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.
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.
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 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?
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 Fried or Crispy Apple Pies.
|Hong Kong||London (UK)||Mexico|
|Sydney (Australia)||Stockholm (Sweden)||Milan (Italy)|
35 thoughts on “What Happened to McDonald’s Fried Apple Pies?”
All Guatemala McDonald’s have fried pies. I believe all 100, which are owned by the same person.
Thanks for the info!
Up into the early 1990’s, McDonald’s fried everything in beef tallow (fat). This made everything super crispy and added a slight beef flavor to everything.
But, beef tallow is a super highly saturated fat and is very bad for your heart. A rich McD’s customer who developed heart problems started a campaign to get McD’s to stop using beef tallow and switch to vegetable oil.
Eventually this pressure campaign got results. McD’s switched to vegetable oil. McD’s foods are still high in fat, but just not the saturated fat that will kill you.
McD’s actually adds “natural beef flavor” to its fries so that they still taste like the original fries.
I suspect they moved to baked apple pies because they were trying to minimize the complaints about unhealthy fats.
While I’m not a fan of Whataburger, they do have fried pies very reminiscent of the McDonalds fried pies of yesteryear.
The fried apple pie from Krystal are much closer to the McDonald’s fried pies.
McDonalds the world wants the same fried apple pies you sold years ago such a disappointment with the baked ones you sell other unhealthy foods please bring them back
Unless you’re in Hawaii or Downey, California…you won’t be getting your fried apple pie fix.
Just got back from Japan a couple of weeks ago. They had Fried Apple and Fried Strawberry Mochi pies available. Thailand had Fried pineapple pie years ago when I went there. This is one of the things wrong with America.
Hawaii has them, too, but for some reason, McDonald’s corporate does not want to bring them back nationwide.
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??
McDonald’s didn’t really do it by choice, at the time there was a lot of negative press about the health of McDonald’s and fast food in general. they changed a few items to shut the loudmouths up.
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.
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.
I’ve never tried the Strawberry-Cheese.
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.
Here in South America We still have fried Apple Pie and fried Banana Pie
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!
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.
You are riffing on a famous myth spread by McDonald’s about the woman they burned though negligence.
There was a McD’s that had a coffee maker with a broken thermostat. It served coffee at boiling temperature. It was far too hot to drink. The store ignored numerous customer complaints for a month.
Then a car went through the drive thru. The coffee spilled on the lap of the woman in the passenger seat. The coffee was so hot that it instantly caused third degree burns. The woman required skin grafts and had hospital bills over a hundred thousand dollars.
The woman merely asked that her hospital bills be covered. McD refused. When the jury got all the facts, they found for the burn victim, and were so mad they awarded her millions. The judge immediately set aside the award, and told McD and the victim to reach a settlement. The victim got her bills paid plus a modest amount for pain and suffering, and had to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
McD immediately started to spread rumors about a clumsy woman and out of control juries. So this woman who had third-degree burns was vilified as a gold digger.
The “coffee is hot” and “filling maybe hot” was all public relations to cover up the facts. They weren’t there for any legal reasons
Fried Apple Pie sold here in Switzerland as well!
Every McDonald’s in Costa Rica sells the fried pie! And they also offer a pineapple fried pie
Miss the fried apple pies in McDonald’s please bring them back. They are much better than the baked ones.
Looks like I’m headed to Hawaii!
In Hawaii McD’s also sells a fried taro pie! If you guys are craving fried apple pies though, Whataburger has the best ones 🙂
Agreed, Whataburger pies are great!
you can find the fried pies in brazil as well, and they got Banana Fried pies also!
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?
The fried version of McD’s apple pies are available in Mexico too! (Was just there last month!)
Thanks for the update!
Fried apple pies all over Hawaii.
Will add on my next post update, thank you!
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.
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.
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!
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 …