Purchased at: McDonald’s
Reviewed by: XAQuiri Daiquiri
I think that I’ve only had one “McCafe” beverage since the brand was launched a few years ago in an attempt (which worked) to fool people into thinking there is anything sophisticated about McDonald’s. And honestly, I don’t remember what it was… some coffee thing.
I decided to give the new Cherry Berry Chiller a try for a few pretty simple reasons. For starters, I haven’t been reviewing lately and I really need to start it up again. On top of that, it looked good in the product picture on the menu and considering it was 85 degrees, I thought it would accompany my Flying Cow nicely.
I was actually pretty surprised at how good it really was. It’s very sweet, just a tad bit sour, and very refreshing. The flavor of cherry is most adamant, with the raspberry adding a subtle assisting flavor to the mix. And since it’s flavored with 100% fruit juice, it’s also chock full of vitamins, right? Wrong? What? I don’t get it. But that’s right, there is actually nothing nutritionally positive about McDonald’s new Cherry Berry Chiller. Despite being made from 100% fruit juice.
Still, the drink is fairly priced at $1.99 and it is totally worth the extra 99 cents to get this as opposed to a soda, especially taking into consideration the fact that this seasonal item won’t be around as long as, say, Diet Coke. The super sweetness and juicy goodness accompanied my salty, greasy meal nicely and, all things told, I’m actually very surprised with the quality and value of the Cherry Berry Chiller. Can you make it at home with your own blender? Yes of course you can, but it’s so much easier to pay a corporation to do it for you.
In fact, the only truly negative comment I can make about this drink is that it melts too damned fast. Like… seriously. Fifteen minutes. And that complaint is completely unfair since the whole concoction is only juice and ice. Why wouldn’t that melt quickly in near-90 degree temperatures? I feel like an idiot for even whining about that.
Does it Hit the Spot?
Yeah, it totally does. The Cherry Berry Chiller was a pleasant surprise for me, as it managed to deliver on everything I wanted from an icy summertime treat. The sugary sweetness sings with the soft accompaniment of sourness, blending together to create a wonderfully refreshing and cooling drink to accompany whatever meal you may prefer to order. It’s not perfect and lacks any nutritional value, but at least it tastes pretty damn good.