OAK BROOK, ILL. — McDonald’s USA has unveiled a change that will affect 60% of the desserts it serves: the removal of artificial flavors.
The fast-food chain said its vanilla soft serve, which is featured in its vanilla cone, McCafe Shakes and McFlurry desserts, no longer contains artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. McDonald’s said it began introducing the new soft serve last fall and has nearly completed the transition in its 14,000 U.S. restaurants.
In addition to the removal of artificial flavor from its vanilla soft serve, McDonald’s said its chocolate and strawberry McCafe shake syrup has no high-fructose corn syrup and the whipped topping served on its shakes contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
|Darci Forrest, senior director of menu innovation at McDonald’s|