McDonald’s Holiday Pie

McDonald’s makes one of the best apple pies which has been a staple on their menu for as long as I can remember.  A number of years ago McDonald’s started offering limited edition pies depending on the season. I know that they had offered a S’Mores pie (which is gross), a pumpkin pie (which is fabulous), and Strawberry & Cream pie (which is alright, but nothing to write home about). But I had never known that they had offered a McDonald’s Holiday Pie up until a few weeks ago.
On the way home from running a few errands, I swung through McDonald’s and decided to pick up a holiday pie to give it a try. Incase you’re not familiar; the holiday pie is a vanilla custard pie which is held inside a flaky, crusty and then topped with a bit of sugar and rainbow sprinkles.  The pies are served warm as is the case in all McDonald’s dessert pies. It’s a holiday party in a little handheld pie … and upon the first bite it brings that party to your mouth.
It reminded me of a Boston Cream donut without the chocolate atop of it. If you go into it with an open mind, not expecting to taste an apple pie, it’s truly delicious.  Secondly, if you enjoy custard in any way, I think you’d find this to be a slam dunk.  My mother tried it and since she truly only likes the apple pie and typically is a fan of flan or coconut custard pie, she wasn’t a fan. But regardless … this was a slam dunk for me.
A pie is 270 calories or 7 points plus values.
What is your favorite pie at McDonald’s?

Market Pantry Pumpkin Cereal Bars

Fall is my favorite season and along with fall comes one of my favorite flavors – pumpkin!  I LOVE pumpkin and love just about anything pumpkin. This time of the year is one of my favorites when shopping because it’s seriously pumpkin overload at the stores and its fun trying new and unique items.  One of the new things I spotted while out at Target (in the Halloween section incase you want to pick it up) is the Market Pantry Pumpkin Cereal Bars.
I enjoy cereal bars every once in a while as a snack, or as a part of a meal (typically with breakfast).  These bars have the typical texture of a cereal bar – grainy and slightly chewy. They’re an undeniable pumpkin flavor (which is appreciated) and it’s sweetened up by the vanilla frosting. I know the package says filling but the bar I ate didn’t seem to have filling inside of it, just frosting on the outside.  Regardless, it gave it sweetness and really tied the bar together. It reminded me of some of the guiltier desserts that come around in the fall – such as pumpkin cake, etc.
Each bar has 160 calories in it with 7 grams of fat – which is equal to 4 points plus values. Definitely a nice treat!
Have you tried the Market Pantry Pumpkin Cereal Bars?