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Memories of deep fried McDonald's Apple Pies

LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 09:33 AM

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. aser RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 09:36 AM

    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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      radiopolitic RE: aser Apr 6, 2009 09:38 AM

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

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      Apprentice RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 09:43 AM

      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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        aser RE: Apprentice Apr 6, 2009 09:45 AM

        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.

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          Apprentice RE: aser Apr 6, 2009 09:55 AM

          ok gotcha...

      2. Full tummy RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 09:51 AM

        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. redearth RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 09:59 AM

          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. pinstripeprincess RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 11:12 AM

            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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              KevinB RE: pinstripeprincess Apr 7, 2009 10:22 AM

              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.

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                pinstripeprincess RE: KevinB Apr 7, 2009 10:46 AM

                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?

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                  KevinB RE: pinstripeprincess Apr 7, 2009 10:29 PM

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

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                    pinstripeprincess RE: KevinB Apr 8, 2009 07:39 AM

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

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              DishyDiva RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 12:19 PM

              I'm not a fan of McD's but must admit I LOVED their fried apple pies. Have you tried Pizza Pizza's apple pie? It's the closest thing I've found to those sold at McD's. Pizza Pizza fries them up when you order so they're extremely mouth-burning hot. Open up the box and let it air out before biting into one.

              Here's the link:


              Gosh, now I'm craving one...

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                CoffeeAddict416 RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 01:06 PM

                I think burger king still does the deep fried apple pie and is virtually identical to the mcdonald's one
                what i REALLY want is the deep fried blueberry pie from McDs
                that was really tasty. Oh man!

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                  fleisch RE: CoffeeAddict416 Apr 6, 2009 01:32 PM

                  Taco Bell also has one which I think is fried.
                  Mind you, being an authentic Mexican eatery they call it an Empanada.

                2. Bob W RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 03:09 PM

                  Oh yeah, those things were good. My McD's order back in the day was "Big Mac, large fry, apple pie."

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                    gingerbread girl RE: Bob W Apr 6, 2009 06:17 PM

                    Im so glad to read this. I ordered an apple pie not long ago and wondered why I had liked them so much before. It had been so long that I didnt remember that it was originally fried...I just remembered that they were GOOD!
                    I thought I was losing my mind!

                  2. podunkboy RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 07:55 PM

                    The baked pies are nowhere near as good as the fried ones, but on the rare occasions I go through the drive-through and they offer the 2/$1 apple pies, I get them. Take them home, rewarm them in the microwave, and drop a scoop of ice cream on them. Pie is still pie.

                    1. LovelyAsia RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 11:17 PM

                      Wow - it is so great to see I am not alone in my nostalgic yearning for these deep fried pies!

                      Full Tummy - Harvey's did at one time have a similar pie, but stopped selling them a while back.

                      Dishy Diva - Thanks for the heads up on Pizza Pizza - it is another chain I never visit so I would never have known!

                      CoffeeAddict416 - Thanks for the heads up on Burger King - like Pizza Pizza, I never go there so I will have to try that one too!

                      Fleisch - I have tried the Taco Bell version and found it absolutely inedible - it had a really fake cinnamon taste and the shell was not right.

                      Pinstripeprincess - You are right, after posting I did some online research and there is even a Wikipedia page devoted to these pies, and another website that mentions that there are some locations in the US, and indeed in Japan that still sell them - that would make for one pricey apple pie! :D

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                        neonknight RE: LovelyAsia Apr 7, 2009 04:28 AM

                        I have to disagree on the Burger King pies. BK's pies (at least the ones here in NJ) are a triangular slice of pie. And totally gross on top of that!

                        KFC has apple pies now, and are *very* close to the old McPies. Mmmmm...tasty! :)

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                          pinstripeprincess RE: LovelyAsia Apr 7, 2009 10:57 AM

                          but think of all the deliciousness japan holds on top of deep fried apple pies!

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                          bulavinaka RE: LovelyAsia Apr 7, 2009 12:05 PM

                          The first version of McDonald's apple turnovers was marketing genius at the time of its rollout. No competitor had anything like it. But as a kid, these reminded me of something that Dan Aykroyd's Irwin Mainstay's character on the SNL skit, "Consumer Probe," would try to pawn off. Right up their with Mainstay's "Bag O' Glass," "Mr. Skin Grafter," and "Johnny Human Torch," those McD's turnovers were infamous for holding their straight-out-of-the-fryer heat for what seemed like days. Try eating it too soon, and one's mouth would be scorched by the lava-like filling that was double-insulated by the deep-fried crust and anatomic container. Growing up in LA, I would never consider this, but my childhood counterparts in colder climes would be well-rewarded by using these to melt ice on driveways by using them as hockey pucks in an impromptu game of hockey.

                          1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: LovelyAsia Apr 8, 2009 01:37 PM

                            KFC has them and they are great, fried krispy and hot 2/$1. McD's just can't learn to stop screwing around with things.

                            1. Kajikit RE: LovelyAsia Apr 9, 2009 04:42 PM

                              The baked apple pie may be healthier but it's not a patch on the old version in terms of texture and crispy goodness... luckily Checkers/Rallies still sells fried apple pie and boy are they good! (funnily enough, the calorie breakdown for Checkers fried pies is almost exactly the same as for McDonalds baked ones, so you're not even saving any calories by eating the non-crispy one!)

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                                Full tummy RE: Kajikit Apr 9, 2009 05:14 PM

                                Yes, when I tried the McDonald's baked version, it didn't seem any lighter to me. But, they can claim it is baked, and that is enough to fool most people into thinking it's healthier than deep-fried.

                              2. Full tummy RE: LovelyAsia Apr 10, 2009 09:45 AM

                                I ordered the Pizza Pizza apple pie last night, and I have to say, I was really disappointed. First off, the oil tasted bad with that bitter aftertaste of old oil. The crust just wasn't as crisp-flaky as the McD's version. Also, it was barely sweet, and the apple filling was like mush. I was surprised by the lack of sweetness, since most chains seem to load up everything with sugar. Do I really have to travel to Japan for a fix?

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                                  lorax1284 RE: LovelyAsia Mar 7, 2010 01:33 PM

                                  I was in London, England, in July 2009, and they served the deep fried pies there, too. Since London is a popular travel destination for north americans, I thought I would let you all know.

                                  They were EXACTLY as I remembered them... mmmmm..... fried pie.... (sigh)

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                                    LovelyAsia RE: lorax1284 Mar 17, 2010 09:27 PM

                                    Looks like I have to schedule my next vacation based on where I can get a McD deep fried apple pie! London, Tokyo, and a few states in the southern US...

                                    Thanks everyone for posting... glad to know I am not alone in loving and missing those pies!

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                                      colonelcrunch RE: LovelyAsia Nov 28, 2010 08:38 AM

                                      Oh, yes. The pies in the UK (well, in the McD's I have visited) are fried. Say what you will about English food, they know how to fry.

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                                        PommeDeGuerre RE: colonelcrunch Jan 20, 2012 12:54 AM

                                        And more importantly, they know how not to sue just because they ate hot food that was actually hot.

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                                    jackrugby RE: LovelyAsia Mar 9, 2010 08:39 AM

                                    Popeye's Fried Chicken has deep fried apple pies, there pretty good.

                                    1. buttertart RE: LovelyAsia Mar 10, 2010 10:25 AM

                                      Especially tasty as dessert after beer-absorbing Big Mac and fries after about 10 drafts I wasn't supposed to be drinking at a beer parlour in London, Ont. Hadn't thought of them in ages.

                                      1. KaimukiMan RE: LovelyAsia Mar 22, 2010 09:23 PM

                                        Another reason for you folks to book your next vacation in Hawaii. McD's still fries the pies here. Apple always, sometimes haupia (coconut pudding) or taro, once in a while banana. All fried to golden crispness on the outside and burn your tongue goodness inside.

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                                          FrankD RE: KaimukiMan Mar 23, 2010 01:26 AM

                                          I understand they are deep fried in Korea as well, ("Seoul food", anyone? anyone..?) but that might be a bit far to go for an apple pie!

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                                          gfr1111 RE: LovelyAsia Mar 24, 2010 02:29 PM

                                          And I thought that I was the only one who remembered how wonderful the McDonald's deep fried pies were!

                                          Do you you remember how they were salty on the outside, with a thin and super crisp dough on the outside, and with a sweet pie filling on the inside? The salty crispness of the outside contrasted so wonderfully with the softness and sweetness of the inside. I particularly liked that the ratio of dough to filling was such that the pie seemed mostly filling. It had just enough dough. You see correct proportions like that so rarely.

                                          The subsequent conversion of McDonald's pies to being baked was a huge disappointment. It was done, I assume under pressure, to cut calories and fat. They were doughy, bland, and nothing like the deep fried version. As Tampa radio personality Cigar Dave would say, "The pleasure police strike again!"

                                          And thanks to the posters who have mentioned alternatives or imitators that are still out there. I'll try them out (including taking a trip to Hawaii!).

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                                            illy RE: gfr1111 Mar 25, 2010 04:35 PM

                                            No one has mentioned how amazingly delicious McD's fried CHERRY pies were!! Memories of boiling hot cherries in a sweet/salty bubbly crust....yummmmm!!!

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                                              Full tummy RE: illy Mar 25, 2010 08:07 PM

                                              Agreed! But, alas, they are also nowhere to be found in my area. It was the crust that made it: I suspect they could have put many different fruit fillings inside, and they would all be amazing.

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                                                libgirl2 RE: illy Oct 8, 2011 11:46 AM

                                                Oh those were so good too.....

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                                              yllosbmrine RE: LovelyAsia Oct 16, 2010 10:37 PM

                                              I know this was written awhile back but i had to comment. I have recently moved to Hawaii although temporarily. I know someone else stated it but they do still serve the fried apple pies. I was so happy when i noticed this I had to call my family to brag. This month they are doing the blueberry pies and last month it was taro pies. When I first got here they were doing cherry pies and always serving apple. I get them frequently because once I move that will be it again, no more only baked. :(

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                                                yfunk3 RE: yllosbmrine Oct 19, 2010 10:10 AM

                                                Yup, was just gonna post that Hawaii and all of Asia still has deep fried pies at McDonalds. Hawaii has taro and haupia (coconut pudding) fillings. China has banana, pineapple and taro. Both have apple, of course... Can't remember if Hawaii has the pineapple filling, too.

                                                Delicious. Missed them so much, and just took it as a sign that I have to travel more to Hawaii and Asia. Heh heh.

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                                                CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: LovelyAsia Oct 22, 2010 12:55 PM

                                                Around this time of year they'd have fried PUMPKIN pies. Delish. *sigh*

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                                                  LovelyAsia RE: CurlieGlamourGirlie Nov 8, 2010 01:39 PM

                                                  So jealous of all you folks in Hawaii! Sounds like a trip to Japan with a stop over in Hawaii is in order!

                                                  The last time I was in Hawaii was 14 years ago on my honeymoon, and it was the first time I ever had Thai food, on the big island after searching for the green sand beach... the smell of spices, garlic, ginger, lemongrass and griling literally led our noses to the restaurant!

                                                  I can't remember a time since when food tasted so good, mostly because of the hiking on the windy cliffs all day. A McDonald's deep fried apple pie to finish it all off? I think I have to start planning our second honeymoon! :)

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                                                    yfunk3 RE: LovelyAsia Nov 8, 2010 06:17 PM

                                                    Hawaii made everything better, in my experience!

                                                    Fresh sugarcane juice along the Road to Hana in Maui. Perfection.

                                                    Teryaki chicken and lau lau combo on my lanai on Maui, watching the sunset... Perfection.

                                                    Walking along Kalakaua with a Puka dog in hand... Perfection.

                                                    Ice cold coconut juice out of the coconut under the hot sun at the Aloha Swap Meet in Honolulu.

                                                    The fried haupia McD's pie while waiting for my shuttle back to Honolulu airport, facing the Ala Wai canal... Perfection and melancholy at the same time. :o)

                                                    I think I remember every single one of my meals fondly while on Maui and in Honolulu!

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                                                      LovelyAsia RE: yfunk3 Nov 16, 2010 08:16 AM

                                                      For those in Toronto, Harvey's has brought back their deep fried apple pie!

                                                      I found them by accident at the Harvey's in the Home Depot on Laird. Fresh from the deep fryer they were scalding hot inside with a wonderful bubbly crispy outer crust, and in the same style container as the old McDonald's ones.

                                                      I called their customer service line to tell them I hope they keep them on the menu!

                                                2. Windy RE: LovelyAsia Nov 30, 2010 05:48 PM

                                                  As a teenager in Miami Beach, I worked at Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips.

                                                  Our dessert, in case you hadn't had enough fried stuff, was the lemon luv pie. I famously sold 75 of them on a single shift. I'm craving one reading your post.

                                                  The fillings got very hot. I'm surprised more people didn't burn their tongues and sue.

                                                  Looking online, it appears the remaining Treachers in Ohio and elsewhere still sell them. They have apple luv pies too.

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                                                    canabird RE: Windy Aug 14, 2011 05:45 PM

                                                    Do you folks have Harvey's in USA? Their burgers are gross but the pies have a a mice fried sugarcrust with absolutely HUGE chunks of apple.

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                                                      sumimao RE: Windy Oct 21, 2011 01:05 PM

                                                      I think I had an Arthur Treacher's lemon pie once as a kid and never forgot it. Both it and the fried McD apple pie were tops.

                                                    2. zuklaak RE: LovelyAsia Aug 15, 2011 04:45 PM

                                                      I too miss the pies, fries, etc...

                                                      1. jnk RE: LovelyAsia Aug 16, 2011 04:19 AM

                                                        hmmmmmmmm.....getting heartburn just thinking about them!

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                                                          smck0912 RE: LovelyAsia Sep 30, 2011 02:35 PM

                                                          Just found another McD's that does fried apple pies yesterday - and lucky me, it's right down the street! It is in Wheeling, Illinois - one of the northwest suburbs of Chicago. No cherry pies, but at least they have the original fried apple pies, and they are as yummy as I remember them being! Here's the info:

                                                          1355 East Lake Cook Road
                                                          Wheeling, IL 60090

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                                                            Full tummy RE: smck0912 Sep 30, 2011 05:17 PM

                                                            You are sooo lucky.

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                                                            pine time RE: LovelyAsia Oct 2, 2011 09:33 AM

                                                            Yup, we can still get the apple pies, but nobody around here seems to remember that this time of year, McD also had a pumpkin deep-fried pie. Anyone else remember, or was that (a) my delusions, or (b) a regional thing?

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                                                              PommeDeGuerre RE: pine time Jan 20, 2012 01:05 AM

                                                              You might want to try Popeye's fried sweet potato pie as a substitute. ;-)

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                                                                pine time RE: PommeDeGuerre Jan 21, 2012 01:20 PM

                                                                Alas, haven't a clue if we have a Popeye's around here. BUT, I could whomp up a heckofa sweet potato pie!

                                                            2. jnk RE: LovelyAsia Jan 21, 2012 07:44 AM

                                                              My vote is for the Tastykakes Dutch Apple Pie. The frosting is what makes it a killer!

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                                                                Ambrosia_apples RE: LovelyAsia Feb 2, 2012 11:37 PM

                                                                I've always been so disappointed that McDonald's decided to change their apple pie. It was one of the best things in life!

                                                                When we went on a trip to Australia in 2008, we discovered that McDonald's still made the fried apple pies there. Lets just say that I ate a whole lot of them, and savoured every single bite, knowing that we'd go home and I might never have them again. It was also a nice thing to be able to introduce them to our kids.

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