Serious Eats: Drinks
We Try the New McDonald's Dulce de Leche Caramel Shake
The name really should've tipped us off, with two super-sugary confections named smack dab in center of the title. This drink (with the medium size coming in at $2.99 and 710 calories) is sweet. McDonald's just launched the Dulce de Leche caramel Shake, an ode to the traditional Latin American dessert dulce de leche, as a refreshing answer to summer's steamy, sticky days (it's available through September 15 while supplies last.) The drink starts with McDonald's reduced fat vanilla ice cream, which is blended with caramel syrup and topped off with whipped cream and a bright red maraschino cherry. There's more caramel syrup on the cup for decoration...and added sweetness.
While it's nice and chilly, some folks will definitely find this new drink too sweet to offer much more than a sugar-induced coma. Perhaps a bit of flaky sea salt swirled through this caramel wonder would do it some good. To McDonalds' credit, though, the shake is quite luscious and thick, which is certainly a welcome break from the thin, icy shakes fast food restaurants so often serve up. If you're looking for something sweet, this is a good bet, though we can't promise you'll have all of your teeth when you finish.
Have you tried the new Dulce de Leche Caramel Shake from McDonald's? What did you think?