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McDonald’s Haupia & Taro Pies

McDonald’s, like many other international restaurant chains, are known to modify and make additions to their menu to cater to the demographic of the various regions they’re located. Hawaii is no exception with unique offerings such as McTeri Burgers, Saimin, Portuguese Sausage, Eggs and Rice breakfasts, and even experimenting with McD’s own version of the “plate lunch”.

Recently made available for a limited time at participating Hawaii restaurants is their new Haupia Pie


Similar to their familiar Apple Pie, this item uses the same crust and turnover shape, except with this, it has a filling intended to (loosely) replicate the traditional Haupia dessert offered at a Hawaiian Luau.

Upon first bite, you ‘ll notice the light, golden crispy texture and mild salty flavor of the crust compliments the sweet, creamy coconut-flavored filling quite nicely. Others who tried it while it was piping hot claimed the filling was a bit runny, but when I tried it, it had already cooled below scorch-level, so the filling had a chance to congeal a bit and “tighten up”. The coconut flavor is pronounced and fairly convincing of being “real”. Whether they use actual coconut milk or if it’s some chemical concoction made of extracts, I don’t know.

At $1.09 each, it’s certainly worth a try and pretty darned “coco’nutty” good.


According to the dates on the bottom right of the sign, this item is effective from March 12 to May 7, 2007.

The Haupia Pie looks to be an offspring, not only of the Apple Pie, but of their previous limited offering, the Taro Pie


McDonald’s Taro Pie

This made its debut in Hawaii back in 2005, and was said to have actually been a spin-off from a Sweet Taro Pie item that an executive discovered on the menu while visiting a McDonald’s franchise in China.

Shown above are two samples I bought to try. Similar to the Haupia Pie, it has a piping hot, sweet and creamy filling, except in this case it has small (and farely sparse) chunks of white taro in it. The filling itself looks to have been colored artificially purple to more closely resemble the Hawaiian Taro. While I won’t say this tasted like a “Poi Turnover”, the taro flavor was suttle yet still pronounced enough to be identifyable.

Personally I’m not too fond of sweetened taro, so I’d say the Haupia Pie was my favorite of the two. And while exciting and exotic these offerings inspire, the traditional Apple Pie is still my overall favorite, as I think the chunky soft apples and spicey cinnamon has more character than any of these two offerings.

Still, kudos to McDonald’s of Hawaii for trying new concepts. Any chance we’ll see a “McSpam Musubi” next?


Aina Haina McDonald’s, the first location to open in Hawaii in 1968. Here it is as at stands today.

27 thoughts on “McDonald’s Haupia & Taro Pies

  • March 15, 2007 at 5:52 am
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    ooh i didn’t know they made a haupia one … what a great idea! it looks ono. i just had the haupia anpan (or doughnut) from kimuraya.. the haupia is so thick and creamy.

    i think these food places need to comp you on free food!!

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  • March 17, 2007 at 2:28 am
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    Any idea how long they’ll be around? Like maybe the 1st week in June, my next visit?

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  • March 17, 2007 at 9:54 am
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    oooh, iIve been wanting to try the haupia pie…maybe I go tomorrow! I’m just 5 minutes from the aina haina mcdonalds! :) have you had the banana pie before? they took it off the menu before i had a chance! :)

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  • March 18, 2007 at 7:52 am
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    Oooh, sounds and looks ono!

    I wonder about McD’s here in Okinawa. No real exceptional local things. I would think they could try the pies with Okinawan sweet potatoes. Also maybe even have Okinawa soba for a fast food, like in Hawaii with their saimin. But they keep everything to a minimum. No breakfast plates, just the usual Egg/Ham McMuffin, Sausage/Egg McMuffin, jand ust recently the McGriddles. They don’t even offer the option of bisquits! Only “different” items they have are a shrimp sandwich (patty of fried shrimp – so so) and the newest a Teri Burger (again so so).

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  • March 19, 2007 at 6:19 am
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    Pomai,

    The latest McD’s concept to reach the islands is McCafe. They’ll be serving gourmet coffee and pastries (I think). I visited one several years ago when I was in Singapore and think that the coffee is better than Starbucks, but not as good as Peet’s or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

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  • March 19, 2007 at 7:27 pm
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    Debbie-chan, according to the sign (which you can read in tiny print on the bottom right), the offer ends on May 7, 2007, so looks like you’ll miss the window.

    Reid, we were discussing McCafe over at Ryan’s board. Hard to say how well McCafe will do. Looks like they’re no longer the “burger joint” they used to be. If you ask me, they should go back to the basics and improve on that first, starting with better quality burgers.

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  • March 24, 2007 at 6:33 pm
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    Thats just wrong

    ITS WRONG I SAY

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  • October 7, 2007 at 7:29 pm
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    I wonder about McD’s here in Bydgoszcz. No real exceptional local things. I would think they could try the pies with Okinawan sweet potatoes. Also maybe even have Bydgoszcz soba for a fast food, like in Poland with their saimin. But they keep everything to a minimum.

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  • October 8, 2007 at 10:12 pm
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    We were in Hawaii in late Sept and had a chance to try these delicious pies from McDonalds. I would love to be able to make them here on the mainland. I have only found recipes to make the Haupia as chilled squares.
    My friends got me hooked on this 30 years ago, and I bought some of the mixes.Does anyone know how to make this as a softer pudding like Mc Donald’s did?

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  • October 19, 2007 at 4:40 am
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    Haupia pies still going strong as of Oct. 14, 2007.

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  • November 23, 2007 at 7:43 pm
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    I went to Oahu in August with my family. My mom loves taro and we tried the taro pie. My mom and I both thought it was great. Too bad they don’t have them in Toronto or Stockholm.

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  • November 23, 2007 at 7:47 pm
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    We also thought it was pretty cool that McDonald’s has noodles.

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  • July 16, 2008 at 7:04 pm
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    The haupia pie and the taro pie is so ono and i dont know what else to say its just so ono and so creamy and omg its just so good and ono!!!!!!!!!!

    love
    .:NICKY.:

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  • July 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm
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    Nicky, you must be rejoicing in the return of the Haupia Pie. I mean, wow, you’re REALLY rejoicing. lol

    FYI to everyone, the Haupia Pie is currently available again at participating Hawaii McDonald’s locations. Next time I pay a visit, I’ll find out the current price and duration of the promotion. Couldn’t find any info’ whatsoever on their website.

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  • August 29, 2008 at 12:41 am
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    My best friend who lives in Hilo just went today and had Haupia Pie. She gets it there when ever she wants. I had it when I was there last October. I think it is going to be around for a long while. Wish it was on the mainland. It would be a hit once everyone got to try it.

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  • August 29, 2008 at 8:22 pm
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    In Beijing and Hong Kong got different food. They got Asian wrap which is like a tortilla with rice, sweet soy sauce with hint of garlic taste and chicken in it. Cost is so low being China. Hong Kong corn pie is cream corn like texture and sweet. Malaysia and Singapore got curry in McDonalds.

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  • March 27, 2009 at 10:03 am
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    McDonald’s is smart for adapting high-end coffee to a slow economy, but still, their McCafe coffees aren’t a whole lot less than Starbucks

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  • July 5, 2009 at 8:27 pm
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    When is McDonalds going to offer Haupia pie again? I had it last summer in Hawaii and its no longer on the menu (July 2009). Are there any plans to bring it back and if so when?

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  • July 6, 2009 at 7:00 am
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    Pomai, if it true Mcdonald stop serving these special pies? I never got around to try it darn. Hope they have it again.

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  • July 7, 2009 at 8:00 pm
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    Jim and Erica, McDonald’s Hawaii recently brought back the Taro Pie to our local market; last of which I remember seeing it for sale as of a month ago, although I noticed it’s not up on the windows anymore. I’ll try and get scoops for you on word if the Haupia pie may return.

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  • August 25, 2009 at 9:45 pm
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    My McD’s here in Waipahu going strong with the haupia pies! I can’t be a happier melehini haole!

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