Monday, June 02, 2008

"Sweet Tea" - what the hell is this crap?

Today I walked into McDonald's to get myself an assortment of deep fried chicken strips, and not wanting a soda, I ordered an iced tea. I was given the option of raspberry iced tea or "regular" iced tea. I chose "regular", knowing that at McDonalds that probably meant sugar water, but at least it wouldn't also be fruity. Well, I was given this:

It was undrinkable. It was frankly disgusting. It was, without doubt, the single worst iced tea I've ever had in my life. Supposedly it's a southern thing. What the hell are they thinking? It's sugar with a few drops of water and some ice. I swear it was actually thick, like a syrup. Just give me a bag of sugar, man; it's the same thing.

I don't understand this fascination with adding sugar to iced tea. It's TEA, man - if you don't want to taste it, why are you drinking it? Ideally I try to find unsweetened tea, although I know that's usually too much to ask in this country. We make it at home when we can, though. Yes, I actually like tea, not sugar. I tasted no tea at all in this McDonald's "drink".

I immediately poured it out and refilled my cup with seltzer from the soda machine at work.

Maybe this stuff will fly in the south, but it ain't gonna sell up here.


  1. Fast food makes me sad. They ruin all that is good by overloading everything with salt and sugar (and other "unknown" ingredients). Yeah... I had no idea McDonalds made sweet tea. My dad comes from Mississippi and he loves that stuff. I personally used to like it when I was little and addicted to sugar. I've changed and now I drink tea and coffee in their "naked" forms.

    Oh, by the way. Cool blog! I found it while searching for how to make crepes in a more japanese style. Thanks for the tips! I'm going to try making my first crepe tomorrow.

  2. Anonymous5:00 PM

    I went throguh my 2nd experiance with discovering a Fly in my MC D's Ice tea,. I guess they Love the Sugar also, but it's Grosss to me, I love the sweet tea but I think Im going to stick to Sodas at MC'd's for awhile, or bring a Strainer with me, 2 occasions with 2 Drown Flys in my Cup, JUST YUCK......


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