It’s a sad day in the world of McDonald’s McFlurries! As bits of Oreos and handfuls of M&M’s have been swirled into our beloved vanilla ice cream cups for years, it appears the latter treat may be removed from McFlurries, well—for McEver.
Mars Candy, the powerhouse global manufacturer behind sugary candy bars such as Twix and Snickers, has been in talks with McDonald’s and other large fast food chains regarding the incorporation of the company’s M&M candies in sugary treats such as the McFlurry. According to NBC, “The company has promised publicly to limit sugar in all of its products to match guidelines from the world’s leading health authorities,” and incorporating M&M’s into the popular McDonald’s dessert directly conflicts with the company’s stance that sweets should be enjoyed in moderation.
As far as a 12-ounce M&M McFlurry goes, the single treat contains a whopping 89 grams of sugar—well above the national recommended average of 37 grams for men and 25 grams for women. Mars has voiced their “commitment to help limit intake of added sugars to no more than 10 percent of total calorie intake,” which means M&M’s could potentially be removed from McDonald’s McFlurries and Dairy Queen’s Blizzards, with Burger King’s Snickers Pie being compromised as well.
While it may seem crazy for a candy company such as Mars to be concerned with America’s consumption of sugar, the chocolate giant has taken healthful steps such as being the first confectionery brand to list calories and sugar content on the front of its packaging and halting the production of its king-sized candy bars. Mars also hopes to eliminate all artificial coloring from its product over the next five years.
Representatives for Mars, McDonald's and Burger King have refused to comment on the rumors swirling around the removal of M&M’s from McFlurries and other fast food desserts, leaving hope that this whole ordeal could just be a sick rumor—we'll just have to wait and see.