Thursday, May 18, 2017

McDonald's makes its ice cream, syrups, topping healthier

McDonald's may not be the first place you think of when it comes to ice cream, but the fast-food chain served 68 million cones last year. So, when it does something to its ice cream, it's news.

The company today confirmed that it has removed all artificial flavors, colors and preservatives from its vanilla soft serve, a change it began making without fanfare last fall and that now is mostly completed throughout its 14,000 U.S. locations. The change impacts 60% of McDonald's desserts, including its shakes and McFlurry desserts.

That is not the only change to the dessert lineup. The company said it also has removed high fructose corn syrup from its chocolate and strawberry McCafe shake syrup, and removed artificial ingredients from its whipped topping.

The moves are the latest in an ongoing series of nutritional menu changes for the chain. Last year, it removed artificial ingredients from its Chicken McNuggets, with a resultant spike in sales. And, it began using real butter on the muffins used for Egg McMuffins.

“We’ve been raising the bar at McDonald’s on serving delicious food that our consumers can feel good about eating,” Darci Forrest, senior director of menu innovation at McDonald’s, said in a statement.
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