Why Coke tastes better at McDonald's than anywhere else

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Each year, the average American consumes about 126 servings of Coca-Cola Classic. Sold in over than 200 countries, Coca-Cola is one of the most iconic global brands. You can see it virtually everywhere from grocery stores to movie theaters to restaurants to amusement parks. One of the places you most definitely will spot Coca-Cola is McDonald's, another timeless household name.
But have you noticed that the Coca-Cola at McDonald's not only tastes different but actually tastes better than Coca-Cola from elsewhere? It turns out you are not alone.
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Some people claim it's because there's more syrup in the Coca-Cola at McDonald's. Others say it's the contrast between the saltiness of McDonalds' fast food with the sweetness of Coca-Cola, making you crave the sugary drink more. But is there more to this?
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A new theory has emerged, and it's largely due to the unique relationship between McDonald's and Coca-Cola. After all, McDonald's is Coca-Cola's largest customer. Starting from the 1950s, they each helped one another grow into two of the largest companies in the world.
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Their partnership was so close that Coca-Cola began customizing it's delivery system for McDonald's. While other restaurants received Coca-Cola in plastic bags, Coca-Cola used stainless steel tanks for McDonald's. People now suspect it's these stainless steel tanks that preserves the freshness of Coca-Cola as its being transported all around the world.
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Further, once the Coca-Cola arrives to a McDonald's location, it goes through another specialized process.
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First, there's the use of filtered water. According to the McDonald's website, "In order to ensure our drinks are always meeting a gold standard, we filter all the water before it enters fountain dispensers."
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The website goes further to state, "The water and Coca-Cola syrup are pre-chilled before entering our fountain dispensers with the ratio of syrup set to allow for ice to melt."
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This chilling process is critical as it ensures optimal CO2 levels in the drink or high levels of carbonation. This means you are guaranteed to get a bubbly, refreshing sip. Let's be honest --- nobody likes flat Coke.
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Finally, there's the design of the straw size. The McDonald's website states, "There’s also our straw—it’s slightly wider than a typical straw so all that Coke taste can hit your taste buds."
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Needless to say, tremendous thought and planning goes into ensuring the Coca-Cola at McDonald's is of the highest quality. As a result, the Coca-Cola at McDonald's indeed tastes better.
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