Friday, June 8, 2012

A Berry Merry Summer: Taste Testing McDonald's Cherry Berry Chiller and Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal

By: Finance Foodie

This summer, berries are everywhere – in food, fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle, berries are a summer “must have.” To capitalize on capture this trend, McDonald’s has premiered two of its newest menu innovations, the Cherry Berry Chiller and Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal,  featuring seasonal berries as on-the-go meals or snacks. I'm always excited to see new menu innovations from McD, so obviously I had to try these two berry babies out.

First up to bat - the Cherry Berry Chiller, an ice beverage made with 100% fruit juice that combines the flavors of cherry and raspberry in a sippable, icy blend. To be honest,  after remembering the unpleasant high fructose of the Frozen Strawberry Lemonade of last summer, my expectations were quite low for this cherry drink.
Surprisingly, the drink was not bad. Not as much of a sugar headache as expected and the cherry, raspberry (along with a tinge of apple) were distinctly noticeable in the blend. I must mention that I had one of these chillers as I was heading into a non-air conditioned subway car during rush hour on quite possibly the hottest day of the year - so the drink was truly a refreshing burst of coolness in an otherwise hot and sticky situation. (200 calories for 12oz small serving, Retail Price: $2.29) 


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Moving on to the Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal, McD's newest breakfast item made with whole grain oats, walnuts and (like the name implies) blueberries and bananas. Now I know when it's 100 degrees outside, the last thing I'm thinking is, "mmm I could really go for a nice hot bowl of oatmeal now" - so why McDonald's would introduce a "warm-you-up" menu item smack dab in the middle of summer is completely beyond me. But hey, this site is called Finance Foodie, not Marketing Foodie....
Anyways, beside the fact that I was sweating as I was eating the oatmeal, I did very much like the generous helping of real blueberries and the nice crunchiness of the walnuts in each bite. The oatmeal also had a nice consistency (glad they corrected this -- last year's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal was plagued with oatmeal that was either too runny or too dry). I  probably wouldn't buy this again soon (NYC summers can be quite the rice cooker), so hopefully MCD will keep this product running into the fall. (290 calories for 8.6oz serving, Retail Price: $2.49) 


****Giveaway****
McDonald's wants financefoodie.com's readers to "berry" it up with a month of free McCafe drinks and oatmeal! Two lucky reader will win either a $25 Arch Card or ten (10) coupons good for any McCafe Drink and Oatmeal (5 each)!

Grand Prize: $25 Arch Card - Congrats JC! 
1st Prize: 5 McCafe Drink and 5 Blueberry Oatmeal free product coupons - Congrats Ann! 

There are THREE ways to enter
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what is your favorite summertime fruit (I like blueberries and mangos!). Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards!!

Full Disclosure: The  coupons are being provided by McDonald's. Finance Foodie Media Productions purchased the Arch Card. I was not compensated for this post.

190 comments:

willdebbie said...

I like Mango and papaya
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js22 said...

I love peaches!!
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peg42 said...

I love Pineapple and peaches. Thanks so much.
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Anonymous said...

favorite is watermellon



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Annette Doggett said...

Peaches are my favorite!
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daniellehall30 said...

i love strawberries and rhasberries

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daniellehall30 said...

i like strawberries and rhasberries

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kroch said...

I love peaches

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susan1215 said...

I love grapes and strawberries

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Ann Fantom said...

Peaches are my favorite summer fruit are peaches.

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JC said...

I like melon and blueberries

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Janice said...

My favorite is pineapple and watermelon
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Anonymous said...

Raspberries and cherries are my favorite summer fruits.Coconut is another favorite but they aren't locally grown so I don't categorize them as a "summer fruit".
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Leslie B. said...

I love pineapple and mango!

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Jen said...

I like peaches ahedden12at gmail.com

debbie said...

I like watermelon and raspberries.
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sweepmom said...

I love a good, fresh peach.

Mami2jcn said...

Definitely summer peaches!

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Steph said...

Watermelon
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skitsbits2000 said...

My favorites are peaches and strawberries

Helen T said...

Strawberries!

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Daniel M said...

i like apples in the summer - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

ferriz said...

i have to go with watermelon.

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Cujo hmb said...

I love watermelon during the summer.

jzagarjr said...

I like watermelon

Rebecca Graham said...

I like peaches.

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Robin T said...

I love watermelon in the summer

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jenmalonee said...

Strawberries are my favorite summertime fruit!

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CEB said...

My favorite summertime fruit are strawbereries.

kyl neusch said...

like mangos

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Diane52 said...

I love strawberries and bananas
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sksweeps said...

I love blackberries, raspberries and watermelon!

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Deb said...

I love raspberries and bananas

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Lee Taylor said...

I like mango & Watermelon!

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ellie said...

Strawberries are my favorite
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medictom said...

I love raspberries, but blueberries are just as good, don't make me choose! :-)

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Tina said...

I like watermelon
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crystalf said...

I love watermelon. Yummy! thank you!

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tavernie said...

I love Water Mellon!
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Derk Thomas said...

blueberries and strawberries

pauline15 said...

For me, it's mango's and watermelon!
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Traumajunky said...

Watermelon

Joseph said...

My favorite summertime fruit are Watermelon and raspberries.

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Anonymous said...

I like strawberries and raspberries:)

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MizVickik said...

Black cherries are my favorite!
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Chip said...

Blueberries are my favorite!!
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jenspurg said...

Like strawberries and watermelon.
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Julie said...

strawberries and raspberries
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cswoveland said...

strawberry

Debbie C said...

My favorites are fresh raspberries and blackberries.

Anonymous said...

My fav is watermelon.
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Debbie C said...

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shirley H said...

watermelon is my favorite



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McKim said...

I love watermelon.
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Sarah G. said...

I like watermelon and canteloupe

tina reynolds said...

I love watermelon @eaglesforjack eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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JR911 said...

mango and raspberry

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Kim said...

I love strawberries and watermelon

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1porkchop said...

My favorite summertime fruit is watermelon and cantaloupe. It is a tie between those two. In order to pick just one, watermelon and cantaloupe would have to fight to the death.

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Misty Sunrise said...

I like strawberries

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Leslie S. said...

Strawberries and the wild blackberries that grow out here in the country are my favorite.Thanks!
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katecontestgirl said...

cantelope
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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

strawberries
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Pat said...

My favorite summertime fruits are watermelon and canteloupe
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1froglegs said...

My favorite is cantaloupe, but I don't put salt on it like some people do.

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Sandra K321 said...

Strawberries!
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Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I adore strawberries myself, and I'm stalking my plants at the moment waiting for them to ripen enough to pick.

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ladyt64 said...

My favorite are raspberries.
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Nicole Larsen said...

Strawberries and Peaches are my favorite summer time fruits!

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Patty C said...

My favorite Summer fruit is Strawberries!!!

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Breanne said...

Black raspberries

Ms Penny Pincher said...

My favorite summer time fruit is papaya!

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laurasloves said...

My favorite is strawberries and peaches.
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Lo said...

I love peaches.

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watermelon and strawberries
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JD said...

watermelon

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sottovoce said...

Raspberries...but love blueberries too. :-) Thank you.
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AEKZ2 said...

Watermelon is my favorite

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kellyr78 said...

I like Strawberries
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tattwo said...

My favorite summertime fruit is watermelon. Love it.
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LAMusing said...

Love Nectarines and Mangos!
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Norma said...

My favorite is watermelon!
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Amy Dalrymple said...

I love peaches!

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slehan said...

Summer peaches and bing cherries
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Anonymous said...

Iced tea

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chadro said...

Cantalope I would have to say- luv it!
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brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...we love raspberries & watermelon in the summertime !

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clynsg said...

Nectarines, but a lot of others as well.

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Sue C. said...

My favorite summer fruits are cherries and white peaches.

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tlcfromtn said...

Cantaloupe is my favorite

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Mandi M said...

i love fresh strawberries

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Jo said...

y favorite summertime fruit is strawberries
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Jennafer211 said...

I love a good sweet piece of watermelon in the summer. Thank you!

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Nicole C. said...

My favorite is watermelon and strawberries.

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Jenreco2 said...

My favorite summer time fruit is watermelon.
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Atreau said...

I love watermelon and honeydew.

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I love watermelon & berries.
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Anonymous said...

Peaches are my favorite summer fruit.

val said...

I like watermelon

amyd said...

watermelon,also like strawberry shortcake
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My favorite summertime fruit is strawberries

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nobimbo said...

Strawberries and raspberries are my favorite!

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Abbyyy said...

My favorite summertime fruit is watermelon!!!

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Trisha McKee said...

My favorite summertime fruit is strawberry.

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skipthelaundry said...

strawberries and bananas
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mail4rosey said...

Strawberries are my favorite.

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Anna said...

My favorite summertime fruit is strawberries! Preferably coated in lots of sugar

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Mysharona said...

I like strawberries

spirit_kim said...

My favorite summer fruit is watermelon.
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buzzd said...

pineapple

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elangomatt said...

I think my favorite summer fruit are all of the berries, most specifically the strawberries. It seems like they are no more than $2 a pound most of the summer so it is a pretty good deal

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Niko said...

My favorite is *easily* strawberries! Yum!

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

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Lynde Foy said...

I love blackberries & dark cherries,

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Ames said...

Fresh PEACHES!!!!

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