I visit McDonalds about once a week in the colder months. It’s a great place to take my daughter to play while I enjoy some coffee and relax. If Starbucks had a play land, I’d be there in a heartbeat, but they don’t. The coffee at Starbucks is hands down better than McDonalds; although McDonalds has done a great job recently in providing coffee options. If you buy a McCafe drink at McDonalds, you will not get to choose decaf, sugar-free, an extra espresso shot or light: McDonalds McCafe drinks come in big food service pouches (large bags) that are inserted into a machine to be dispensed. I found this out when I ordered a Peppermint Mocha and realized my order was the first order of the season. The crew had to go get the “new bag” from the back. There was no espresso shots, foamed milk or flavored syrup; just one big bag.
The sad thing is that I spent $3.03 with tax on this 12 oz beverage that was dispensed from a bag. A crew member did top off my mocha with syrup, but in this case they messed up my order and put caramel syrup on my peppermint mocha. Peppermint Mocha should be topped with chocolate syrup.
I enjoyed McCafe’s Peppermint Mocha. It was delicious. Nice and creamy with the whip cream/whole milk mixture and well-balanced. The mint wasn’t powerful and added a nice coolness to the milk chocolate character of the beverage. I say beverage because I’m not certain there was coffee in the drink. Perhaps the crew messed up and got the Peppermint hot chocolate bag? Or perhaps it’s difficult to make a good coffee drink without fresh espresso shots? Starbucks Peppermint mocha is also light in coffee flavor, but is several times more flavorful with more dark chocolate and cool peppermint flavor.
Anyway, I’ll most likely order a regular coffee next time I visit McDonalds. McDonalds’ coffee tastes good, is less expensive than their mochas and has fewer calories. The 12 oz peppermint mocha I gulped down had 280 calories in it. Yikes!