There’s been a ‘flurry’ of activity over at the golden arches as McDonald’s is reportedly trialling a vegan McFlurry. That’s right, Ronald himself is smiling down on vegans around the world and hoping to add a vegan-friendly version of its iconic ice cream concoction to menus.
With the first McFlurry flying out of Maccies in 1997, there’s been a whole host of variations over the years. While we still pine for the return of the Yorkie McFlurry, McDonald’s is moving with the times and offering a vegan version.
According to Peter Zwei, McDonald’s Germany is releasing a vegan McFlurry — well, it’s own version. The vegan McFlurry is made from strawberry sorbet, which may have some of you questioning whether it can actually be classed as a McFlurry.
The strawberry sorbet is topped with Oreo pieces (which are already vegan), however, some are already asking why the McFlurry doesn’t use coconut milk like the Ben & Jerry’s vegan options. The vegan McFlurry can be ordered in select branches via the app and is also available in sundae form.
Still, McDonald’s Germany is proving its vegan credentials following the unveiling of the Big Vegan TS in 2019. The popular burger combines a plant-based Incredible Burger with mustard, ketchup, onions, tomatoes, and greens. It also avoids animal fat contamination by cooking on a separate grill.
While McDonald’s is behind the curve compared to some fast food giants, let’s remember when Canada unveiled its plant-based PLT. In January McDonald’s UK launched its first full vegan meal. Thomas O’Neill, Head of Food Marketing at McDonald’s UK & Ireland said: “In the last 12 months we’ve seen an 80 percent uplift in customers ordering vegetarian options at McDonald’s, so it is time for the brand famous for the dippable McNugget to launch a dippable option for our vegetarian, vegan and flexitarian customers.”
It’s unclear whether McDonald’s will roll out its vegan McFlurry across the globe, but at least we know it won’t be cooked on the same grill as its meat burgers. The latest McFlurry innovation comes after McDonald’s overhauled its packaging last year to make the whole thing more eco-friendly. Plastic lids are out and your chilled treat now comes in a slightly more green form. That being said, there’s still the plastic spoon to think of!
Will you be travelling to Germany to try out the vegan McFlurry or will you wait for everyone else to cash in on the trend and roll it out elsewhere? Stay tuned food fans!
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