If you're someone who wrestles with the ultimate dessert decision at McDonald's—Oreo or M&M McFlurry?—I have the answer for you: Pralines & Cream. The newest flavor (a limited-time, seasonal offering) features candied pecan pieces and hot caramel topping blended with vanilla soft serve. It's available in two sizes: snack ($1.99) and regular ($2.79).
Blending the warm caramel topping with the soft serve gives the McFlurry a different, and all-together delicious, texture. The topping doesn't stay warm once it's mixed in, but it does affect the surrounding soft serve, making most of the ice cream a few noticeable degrees more melty.
The sweet caramel combined with the pecan pralines (which have a similar flavor profile: sweet and buttery) may seem like an overkill, but it absolutely works. In fact, it works so well that I'm deeming this the next-level caramel sundae. Two of the three ingredients are the same (soft serve and warm caramel topping), but by blending it up and adding those small bits of crunchy, candy-coated pecan pieces (instead of the standard-issue peanuts, which I've always found strangely waxy), McDonald's has created an outstanding new McFlurry flavor. You should try it.
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax