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McDonald's New Maple and Fruit Oatmeal

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Earlier this week, McDonald's officially launched their oatmeal. Unlike the other breakfast items, the oats are available all day, further proving that oatmeal should be eaten at all times of the day. But not these. Nope.

The tub the Maple and Fruit Oatmeal ($2.29) comes in says "Undeniably Delicious Oatmeal" under the Golden Arches logo—not the case. Part of me was rooting for the McOats. More oatmeal for the world! But it's just so disturbingly sweet. McFlurry levels of sweet. I'd rather eat an Egg McMuffin any day of the week. And with a whoppin' 290 calories, which is pretty high considering there aren't even nuts involved, you might as well.*

Have you ever tried the Quaker instant oatmeal in the Fruit & Cream flavor series? Peaches and Cream, Bananas and Cream—they're especially popular among the fourth-grade-and-under demographic. This is that sweet. Make-your-teeth-hurt sweet. And it has the same artificial milk powder taste.

The little oat flecks have no discernible texture, swimming in a watery swamp when served. Like other instant oatmeal, they eventually thicken up after sitting out. While McDonald's gets points for mixing in the mini apple cubes, which stay impressively crispy and even fresh-tasting, you hardly taste anything over the straight-up sugar. And it's not mapley sugar, it's just sugar. The thing is sitting next to me right now and all I can smell is sugar.

Of the grab 'n' go oatmeals out there, Jamba Juice does it the best, hands down. The steel-cut oats are slow-cooked in soymilk and pop in your mouth. These are not those.

Stick with the Egg McMuffin.

* Egg McMuffins have approximately 300 calories.

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