McDonald’s McCafe Real Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie

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Finally, the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament ended with a dramatic win in overtime by the Spain and it was definitely a physical game between the two countries. The Netherlands has so many chances to score, but I guess the better team wins. Now the question is “what were you drinking while watching the game?” For me, I was sucking McCafe Strawberry Banana fruit smoothie from McDonald while watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup final game and there were a lot of “Oh man” “Ah dang” “wow” and “Goooooal!” moments.

The aroma coming from this smoothie drink is same as the strawberry yogurt that you get from your local supermarket. There’s no banana scent, but the so called strawberry banana yogurt smoothie smells good. The texture and the color of the smoothie was way off from their ad picture. The first couple sips were not really sweet and it was all strawberry flavors. After stirring the smoothie using the straw, the taste becomes more balanced and you get to taste a bit of sourness in this yogurt smoothie. You can’t really taste the banana flavor because of the dominated strawberry flavor. As you sucking up more, occasionally you get to bite the small particles from strawberries and you can see they are all stayed at the bottom of the smoothie cup. Under a hot humid weather, the smoothie melts very fast and becomes watery in couple minutes. As of result, the smoothie looks like someone had just thrown up, quite nasty looking. After sucking half of the smoothie, you start to feel its pretty sour, but I still managed to chuck it down. Some how I feel there’s no freshness in this real fruit smoothie. Where is the “Real Fruit” flavor?

Even thought I ordered a small size just to test it out, the amount of calories is pretty high. According to McDonald’s smoothie nutrition facts, it contains 210 calories. The strawberry banana fruit blend contains 180 calories and the low fat yogurt contains about 25 calories. This smoothie recipe is not that appealing because it uses yogurt, fruits and ice. It seems like the McDonald wants to get in to the smoothie business?

I really can’t taste the real fruit flavor. The McDonald’s employee personnel make this drink just by using a blender. She didn’t even use a smoothie maker or a smoothie machine. It took only about 1 min to make this smoothie drink and I guess this qualifies as a fast food drink. Well, I have to try their wild berry flavor to see if it’s good and I hope it will be tasty.

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Information

Price:  2.29

Size:  12 Fl OZ / 360ml

Flavor:  Strawberry yogurt

Aroma:  Sweet Strawberry

Calories:  210

Where:  McDonald

Website:   Smoothie Nutrition Facebook Twitter

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  • Jen

    I tried this smoothie and I think it is absolutely delicious!! I think the strawberry and banana flavors are very well balanced. It tastes good and its really refreshing, so I guess its up to everyones individual taste!! But I give it 2 thumbs up :)

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    Steve

    Maybe the way they make smoothie at each McDonald’s store is a bit off since they are so busy all the time. :)

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  • Marty

    I’ve had perhaps 10 of the wild berry smoothies and find it to be very good. It’s definitely fruity without the annoying sweetness of most of their coffee drinks have so much sugar I can’t drink them.

    While the calories are fairly high for this, go check other smoothies and they’re as high or higher. Besides, you can do a 12oz smoothie or a snickers bar and consume the same calories. In my opinion, the smoothie is a much better choice.

    I like the wild berry so much i’ve not tried the other one. Maybe i will and see if it compares, although i’m not a huge fan of banana as a drink item.

    But, for those not sure, try it! Odds are you’ll like it. And there’s no doubt the kids will love it.

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    Steve

    I just tried the wild berry and it wasn’t that bad at all. I think its better than the strawberry banana flavor.

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    linsey

    i agree i love the wild berry way more than thee banana

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  • Marty

    Glad you tried it and found it pretty good. It will grow on you.

    Since I’m not a fan of banana puree, I never tried the S/B smoothie, but the wild berry is really good enough to go to McD’s just for that alone. I was off to play poker and was SO mad that McD’s didn’t have the machine yet, I think it affected my game.. :)

    McD may have a huge hit on their hands. A lot of decent press about something that’s good and isn’t raging high in calories or fat like so much of their menu. There can’t be too much to complain about fruit, low fat yogurt and ice. Unlike their frappe that’s 550 calories or a double quarter pounder that’s got 40 grams of fat i think, this is refreshing and pretty tasty.

    And as a disclaimer, I don’t and have never worked for McDonalds or any related company.

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  • margie

    Love, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I”m not a sweet eater, but the strawberry banana is perfect, a natural kind of sweet, like you’ve just picked the ripest sweetest strawberries….YUMMY!!!!

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    Steve

    I’m glad that you like it, but for me it was an ok fruit smoothie.

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  • Lynne

    I love the wild berry smoothie.! The berry flavors were very authentic,and refreshing. I have ordered 2 already,and I am going to try the strawberry bannana next time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND !!!

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    Steve

    yea, I like more wild berry smoothie than the strawberry banana smoothie.

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  • Allison

    THE STRAWBERRY BANANA IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!! i WAS SCARED TO TRY THIS BECAUSE i FIGURED IT WOULD BE TOO SWEET OR LIKE A “DESSERT DRINK”. i WENT TO SONICS AND THERES IS SWEET AND THERE ALWAYS FORGET THE BANANA IN THERES…ANYWAY i WAS ABSOLUTLEY SHOCKED WHEN i TRIED THIS. iT TASTE JUST LIKE A REAL SMOOTHIE..LIKE IF YOU WENT TO WORK OUT AT THE GYM AND THEY HAVE ALL THOSE PROTEIN DRINKS, ETC THERE…TASTE JUST LIKE THAT…VERY VERY YUMMY AND GREAT TASTING!!

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  • gdwn

    i love this drink. wild berry is very good. highly recommended.

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  • Marty

    MAke sure you check last Sundays Parade mag for a free coupon..

    Think Mc D’s has a winner..!

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  • sydney

    ITS FATTNING !
    AND THE LARGE IS WORSE FOR YOU THEN A LARGE CHEESEBURGER
    !

    i’m so upset!

    has 570 calories and 17 grams of fat in a small, but that’s not saying much.
    Here’s the reality: McDonald’s smoothies are full of sugar, and sugar equals calories. In fact, a small strawberry banana smoothie has 210 calories — about the same as a small order of French fries or a medium Coca-Cola. The large smoothie has more calories than a cheeseburger — 330 calories to be exact. And there’s 70 grams of sugar in that one. Wondering where all that sugar is coming from? According to McDonalds’ ingredients list, these smoothies contain sugar from pureed fruits and fruit juice, as well as added sugar. That’s a lot of sweetness for one beverage.

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    Elizabeth

    #1 these are actually LOW fat

    #2 if you drink it alone as a meal, 210 calories is not bad at ALL…it would be a lot better than eating salty, greasy, trans-fatty fries anyday!

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    linsey

    I AGREE TOTALLY100%

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    stacey

    yes i agrreee

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    stacey

    and also i love the stawberri flavour

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  • Marty

    Sydney, go back and look again. Pretty sure you mixed the smoothie up with the frappe (which is super fattening, 450 calories for the 12oz, but even a more scary 180 fat calories) or another item.

    The McD’s 12 oz wildberry smoothie is 230 calories, and the strawbanana is 210 and both of these only have 5 calories from fat. These are similar to Jamba Juice smoothies, which are slightly less, but not a lot.

    Even the large wildberry is only 320 calories, but if you’re counting calories, the small is probably more than adequate as a relatively healthy snack.

    Compared to so many foods we eat, this is a relatively decent item.

    I think for the best bang-for-the-buck, it’s one of the better things to get a snack fix.

    Personally, i think the darn things are just plain addictive.

    Marty

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  • SLH

    McD Smoothies are interesting in the fact that they do not promote the fact that they have yogurt in them. It is always somewhere in the ingredient deck, but not called out. In order for you to get the benefit of yogurt, it needs live and active cultures. You can state that a product has yogurt in it without live and active cultures, however; it has no nutritional benefit what so ever. Which means that drinking a McD smoothie equates to drinking 210 calories of Coke or an Orange Juice. If McD had live and active cultures in its yogurt, it should state it as it is a benefit to the consumer. I don’t believe that they can do so and fooling the public into thinking that this is good for you. Buyer beware!

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  • Marty

    What is with all the negativity with this drink? Maybe McD doesn’t promote the yogurt aspect because it’s simply meant as a mixing ingredient and not intended to be promoted as a health food.

    It’s a smoothie for gods sake. I don’t think McD’s ever said it’s good for you, beyond the fact that it contains mostly fruit, yogurt and ice.

    We are talking about McDonalds, not a store selling carrot juice and greet wheatgrass. People aren’t going to McD’s for health food.

    I think the whole point of these new drinks is they taste good, are comparative to other smoothies, and are mostly fruit based ingredients.

    Compared to their hamburgers, which are loaded with fat and calories, their frappe which is 450 cal for a small, or lots of other foods there, the smoothies are both a calory bargain and a filling less fattening alternative.

    I have nothing to do with McD’s other than as a customer. I just can’t quite understand why people are whining about something that’s a healthier alternative to other stuff and it’s good tasting. If it had 1000 calories, we’d not be discussing this. But it doesn’t..

    So people, stop trying to find something wrong with these drinks. Just enjoy them for what they are. Don’t want calories, drink water..

    Marty

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    Steve

    I agree with Marty and no company in the world will state their product has something in it that will cause problems or bad for you. For this case,the yogurt is not even consider bad. Anyway, just look at the Apple iPhone 4 antenna issues, people are still crazy about iPhone 4 despite its drop calls and they are selling it fast.

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  • Nick

    I don’t like this review. there were many poor grammar mistakes and it was not logical. I think it’s great that McDonalds’ new shake is dominated by strawberry flavor primarily because strawberries are my favorite fruit! Any hint of bananas tends to permeate a food. It sounds like when you say it’s lacking “real fruit flavor” you mean “lots of sugar”. I think it’s great that they are using only natural ingredients (at least for the most part). Simple stuff: yogurt, ice, fruit. That’s probably why you didn’t notice the sweetness right away, you’re actually tasting fruit, not sugar-water that could have been ten times more or less sugary by the end of the drink and you wouldn’t have noticed. Baduh bup bah bah I’m lovin this healthy revolution.

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    Steve

    Thanks for the comment and I’m still trying to improve the grammar.

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  • SLH

    Yeah, I am just a consumer too… I was simply replying to the article above which states, “The strawberry banana fruit blend contains 180 calories and the low fat yogurt contains about 25 calories”.

    Everyone is printing in their articles that the McD smoothie has yogurt. I am just pointing out the fact that the yogurt everyone is blogging about is in fact nothing but another added ingredient. It could be Seaweed rather than yogurt because the yogurt that they are putting into this drink does not matter.

    Consumer perception is that it is in fact, low fat yogurt, and that low fat yogurt is good for you and… it is good for you when it has live and active cultures which, the McD smoothie does not.

    If you choose to drink it, great. I am sure that there are MILLIONS of consumers who will drink this regardless of this blog. I am just trying to keep the public informed so that the choice that they make is their own. If they expect a low fat yogurt smoothie, then don’t go to McD, because that is not what you are getting. You are getting an icy fruit drink.

    So, the bottom line – It has fruit, ice, and a low fat yogurt with no nutritional value and… it tastes good. So does Orange Juice.

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    tecurry

    No one ever said it was “healthy” yogurt. It is just an ingredient. Nothing in any commercials I have seen or from anyone else has stated any health benefits from drinking these. So yes your bottom line is correct it tastes good.

    As for changing consumer perception of processed foods, etc. It is hard to do. Yeah I am not a fan of them but still from time to time indulge. If people truly want to eat and be healthy then buy local, in season foods from your local farmer and make your own stuff. Truly the only way to eat healthy.

    Just sayin’

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  • SLH

    Really? Because if you read the article above which states “The strawberry banana fruit blend contains 180 calories and the low fat yogurt contains about 25 calories” you might get the perception that it is healthy.

    I did, until I dug a little deeper into it and realized that McD was not giving the consumer the truth. I agree, changing the consumer perception of process foods is hard to do. I also agree that the only way to truly be healthy is to buy local, etc., but there are a loads of people who will not make this bold step. They rely on manufacturers and the retail food industry to guide them.

    It is unfortunate that McD could not make a commitment to create a real “better for you” product by making a smoothie with real yogurt containing live and active cultures, which would in turn would have made huge headlines for leading a healthy lifestyle.

    Instead, McD missed the mark and chose to bury it in the ingredients so that those who actually do read labels like concerned consumers, reporters and bloggers would pick this ingredient out and report that it is in fact got yogurt in the smoothie and would report, blog or tell friends.

    Very misleading if you ask me. Just because they are “giants” in the fast food industry does not give them the right to deceive.

    Just sayin’

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  • Rick James

    The smoothies are excellent, both wild berry and strawberry banana. I know mcdonalds keep the smoothies consistent, as it only takes a few pushes of a button to make the smoothie. The workers do not combine fresh fruit themselves. Maybe you got a bad smoothie…or maybe you have no taste buds.

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  • Marty

    Rik, I agree.. McDonalds is a masterful company of making things as idiot-proof as possible.

    Making employees have to mix and measure would be a nightmare.

    So, McD’s made it simple. Mix blend with ice.. pour..

    but for a company that can supersize the calories in everything, the smoothies are both good and not terribly loaded with calories or fat. Dietetic? Not really, but not bad in moderation.

    And really good..! Good enough to stop just to order nothing else.. And a lot easier to find than Jamba Juice..!

    Marty

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  • carrie

    I stumbled across this page while googling ingredients of the new McD’s smoothie, and read a lot of rambling annoying nonsense about live cultures in yogurt and blah blah… like honestly!? McD’s does not care about whether or not you have IBS and need active cultures in your smoothie haha! Also, 200 calories is not a lot for a relatively healthy snack, so I agree that they use yogurt as an additional ingredient, not for a way to promote a functional food that has live cultures in it. Besides, yogurt has calcium, protein, phosphorous and other healthy things in it. As for the one who said it’s like OJ b/c they both taste good: a) NO- I don’t think oj is tasty b)OJ is not made with yogurt, fruit and ice, and c) what’s your point? ppl buy OJ at McD’s too.
    I just wanted to know the ingredients, and if it tasted gd. Thanks to those who didn’t leave stupid comments. Off to try the berry one! :P

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  • MichieMich

    I agree with the article that you cannot taste the bananna much in the Strawberry/Banana flavor. That is my only critism- I liked it a lot otherwise! It’s not too sweet- a plus for me, and is fruity tasting and refreshing. The creaminess of the yogurt base is nice- very rich considering it’s only 210 calories.

    I tried a sip of my daughter’s Wild Berry. It was OK but not as good as as the Straw/Ban. Not as creamy and a little tart for me. Can’t figure out why it’s more calories than the other….

    I would have this again, when I can afford to ‘drink my calories’ as a treat!

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  • MKK

    Yum!!! I just had a berry one and it was very good I will have another soon!!!

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    Steve

    Good for you!

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  • Vicky

    I am interested in knowing if the finished Smoothie does have live, active yogurt cultures. This year I determined that I am lactose intolerant, and it is important to me to know if I can enjoy this drink without the after-effects that I suffer if these cultures are not present. It is extremely unpleasant (look it up on WebMD if you are interested) and I try not to use LactAid too often to prevent these consequences, since it can raise blood sugar. I would appreciate knowing.

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  • jackie

    Well I truly believe this smoothie is wonderful!!! great job mickie D’s

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  • linsey

    y are we talking about smothiiess y not somthing else

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    Steve

    Well, this post is about McDonald’s real fruit smoothie. You can browse around the blog and see if you are interested in other beverages.

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  • Rae Ramos

    I have a strwbrry banna smothie from Micky Dees at least 5Xs a week. Im am so addicted its not funny.

    http://www.thatsfit.com/2010/07/14/mcdonalds-smoothies-more-calories-than-a-cheeseburger/

    The above web address lays it out for you.Enjoy !

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  • Luke

    Is a smoothie really healthy? Forgive me but it’s just not what I think of when I think Mcdonalds. But It’s good they’re trying to improve the health of their products.

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  • Cece

    i love the smoothie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Dixie

    I just tried the strawberry banana one and it was really good. As for the calories, well it is a lot better than some things like the greasy burgers and fries. The worst thing I see is 49 carbs. I wouldn’t try to live off of them but for lunch occassionally or just a snack you can’t beat it.

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  • sharon britten

    I drink 3 large strawberry banana smoothies a day. I have been drinking these for 8 months. Very expensive but is worth every penny. By the way I have lost weight and that’s a BIG plus…..

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    Chichi

    wow! good for you!

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  • Chichi

    It was awesome! I was bored, and then I got a smoothie, and I was like WOW! It tasted real unlike other McDonald’s product. I was really impressed at how far McDonald’s is coming along!

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  • Joyce

    Love the S/B smoothie at McDonalds….after lapband a great way to go.

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  • diamond230

    your smoothies are so gooooooooood. bye bye

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  • Lisa

    I am such a big fan! I would even go to say that I’m addicted to the B/S smoothie. I need to have one every single day. I only wish that you would have more of a variety.

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  • Lizzie

    i work at McDonald’s and theres the Strawberry Banana, Wileberry and Mango Pineapple. I havent tried them but a lot of people buy them

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  • john Andersen

    look, ive consumed hundreds of these smoothies, every flavor combination and size and i think they are delicious. I usually get a large and thats my meal, nothing else but maybe water. These things are good and really easy to duplicate at home. ENJOY

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