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Click pic to view comments International sighting: McDonald's Raspberry Triple Thick Shake/ Dippin' Dots ice-cream
Posted: 16:15 Fri 18-07-2003. Price: See below. Location: Cupertino, California. Sub-flavours: Dippin' Dots available in Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana Split. Nutritional unusualness: None noted.
Snackspot reports: Perhaps the highlight of my fast-food explorations (along with the maple syrup McGriddle breakfast bun), the former is an ordinary McDonald's milk shake with both "raspberry ripple" flavour *and* what appear to be genuine raspberry pieces. Oh alright then, seeds. Not a huge innovation, perhaps, but substantially more palatable than Dippin Dots (something like $2.39/ tub), apparently "the coolest way to eat ice cream", which consist of small ball-bearing sized frozen pellets with (in the chocolate version) an unsettling greyish sheen.

...Is it just me, or are McDonald's going crazy for new products to help them trade out of their current difficulties? Other dairy developments I spotted in California included the "Cookies 'n' Cream" version of Hershey's MilkShakes (almost undrinkably sweet, unfortunately), and the fact that milk from major local supplier Berkeley Farms proudly proclaims "Does not contain the growth hormone rBST" on the bottle, which certainly ought to wind up Monsanto.


Posted: 17:23 Fri 18-07-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: this looks nice i hope they bring these out here and by the way, hershey kissies are out in the uk they are in most asda/wal*mart stores there are cookies 'n' cream, rosted almond and caramel and almond they are 1.49 a bag and they are very nice
Posted: 19:04 Fri 18-07-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: You'll have to get your camera working for some of these bob, otherwise I'll continue to suspect that you're some sort of projection of my own subconscious, like Tyler Durden in "Fight Club".
Posted: 20:58 Fri 18-07-2003 by "Gilgongo" # permalink comment
Comment: I can claim an earlier sighting of this back in May (Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles). While I would never actually *enter* a McDonalds, I was given one of these shakes by well-meaning friends.

The only thing I would add to the comments above is that the raspberry pieces journey to the bottom to make pink watery sludge after the cup's been sitting in the sun for too long.

Oh, and the latest news on McDonalds is that even trailer trash now regard them as trash. Which is nice. Although I think Diary Queen have largely been the beneficiaries of this trend, and not the wheatgrass granola joints us tree-huggers would love them to flock to instead.

Eventually, I will learn to keep my posts on topic, but until that happy day...

Posted: 00:15 Mon 21-07-2003 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: i can confirm that the cookies and cream hershey's milkshakes are indeed unpalatably sweet. what a way to fall off the low carb bandwagon, i was nearly in a pre-diabetic coma. you can also get almond and regular hershey's kisses and hershey's minis from the green and red shops that you always get in train stations ('snack stop' or something?). but veh expensive.
Posted: 01:42 Mon 21-07-2003 by "af" # permalink comment
Comment: So far on the McDonald's "New Tastes Menu" in Australia we've had: Romano Chicken Burger - a chicken breast covered in cheese and red sauce;

Tiramisu - Italian cake;

Tandoori Chicken Burger;

Cheese and Tomato sandwich;

Honey Mustard Crispy Chicken Burger;

Pikelet Dippers.

And the latest and greatest is the "5 Star Beef Burger - Succulent pure Aussie Beef adorned with creamy 'Peppernaise'". Apparently there's been over 30 different new products since they launched the New Taste Menu in 2001. I haven't eaten any of them.

Posted: 05:58 Mon 21-07-2003 by "barchetta" # permalink comment
Comment: In Europe, McD has introduced Poppits.

Not only does that sound very similar to 'Popplers', but apparently they are just as crunchy as the Futurama cartoon snack!

Of course, the weird thing in Futurama was that the Popplers were living creatures... and at Mc D .. erm... I think I'm gonna puke!

Posted: 12:09 Mon 21-07-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Well, it's all kicking off here. You wouldn't like to clarify what goes into a Poppit or Pikelet Dipper, would you? (and Charl, have you tried the other Hershey's milkshakes? are they all like that?)
Posted: 13:52 Mon 21-07-2003 by "barchetta" # permalink comment
Comment: That's odd - all references to Poppits have gone on the Dutch McD site.

Fortunately I saved the URL of a picture: http://www.mcdonalds.nl/GFX/CONTENT/HOME/NP_actiepagina_kip(1).gif

I hope they weren't withdrawn because they weren't made of chicken, but alien larvae instead..?!

Posted: 18:01 Mon 21-07-2003 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: dropping the ball. again. no, sadly my research was limited to the one. but i find it hard to believe the regular chocolate one would be that bad...
Posted: 18:24 Mon 21-07-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Thanks charl! barchetta, I'm guessing that Poppits are a KFC-style "popcorn chicken" based on the great McNuggets tradition...?
Posted: 02:28 Tue 22-07-2003 by "af" # permalink comment
Comment: Pikelet Dippers were little pikelets (which is a kind of mini-pancake anyway) and they could be dipped into (I think) maple syrup. Breakfast menu only I believe...
Posted: 09:45 Tue 29-07-2003 by "simon b" # permalink comment
Comment: Dippin Dots 'international'? Having visited Milton Keynes this week, their shopping centre map claims to have a branch tucked round the back. Sadly, we never quite got to see them...
Posted: 10:27 Tue 29-07-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Speaking of KFC's Popcorn Chicken, there's now a flavouring shaker. Sounds...unique
Posted: 11:00 Mon 10-11-2003 by "HDGDGFJGF" # permalink comment
Comment: U SINK
Posted: 17:25 Tue 11-11-2003 by "Matthew" # permalink comment
Comment: My sink what?
Posted: 15:48 Wed 12-11-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: he has missed out the 't' is trying to say YOU S'T'INK (STINK) (IM NOT SAYING U STINK IM ONLY TELLING U WHAT THEY THINK)
Posted: 17:16 Wed 12-11-2003 by "Shane Wallington 11jxt" # permalink comment
Comment: why do people who dont usaly use this site write stupid comments like U Stink by HDGGFJGF You must be a very sad and a very loney person (excludes bob or do i mean justin, elton and blue ha ha ha)
Posted: 17:42 Wed 12-11-2003 by "Bob" # permalink comment
Comment: shane wallington you can shut your mouth! ur the only one writing stupid comments on this site! and ha ha ha ur business D&W (www.dandw.0catch.com)did not even last a full day of 24 hours, i will never order any thing of u again. and you can not even spair a pound or two to pay for a website!!!!!!!
Posted: 17:47 Wed 12-11-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Steady on lads, you appear to be arguing with someone using the same PC as you are. Again.
Posted: 15:08 Thu 13-11-2003 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: "Was I sleeping? Had I slept? Have I been Bob longer and longer?" 5592 3
Posted: 15:27 Fri 23-Feb-2007 by "shane wallington" # permalink comment
Comment: ey BOB!!! actuially i was co-founder and it did last 4 a day but my other co-founder wrote the messages on this site so shut your mouth cos i ent said shit on here til now!!! Whew yep thats me done. NOB!
Posted: 18:03 Mon 03-Sep-2007 by "JHWtxlTJXUSYrd" # permalink comment
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