McDonald’s Cookie Butter McFlurry and Salted Caramel Sundae Lightning Review

February 1, 2019

McDonald’s has recently come out with two new ice cream flavors, a Salted Caramel Sundae and a Cookie Butter McFlurry, that will only be available for a limited time. Clearly, McDonald’s is trying its best to keep up with the more sophisticated and ever-evolving tastes of their consumers.


A Cookie Butter McFlurry seemed inevitable.

With Speculoos Cookie Butters being the trendy in-things that they are, a McFlurry with similar flavors seemed inevitable. In fact, McDonald’s entry is almost a little too late, coming months after other establishments have already tried everything from cookie butter pancakes to cookie butter muffins. The Salted Caramel sundae, though, was a bit more surprising. I thought Metro Manila’s fascination with this sweet and salty combination would be nothing more than a brief fad. Apparently, I was wrong and it’s determined to stick around for the long haul.

In order to give a quick rundown on these new holiday fast food desserts, I’ve decided to forget about about my no-fast-food rule (for the hundredth millionth time this year)  and ordered two ice cream desserts to eat by myself without hesitation. I’m only doing this for you guys, my hands are practically tied.

Cookie Butter McFlurry (PHP 45)

Growing up, McDonald’s McFlurry was the special treat that filled the space in my heart that gelato does today. Remember when they had M&M’s and Butterfinger? I wish they’d bring back all the old available flavors.

Being the online snoop that I am, I checked out what other people were saying about this new addition to the McDessert collection. This might’ve been a mistake since the sight of someone else’s McFlurry (generously swirled with Cookie Butter, whereas mine only had speckles of the stuff) successfully broke my heart into a million little pieces.

I was always taught never to compare but with a McFlurry this barren, how could I not?

McDonald’s nailed most of the subtle flavors I was expecting, but it wasn’t perfect.

Taste-wise, it’s nothing close to Biscoff or Speculoos, which I thought was understandable since McDonald’s didn’t explicitly specificy that they used that particular (overpriced) spread in their ice cream. I was able to detect notes of gingerbread, cinnamon, and spices that reminded me of bread and biscuits. McDonald’s nailed most of the subtle flavors I was expecting, which I thought was refreshing since they often limit their flavors to the (sometimes too) sweet side. It still wasn’t perfect, though. With so little cookie butter in my order, the vanilla took over and reduced the “cookie butter-ness” to mere hints.

In terms of texture, I’m not sure if the McDonald’s branch I visited was just having a bad day, but they seemed to have taken the “Butter” in Cookie Butter quite literally. The globs of solidified not-Speculoos had a consistency halfway between solidified chocolate and soft butter.

Salted Caramel Sundae (PHP 29)

I used to be chums with one of the McDonald’s order-takers in the branch near my university, and I would always request that he mix the Hot Fudge with the Caramel in my sundae. Imagine my delight when they finally placed it on the McDonald’s dessert menu. Some combinations just work so well with one another, that you wonder why it took people so long to put them together. Just like my Hot Fudge and Caramel (or the McDonald’s Apple Pie smooshed into a Caramel Sundae), Salted Caramel reads on paper like a match made in heaven, but I’ve been disappointed before so I’m keeping a tight leash on my expectations.


My Salted Caramel sundae made up for the lack of cookie butter in my McFlurry.

If  my McFlurry was in desperate need of more Cookie Butter, my sundae more than made up for that lack. It was practically swam in so much Salted Caramel that it restored my faith in the universe. I tried the caramel on its own (without the ice cream), and was expecting a salty, buttery-sweet taste. What I actually got was a bit flat, and it was saltier than I imagined it to be.

A friend of mine always says that salted caramel tastes like snot to her (that you accidentally tasted because you were ugly crying your way through yet another viewing of A Walk to Remember). I always defend salted caramel, and instead make fun of my friend’s intimate knowledge of the taste of our various bodily fluids. But today, I concede defeat. She’s right, sometimes, salted caramel does taste kind of like snot.

McDonald’s sundae is the one to get.

Eaten with the vanilla ice cream, however, the caramel more than redeems itself. McDonald’s soft-serve is incredibly versatile. It deserves props for having the power to make me completely forget about mucous-related things. The sweetness of the vanilla ice cream is an equal partner in this dessert, helping balance the stronger, flashier flavors of the Salted Caramel. Given the choice between the Cookie Butter McFlurry and this, the sundae is the one to get.

Have you tried the Cookie Butter McFlurry or the Salted Caramel Sundae yet? What are your thoughts on them? Do you agree that salted caramel tastes like snot? What other Sundae and McFlurry flavors do you think McDonald’s should come out with? Sound off in the comments section below!

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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41 responses to “McDonald’s Cookie Butter McFlurry and Salted Caramel Sundae Lightning Review”

  1. mssecretfriend says:

    dark choco mint <3, blueberry cheesecake

  2. Ren says:

    I tried Salted Caramel Sundae yesterday and it reminded me of salted caramel taffy! 😀 Kudos to McDonald’s for getting the flavor! How I wish they’d sell Melon Soda Float using Fanta Melon. Or, Red Bean and Maccha McFlurry. Or, Double Espresso McFlurry for branches with McCafe.

  3. Nico Goco says:

    I’m never ever going to lose weight if they keep coming out with stuff like this. T_T

  4. Benjamin Canapi says:

    I want Butterfinger McFlurry back too

  5. Addi dela Cruz says:

    Weird, I ordered the Cookie Butter McFlurry and was very satisfied with the amount of cookie butter–perhaps consistency is the issue? One thing though, I was kind of reminded by Chocnut as I was eating it, hahah.

    On the other hand, I’ve nothing against the Salted Caramel Sundae, loved every bit of it.

    • Mikka Wee says:

      Yeah?? Lucky you! Mine looked quite depressing compared to yours I bet! Chocnut?? Oooh now that’s a great idea 😀

  6. Ghay says:

    Got to go to McDonald’s after work to try these.

  7. Volts Sanchez says:

    Had the Salted Caramel yesterday. Uh, not bad for how much you pay. I found it barely on the acceptable side of salty (and by the way, it tastes more like sad puppy tears than snot).

  8. Opinion says:

    I loved McDonald’s Singapore’s Horlicks McFlurry. I hope they would bring it to the Philippines.

  9. kaye clemente says:

    Way before Mcdonald’s launched its Salted Caramel Sundae, I had the craving for salted caramel drinks and I once ordered their regular Caramel Sundae and asked for iodized salt just to satisfy my craving. I was excited when I saw that they already have Salted Caramel Sundae and got really torn between their Cookie Butter McFlurry, it’s a tough decision to make so I had half of both flavors today.

    • Mikka Wee says:

      How’d you like it? Which one did you prefer? I’m curious!

      • kaye clemente says:

        I am annoyed with the cookie butter flavoring sticking in the lid of the Mcflurry cup, so my vote goes to salted caramel sundae! My husband also prefers salted caramel sundae and he would love it if Mcdonald’s will have a duo salted caramel and hot fudge.

  10. Do you agree that salted caramel tastes like snot?

  11. Basel Santos says:

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Sundae

  12. Katrina says:

    “salted caramel tastes like snot to her” – This sentence makes me want to cry a little bit. 🙁

  13. Aldine says:

    I like Cookie Butter the most, maybe because they mixed a lot on my mcflurry. Mcdo’s salted caramel taste a little different compared to the Salted Caramel that I first tried at Starbucks (though it’s not a sundae) Sometimes it depends on the mcdonalds branch on how good they make their desserts.

  14. Nico Goco says:

    The cookie butter actually tasted nice! although the “cookie butter” is bound to be a bit hard since they use a similar liquid to the hard shell ice cream dips. The ones that turn solid when it’s cooled by the ice cream.

  15. Nix Sayo says:

    BRB heading to the nearest McDonald’s as soon as I finish typing this! LOL!

  16. Michaela says:

    Tried the Cookie Butter McFlurry today to satisfy the craving I had after I read this article yesterday. The one I had had a generous amount of cookie butter in it, to the point that I can’t even taste the vanilla. Sarap! (Had to remove the cap, though, since it wasn’t easy to scrape off the butter bits that hardened. 😀 McDonald’s has a problem with consistency talaga.

  17. joan says:

    I tried the Cookie butter mcflurry days before reading this and it was ok. Actually the cookie butter sticks to the cup so you have to scrap the cookie butter. It was ok. hopefully they put more cookie butter on it. i haven’t tried the Salted Caramel.
    cheaper ice cream than DQ. sana mcdonalds can come up with mcflurry with chocolate syrup or chocnut flavor!

  18. cutedoc says:

    tried both because i am a fan of cookie butter and salted caramel. sad to say, it didn’t meet my expectation, cookie butter plus sundae made the concoction too sweet that sometimes it tends to be bitter on being too sweet. the salted caramel on the other hand taste like cardboard with ice cream. i prefer the original caramel sundae they had before.

    cookie butter can go with ensaymada, just spread some (or a tbsp, or more) on top of a heated ensaymada, it’ll be heaven on the first bite.

  19. Chelsea P. says:

    I had the salted caramel last time. It was good because of its reasonable price and it was generously drizzled with the caramel. But what I usually do is bring my own toppings and buy plain ice cream. Sometimes, I buy chocolates or cheap cookies from convenient stores. It’s cheaper and you can make your own flavor.

  20. Chelsea P. says:

    I tried the Cookie Butter for the first time after I read this post and I’m glad mine had a lot of Cookie Butter in it. I asked the guy serving me to add more of it and he willingly doubled it. 🙂

  21. chelsea says:

    Friends, you may also try the new Nestle Ice Cream Dutch Speculoos

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