The Laidback Gourmet: McDonald’s $1 Sweet Tea

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Laidback Gourmet. Let me be your humble guide through the world of culinary delights… or at least culinary delights you can find near your home and for a handful of dollars.

Speaking of only a fistful of dollars, today we’ll be looking at McDonald’s Sweet Tea, that retails for only a dollar. They claim you get 32 refreshing ounces of fresh brewed Ice Tea for a dollar. That’s one solid quart of iced tea for only 100 pennies. (107 pennies with Tax here in NJ though). Are their claims correct? Is it as good as they say? Or does it taste like preprocessed fake tea? All these questions and more will be answered on this episode of Soap… er, uh, Laidback Gourmet.

First, in the interest of full disclosure. Since I don’t like coffee, I get my caffeine boost from tea, both hot and cold. In fact, I might even be a bit of a tea snob. For my morning cup of tea, I don’t use tea bags, I use loose tea leaves I buy online. (Though I get them even cheaper than tea bags since I know where to shop). I do use teabags, but only for iced tea. And let me tell you, I LOVE iced tea. I make it fresh all summer long. So with that out of the way, let’s take a look at McDonald’s Dollar Tea.

Well, that certainly looks like a big iced tea. However, I can’t help but notice, there’s A LOT of ice in that container. I wonder just how much actual tea you get. Give me a moment, I’m going to pour it out into a measuring cup.

Wow. Just… wow. Thirty-two ounces my aunt’s fanny. That’s barely 16 ounces. Look at how much ice is left in that cup.

I guess they consider the water of the melting ice to cover the other 16 ounces though I’d imagine that would end up severely weakening the taste of the tea. All that being said, two full cups of fresh brewed sweet tea for only a dollar is still a pretty good deal, IF the iced tea tastes good. Let’s take a sip.

Mmm… how about another sip?

Ok… how about a nice long gulp…

Might as well just drain it…

Well, I have to say, that’s REALLY good. They claim this tea to be fresh brewed and I’m not going to question that This stuff actually tastes pretty similar to the fresh homebrewed iced tea I make at home. It’s even sweetened the way I like it, though maybe I use just a touch less sugar, but that’s nitpicking.

I’m going to give this one a solid 10/10. If you’re a fan of iced tea, particularly sweet tea, you should go get yourself a nice cold one. The only caveat is that this is SWEET tea. Not just iced tea. If you don’t like your ice tea sweetened (like various members of my family) you will not enjoy this. However, I’m not going to knock McD’s for this, because they aren’t advertising fresh brewed iced tea, they are advertising sweet tea, and that is what they are delivering. If only they were that honest about the amount of iced tea you get…

Ok ok, I’m blowing that out of proportion, I admit it. All I’m saying is that while saying you get 32 ounces of iced tea might not be an outright lie, since 16 ounces of tea plus 16 ounces of ice = 32, the wording is perhaps a bit suspect. That being said, it’s certainly is not enough to make me not go buy another iced tea next time I pass by though, nor should it stop you either, just make sure keep a tight grip on it. I heard that someone’s going around stealing drinks from people at McDonalds.

Give those drinks back you purple bastard!!!

Well, that concludes another wet and wild edition of the Laidback Gourmet. Thank you for reading, and please feel free to email me at any of your thoughts, opinions, suggestions for future Laidback Gourmets, or to just simply lavish thy praise upon me. Until next time, this is Ed DiFolco, your Laidback Gourmet reminding you why I writes these blogs. Why? Well to quote McDonalds, “I love to see you smile.”

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