Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 6 Off-Menu Dessert Mashups at McDonald's

[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

Years ago, a friend introduced me to a mildly hilarious unofficial off-menu dessert at McDonald's: an apple pie and a vanilla ice cream cone, smashed up in a cup together to make the best McFlurry McDonald's doesn't know about. This concoction doesn't have an official name (yet) but it got me thinking: if it was that easy to improve upon the pie, there must be other undiscovered treasures hiding within plain sight. The only logical next move was to find out.

I tried 6 mashups with varying rates of success, from a breakfast-biscuit shortcake to a sad little cheese-topped apple pie. Has playing with your food at McDonald's helped you discover any delicious food mashups? Let us know your brilliant creations in the comments.

About the author: Erin Jackson is a San Diego-based food writer and photographer who is obsessed with cheap and tasty eats in San Diego, and creator of dessert blog San Diego Sugar. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax


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