McDonald’s of Hawaii recently reintroduced the Guava Pie, replacing two other limited edition favorite exclusives to the Aloha State, the Taro Pie and Haupia Pie. As you know, I’m a sucker for new fast food items, and could not resist trying this, even if it broke the bank, costing me a whopping $1.19 plus tax. Ouch!!! I had to slap this bad boy on my credit card! lol
As you see above, the Guava Pie comes in a generic McD’s “Fried Pies” box. It would have been nice if they at least used the McDonald’s Hawaii logo with the Hawaiian canoe, to give it some island feel, as the tropical Guava fruit suggests.
As with any other McDonald’s fried pie, whether it be Apple, Cherry, Haupia or Taro, the Guava Pie appears the same from the outside, with glazed white sugar coating the distinctively blistered, crisp ‘n crunchy golden brown ‘n delicious deep-fried crust. IMHO, it would be more neat if they tried doing this with Hawaiian light brown cane sugar for the glaze, further boosting its 808 theme and more unique flavor from that aspect.
Upon the first bite and scorching the HELL out of my tongue from its molten hot lava-like filling, yup, it definitely tastes like authentic Guava fruit, in a gelatinous, pretty much purified form.
The gelatinous viscosity is quite thick; IIRC, thicker than the Taro or Haupia Pie, and slightly less than the standard Apple Pie.
I actually got brave with my credit card, buying two, running up my charge to a hefty $2.38 plus tax, so I could really get a good taste of it. And well, just because I was really hungry and wanted two. Why? What? Hah? Boddah you? lol
I’d say overall the filling tastes sort of like Hawaiian Sun’s Guava Jam (not Jelly), albeit in a slightly more artificial way, yet it still screams “I’m guava!”. Along with it being pretty glutenous, texture-wise, it’s smooth, like they filtered the filling mixture before thickening it. Interestingly out of the two I tried in the same sitting, one of them had this “chunk” of congealed, concentrated guava filling mass in it, giving the impression there was an actual guava fruit chunk in it, but I don’t think it was that. Just some sort of glop of perhaps starch or flour-based “something” like fruit flesh.
It’s also not too sweet, and does have some acidity to it just like guava does, with overall the correct balance of fruity sweet ‘n tangy “twang” between the filling and the crunchy, glazed “GBD” deep-fried pie crust. Very nice!
For fun, and perhaps even seriously, other Hawaii exclusive McDonald’s Fried Pie flavor suggestions I’d like to make would be:
• Mango Pie
• Lychee Pie
• Mountain Apple Pie
• Mai Tai Pie (non-alcoholic)
Savory style with no glaze on the crust:
• Hawaiian Beef Stew Pie
• Squid Luau Pie… served with the Taro (Poi) Pie!
Anyway, I really dig this Guava Pie. I think McDonald’s has a winner here, and hopefully like they often return the limited edition Haupia Pie and Taro Pie to the menu, they’ll return this again in the rotation. For now while it’s currently available, I’m definitely adding this to my shopping cart every time I hit McD’s. 4 SPAM Musubi!
What? McDonald’s Guava Pie
Where did you get it and how much? McDonald’s Kuhio Avenue location (Waikiki); $1.19 each
Big shaka to: Authentic guava fruit flavor (pretty much); nice balance of sweet ‘n acidic, just like real guava; nice ‘n thick glutenous texture holds itself as you eat it, and doesn’t just run out; delicious golden-brown deep-fried crunchy, glazed crust
No shaka to: Slightly artificial flavor, but not that bad; everything only tastes better when it’s deep-fried (heart quivers); adding another super expensive $1.19 to my mounting credit card debt every time I hit McDonald’s
The Tasty Island rating: 4 SPAM Musubi (would be five if there were chunks of real guava fruit laced in the filling)