Have you ever wondered why Coke tastes better at McDonald’s than it does anywhere else? Many people have many theories including the adding of ingredients or that McDonald’s over salts their food to make their coke taste better. But wouldn’t that make their food taste worse? There is no secret secret formula or added salt. Yet McDonald’s cokes really do taste better and there is a very simple explanation to why that is true. They follow the directions that Coke sends out.
“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,” says the page.
To start, the Coca-Cola syrup is delivered to McDonald’s in stainless steel containers.
The stainless steel helps preserve the ingredients in the Coke, which, in turn, makes the soda taste fresher.
Other fast food restaurants don’t deliver the Coca-Cola syrup in stainless steel, but rather, in plastic bags.
Apparently a simple thing like the way a syrup is shipped makes a big difference.
Next, the Coca-Cola syrup is mixed with the freshest water possible.
McDonald’s has a water filtration system to make sure the H20 that mixes with the syrup is going to be clean and fresh.
But it doesn’t stop at the filtration system.
The water is also put through an insulated tube in order to keep the Coca-Cola completely cold.
This tube connects the refrigerator in the back to the soda fountain by the drive-thru window, and it makes sure your Coke is as cold as it needs to be.
The water flows through this tube in order to keep it at a temperature of just above freezing.
This temperature allows for it to achieve peak C02 levels which gives Coke that crisp, bubbly taste and makes those bubbles last longer than the bubbles at other fast food franchises.
The syrup is also pre-chilled before it even enters the fountain dispensers.
McDonald’s has a slightly wider straw than other fast food restaurants.
“It’s slightly wider than a typical straw, so all that Coke taste can hit all your tastebuds,” says the McDonald’s website.
Their fries are way better than anyone else’s too.