Review: McDonald’s Premium McWrap

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How good are the new McDonald’s Premium McWraps? Well, I tried to snap a picture, but by the time I had my phone camera in my hand and ready, this was all that remained. Sorry. But, they were delicious.

Coming back from grocery shopping and running errands, I wanted to get the kids a treat for being so good, and it was lunch time. Our local McDonald’s was running a promo – $2 for the new McWrap. I’d wanted to try one earlier, but they’re normally $3.99 each, and I thought that was too much to try something new.

We ordered 3 Sweet Chili, and a Chicken Ranch and a Chicken Bacon. I wasn’t sure it was a good idea to eat a burrito-type item in the car – too messy – so I made them wait until we got home. Then, it was like the Tasmanian Devil whirled through, and soon there was nothing but wrappers and bits of lettuce on the table.

I asked the kids what they thought.

McWraps come in 3 flavors: Chicken Ranch, Sweet Chili, and Chicken Bacon. You can choose to have your chicken crispy or grilled, and each McWrap has different stuffins’:

  • Chicken Ranch: lettuce and spring greens, tomato slices, cucumber slices, grated cheddar jack cheese, and a rice vinegar and buttermilk sauce.
  • Sweet Chili: lettuce and spring greens, cucumber slices, and a sweet chili and creamy garlic sauce.
  • Chicken Bacon: spring greens, tomato slices, grated cheddar jack cheese, a piece of hickory-smoked bacon, and a creamy garlic sauce.

First off, Premium McWraps are NOT the same size as the snack wraps – they come in a huge package that’s 9 inches long. It’s not in a 8 or 10 inch tortilla, but a 12 inch I would guess.

The paper packaging is easy to open, and well designed – you tear off a strip, then pull off the top half, and your McWrap stays sitting inside a little paper holder that’s kind of like what the large fry paper holder is like.

I’m not sure it would be good to eat these in the car, on the road. On the one hand, I used the paper holder, my tortilla stayed folded, and nothing dripped out. On the other hand, 1 of my kids pulled out some of the veggies (“Too many!”) and then got sauce all over his hands. The paper holder has openings on the bottom, at the sides, just like the paper fry holder, so sauce could drip out.

I can eat a cheeseburger with 1 hand for sure while driving, but I’m not sure I could eat a whole McWrap with just 1 hand.

The Sweet Chili sauce is not too spicy – just a touch, but it is too sweet. All 3 kids who ordered it didn’t like the sauce, and said they would get something different next time – probably the Chicken Ranch.

The kid who got the Chicken Ranch was in heaven. And I reluctantly shared my Chicken Bacon. Because I try to be a good mother.

Nutrition fact wise, it’s not like the McWrap is a low cal meal. It’s obviously better for you to get grilled chicken, over crispy – it saves you 160 calories, regardless of which McWrap you order. And all the McWraps come in pretty high in sodium. Nutrition facts for each Premium McWrap (and all their other foods) are available on the McDonald’s website:

  • Chicken Ranch: Grilled – 430 calories, 16 gms fat, 1130 mg sodium; Crispy – 590 calories, 29 gms fat, 1300 mg sodium.
  • Sweet Chili: Grilled – 360 calories, 9 gms fat, 1030 mg sodium; Crispy – 520 calories, 22 gms fat, 1200 sodium.
  • Chicken Bacon: Grilled – 440 calories, 16 gms fat, 1250 sodium; Crispy – 600 calories, 30 gms fat, 1420 sodium.

For comparison – a $1 McDouble has 390 calories, 19 gms fat, 850 mgs sodium. A Big Mac has 550 calories, 29 gms fat, 970 mgs sodium. An Angus Bacon & Cheese has 790 calories, 39 gms fat,  sodium.

So, it’s all about choices. The Sweet Chili, with grilled chicken (and no cheese or bacon) is your healthiest option, at 360 calories and 9 grams of fat. If you like the sweet chili and creamy garlic sauce.

And, if you have a hankering for bacon, it’s healthier for you to choose the Chicken Bacon McWrap over the Angus Bacon & Cheese burger – saves you 250 calories and 23 grams of fat.

It’s nice to have options, and we definitely will be ordering the McWraps again. They’re big enough to be a meal, and they taste yummy!

But, with 4 kids to feed, I just wish they were less than $3.99 each. For $4, I can get each kid a $1 McDouble and we’re set; I’d have to drop $16 to get them each a McWrap. But, at least they’d get a bunch of veggies inside their McWraps! Except for son #3, who pulls them all out anyway… *sigh*

Have you tried a new McDonald’s Premium McWrap? Did you like it? What was your favorite flavor?

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