You are the Apple to my Pie
July 04, 2016 Old-fashioned Apple Pie with a homemade taste and aroma to match made with apples, the right blend of spices and a tender, flaky crust. Apple Pie is a delicious and quintessential American dessert that is enjoyed by many families and this McDonald’s menu item has a great story.
Here’s 10 things you should know about McDonald’s Apple Pies:
- The handpicked apples used in McDonald’s Apple Pies are 100 percent American grown from multi-generational family farmers.
- Pies are freshly baked in our kitchens every day and served warm.
- Six varieties of apples are used in the pies, including Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Rome, Gala, Ida Red and Fuji.
- The Apple Pie recipe was developed by Franchisee Litton Cochran from Knoxville, Tennessee who opened the city’s first McDonald’s and the company’s 200th location in 1960.
- The Apple Pie was the first dessert added to McDonald’s menu in 1968 (its friend the Big Mac also joined the national menu that year).
- The original fried Apple Pie was replaced in 1992 with the baked Apple Pie due to customer preference and trends.
- Always Innovating! McDonald’s Culinary Team is currently testing a new recipe using sliced apples (versus diced apples) with a lattice top crust. The new Apple Pie is being tested in North Carolina and Southern California.
- McDonald’s continues to appeal to regional tastes and preferences and has offered U.S. customers more than 40 pie varieties from Strawberry and Pineapple to Lemon and Pumpkin.
- Some favorites around the world are Taro and Sweet Corn in China. Blackcurrant and Chocolate Custard are crowd pleasers in Europe.
- The McDonaldland Characters, including the Apple Pie Tree were introduced in 1971.