Laidback Gourmet: McDonald’s Eggnog Shake & Holiday Pie

Happy Holidays from the Laidback Gourmet. It’s that wonderful time of year again. Everyone is filled with cheer and peace on earth, good will towards man seems to be a just little bit more obtainable. Unless you went shopping on Thursday Night, then it’s shank or be shanked, of course. Don’t worry though, while you are on your way to the police station because you stabbed someone with a ninja turtle sai that was SUPPOSED to be made out of harmless foam rubber but still somehow managed to inflict severe bodily harm on an eldery woman who was trying to take the last 5 dollar copy of Clue, a complete accident you keep telling the arresting officer, you can take solace in the fact that if you were to hit the McDonald’s drive through on the way you could take part in some holiday cheer. It’s that cheer we are looking today, McDonald’s Egg Nog Shake and their brand new (I think) Holiday Pie:

Why did they put my shake in the bag?

Well since my pie is probably so hot the filling could probably melt iron, let’s start with the shake. Much like their Shamrock Shake, the Eggnog Shake is a year tradition of McDonalds. Their own little bit of Christmas cheer, celebrating by all the beloved McDonald’s mascots, except of course Birdie, who I’m fairly sure is Jewish. So Happy Hanukkah Birdie.

Now Eggnog is not anything new to the Laidback Gourmet. I feel like we’ve looked at it once, or twice before. People either love or hate eggnog and it’s been fairly well documented on this site that I fall into the former group. I even like it so much that I even made it from scratch this year:

That is not a gimmick picture for the site I actually labeled the bottle that before I even knew Id be looking at Eggnog this year on the site. Yep, I’m a geek.

So it really was only a matter of time before I took a look at McDonald’s Eggnog Shake:

It says Cafe, so you KNOW it has to be classy.

You know, technically speaking, eggnog being egg, cream, sugar, and vanilla is basically an ice cream base to begin with, so making it into a shake is probably the easiest thing in the world. It definitely has an eggnog smell, and the shake is pleasantly thick the way a shake should be. I don’t think there’s really anything else I can comment on this without trying it, so lets do this:


Mmm. That’s pretty much what you’d expect an eggnog shake to be. It tastes pretty much like someone took store brand eggnog and put it in an ice cream maker to make a shake. It’s not the best eggnog I’ve ever had, but its far from the worst. Normally Id give it only a 3 for wackiness, but hey, anything that has a cherry on top deserves an extra point:

Well that was good, let’s take a look at our next holiday treat, the brand new, or at the very least I’ve never seen it before, McDonald’s Holiday Pie:

Hey, that’s plenty of sprinkles. Sprinkles cost money, kids!

I feel like someone at McDonald’s had an idea for a holiday pie, and then after the recipe was finished they said, “Wow that looks really bland, throw some sprinkles on it. But don’t go too heavy with them, we need to keep this pie under 90 cents.” I’ll give it one thing though, it may look doughy and bland, but the smell coming from it is wonderful. Smells like a freshly baked butter cookie, so major props for that. Let’s open it up and see what’s on the inside. I hope it has one of those Elf On The Shelf things as the center!

Is it just me or does the whole thing remind you of a peep?

Nope, no elf, but custard instead. That’s probably better… I guess. One thing to note, and this is 100% honest. I bought this pie literally 15 minutes before I tore it open to take a picture of the filling and it’s STILL insanely hot. What the hell does McDonalds use to heat these things up with?!? Anyway, let’s wait until it cools off and then I’ll try it. While we wait how about a Christmas Classic?

Man, this is too good to waste here, I should have made this a randomness!

I think that’s cool enough, let’s try it:

om nom nom

Hm, I’m conflicted here. On the one hand, the crust is absolutely delicious. It really does taste like a warm sugar/butter cookie. They should just sell warm cookies made of this stuff. On the flip side the custard filling is ok, nothing special, but I find it unpleasantly warm. However, I feel that in all fairness I cannot dock points for this because whether you eat your custard warm or cold is really more of a personal preference. I know in some locations it is more traditional to have their custard warm, as opposed to how we have it Edmerica, which is cold. Final Score:

Well that concludes this edition of the Laidback Gourmet. Thank you as always for reading and if you’d like to send me any feedback, as well as any Christmas E-Cards, just hit up my email at: Until next time, as my Spanish readers might say, “Fleece Navy Dads!”

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