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McDonald’s Japan’s new winter menu exclusives: Hot pies and special chicken nuggets

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

One of the top sellers at McDonald’s in Japan during the colder months is its hot pies. This winter, there’s more than just apple to choose from on the menu, as the chain is also giving us a taste of Canada and Belgium, with the Canadian Maple Custard Pie and the Belgian Chocola Pie.

▼ The Belgian pie (right) has been appearing for a limited time in winter since 2020, but this is the first time for it to step out with a Canadian companion.


We headed out to try the new desserts when they were released yesterday, and picked up a cheeky serving of their new limited-edition chicken nuggets as well. So let’s get straight to the tasting, starting with the Canadian Maple Custard Pie.


As the name suggests, this is a custard pie that contains Canadian maple syrup, which is enough information to set our mouths watering immediately. Upon opening it in two, however, we were able to really appreciate the true beauty of the pie, with its generous slathering of maple syrup glistening enticingly in the light

The ratio of syrup to custard was much higher than expected, but when we bit into it, it turned out to be perfectly aligned with the entire pie, which had a slight saltiness in the pastry. The casing was beautifully crispy, and the vanilla custard filling was deliciously moreish. However, we have to say, this was a very sweet pie. While it might be too sweet for some, we can imagine it would send sweet-tooths straight to sweet heaven.

▼ Next up, time to try the Belgian Chocola.


Whereas the maple custard pie was super sweet, this one was super rich. Again the crispy pie pastry was fantastic, and the chunky chocolate filling here was faultless. This was an incredibly delicious pie, and we can totally understand why it makes its return to the menu as a decadent winter sweet year after year.


After polishing off the two pies, we reached for our box of nuggets that had been patiently waiting in the wings. These new Peppercorn Garlic Spicy Chicken McNuggets are said to be the first new nuggets to be released by the golden arches in Japan for three and a half years.


Opening our box of nuggets revealed them to be coated in a nicely seasoned batter. Popping one into our mouth, we were surprised to find that this crunchy, fried coating was so well seasoned with black pepper that it immediately awakened our taste buds, even without any dipping sauce.


The taste of black pepper was clearly pronounced, and utterly delicious. Adding a dollop of the included Garlic Soy Sauce Mayonnaise only made each morsel even more tasty, creating a smooth creaminess and garlic hit in every bite.

▼ The garlic hit was just right, so as to not overpower the peppery profile.


The spicy nuggets were actually a great way to finish off this feast of winter flavours, as the spices helped to cleanse the palate from the creamy sweetness of the pies.

All these winter items will be on the menu for a limited time until early February, with the pies priced at 150 yen each and the spicy chicken nuggets priced at 200 yen.

Hopefully the treats will go some way towards sweetening the deal for McDonald’s customers in Japan, who are currently dealing with the temporary loss of hash browns and medium and large-sized fries.

Photos © SoraNews24

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Chicken Nuggets? Mmmmmm.

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I love junk food. I can't wait to eat as much chicken mcnuggets as I can. My weight is fat but I don't care. I love McDonalds!

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The Spicy Chicken McNuggets are fantastic. I love McDonald's so much. Except for their beef stew pie, which was awful.

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I love junk food as well, but there is a difference between good junk food and bad junk food and Japan MD follows in the bad category.

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Japan MD follows in the bad category.

How dare you.

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tell me what you eat and i will tell you who you are.

"oversize me" so called "food" is one I avoid at all costs.

"McWhat" I really dont need.

there are much better and healthier options on market.

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This stuff looks ghastly! No wonder there is an obesity crisis in the West. I fear the same will happen here. Eating a bit of this stuff rarely won’t harm you but some eat it daily and it doesn’t even taste good.

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Agreed, the “pies(?)”@ffs 1:55pm looks nasty but perhaps read THAT headline again: “McDonald’s Japan’s new winter menu exclusives” and blame Corporate Japan for giving their ‘working poor’ and future, directionless-youth fewer and fewer, healthy yet affordable dietary choices between work shifts. “The West” it’s not forcing this on Japan.

*- @falseflagsteve 1:55pm: “This stuff looks ghastly! No wonder there is an obesity crisis in the West. I fear the same will happen here. Eating a bit of this stuff rarely won’t harm you but some eat it daily and it doesn’t even taste good.*

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Tempted to give the pies a try but will stay well clear of that chicken-like substance.

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Not pointing the finger at the corporation, kiddies are growing up with this stuff these days, and it’s becoming the norm in Japan rather than an occasional treat.

Yes, there should be more choice and affordable healthy food can be hard to locate. I lived in the countryside before me there was one little store with incredibly high prices. Living in the city now, the department stores are cheaper than that local store and some independent grocers are about 70% cheaper.

Educate the kids about nutritional and teach them all how to prepare and cook meals from scratch.

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It is called junk food for a is 'junk'

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Might have a word with some of them nuggets over the weeend, but the 'pies' hold no interest unless they have meat n potato in them. Japan needs to address its chronic proper pie shortage urgently.

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this is a custard pie that contains Canadian maple syrup,

I doubt that very much. Real Maple syrup is expensive. This will be maple flavoured syrup which is not the same thing at all.

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