Is McDonald's new beverage making a big splash?

The newest addition to McDonald's drink line has been in the market for a few weeks now. How’s the Mango Pineapple smoothie been received? Here are a few sips of what they're saying online:

It's got a nearly perfect balance of mango and pineapple; both of the flavors are fresh-tasting and distinct in the blend, without either of them overpowering the other. And like the other smoothies in the McCafe lineup, this one is icy, refreshing, and satisfying.
--Dave Sacerdote, Dave’s Cupboard

Overall, I think the McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie is better tasting than the original Real Fruit Smoothie flavors. Is it better tasting than what I could whip up? No, because when you put a blender in front of me, I make refreshment gold. But I think it’s cheaper and easier…
--Marvo, The Impulsive Buy

The McCafé Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie that’s being promoted as  #ANewMcDFavorite on Twitter right now is anything but real fruit. Unless you consider “clarified demineralized pineapple juice concentrate” and “mango puree concentrate” or “pineapple juice concentrate” to be real fruit, not to mention the multiple forms of added acid.
--Margaret, Diet Column

A standard 16 fl oz (medium) cup contains 59 grams of sugar which is the equivalent to nearly 15 teaspoons of sugar (14.75 teaspoons to be exact.) Despite McDonalds’ claims that the McCafe Mango Pineapple smoothie contains Realfruit.  The sugar in the smoothie comes from a combination of fruit concentrates and McDonalds adding more sugar. 
--Caroline Jhingory, carolinejhingory.com

Unlike the Whataburger Pineapple shake, McDonald's Pineapple Mango tastes like real pineapple--it does not, however, taste like mango. Pineapple is pretty overpowering, though, and I didn't suffer from the lack of discernible mango flavor…I hesitate to use the word "amazing" in the same sentence as McDonald's, but I found this shake to be light, fresh-tasting, and a real treat.
--Christina Uticon, Houston Press blog


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