I tried 7 menu items from McDonald's in Canada. Here's how they ranked from worst to best.

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Insider's reporter tried seven different menu items from a McDonald's in Canada and ranked them from worst to best.Joey Hadden/Insider
  • I compared and ranked McDonald's menu items I tried while visiting Canada for the first time.

  • I tried every item I could get my hands on that I haven't seen in my home country, the US.

  • I think the best thing I tried was a Skor McFlurry, and the worst was a Quarter Pounder BLT.

On a recent trip to Canada, I decided to try some McDonald's menu items that I don't have access to in the US.

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The author's McDonald's order in Niagara Falls, Canada.Joey Hadden/Insider

While recently visiting Niagara Falls in Canada, I went to a familiar fast food joint — McDonald's. I'm not a huge McDonald's fan because I prefer to make my own meals, but I give into fast-food cravings from time to time.

Being in Canada was the perfect excuse to treat myself since they have menu items that aren't available in the US.

One afternoon in Niagara Falls, I decided to try every menu item I could get my hands on that I haven't seen on US menus. I ranked them from worst to best based on the quality, flavors, and textures in each dish.

The Quarter Pounder BLT cost me $6.41. It landed in seventh place on my list because the burger tasted burnt and seemed to mask the taste of the bacon.

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The author bites into a Quarter Pounder BLT.Joey Hadden/Insider

Inside the Quarter Pounder BLT was a burger, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. I like the Quarter Pounder at McDonald's in the US, so I thought it was worth trying.

The first bite left me disappointed. I thought the burger tasted burned and the bacon didn't have enough flavor to overcome the bitterness of the overcooked patty. While the tomatoes tasted fresh, I thought the lettuce was slightly soggy. This burger's redeeming quality, however, was the sesame seed patty, which added a nice texture that I liked.

Poutine cost me $3.71. The fries didn't hold the gravy as well as other poutine dishes I've had, landing it sixth on my list.

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The author tries poutine from McDonald's.Joey Hadden/Insider

Poutine is a popular dish that's iconic to Canada that always has three standard ingredients — fries, gravy, and cheese curds — as well as other toppings like meat or veggies, in some instances. McDonald's serves it in its most basic form.

I'm usually a fan of McDonald's fries because I like that they're thin with a crispy outer layer and a soft interior. But I thought they were too light for the heavy gravy and therefore weren't able to hold both textures of the sauce of cheese well. Instead of complimenting the fries, the gravy seemed to seep through their outer layers, making them taste a bit soggy, in my opinion.

After trying poutine at La Banquise, a casual restaurant that serves it in Montreal, I really knew how disappointing McDonald's rendition was.

The Ranch Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap costs $2.42. I thought it was a great value, but nothing about it blew me away, so it landed in fifth place for me.

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The author munches on a snack wrap.Joey Hadden/Insider

At $2.42, the Ranch Chicken Snack Wrap cost me less than a typical cup of coffee.

Inside the wrap was a piece of grilled chicken, lettuce, ranch, and cheese. One problem I often have with grilled chicken is that I find it tastes dry even when it's only slightly overcooked. That's exactly how I felt about this wrap. It didn't taste bad, and I thought the rest of the ingredients complimented it well, but it left me longing for a piece of grilled chicken that was juicier.

For $.83, the Maple Iced and Caramel Filled Donut was fluffy and flavorful, though a tad too sweet, in my opinion. It ranked fourth on my list.

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A Maple Iced and Caramel Filled Donut from McDonald's.Joey Hadden/Insider

I'm used to having an apple pie for dessert when I go to McDonald's in the US, but Canada is all about maple, so I went with the Maple Iced and Caramel Filled Donut.

With caramel cream inside, maple frosting on the outside, and vanilla drizzle on top, this donut had one too many flavors, in my opinion. While delicious, each bite felt like a rush of sugar, and I found it overwhelming. I think if McDonald's took out the caramel cream or the maple icing, it would have ranked higher on my list.

The Crispy Chicken and Bacon McWrap cost me $6.90, and it was worth every bite, ranking it third on my list.

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Inside the Crispy Chicken and Bacon McWrap.Joey Hadden/Insider

This wrap took ingredients of both the chicken wrap and the BLT burger, but with far better execution, in my opinion.

The wrap came with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a mayo-style sauce. I thought the chicken was delicious and crispy with a moist interior, and the bacon flavor stood out from the chicken and complimented it well. The mayo-style sauce was light with a hint of vinegar, which I enjoyed, and the vegetables tasted fresh and weren't soggy.

I would definitely order this wrap again.

In second place, I chose the BLT with Crispy Chicken that cost $6.37 and was even more satisfying than the wrap thanks to a textured seeded bun.

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The author enjoys a Crispy Chicken BLT.Joey Hadden/Insider

I love fried chicken sandwiches. It's usually my go-to order at restaurants that serve them. The Crispy Chicken BLT came with all the fixings of the similar wrap, but instead of being folded inside a soft tortilla, the ingredients were stacked between a delicious seeded bun, which gave it a more interesting texture, I thought.

Taking a bite of this sandwich, I thought all of the ingredients meshed so well and the addition of the bun took it to the next level by making me feel like I was eating a hearty sandwich from a pub rather than a fast food joint.

I was surprised to find it was cheaper than the wrap, too, since it seemed to include the same amount of chicken and was, in my opinion, even better.

The best item I tried at McDonald's in Canada was the Skor McFlurry. For $3.09, the McFlurry included vanilla soft serve blended with pieces of Skor bar and I thought it was fantastic.

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The author enjoys her McFlurry the most.Joey Hadden/Insider

I've always been a fan of McDonald's creamy, smooth, vanilla soft serve in the US, so I was excited to try the Skor McFlurry while in Canada. I'd never heard of a Skor bar prior to this experience, but I found it tastes a lot like a Heath bar with chocolate coating a chunk of toffee.

I've had other McFlurries in the past, but I think none were as good as this one.

In my opinion, the taste and texture of the chocolate and toffee complimented the vanilla ice cream better than any other topping I've tried, like Oreo or M&M. I also thought there was a perfect ratio of Skor bar to ice cream so I didn't have any chocolate-free bites.

Finishing this dessert left me wanting more — and wishing I could have a Skor McFlurry back in the US.

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