McDonald’s McCafe Donut Sticks review: Do they live up to the hype?


McDonald’s recently added Donut Sticks to their bakery menu and everyone is talking about them. That had us wondering, do they live up to the hype?

Look out fast-food competitors, McDonald’s is taking their McCafe bakery menu to another level as they are trying their hands in the donut market with their newly released Donut Sticks.

You might be wondering, what exactly is a donut stick? Is it a variation of the Donut Sticks that Little Debbie has been selling as a snack cake for the last 20 years or so? Not quite.

For starters, these donuts are of the yeast variety, not cake. They’re actually extremely reminiscent of the Donut Fries that Dunkin’ Donuts released last summer, as they are basically pieces of fried dough, shaped into something resembling a chicken finger, and then tossed in cinnamon sugar.

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It’s fairly similar to what you’d get with a churro, except a little less crunchy and not as long in length. They come in six pieces, priced at $1.69, or 12 pieces that’ll run you about $3.29; prices may vary depending on location. As far as nutritional information goes, the six piece is 280 calories and the 12 piece is 560 calories. So they’re not the best for you if you’re still sticking with your new years resolution plan, but that should go without saying.

With that said, I’m sure the burning question on everyone’s mind is whether or not these things are actually good, right?

Well, that’s not a very easy answer to give as it largely depends on what you look for in a snack. While I can’t quite remember the exact taste of the Donut fries at Dunkin, I’m convinced these aren’t very different based on the descriptions alone. So, if you’re a sugar fiend and someone who loves the buttery texture of a deep-fried pastry, chances are you’ll enjoy these a ton.

On the flip side, if you’re someone who only dabbles in sugar from time to time and often avoid fried foods, you’d probably be better off without these. This new bakery item isn’t necessarily bad tasting or bland, it’s simply not something that stands out as an item I’d rush back to get. That’s at least my opinion, although I’d expect others to share that view.

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But of course, the only way to truly form an accurate opinion is for you to head to your local McDonald’s and try them out for yourself. It’s also worth noting; despite McDonald’s serving breakfast all day long, these are only available for purchase during typical breakfast hours, so be sure to grab them before 10am!