McDonald’s caused a stir this past September when it announced some changes to its apple pie recipe. The new version has a lattice crust, sliced (not diced) apples and a more cinnamony filling, among other changes. As expected, there were cheers and jeers when the known-and-loved recipe changed, but true addicts might remember a time when even that recipe was new—and replaced an old fan favorite.
Up until 1992, McDonald’s apple pies were deep-fried, not baked. The chain switched the recipe because consumers were getting more worried about healthy eating. But in this case, the taste was arguably sacrificed in the name of health. The original version had a crispy, bubbly, slightly salty crust with an ooey gooey apple or cherry filling. These days, the “vastly inferior, modern baked version” is “pale and doughy” compared to the old recipe, according to Serious Eats. Don’t miss the secret ingredient that makes these apple pies so good.
The ultra-crispy desserts aren’t gone for good, though. Certain locations still make the fried pies, you just need to know where to look. Find out 17 more things McDonald’s employees aren’t telling you.
That’s right—step outside the United States and you’ll find a world where McDonald’s still serves its pies fried. Not every international location serves apple pies (they’re pretty American, after all), but you can get your fix from England, Mexico, Brazil, Greece, Ireland, Egypt, and Hong Kong, just to name a few. We can get behind skipping the local fare and seeking out a McDonald’s just this once.
You might not even need to pull out your passport for a trip down memory lane, though. While most of the American Mickey D’s have stopped deep-frying their desserts, there’s one U.S. state that’s still hanging on to the old recipe: Hawaii. If the pleasant weather, stunning beaches and awe-inducing volcanoes won’t convince you to visit the Aloha State, maybe the fast food options will. Next, check out these secret McDonald’s menu items you never knew about.