Monday, January 30, 2012

Give it to Me Baby: My Top 3 McDonald's McCafé Menu Items

By: Finance Foodie

During the past few weeks, I've found myself spending copious amounts of my mornings at McDonald's. Why you ask? Well it's summer internship recruitment time - which means late nights of reading research reports and early mornings of donning my best (only) suit  to explain why I'm legit enough for X Firm to hire me for three-ish months.
Hopefully me - in a few months
Since I'm a poor student now and can no longer afford my $4.29 a day Starbucks coffee habit, I've downgraded my morning caffeine jolt to the McD's across the street (I've thought about in-home brewing ala Folgers, but that's just too painful of a trade down!). And you know what? The McCafé is totally not that bad for the price you pay -- and whatever, I'm no coffee snob - as long as it keeps me awake long enough to form coherent sentences and do some math, then give it to me baby!
Below are my top three picks from the McCafé menu (along with the calorie count for the small size -- just trying to look out for those counting the cals!). My methodology? I just looked at all my receipts and tallied up which drinks I bought the most. Super scientific? - Naw, but I'm not trying to be a rocket scientist here...

#3 Iced Mocha (240 calories)
Three words: Caffeinated Chocolate Milk. I'm thinking it was actually the insane amount of sugar in this drink that kept me going like the Energizer Bunny - cause I could barely taste any of the espresso. Anyways, the drink made the list cause it was tasty and kept me clear headed enough at 8am in the morning to discuss the economic concerns in Europe.
#2 Frappé Caramel (450 calories)
Okay let's be real, this is basically coffee ice cream. Due to the calorie count, the frappé drink can only be consumed in moderation, unless there are extenuating circumstances i.e. comfort snack after a bad interview. Since this is #2 on the list, I guess I must have had quite a few bad interviews...
#1 Iced Coffee (60 calories - sugar-free vanilla syrup)
Simple, clean and does the trick. Also very low in calories so I won't be bursting out of my suit. My go to morning item.

*****Giveaway******

Financefoodie.com and McDonald's wants two of my readers to check out the McCafé for FREE! Two winners will receive either a $10 Arch card or a month worth of drinks (5 free coupons good for any drink!)
Grand Prize #1 - Congrats Laurie Shen!
 $10 Arch card (ARV $10)
Grand Prize #2 - Congrats Rachel Lewis!
5 free coupons good for any McCafé drink (ARV: $15)

You can enter up to THREE times:
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what is your favorite McDonald's drink.
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Contest ended on Friday, Feb 3 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards!

Full Disclosure: Coupons provided by McDonald's. Arch card provided by Finance Foodie Media Productions. I was not compensated for this post. 

101 comments:

amy beth marantino said...

a shamrock shake, followed by a black coffee. Ronald has a nice brew nowadays.

Anonymous said...

ILove their iced tea.

Mysharona said...

I'm a vanilla milkshake person myself.

slb3334 said...

I like the chocolate shakes.

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KPort207 said...

Frappe Caramel is my favorite

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mar said...

My favorite McDonald Drink is their coffee!!

peg42 said...

Love the Iced Mocha. Thanks so much.
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Erica C. said...

I like their Yogurt Parfaits and Chocolate milk shakes.
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Anonymous said...

I love the Mango Pineapple
Smoothies
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fozzy331 said...

My favorite McCafe item is Strawberry Banana Real Fruit Smoothie. It is soooooo good in fact I want one right now LOL.

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Melissa said...

I love their Newman's Own coffee!!

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coliebear said...

I like the chocolate shake.
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bored2quickly said...

I like the chocolate shakes! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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clc408 said...

My favorite is the Shamrock Shake. Other times of the year I like their plain coffee.

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sweepmom said...

My favorite drink is their unsweetened iced tea.

debbie said...

I like their iced tea.
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kellyr78 said...

I think the drink I had was called McCafe Mocha and I loved it.

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April said...

My fave is the Wild Berry fruit smoothie!

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angie lilly said...

I love their caramel mocha Frappé! The combo of the two flavors is wonderful!!!!
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jenspurg said...

I like the caramel frappe.
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Mami2jcn said...

I like their chocolate shakes.

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Bebemiqui said...

I like their Iced Caramel Mocha.
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susan1215 said...

I like the chocolate shakes

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McKim said...

I like the Wild Berry Fruit Smoothie

Meggiedarlin said...

I love their hot chocolate.

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bleush said...

the chocolate shakes.

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Rebecca Graham said...

I like their iced coffee.

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ohstac said...

I'm a fan of the Sugar Free Vanilla Iced Coffee
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Debbie C said...

My favorite is the Frappé Caramel but the calories...wow!

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Cheryl Free said...

My favorite McDonald's drink is unsweetened iced tea ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Rachel Lewis said...

I like the preium roast coffees

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kelley said...

i LOVE their chocolate milkshakes with whip cream and cherry :)

Peter Schott said...

I'll admit to being a fan of the Iced Mocha, though the Shamrock Shakes are pretty tasty as well.

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tia said...

My favorite is the Frappe Caramel.
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Tina said...

I like Frappe Caramel
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Tina said...

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eclairre said...

sugar-free iced coffee eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

e Frappé Caramel
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Lo said...

I like the vanilla milkshake.

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ard1977 said...

My fave is the Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothies. All of these McCafe drinks sure do look good too! Thanks! ard1977@gmail dot com

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erma said...

I love strawberry/bannana smothies.
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Patty C said...

I love their chocolate milkshakes!

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Julie said...

I love their chocolate shakes
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Kristie said...

Vanilla shake! :-)

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paula michele said...

I love their ice tea the best.

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Clarke & Lewis said...

fruit smoothies
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Rebecca said...

My favorite drink is the Frappe Caramel

Derk Thomas said...

Medium coffee 2 cream and 2 sugars

dddiva said...

Mocha frappe
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tina reynolds said...

I love the hot chocolate thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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Laurie Shen said...

I like the smoothies - mango pineapple for the win

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Anash said...

I love their chocolate milkshake! Thanks for a super giveaway!
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katecontestgirl said...

Iced mocha
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Nancy said...

I like the Iced Coffee.

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Atreau said...

I like their coffee with a little creamer stirred in.

RaettigFamily said...

Hot Chocolate

Kellie's Camera said...

iced caramel mocha yum!!

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bbrittbrat1398 said...

I love the vanilla milkshakes.

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Michaela R said...

I love the Caramel Frappe

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