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McDonald’s pies have been a staple of the fast-food chain’s menu since 1968 — which is the same year the Big Mac was introduced. This year, McDonald’s is going all in on strawberries with the release of the Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry and the return of the McDonald’s Strawberry and Creme Pie. These seasonal flavors are only expected to last a few months.
We’ve got everything you could ever hope to know about McDonald’s pies right here — including info on the flavors, how to save on your pies, and even McDonald’s secret menu ordering hacks.
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NOTE: Prices will differ depending on your local McDonald’s. Check the McDonald’s app for the most accurate pricing.
McDonald’s Strawberry and Creme Pies are available for a limited time for $1.89.
In March 2023, McDonald’s brought back their Strawberry and Creme Pie for $1.89. These replaced the Blueberry and Creme Pies that were available in January. These pies are only available for a limited-time, and we estimate they’ll hit the menu in late May. So if you have a hankering for the flavor, head to the Golden Arches pronto.
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McDonald’s Apple Pies are available year-round for $1.89.
McDonald’s pies are more like sweet Hot Pockets — a croissant-like crust surrounding a gooey fruit interior. Most of the time, the only pie available is the always-on-the-menu apple pie for $1.89. These pies are made with a combination of Fuji, Golden Delicious, Rome, Jonagold, Ida Red, and Gala apples surrounded by a lattice crust and topped with sugar. It’s the original and still the most popular.
The apple pies have gone through a lot of transformations since their inception. In 1992 McDonald’s switched from frying the pies to baking them. They continued making recipe changes in 2016 and 2018 to make them a little bit healthier.
Save 29% when you order two McDonald’s pies instead of just one.
McDonald’s pies typically cost $1.89 each, but the chain offers a deal where you can get two pies for only $2.69 — a 28.8% discount. If there are multiple pie flavors available, you can even mix and match the pies that you want. However, you’ll only be able to do that in person since there isn’t an option to do so on the McDonald’s app.
The Strawberry & Creme Pie is one of McDonald’s seasonal pies — only available at specific times of the year.
McDonald’s offers special pies throughout the year. These pies are only available for a little over a month every time they’re released. That means you’ll have to wait a whole year if you miss out on the flavor during its annual run.
Here are the seasonal pies available within the last year:
- Strawberry & Creme Pie: March 2023
- Blueberry & Creme Pie: Jan. 2023
- Holiday Pie: December 2022
- Pumpkin & Creme Pie: Oct. 2022
Each pie costs the same as a regular McDonald’s pie ($1.89), but not every location will have them available. Make sure to check your local McDonald’s through the app to see if they’re selling them. But generally speaking, keep an eye out for seasonal pies around the holidays.
McDonald’s pies are 230 – 270 calories, depending on the pie that you get.
The calorie count of a McDonald’s pie will differ depending on the filling that you get. Here’s the breakdown of the apple pie and different seasonal pies’ calorie counts:
- Apple Pie: 230 calories
- Strawberry & Creme: 290 calories
- Blueberry & Creme Pie: 260 calories
- Pumpkin & Creme Pie: 270 calories
- Holiday Pie: 260 calories
NOTE: Looking for more calorie counts? Check the nutrition information on the McDonald’s app. When you tap the item you want and click “Nutrition & Ingredients,” you’ll get a detailed breakdown of the item you’re looking at.
Use the McDonald’s secret menu to get a unique McFlurry flavor.
There are plenty of McDonald’s secret menu hacks you should try, including the McDonald’s Apple Pie McFlurry. All you need to do is order an Apple Pie (priced at $1.89) and a McFlurry of your choice (regularly $4.39) and pound the apple pie into the McFlurry yourself.
This treat will cost you $6.28, but it’s well worth it if you’re a fan of apple pie a la mode.
McDonald’s pies rarely get discounted — check in the summer and during holidays.
McDonald’s pies are rarely discounted, but you should always check the McDonald’s Rewards app to make sure that you aren’t missing out on any deals. Typically we’ll see McDonald’s give away free or discounted pies during the McDonald’s summer deals and McDonald’s holiday deals. However, this isn’t always the case.
Here are the discounts that we’ve seen in the past:
- July 6, 2022: Free McDonald’s Pie (reg. $1.89) with a McFlurry purchase.
- March 24, 2022: $0.30 McDonald’s Pies (reg. $1.89) with a McFlurry purchase — an 84.1% discount.
- Dec. 20, 2021: Free McDonald’s Pie (reg. $1.89) with a $1 purchase.
- Jan. 21, 2021: $0.20 McDonald’s Pies (reg. $1.89) with a $1 purchase — an 89.4% discount.
- Dec. 13 – 19, 2019: Two free McDonald’s Pies (reg. $2.89) when you purchased $15 worth of food from Uber Eats.
Make sure to keep tabs on our McDonald’s coupons page since we’ll be letting you know exactly when McDonald’s pies are discounted.
You’ll have to travel to find these international McDonald’s pies — only one U.S. location has them.
Outside the U.S., there are over 40 different McDonald’s pie flavors. Unfortunately, McDonald’s has no plans on bringing those flavors to U.S. restaurants, with one exception. If you live in Chicago, you’ll be able to experience their rotating pies at the McDonald’s Global Menu Restaurant.
These pies tend to rotate, so you won’t be able to experience every flavor. They also don’t always have pies available since they’re on a rotating schedule.
Here are some of the McDonald’s pie flavors that you can’t get in the U.S.:
- Singapore: Coconut Pie, Red Bean Pie
- Malaysia: Corn Pie
- Thailand: Chicken Lasagna Pie
- Japan: Beef Stew Pie, Mango-Passionfruit Pie
- China: Sweet Potato Pie
NOTE: You’ll also be able to experience different McDonald’s McFlurry flavors at the McDonald’s Global Menu restaurant.
The lowest priced fast-food pie is at Popeyes, but at 5% less, it’s barely cheaper than McDonald’s.
Since the popularity of McDonald’s pies has grown, several other fast-food restaurants have begun serving their own pies. However, only Popeyes beats McDonald’s in price. And that’s just by 5.3%.
Here’s a price breakdown of the fast food restaurant pies:
- Popeyes: $1.79
- McDonald’s: $1.89
- Arby’s: $1.99
- Burger King: $2.39
- Jollibee: $3.29
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