I grew up eating McDonald’s Fried Apples Pie in Miami, so you can imagine my sadness when they switched to the inferior baked Apple Pie, which has been on the menu for over 30 years. McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie had a long initial run from its debut in 1968 (the same as the Big Mac) until September 1992.
So what happened in September 1992? Our beloved McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie was permanently removed from the regular menu for “health concerns.”
The delicious fried pies were replaced with the baked scoundrels available today, even though those, too, were recently revamped.
This was an unforgivable crime. The texture of the original’s crispy exterior and the more flavorful apple insides left an impression on me that I never forgot.
There was a time when you could find the fried apple pie at any McDonald’s Express, but that went away too, like the Tax Relief deal. There were rumors of a McDonald’s in Key Largo in South Florida that sold them.
I drove over an hour to verify but unfortunately not true. For a short time between 2014 and June 2018, there were McDonald’s franchisees in Tampa and Miami, Florida areas, selling the legendary fried apple pie. Still, McDonald’s corporation put a stop to those great days.
So, it is the end for the time being of our beloved fried apple pie in the contiguous United States.
Does anyone sell the McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie?
Currently, the McDonald’s at 10207 Lakewood Boulevard on Florence Avenue in Downey, California, is the only restaurant selling fried apple pies. And there is a reason for that!
This particular McDonald’s location has more leeway than other U.S. restaurants. It was the third McDonald’s restaurant to open way back on August 18th, 1953; because of that, it has more control over its menu.
All McDonald’s locations in Hawaii sell the legendary McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie. I haven’t given up hope on the fried apple pie, making a return.
One last note, we need to ban together in a Facebook group and lobby McDonald’s. Cause Bring Back McDonald’s Fried Apple Pies and Bring Back the Original McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie Facebook groups total eight members between both of them, and that’s not going to cut it.
McDonald’s Gets Sneaky at the Bagels Are Back Launch Party
McDonald’s pulled a great one on me and surprised me with a fried apple pie. During the Bagels Are Back Launch Party (May 1st, 2023), every member of my Burger Beast Burger Club was given a hot & crispy fried apple pie as a parting gift.
The fried apple pie was every bit as good as I remembered. It might be time to put the wheels in motion and make this happen nationwide!