CHICAGO — McDonald's Corp. has updated its baked apple pie recipe to contain less fat and fewer ingredients. The new handheld pastry features a lattice-top crust with a sprinkled sugar topping and a filling of sliced — no longer diced — U.S. grown apples, including Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Rome, Gala, Ida Red and Fuji varieties.
“Our new freshly baked apple pie recipe is in line with other positive changes we have made,” said Tiffany Briggs, a McDonald’s spokesperson. “We removed, for example, artificial preservatives from our Chicken McNuggets and switched to real butter in our breakfast sandwiches because those changes matter to our guests.”
Originally fried, the apple pie was the first dessert added to the McDonald’s menu in 1968. In 1992, the fast-food chain switched to the baked apple pie to appeal to consumer tastes.
The latest iteration of McDonald’s apple pie contains 240 calories, 11 grams of fat and 16 grams of sugar per serving. The previous version had 250 calories, 13 grams of fat and 13 grams of sugar.