birthday
in July. At this time, it was released as a limited time promotion, but so many people
actually loved it that McDonald’s recently brought it back this year. With this recent
release, the restaurant introduced a second version, the D24 Durian McFlurry Party. The
party version is basically a large size with chocolate chunks added that is meant to share
between two people (or one very hungry durian lover). Hong Kong: Purple Sweet Potato Soft Serve
Ice Cream in an Oreo Cone This delicious dessert option is almost too
beautiful to eat. Pale, lilac colored purple ice cream sits swirled on top of a black Oreo
waffle cone. It’s a purple and black picture that Ursula would be proud of. And McDonald’s
customers in Hong Kong are gobbling it up. And, like all picturesque food items, it went
semi-viral on Instagram when it was introduced. Purple sweet potatoes are used to give the ice cream
its signature purple color, while the dark chocolatey taste of the Oreo cone adds a crunch.
The ice cream is sweet potato flavored as well. It’s been described as creamy and sweet,
with the bittersweet taste of the Oreo cone providing the perfect combination. If you’re
in the U.S. and aren’t going to make it to Hong Kong anytime soon, you can get vanilla
soft serve in an Oreo cone at a special outlet in Chicago. This location, the West Loop corporate
headquarters, serves a “global rotation menu” offering Americans selections of the international
foods they can’t get at their local McDonald’s. It won’t be the exact same as the pretty purple
sweet potato ice cream, but you can get that Oreo cone. It’s better than nothing, right? France: Macarons Thanks to Pulp Fiction, we know that we can
order a Royale with Cheese at McDonald’s in France. But France McDonald’s has other twists
that we don’t have in North America. There, you can order a signature French treat right
alongside your burger: macarons. Normally, macarons are known to be a sweet treat sold
at upscale, Parisian style bakeries in beautiful, delicate packaging. However, McDonald’s in
France has made it easier for people with a budget to get their hands on this dessert.
Flavors include raspberry, chocolate, blueberry, pistachio, strawberry, and vanilla. While
some macaron enthusiasts may scoff at the idea of a cheap version, the McDonald’s macarons
are quite comparable. Famous boutiques such as Ladurée sell boxes of six for about $17
U.S. dollars, while McDonald’s sells a box for about $5 U.S. dollars. So, if you have
a craving for macarons and can’t access the upscale versions, McDonald’s does have an
option to help you get your fix. Macarons aren’t the only delicious dessert offered
up at France’s locations. You can choose from a stellar dessert menu that also includes
cheesecake, brownie and cookie sticks, and more. Rumor has it you can also get macarons
and McDonald’s in Germany and Australia as well. Australia and New Zealand: Bubblegum Squash
McFlurry On the outside, this creation looks like something
that came straight out of unicorn and candy land and sounds like some kind of new wave
trendy vegetable. Don’t be fooled – it’s not actually squash. The term “squash” seems
to be referring to the marshmallows. This McFlurry is made with bubblegum syrup and
marshmallows blended together with vanilla ice cream. Together, it creates a pink, blue,
and white concoction that satisfies a marshmallow lover’s sweet tooth. Now, bubblegum flavor
tends to be one of those flavors that you either love or hate. It’s largely marketed
or targeted to kids, which is why some adults believe that it’s juvenile. Others just think
it’s too sweet. On top of that, the bubblegum flavor itself is an artificial flavor invented
by combining other flavors together.  However, those with a solid sweet tooth have loved
this classic flavor and the nostalgic element it brings. If you’re a huge fan of bubblegum,
you’ve got to try out this McFlurry. This particular bubblegum creation is known to
be popular with tourists, so we’re sure there are more lovers than haters out there. Ultimately,
if you’re looking for a good sugar rush, this is probably going to do the trick. Peru: Chicha Purple Temptation This blue dessert is made from blue corn,
which is how it gets its color. But nothing about the appearance of this dish at McDonald’s
in Peru makes it obvious that blue corn is involved. One of the things that stands out
the most about the Chicha Purple Temptation is that it looks like it should be sitting
on a bakery shelf, not in a glass case at a fast food restaurant. However, with the
McCafe re-branding, McDonald’s has been rolling out some new and impressive punches. Blue
corn is a staple of southwestern cuisine, known particularly in Mexican cooking for
use in tortillas, corn beer, and a dish called tlacoyo. It’s also known to have a lot of
health benefits, including high protein. However, in Peru, this blue corn is now available mixed
up in this attractive McDonald’s dessert. The Chicha Purple Temptation is actually based
on a traditional Peruvian drink called the chicha morada. It’s an ancient Inca recipe
that is still consumed throughout the country. In fact, it’s as popular there as Coca Cola.
It’s also known to be very rich in antioxidants. To make the drink, the blue corn is blended
with pineapple rinds, cloves, cinnamon, sugar, and lime juice. The McDonald’s dessert has
a similar taste since it’s based on this recipe, just in a more dessert-friendly form. China: Deep Fried Taro Pie For those who aren’t that familiar with taro,
it’s essentially a tropical root plant that has a sweet, nutty taste. It only grows in
the Pacific Islands, so it’s not too common to see it in North America. But for those
living in Asian countries, it’s a staple and beloved addition to just about everything.
It’s added to soups, ice creams, cakes, and even made into a tea. So, of course, McDonald’s
in Hong Kong made a pie out of it, and it’s a highly popular dessert. The deep fried
taro pie at McDonald’s in China is similar to the baked hot apple pie in American locations,
but it’s filled with chunks of taro in a sweet, sticky jam-like sauce. It’s rectangular and
comes in a crispy shell just like the apple pies we know and love, and looks similar on
the outside. But the inside is bright purple. And it’s deep fried – in recent years, and
to a controversial response, McDonald’s in America switched to baked apple pies instead
of the fried pies. The taro filling itself isn’t overly sweet because of the vegetable’s
root base, so it makes a great treat for those who don’t want too much sweetness in their
pie. At one point, McDonald’s locations in Hawaii featured the taro pie, but for a limited
time. Whenever it was brought there, it was a local favorite, so maybe it will return
again one day. Or, even better, maybe it will spread to the rest of America one day. Count
us in. Japan: McChoco Potato (Chocolate Covered Fries) McDonald’s in Japan really takes the dessert
game up a notch by actually blending it with meal options. That’s how we get the chocolate
covered french fries. The McChoco Potato was introduced to the Japanese McDonald’s
menu in 2016 after a few years of taking some hits to their reputation. Starting in 2014,
controversy swirled around a supplier that was providing expired chicken, as well as
a tooth that was found in an order of french fries and a child that was injured after finding
a plastic shard in their sundae. The company’s reputation in Japan was getting so out of
hand that the McDonald’s team was considering renaming or selling the locations completely. Things
finally turned around when Sarah Casanova, an eager McDonald’s Japan executive, decided
to do something about it. She visited all of the McDonald’s locations in the country,
investigated new suppliers, and revamped some new and exciting menu items. The McChoco Potato
was one of those new creations. We already know that salty foods and chocolate go better
together, and this mouthwatering concoction provides the perfect blend of salty and sweet.
It’s an order of McDonald’s signature french fries topped with white chocolate and fudge
sauce. How could you go wrong? The chocolate sauces are served in their own individual
packets separate from the fries, and when the packet is squeezed back on itself, both
sauces pour out at the same time so you can get a good, even coating. But if you don’t
want an even coating, you have the option of using your own combination to make it exactly
what you want. Now that’s innovation. Indonesia: Coconut Charcoal McFlurry Charcoal has become a trendy food item in
the last few years. Not the kind that you put on your barbecue, but a kind that’s made
from heating certain materials to very high temperatures to “activate” it. Basically,
since the charcoal is absorbent and can bind to certain substances such as molecules, heating
it strips it of everything that’s already been bonded to it and frees it up to absorb
new things. This is where the idea of charcoal being able to absorb toxins comes in. While
none of it has been scientifically proven, activated charcoal is said to have many health
benefits, including toxin-absorbing properties that supposedly help your body cleanse itself
of the bad stuff. Because of its alleged ability to absorb toxins, it has been used to help
treat poisonings or drug overdoses. However, some have come forward recently with more
potential health benefits such as kidney health, assistance with digestion, and teeth whitening.
All of these health benefits have helped spawn the charcoal-everything trend. You may be
worried that you’d be getting a mouthful of weird charcoal taste, but most people who
have tried this McFlurry have stated that the coconut is the dominant flavor here. So,
if you’re in Indonesia and you love coconut, you’ll have to stop by McDonald’s to try it
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