Big news, McDonald’s McFlurry fans: the Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry has started rolling out early at certain McDonald’s franchises before the big launch on April 12, and The Krazy Coupon Lady got a taste of the deliciousness on April 11 — and it’s well worth the wait.
McDonald’s is officially rolling out the brand-new McFlurry flavor to replace the McDonald’s Shamrock McFlurry starting today, April 12, but many franchises started giving customers the $4.19 new McFlurry early.
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The Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry features strawberry-flavored clusters and shortbread cookie.
Although this treat made its official debut at U.S. McDonald’s restaurants on April 12, 2023, it’s been a hit in Singapore for years — and is available there year-round. It’ll be available alongside the two permanent McFlurry flavors — M&M’s and Oreo.
“McDonald’s new Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry features our signature creamy vanilla soft serve, strawberry-flavored clusters and crispy, buttery shortbread cookies,” a McDonald’s rep confirmed with The Krazy Coupon Lady. “It will be available at participating U.S. restaurants nationwide starting April 12, for a limited time while supplies last.”
You’ll pay around $4.19 for the McDonald’s Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry.
McDonald’s doesn’t raise prices for their limited-edition, specialty McFlurry varieties. So you can expect to pay the same amount for the McDonald’s Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry as you would for any other McFlurry — about $4.79 for a regular 12-ounce or $3.39 for the snack size (8 ounces).
In New Jersey, it costs $4.19 with $0.28 tax, bringing my total price to $4.47.
Expect the Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry to be available for at least a month.
Based on recent history with McDonald’s specialty McFlurry treats, you can count on ordering a Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry from April 12 until early May. (The Shamrock Shake McFlurry was available Feb. 20 through March 24.)
And after that, we expect McDonald’s to release a summertime McFlurry. In 2022 the Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry was available May through July, so we expect a similar time frame.
TIP: There are several regional McDonald’s flavors, like the Oreo Matcha McFlurry (Japan) and Cadberry Crunchie McFlurry (U.K.), that can only be found in their respective countries. However, McDonald’s launched the McDonald’s Global Menu Restaurant in Chicago that sells international McFlurry flavors.
There are 440 calories per regular McDonald’s Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry.
If the U.S. version follows the same recipe as Singapore, the McDonald’s Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry will contain 440 calories per regular, 12-ounce serving. Now, that’s less than the Oreo McFlurry, which has 570 calories for the same size — so it’s totally possible the calorie count could be higher than 440.
Note: If you’re looking for more calorie counts, check the McDonald’s app for all the updated nutrition information.
You can also make another creative McFlurry.
You can make a new twist by combining two existing menu items. Warning: it might get messy. Order a medium strawberry shake for $3.69 and an Oreo McFlurry with extra crushed Oreos for $5.48, and ask for an extra cup or two.
Use the extra cups to mix equal parts strawberry shake and extra-Oreo McFlurry. Boom — two 14-ounce makeshift Strawberry Shortcake McFlurrys for $9.17 (or $4.59 each). That’s actually cheaper than the McFlurry price and gives you an extra two ounces.
The ice cream machine breaks a lot; check ‘McBroken’ to make sure yours is working.
McDonald’s is infamous for having broken ice cream machines. And a broken ice cream machine means no Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry.
If you want to make sure your local McDonald’s ice cream machine is working, check out the McBroken website, which is a crowd-sourced collection of McDonald’s locations with real-time ice cream machine status updates.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story stated that April 3 would be the release date of the Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry. McDonald’s has now confirmed that the release date is April 12, 2023. We apologize for the error.