Review: McDonald’s Holiday Pie

McDonald’s has brought back their Holiday Pie for the end of 2013. The Holiday Pie is a McDonald’s flaky pie crust glazed with sugar and topped with sprinkles filled with a vanilla custard. The pies will be available for a limited-time only.

I bought a single pie for $.89 (my McDonald’s was also offering 2 for $1.29).

McDonald's Holiday Pie Review

And with the departure of the Pumpkin Pie at many McDonald’s, we are greeted by a new Holiday Pie to usher in the Christmas season. While I don’t quite understand why some McDonald’s have already phased out the pumpkin pie (even before Thanksgiving), I will just have to accept that all good things must come to an end.

McDonald's Holiday Pie Review

McDonald’s latest limited-time pie is quite possibly the strangest pie I’ve seen them offer (even stranger than the regional Taro Pie). I’m not sure the Holiday Pie knows what it wants to be. From the outside it looks like a birthday cake, but on the inside there’s a goopy custard filling.

McDonald's Holiday Pie Review

The pie crust on the Holiday Pie is pretty much the same soft baked shell as all of McDonald’s current pies. The outer shell is soft and more bready than it used to be when they deep fried their pies. I think this kind of pie crust works better with this particular pie, however.

The outside of the pie had some kind of sweet glaze baked into it that added a much needed amount of sugar, since the filling itself wasn’t all that sweet. The filling had a consistency of a thick custard. It also tasted vaguely like custard, but with a mysterious subtle taste to it that I couldn’t quite pinpoint. I could best describe the flavor of the filling as a cross between vanilla pudding and cake batter. The pie was definitely on the weird side, but it was decent, especially given the price tag.

McDonald's Holiday Pie Review


The Holiday Pie from McDonald’s is a variation of McDonald’s familiar pies that is filled with custard and topped with rainbow sprinkles. The outside of the pie has a sweet glaze that lends a sweetness to the whole pie. The custard filling tastes like an odd mix of cake batter and vanilla pudding. The pie was a little strange for me, but it didn’t taste bad. Given the under-a-buck price tag, I will probably be ordering one of these again.

The Score

Taste: 6.5/10
Presentation: 9/10

What I liked: Creamy custard filling, outside of the pie was sweet thanks to the glaze and sprinkles
What I didn’t like: The custard had a bit of a weird taste to it

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 270
Calories from Fat: 120
Total Fat: 13g
Sat. Fat: 6g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 150mg
Carbs: 34g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 15g
Protein: 4g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.


  1. totaly forgot about these! haha will def. need to get one of these before the holidays are over.

  2. I tried one tonight I am like a 5 year old when it comes to sweet things, the sweeter the better IMO. I have for example consumed an entire package of Birthday cake golden Oreos in one sitting. But I digress. Point is I was really excited when this pie became available for the first time that I can remember here in Boston. I expected it to be extremely sweet and like a birthday cake in pie form which to me is perfection but I also found it much less sweet and more mild than anticipated, still good but I wish the middle was sweeter.

  3. When we first got these pies (I honestly had no idea we were getting them. Im a crew trainer and usually we have meetings to discuss the new products we are getting but for some reason noone mentioned them) I was like “uhh…what the heck is this?” At first I didnt like them all that much because im not a huge fan of custard, but as I started eating more of them I liked them.The crust is supposed to be like a sugar cookie, but to me it isnt sweet enough to be considered sugar cookie crust. and to me the filling tastes more on the cake batter side, with a hint of custard taste. After the holidays we will be phasing them out and I will kind of miss them,but not as much as the strawberry cream pies.

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