Review: McDonald’s Taro Pie

So I recently took a 10 day vacation in Hawaii (which explains the recent lack of posts) and I came across a flavor of McDonald’s pie that is found only in Hawaii and Asian McDonald’s: The Taro Pie. The Taro Pie is probably the most bizarre looking thing I’ve ever seen at a McDonald’s. The pie crust is deep fried and filled with bits of taro and some kind of purple filling. The Taro Pie is a limited-time offering at Hawaii McDonald’s, along with a Hawaii exclusive Haupia Pie. I purchased a Taro Pie for $1.00.

How Does It Taste?

McDonald's Taro Pie

The McDonald’s Taro Pie was both intriguing and scary to me. The color purple doesn’t make its way into many dishes, so the fact that it completely fills this McDonald’s pie was a bit of a shocker. I have to admit, I had no idea what taro was before trying this pie. It turns out that Taro is a tuber that has a natural light purple color to it. Taro is popular in Asian and African countries.

McDonald's Taro Pie

When I first bit into the Taro Pie, I wasn’t sure what flavors or textures to expect. The cube-looking bits of taro had a texture very similar to a potato – soft and starchy. The Taro Pie had a very subtle sweet potato flavor to it. The pie was only mildly sweet, which was quite nice for a change. The overall texture of the purple goo combined with the bits of taro is that of McDonald’s Apple Pie.

McDonald's Taro Pie

The whole experience of eating the Taro Pie could be summed up as “what the hell am I eating? I kind of like it but I feel like I shouldn’t”. The Taro Pie would fall flat on its face in the other 49 states, but I thought it was quite enjoyable, and it was only a buck. Speaking of which, everything is way expensive in Hawaii. I don’t know how some people afford to live there!

McDonald's Taro Pie


McDonald’s Taro Pie is a deep-fried pie filled with cubes of taro and purple goo. The color and texture of this pie is strange, but the taste was a bit more familiar. The pie has the taste of a sweetened and mild sweet potato. The overall texture of the pie resembles McDonald’s Apple Pie. The only state the Taro Pie can be found in is Hawaii. I enjoyed the purple pie, but I probably wouldn’t purchase it again.

The Score

Taste: 7/10
Presentation: 7.5/10

Pros: Strangely satisfying, tastes like sweetened sweet potatoes, fried pie crust, unique color
Cons: Burned my tongue, can’t see it succeeding in any state but Hawaii

Nutrition Facts

McDonald’s Taro Pie
Calories: 270
Total Fat: 14g
Sat. Fat: 30g
Trans Fat: 0g
Sodium: 160mg

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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. Another McDonald’s pie that I’ve only seen in Hawaii is the haupia (coconut) pie . I think it might actually make it in other states.

  2. If you didn’t know what taro was until that point, I really don’t think you’re credible enough to be running a food review blog

  3. I wished they would make this pie in all 50 states, I had it when I was in China and it tastes so good

  4. Loved the fried taro pie!!!!!!! I wish McDonald’s had it in every state.

  5. I love taro pie. Taro is a japanese word for sweet potato.
    The creamy taste of the taro filling made me missed my late mother’s cooking. She used to make this taro paste.

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