Why McDonald’s Apple Slices May Be Higher in Carbs Than You Think

by Leighann on August 19, 2011

For a week I picked the kids up from daycamp each day right at noon. By the time we got out of the parking lot, they were hungry. Twice I packed a picnic lunch and we ate it at the library, which the kids really enjoyed. But on the Friday, I was too lazy to whip up lunch for my crew, so I ran through McDonald’s drive-thru on the way home.

My kids usually opt for the apple dippers instead of fries when we go to McDonald’s. They usually eat them without the caramel dipping sauce. (So I guess they aren’t really apple dippers!)

As the kids sat at the table and began eating, I took the bag of apple slices out of each kid’s box and one of them felt heavy. It was odd. I thought to myself: It almost feels like it’s twice as much as it should be.

I took them over to the kitchen scale and, lo and behold, one of the bags weighed almost twice as much!

Most people would say “Score!” when receiving extra food, but when you are counting carbs and giving insulin accordingly, it’s a little dismaying.

I appreciate that McDonald’s prints the nutrition info on the tray liners, on the Happy Meal boxes, and on the individual packages of many of it’s menu items. But if I didn’t realize that the bag of apples we received was too heavy, I would have given insulin based on the 8 grams of carbs on the label and not the probably 14-16 grams worth of apples that were in the bag!

I usually don’t weigh fast food because that kind of negates the convenience, doesn’t it? But I try to be aware if a serving looks particularly more or less than it usually is.

McDonald's Apple Dippers

McDonald's Apple Dippers

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Deanna August 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

Have you contacted the McDonald’s Corporation about this find? I think they need to check out their quality control department. The first bag even looks fuller than the other! Thank you for your vigilance!


2 Rachael August 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

Absurd that angers me.. We trust these labels are accurate. I definitely would contact McDonalds..


3 Joanne August 19, 2011 at 11:39 am

And that is why I weigh everything… yes, EVERYTHING Elise eats. I just don’t trust the labels.


4 Roselady August 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Wow, great find!


5 Lucy August 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

How odd. … But interesting! Thanks for sharing and finding


6 Stacey Moore August 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Good catch, Leighann! Until Reags got the D, I never realized how often fast food places try to give you more food than you ordered – or maybe it just seems often because we don’t appreciate it the way we used to lol. Happens at least once a month and we don’t eat out all that much 🙂


7 Sue/RFamHere August 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I can understand getting more or less fries, but something prepackaged should be pretty spot on. Frustrating!


8 Kelly August 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Wow! Nice catch! And thanks for letting us know. Now I know to double check.


9 Cobi August 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Wowie, wow, wow! We will occasionally go to McD’s and I too appreciate the wealth of nutritional info they give you. But it doesn’t help much if it isn’t actually accurate! Good catch!


10 Amanda August 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Good Catch, and a good lesson learned to always be vigilent. Pretty sure, it was most likely some kind of anomaly from the packaging plant. Some kind of Murphy’s Law type of situation that a D-Family would get the extra big package of apples. Machines make mistakes just like humans. 🙂 I do applaud McDonald’s for clearly posting their nutrional information in so many places.


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