Review: McDonald’s New Signature Veggie McWraps

16 Sep

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Disclaimer: I did receive compensation from McDonald’s Canada for this post, however all opinions expressed are those of myself, my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and my friend. 

My husband and I are always on the go. We are often out and about and we do love the occasional road trip (Montreal anyone?). As a vegetarian married to a meat-eater, I’ve found that over the years there are only a few quick service a.k.a. fast food restaurants we can visit that have good meal options for both of us. When I say a few, I’m being generous, there are only two places that I can think of immediately and both have veggie burgers as their star vegetarian attractions. What about the salads you say? Please. Stop. I want a real meal and there really is a certain joy that comes from eating on the road out of a paper bag. Which brings me to a piece of research provided by McDonald’s Canada…

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So I pretty much jumped out of my chair when I heard McDonald’s Canada released two new Signature Veggie McWraps (new vegetarian items excite me, what can I say!). I ate meat until I was about 14 years old and I loved McDonald’s when I was growing up, actually I still do. To me, McDonald’s means happy times and fun moments, like the incredible birthday parties I used to have there (the little hats and the birthday cake with the M on it were the coolest!). Now my fun moments are with my nephews, watching their eyes light up while they have a Happy Meal. To know that I might have a chance to eat with them instead of just having a coffee was very exciting indeed.

Knowing that I’m vegetarian, McDonald’s Canada challenged me to try their new Signature Veggie McWraps. I learned that the Veggie McWraps had been customized to suit Canadian palettes by McDonalds’ Director of Menu Innovation, Anne Parks. For example, Canada is the first country to use a whole-wheat tortilla.

I’ll review them in the order that I tried them in, with additional comments from my sister-in-law (she also eats seafood), brother-in-law (he will eat anything!) and my friend (who eats chicken on occasion) just to give you all a few opinions. Really though, you’ll just have to try them!

Wrap #1 – The Santa Fe Veggie McWrap

Ingredients: This wrap contains fire-roasted corn, black beans, a blend of real cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, tomato, red onion, iceberg lettuce, crunchy tortilla strips, chili lime glaze and southwest sauce, served in a whole wheat flour tortilla.

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Was it love at first sight/bite?  Yes! I was immediately intrigued by the packaging (I started my career in printing and I’m obsessed with cool packaging). I loved how interactive the packaging was, asking me to tear around it to release the wrap. Cool concept. I took a peek inside the wrap and it was filled with good looking ingredients and lots of colours and textures.

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I dove in and I immediately liked the crunch of the veggies and tortilla strips. The chili lime glaze and southwest sauce kicked it all up a notch and I liked the light lingering heat that was left on my tongue. I think it’s spicy enough to satisfy those who want a little kick but not so much that it will turn people off. The tortilla held everything together nicely and I was able to taste that it was whole wheat, which was great. There was a good balance of flavour and I was able to enjoy the ingredients to the very last bite. I appreciated the fact that my last bite wasn’t just a mouthful of tortilla!

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I enjoyed the southwest sauce that was used in the wrap, it reminded me of the sauce used in a delicious McSkillet Burrito I had tried at the McDonald’s flagship restaurant in Chicago a few years ago. They were able to make that vegetarian and it was a flour tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheese, roasted red and green peppers, onions and salsa roja. Filling and delicious with a spicy kick. Yet another awesome menu item that we should have here….can you hear me McDonald’s Canada? : )

My Feedback:

If McDonald’s could give me an option to add sautéed or crispy tofu to this wrap, I definitely would. I really enjoyed the flavours in this wrap but adding a bit of extra protein would kick this up a notch for me. In terms of the packaging, I would like to see the bottom end of the packaging come up a bit higher, as I think too much of the wrap is exposed when you remove the top cover. I ended up having to support the wrap so all of the tasty toppings wouldn’t come out in my first few bites.

Would I eat it again?

Absolutely. There was a spicy kick in it that I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to eating this again.

 

Wrap #2 – The Mediterranean Veggie McWrap

Ingredients:  This wrap includes two exciting ingredients that have never been on McDonald’s Canada’s menu before: hummus and real feta cheese. Yes, that’s right, I just said hummus! Other ingredients include tomato, cucumber, red onion, iceberg lettuce, crispy lemon-seasoned onions and a creamy Mediterranean sauce, all served in a whole wheat flour tortilla.

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Was it love at first sight/bite?  A few days after trying the Santa Fe, I went back to try the Mediterranean Veggie McWrap. Once again, I was really excited when I unwrapped the box and I realized that it was because it felt like I was opening a present….a vegetarian present : ) My first bite was filled with crunchy lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion and feta, one of my favourite combinations….yum!  As I went deeper into the wrap, I tasted the crispy onions and I really liked them. The sauce wasn’t overpowering and I could enjoy each ingredient, which I appreciated.

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My feedback: Again, an option to add sautéed or crispy tofu to this wrap would be great. Alternatively, throwing some chickpeas in for extra protein could work?

Thoughts from others on both the Santa Fe and Mediterranean Veggie McWraps:

Santa Fe:

Sudha (my sis-in-law) – “I felt that all of the ingredients were overpowered by the southwest sauce, which made the wrap a bit soggy as well! Perhaps I should try it with the sauce on the side?!”

Craig (my bro-in-law) – “I enjoyed it and would eat it again.”

Mediterranean:  

Kanika (friend) – “Good to see veggie options at McDonald’s. The Mediterranean Veggie McWrap was filled with fresh toppings and I thought it was full of flavour and healthy. I’m hoping to see more vegetarian options at McDonald’s soon!”

Sudha (my sis-in-law) – “I prefer the Mediterranean one over the Santa Fe! It was very refreshing and the best surprise was the addition of flavourful crispy onions!”

More comments from Sudha (my sis-in-law) – “How will they maintain consistency of the wrap? Would it taste the same every time? It is easier when a protein is involved as it is literally the “star”; with veggies, one has to make sure there is a balance!”

Craig (my bro-in-law) – “I enjoyed this one too and I would also eat it again. I actually enjoy all of the McWraps on offer.”

And that’s a “wrap” folks : ) (Pun fully intended).

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As an added bonus to the readers of Milk & Eggs, McDonald’s Canada shared a few original vegetarian recipes that were developed by their Director of Menu Management. These were a few of my favourites. Enjoy!

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Have you tried the new Veggie McWraps? If so, please let me know what you thought of them or if you have any vegetarian suggestions I can pass on to our friends at McDonald’s : )

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12 Responses to “Review: McDonald’s New Signature Veggie McWraps”

  1. Laura at Mommy Miracles September 16, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I tried the Santa Fe wrap this weekend and I actually loved it! I would get it again next time I go to McD’s with the kids, although I might have to try the Mediterranean too.

    • Milk & Eggs September 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Hi Laura, the Santa Fe is pretty tasty! I’ll definitely have that one again. Definitely try the Mediterranean one too.

  2. Bhupinder September 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    After reading a couple of tweets last week complimenting the new Veggie McWraps, I gave it a try on Saturday. I ordered the Mediterranean Veggie McWrap, and I was impressed. To be honest, I haven’t had McDonalds in a very long time. I will go back and try the Santa Fe. I wouldn’t mind paying a little more for a larger size, similar to that of Mucho Burrito. Maybe I have a larger appetite than others???

    Bhupinder
    @BhuDeo

    • Milk & Eggs September 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      Hi Bhupinder, thanks for your comments. I too found myself wanting more after having the wrap but then I realized that maybe it was just enough for me? Having a larger wrap sounds like a great idea! P.S. I really enjoyed the Santa Fe….it had a nice kick to it.

  3. Bhairavi September 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Hey Sandy! Any chances of finding out their nutritional info – particularly on the salt content?? Thanks – Bhairavi

  4. Jay September 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Hi Sandy,

    Since all of the wraps went on a 50% off promo from September 18-21, I figured it’d be the best time to try out the new menu items without feeling too guilty! I went ahead with trying the Santa Fe Veggie Wrap this time around, with plans to try the Mediterranean Wrap within the next couple days.

    I think it’s absolutely great that McDonald’s is becoming more aware of the growing vegetarian population and creating a spot for them on the menu as well. Value for dollar? I think for the first couple times it would be O.K but I’m not too keen on making this a regular fast-food purchase of mine. It wasn’t something that I would qualify as a full meal for me, although It did taste more “natural” than other menu items, it defying the deep fried, salty reputation of McDonald’s fast food items.

    Overall, it is a valuable menu item for McDonald’s but when I got through the entire wrap, I realized it is similar something that I’ve made at home on my own.

    Thanks!

    Jay

  5. leila September 28, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    I love anything Mediterranean so I’m definitely going to give it a try. it sounds and looks so delicious! Just hope they put enough Feta in mine, I’m so disappointed when I order something Mediterranean and the feta is hardly there. BTW when did they stop putting a full slice of cheese in the fillet-o-fish sandwiches? <– sorry I had to ask that question lol! I yelled out that exact phrase the last time I ordered one and It's been a while since I had one. Used to eat them all the time in University and I remember back then it was a full slice!

  6. Pauline October 29, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I tried the McDonalds Mediterranean Wrap yesterday and felt it was a marketing plot to delude the masses into thinking they were eating healthy. For starters it has more calories (and lots of them from fat) than some of their burgers. The onions were fake tasting in some deep fried coating. Totally disappointed in this gimmicky try to make people think this was healthy. Never again!

    • Milk & Eggs October 29, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      Thanks for your comment Pauline. I guess for me, I was just excited to finally have an entrée item at McDonald’s that I could eat while my husband enjoyed a Big Mac!

  7. tom March 17, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    i’ve tried both signature veggie wraps, and i like them. (my preference is the mediterranean, but they’re both good.) it’s nice to have more, tasty, alternatives to ground-round.

    as far as nutrition and value for money, it’s interesting to compare them to another item on the mcmenu, the double fillet-of-fish, which, for a similar cost, packs a lot more protein. for people who eat fishes, of course.

    maybe if they added a bit of tvp…

  8. jj April 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    The sante fe is worse for you than a big mac.

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