The words "McDonald's" and "experiment" can conjure some intimidating images -- like some kind of Frankenburger or other alarming mutated food item.
Don't get ready to let out a blood-curdling scream just yet; the fast-food chain is testing out inane (but probably equally unhealthy) treats in just a few days.
Starting this week, McDonald's Palm Beach-Treasure Coast is offering customers first dibs on its newest menu item, McCafé Mini Bundt cakes.
McDonald's locations from Boca Raton to Vero Beach will be the first to sample the new pastries.
Baked fresh onsite, these little cakes come in three flavors: classic cinnamon coffee cake, sweet and tart lemon, and decadent double chocolate.
Each order offer two bundts, which can be mixed and matched, in a little craft bakery box. They range from 160 to 180 calories apiece -- hey, not terrible for Mickey D's.
"We're excited for our customers to try the Mini Bundt cakes," says Steve Nisbet, McDonald's owner-operator and president of the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast McDonald's operator group. "They're a fresh item that customers can enjoy throughout the day, whether paired with our McCafé coffee for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or as dessert with dinner."
Just think of it as Starbucks on the cheap.
McCafé Mini Bundts are available all day.
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