What Happened to McDonald’s Fried Apple Pies?

I grew up eating McDonald’s Fried Apples Pie in Miami, so you can imagine my sadness when they switched over to the baked inferior Apple Pie, which has been on the menu for almost 30 years now.

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 ones available today, even though those too were recently revamped.

McDonald's Apple Pie switch to Baked
Article from September 23, 1992

It is and continues to be an unforgivable crime. The lackluster oven-baked version was nowhere near as good as the original.

However, the texture of the original’s crispy exterior and the more flavorful apple insides left an impression on me that I never forgot.

McDonald's Fried Apple Pie at the Drive-thru
Once upon a time
Fried Apple Pie pocket
Fried Apple Pie pocket
McDonald's Fried Apple Pie
Ronald, bring this Fried Apple Pie back!

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.

Once I checked it out, unfortunately not true.

McDonald’s franchisees in Tampa and Miami, Florida, sell the legendary fried pie.


As of June 2018, McDonald’s has converted all Florida stores with the fried apple pies to a new version of the baked apple pie. So, it is the end for the time being of our beloved fried apple pie in the contiguous United States.

Does anyone still sell McDonald’s Fried Apple Pies?

3rd McDonalds in Downey, California
The McDonald’s in Downey, California

Currently, the McDonald’s at 10207 Lakewood Boulevard on Florence Avenue in Downey, California, is the only restaurant selling fried apple pies. However, 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 18, 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.

History of McDonald’s Apple Pie Video

Current McDonald’s Fried Apple Pie Locations

These known McDonald’s locations outside the United States sell the Fried or Crispy Apple Pies.

Hong KongLondon (UK)Mexico
Sydney (Australia)Stockholm (Sweden)Milan (Italy)

24 thoughts on “What Happened to McDonald’s Fried Apple Pies?”

  1. I don’t believe the “health concerns” excuse either. The same place that sells us a quarter pounder and Big Mac pulls fried pies because they’re concerned about our health??

  2. I am from Taiwan, moved to Florida last year. I was surprised when I found out the McDonald’s apple pies in Florida are baked. We still have fried apple pies in every McDonald’s in Taiwan.

  3. The fried pies were vastly superior. The strawberry-cheese version of the baked pie is better than the apple version, but no match for the fried pies. Two other items from McDonalds’ past I’d like back are the steamed apple and cheese danish. They had a better texture and flavor than any of the disgusting breakfast sweets they have now. The only dessert-like items on the current menu that are not sickeningly over-suggared are the ice cream cones, sundaes, and the strawberry-cheese pies.

  4. I worked next to Boston City Hall about 10 years ago and the McDonalds on Washington st. was baking the baked ones on site. I only know because I had to wait 15 minutes while they were baking. They definitely are not good enough to justify the 15 minute wait; the fried ones were so much better.

  5. Was in the Tampa area until a few years ago. The first time I got the third generation ones, it was a sad day. Even the Florida Keys had them until recently. STUPID!

  6. The fried pie has nothing to do with being less healthy. We live in a litigious society here in good ‘ole ‘Murica and there is no doubt this change happened following a lawsuit over someone being burned. Mama bear probably bought a pie to shut junior up, but didn’t tell him the filling was lava hot even though the cardboard sleeve was clearly marked CAUTION: HOT. Junior takes a bite and whammo, watch the dollars roll as he screams loud enough to shatter glass and mama has a meltdown on the manager and McD’s HQ.

  7. I want my fried apple pies back. I drove to key largo when they use to sell them many times and would buy 15 at a time, then they switched to the baked. Then I found out certain McDonalds in Miami carried them until last year I believe when they also switched to the disgusting baked ones!! What a tragedy this was! McDonald’s needs to bring these fried pies back!!! These baked ones are not even remotely tasty.

    Or why can’t we at least have the option of baked or fried?

  8. All the McDonalds in Hong Kong have the wonderful fried apple pies along with a variety of fillings depending on the season/holiday. Ate 2-3 a day when we visited 9 years ago. Also, my wife has a cousin who was manager of a McD’s Express in downtown Boston, up until about 6 years ago they still had the fried apple pies and he told us the reason they had been eliminated was space issues, they needed an additional frying machine for the fried ap whereas the baked ones were just being defrosted and reheated in the microwave. Alas, his location underwent a renovation and they no longer sell the fried ones.

    • Hey Tony,

      That’s great to hear that those delicious pies are still available in Hong Kong but that is a very long flight for some dessert.

      All the Express locations in South Florida underwent the same “revamp” some years back.

  9. You can also find the crispy apple pie at McDonald’s overseas in London, Sydney (Australia), Stockholm (Sweden), and Milan (Italy). These are locations I have visited and tasted the yummy deliciousness of it!

  10. Tried the Popeye’s NO To the Cinnamon & Sugar ~ It;s the Pie Filling I want to taste after that crunch of seemingly Rice Paper Dough ! There’s got to be a Home Recipe & or Frozen Option to get these (I’ll ship them from Iran) I just want them !! I Can Deep Fry …


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