Admission of Guilt: I’m not necessarily proud of my actions, but I will admit that I totally picked this up with my McGriddle combo for breakfast when I saw it on the menu!
Expectations: After my first MickeyD’s shake a couple of years ago amidst all of the Wedding Planning Chaos™, I honestly wasn’t expecting anything too impressive, but when I noticed the flashy, new name on the menu and pondered some of the other McChanges that Ronald’s world has seen since then, they’ve really managed to class up the joint and I thought that maybe there was a change that their shakes have improved, too.
Level of Impressed-ness: Sky High!!!
Why So???: This shake was the perfect blend of smooth and creamy, with tons of pumpkin flavoring in it without just being too ridiculously thick. It didn’t just “leave a pumpkin aftertaste” or “vaguely kinda-sorta resemble pumpkin” … this milkshake was the embodiment of pumpkin, frankly, McDonald’s deserves major kudos for turning this one around! I don’t know if it was ingredients, or methods of preparation, or maybe both, but believe it or not, the Pumpkin Pie McCafe Shake is the new champion to which all other ice cream-based treats shall be compared going forward.
Final Words: Good job, guys – this shake rocks.