I use to have a personal tradition whenever I finished a hard day of work. I would head down to my local McDonald’s and treat myself to a Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry. There were also nights when midnight would hit and I needed a sweet treat. I would hit my local drive through, and the staff knew what I wanted before I even ordered. In my opinion, it was the best dessert ever. And then one day, it all ended. I showed up for my McFlurry fix, and they told me that the Strawberry shortcake flavor was no longer being served. I thought it must’ve been some kind of mistake because, how could they get rid of the best thing on their menu?
Some of you might not remember the Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry, and others might not know it existed. I have some friends in other parts of the country who said their local McDonald’s never even served it. But trust me, it was one of the best deserts ever created, and I still miss it to this day. I wish I could bring it back from the dead, but instead – I offer this memorial. I will always miss you, Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry. Let’s take a look at all of the reasons why McDonald’s should have kept you on their menu.
The perfect blend – the secret ingredient that made this dessert so special was the perfect blend of strawberry and chunks of shortcake. The shortcake had a perfect texture that never got soggy, and it wasn’t too sweet. It was perfectly-mixed vanilla ice cream flavored base with strawberry syrup. There was nothing particularly fancy about the recipe, and that’s what I loved the most. It was Strawberry shortcake in its purest form… well, about as pure as something you would get at McDonald’s.
Other Mcflurries – since they discontinued the Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry, I’ve tried every other flavor. Obviously, the Oreo version is the most popular, and it’s the one a lot of people have as their first choice. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Oreo McFlurry, but you can find it almost anywhere. It basically just tastes like cookies and cream that you can get at your local grocery store. As for the caramel and M&M McFlurry, they are way too sweet! I don’t know about you, but I could never finish one by myself. It’s almost like trying to eat and ice cream version of chocolate syrup.
Awesome memories – the Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry was associated with some pretty awesome memories for me. It was a special treat that I shared with people I cared about. Since I loved it so much, I wanted to show it off to people who had never tried it before. And as a result, they came to appreciate it as well. I’ve got lots of memories of romantic walks, trips to the beach, and late-night chat sessions that were made even more special with the addition of this McFlurry Flavour.
Making it Yourself – when I eventually accepted that McDonald’s would never bring this flavor back, I tried to make it myself. It’s a lot of work, but I already know how to make vanilla ice cream with my Cuisinart maker. As for strawberry syrups, they are relatively easy to find any local grocery store. The part that I can’t get quite right is of the shortcake. I’ve tried baking my own in addition to looking for cookie versions that I can crumble up. I can get it close, but it’s never quite the same. I guess I will just have to settle for this replica that comes close while remembering how special the real deal used to be.
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