Many Coca-Cola lovers have long said that getting their favorite beverage at McDonald’s is better than getting it at the store or gas station. It simply tastes better and is more satisfying than bottled soda, or even fountain Coke from another restaurant.
It may seem like our taste buds are just playing tricks, but McDonald’s has finally revealed information that seems to confirm why Coke may, in fact, taste better at McD’s
“There are many reasons the Coca-Cola tastes so great at McDonald’s,” the company writes on their website. “We simply follow the guidelines set by Coca-Cola and take steps to ensure it tastes the same as when you buy it in a bottle.”
But it’s not the same. It’s different, better, magical even.
First up is the delivery. While most Coke syrup is delivered to restaurants in plastic bags, the syrup used at McDonald’s comes in stainless steel tanks. This helps preserve the freshness of the ingredients.
Next, McDonald’s pays close attention to the temperature of the soda. They always keep the fountain beverage system cold, and the water and Coca-Cola syrup are pre-chilled before entering the fountain dispensers “with the ratio of syrup set to allow for ice to melt.”
McDonald’s also has an insulated tube that runs from the refrigeration unit in the back of the restaurant to the soda fountain in the front. The temperature of the water that runs through the tube, which is just above freezing, is necessary for the best CO2 levels, which helps the carbonation last longer.
McDonald’s also controls freshness by cleaning everything daily. Letting syrup sit in hoses and machines allows it to chemically degrade and for bacteria to grow. Keeping everything clean also keeps it fresh and tasting good.
Lastly, the straw. McDonald’s says their straw is slightly wider than a typical straw, which ensures that wonderful Coke taste will hit all your taste buds (and also ensures you can drink it down at light speed, for better of for worse).