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Memories of deep fried McDonald's Apple Pies

I am not a fan of most fast food, but growing up I always loved the deep fried apple pies from McDonald's.

According to friends and family I bake the best apple pie ever (spending years perfecting my recipe) and they could not understand why I would want an inferior fast food apple pie, but I really missed those deep fried apple pies - out of nostalgia mostly, I guess.

I was thrilled to discover on the weekend that Pizza Hut's Wing Street locations have mini apple pies on their menu and they are a cute little version of the deep fried apple pies of my childhood but these are dusted in cinnamon sugar like the Tiny Tom donuts at the Ex (another nostalgic memory).

I might be the only one who missed these things, but in case I am not, I thought I would post about it. :D

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  1. Trust me you're not. The flakey shell in that weird cardboard shaped holder that actually made eating it on the go a breeze. It holds a special place in my heart like the mcdlt, albeit that is awful in retrospect.

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    1. re: aser

      The McDLT will live on forever due Jason Alexander's commercial.

    2. I didn't even know it was off their menu!

      Btw there's no need to put a disclaimer or softening tone (e.g. not a fan of fast food but...), you should never appease to anyone on this board, you like what you like and that's just that! Don't feel ashamed!

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      1. re: Apprentice

        I don't know about now as I haven't eaten mcd's in ages. They changed the recipe in the mid 90's. The filling was the same, but the flakey shell was replaced by an oven baked crust.

      2. I still fantasize about them, too. So crisp-flaky, so hot, and so unhealthy...

        The pies McDonald's has now are no comparison. I thought Harvey's had an apple turnover that more closely approximated the McD's version of my childhood, but I can't find any reference to them on the Internet. Maybe they're no more, too...

        1. You're most definitely not alone! I too miss those little crispy pockets of molten apple goodness! It was one of the few things that I would buy frequently from McDonald's. Their current version is tasty, too, but nothing like the original! Now I'm hungry.

          1. in toronto i had only experienced the baked type and was happy enough with that, but after having a deep fried version... could never go back.

            some places still deep fry them... japan being one.

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            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              I have been told, but I have not checked it out, that KFC in Toronto still deep fries their apple pies. If not for this beastly weather, I'd go to confirm it.

              1. re: KevinB

                ah ha! so i'm apparently old enough to have eaten one of these deep fried things. that may explain my nostalgic love for them and how they just never live up to that once and a while treat and i gave up... until japan.

                but see... does kfc have the balance of spices and goo that mcd's has/had?

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  If we ever return to seasonal temperatures, I promise I will go and report.20 cm of snow in two days?

                  1. re: KevinB

                    but wouldn't this be the best kind of weather to scarf down a piping hot crispy bubbling over pie?