Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hot and Cold: Taste Testing McDonald's Spicy Chicken McBites and Chocolate Chip Frappé

By: Finance Foodie

McDonald's - never shy on menu tweaks and limited time promos - recently introduced two new items on the market as part of their "Flavors of Summer" campaign: the Spicy Chicken McBites and the Chocolate Chip Frappe. Long time followers of financefoodie.com know my preference for McD's when it comes to fast food and that I'm always the first in line to try any new product!

First up we have the Spicy Chicken McBites. After the huge success of the original Chicken McBites (my review of the original here), McDonald's decided to bring these babies back - but with a touch of pizzazz. These crispy pieces of juicy white meat chicken are perfectly seasoned with spices that may seem mild at first bite but gradually start burning up the mouth after a few poppers. To be honest, these are pretty much just the old Chicken McBites with heat. Being a fan of all things mild and non-spicy, I definitely miss the original and wish  McDonald's would bring those back instead. Like the previous version, the Spicy Chicken McBites are available at participating McDonald’s restaurants nationwide only for a limited time and available in three sizes: Snack (3oz - 310 calories), Regular (5oz) and Shareable (10oz). 

And now on to dessert, aka the Chocolate Chip Frappé. This new Frappé, made with caramel, mocha, a hint of coffee and blended with real chocolate chips, joins the McCafé menu lineup until October 15th. Clocking in at 530 calories for a small, this drink really packs a punch to the hips - but it's totally a worthy splurge. I loved the crunchiness of the chocolate chips in the frappé -- it really gives the drink an extra richness and density that makes it feel like you are having a real dessert. However caffeine fiends beware - if you're craving a coffee drink, take a pass on this (the coffee flavor is almost unnoticeable in this medley of chocolate, sugar and caramel), but if you're looking for a sweet treat to beat the hot summer heat - the Chocolate Chip Frappé one good bet!


****Giveaway****
Congrats Reema! 
McDonald's wants financefoodie.com's readers to get into the hot and cold flavors of summer with a month of free McCafe drinks and Spicy McBites! One lucky reader will a $25 Arch Card, ten (10) coupons good for any McCafe Drink and McBites (10 each)!


Grand Prize: $25 Arch Card, 10 McCafe Drink and 10 Spicy Chicken McBites free product coupons 

There are THREE ways to enter
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what is your favorite summertime hobby. 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, July 24, 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.

393 comments:

  1. my favorite summertime hobby is reading.

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  2. My favorite summertime hobby is gardening!
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  3. I follow you @financefoodie1 on Twitter, I'm @AmberGoo
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  4. I tweeted, I'm @AmberGoo:
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  5. i love fishing in the early morning during the summer

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  6. mcshatin@gmail.comJuly 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    favorite summertime hobby: jogging

    Do the coupons apply in Canada?

    thanks

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  7. going to the beach!
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  8. My favorite summertime hobby is sitting outside on the porch in the evening reading a good book!
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  9. My favorite summer time is grillin' slabs of meat and throwing back tall cold ones with friends (so I don't feel guilty drinking by myself)...well, at least until the next morning! (vfabian@vt.edu)

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  10. My favorite summertime activity is fishing with my little girl.
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  11. I follow you on twitter, k.g.rogers72 at gmail dot com

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  13. i love swimming
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  14. What other summer hobby is there but hanging out at the beach?!

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  15. I also follow you on Twitter ;)

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  16. I love to do gardening in the summer.

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  17. I like swimming in summer

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  18. going to the pool.

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  19. I like to collect shells at the beach.

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  23. My favorite is gardening.
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  43. I like to go bike riding in the summer.

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  52. My favorite summertime hobby is grilling. I especially love grilling vegetables.
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  58. My favorite summer hobby is hiking.

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  59. My favorite summer hobby is reading followed closely by traveling.

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  60. My favorite summer hobby is reading followed closely by traveling

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  61. My favorite summertime hobby is swimming in our pool.
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  64. We love traveling with our teenage daughter to watch her play travel softball.
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  66. https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/226286599871275010
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  67. My favorite is gardening- I love growing my own food.
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  68. I Like taking my kids on nature walks in the summer.
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  71. I read every chance I get.

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  72. I like Summer photography.
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  73. My favourite summertime hobby is cross-stitching!

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  74. I follow @financefoodie1 on Twitter @GeorgiaMist


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  76. We like to go camping in the mountains near our home in the summer.

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  77. My favorite summertime hobby is to lounge on my deck. I hope that counts as a hobby :-0

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  81. Mine are grilling and gardening

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  82. I love going to the beach in the summer.
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  83. My summertime hobbies are camping and bbq'ing!

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  86. Watching my daughter play in her travel softball tournaments. Some weekends we spend 12-14 hrs. a day on a field. We actually have one tomorrow and I can't wait. thank you!
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  87. Watching my daughter play in her travel softball tournaments. Some weekends we spend 12-14 hrs. a day on a field. We actually have one tomorrow and I can't wait. thank you!
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  88. Watching my daughter play in her travel softball tournaments. Some weekends we spend 12-14 hrs. a day on a field. We actually have one tomorrow and I can't wait. thank you!
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  90. My favorite summertime hobby is swimming!

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  92. Summertime hobby is swimming
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  93. Mine is gardening.

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  96. I love BBQing at the lake!

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  97. I love to go swimming!!

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  98. I follow on Twitter~Deb55106

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  100. gardening and being a slug when it hits 105 and above mrs.mommyy atgmail.com

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  101. follow on twitter mrs.mommyy atgmail

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  102. My favorite summertime hobby is my vegetable garden.

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  103. My favorite summertime hobby is swimming. Follow on Facebook - Susan Jones Ladd and Twitter - corrysue1. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) Thanks !!!!!! corrysue@yahoo.com

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  104. My favorite summertime hobby is swimming

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  105. My favorite summertime hobby is the beach

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  106. My favorite summertime hobby is the beach

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  107. Favorite summertime hobby is probably swimming.

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  108. I like hiking

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  109. I love going out on the porch and watching my grandchildren play and ride their bikes. dwelchert@yahoo.com

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  112. Sitting in front of a fan reading a book on my kindle! :)

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  113. going to the beach.

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  114. My favorite summertime hobby is walking at the park
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  115. I follow you on twitter @disneyfan40
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  116. Tweeted
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  117. Mine is sitting on the patio with a good book

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  118. To be honest my favorite Summer hobby is READING and going to mcdonalds!

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  119. My favorite summertime hobby is gardening

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  121. I like going to the neighborhood pool

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  122. My favorite summertime hobby is gardenng

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  123. I follow on twitter: carogonza

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  124. My favorite summertime activity is swimming in the pool!

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  125. i like to go mountain biking - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  126. I love going swimming and taking bike rides during the Summer.

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  127. I am a Twitter follower (@mrsgiveaways)

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  128. Tending my veggie garden and swimming!

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  129. My favorite summertime hobby is fishing. I love to catch and release.

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  130. my favorite is swimming!
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  131. I follow finance foodie on Twitter @pierreplover

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  133. I tweeted
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  134. https://twitter.com/pierreplover/status/227221361234440192

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  135. watching my boys swim on the swim team.
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  136. Going to the beach. mnsanchez15@yahoo.com

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  137. I follow you on twitter @llehciMMichell
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  139. my favorite summertime hobbu is gardening a food garden

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  140. follow you on twitter @mellanhead

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  142. I follow you on twitter @anashct3
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  144. I love to go swimming.
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  146. I follow Finance Foodie on twitter @smilekisses

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  147. my fav summertime activity is going to the pool

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  150. My favorite summertime hobby is gardening, especially heirloom tomatoes.
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  155. I like to read in the summer.


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  156. Gardening is my fave hobby
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  157. I like to knit in the summer.

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  158. My favorite summertime hobby is relaxing on the beach on a hot day.

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  161. I like to catch up on my reading. I am a student so in the summer I enjoy reading reading becasue I want too and not becasue I have too

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  162. Favorite hobby in summer is swimming.

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  163. favorite summer time hobby is swimming

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  164. Mine is swimming
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  165. I love gardening.
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  166. My fave summertime hobby is boating!
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  167. I love to garden and hike in the woods- thanks for the chance to win! Good luck to all!


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  168. I like to garden.
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  169. Ginger b.
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  170. My summertime hobby is going to the beach.

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  171. my favorite summer time hobby is swimming
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  172. Follow you on Twitter - @chryskay

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  173. My summertime hobbies are gardening and reading on the beach. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  174. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/chryskay/status/227469914032701440

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  175. My kids and I love to spend our days at the pool in our condo!
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  176. twitter follower (pauline15)
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  177. I enjoy being out in my garden, especially when it's time to harvest some of the fresh vegetables. I also enjoy swimming. Thank you for the opportunity.
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  178. My favorite summer hobby is staying out of the heat and goofing off on the net.Thanks!
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  179. I follow on twitter as lstanziani.Thanks!
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  180. I like swimming!
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  181. I follow finance foodie on twitter as @beccapeters1
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  182. My favorite summertime activity is going on family bike rides with my kids. I don't really have a hobby, but this is the only time of the year I can spend real quality time with the kids.

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  183. I Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter

    The screen froze so I am not sure if I already submitted this entry.

    Also, my email is attached to my profile, but is emailoftim@aol.com

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  184. I tweeted at https://twitter.com/1brisket/status/227490470543110144

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