I don’t drink soda often but when I do, a fountain soda is my top choice followed by a glass bottle, a can, and lastly a plastic bottle. When it comes to Classic Coca-Cola, I have always found that it tastes best at McDonald’s.
Disclaimer: I am a brand ambassador for Central Arkansas McDonald’s. All opinions are my own.
The History of McDonald’s Relationship with Coca-cola
Roy Kroc, a former peddler of multi-mixer machines, was the predominate establisher of McDonald’s Corporation after he visited Dick and Mac McDonald’s restaurant in San Bernadino to deliver a machine to their store. He loved their concept and offered to help them with franchising. Kroc opened his first store in Des Plains, Illinois and it is here, in 1955, that McDonald’s began its important relationship with Coca-Cola.
Kroc believed that McDonald’s was going to take the country by storm and contacted Coca-Cola’s fountain division about getting a soda fountain set up in his restaurant. After a brief meeting and a handshake, a relationship was formed that now makes McDonald’s Coca-Cola’s largest restaurant customer.
Coca-Cola and McDonald’s have worked hard to make sure that customers to the restaurants get a consistent, high-quality product. If you have ever wondered why Coke seems to taste so good at McDonald’s it is because it is actually a better product than what you get in other stores.
Here are 6 reasons that McDonald’s Coke really is better than the competitors:
- Ratios – McDonald’s and Coca-Cola ensure that the accurate amount of water to syrup mixture is used at all times for that gold standard drink. This proper ratio even takes into account ice melting, so you get a great taste down to the last sip. (Note: If you order your drink without ice or with less ice, you will probably notice a slightly sweeter taste.
- Temperature – McDonald’s fountain beverage system is calibrated at a constant cold temperature to ensure the finished drink is always served at the right temperature with the right level of carbonation.
- Taste – Fountain sodas are actually 85% water. Every McDonald’s has a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis double filtration system in place to ensure you get the best quality water in your Coke. McDonald’s invests a lot of money in making sure that these filtration systems are always running at peak performance levels.
- Carbonation – Soda’s are made by dissolving carbon dioxide in a liquid. Decreasing the temperature increases the solubility of the gas and therefore an increase in temperature can lower the carbonation. Most restaurants mix room-temperature syrup into water. McDonald’s pre-chills both the water and the syrup before they enter the fountain dispenser, resulting in gold standard drinks that have that sharp bite and sparkle of good carbonation.
- Age of Syrup/Concentrate – McDonald’s sells a lot of beverages. Due to the high volume and inventory management system, they are guaranteed to serve a fresh product. Most restaurants pump soda syrup from a plastic bag into their fountain machines. McDonald’s syrup is stored in temperature controlled stainless steel containers and delivered frequently by tanker trucks to each store.
- Straw – McDonald’s straw is nice and wide which makes sure that the really cold, refreshing Coke taste gets to all those taste buds.
There you have it! McDonald’s Coke really is better. And what goes better with a cold, refreshing Coke than a hot cheesy burger and some salty fries from McDonald’s.
You can find out more about Coca-cola and McDonald’s by visiting McDonald’s beverage page.
Note: The information in the article was provided to me at an event I attended that was sponsored by both McDonald’s and CocaCola. I am a brand ambassador for Central Arkansas McDonald’s. All opinions are my own.