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McDonald’s Sweet Tea Calories, Recipes and More in 2018

McDonald’s Sweet Tea

We knew the question would eventually arise. On Healthy Teas, we love exploring different blends and brands of tea. But what about McDonald’s sweet tea? Is there any benefit to drinking a big cup of the stuff?

Here’s what you need to know about McDonald’s tea before you buy your next Dollar Deal.

Is McDonald’s Sweet Tea Actually Tea?

Yes. Over the years, McDonald’s has gotten a pretty bad reputation. And some of that is unfounded. A lot of people think that McDonald’s sweet tea isn’t tea at all.

In fact, McDonald’s sweet tea is made from a blend of orange pekoe. Of course, added to this is a nice (un)healthy dose of sugar. So what makes McDonald’s tea so good? Well, taste is objective. But there are a few things customers like about McDonald’s sweet tea.

First of all, it’s tooth-numbingly sweet. If you’re from the United States, you might call this Southern sweet tea. If you’re from elsewhere, you’ll probably think McDonald’s sweet tea is intolerably sweet.

Secondly, many restaurants sell sweet tea by the gallon. But those teas don’t necessarily taste like tea. They’re more like a lightly flavored jug of sugar water. In McDonald’s sweet tea, you can actually taste the tea. Honestly, that might make all the difference.

Is McDonald’s Sweet Tea a Healthy Tea?

McDonald’s Sweet Tea Ingredients
If you’re looking for healthy teas, McDonald’s shouldn’t be your first destination. Or your second, third…you get the idea. The sweet tea is very high in sugar and calories; you can find much better alternatives elsewhere.

However, if you’ve got the kids out for a quick meal at McDonald’s you could certainly do worse. A small McDonald’s sweet tea contains 90 calories and 21 grams of sugar. Compare that to a small Coke, with 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar. The better option is clear.

Aside from that, it’s been proven that the carbonation in soda can contribute greatly to tooth decay. It actually dissolves the tooth enamel, a very unfortunate side effect. Your best bet is to opt for unsweetened tea or water. But if you’re in a pinch, McDonald’s sweet tea is an option.

Can You Make Your Own McDonald’s Sweet Tea?

You’ll find lots of copycat recipes online. But the most accurate copy of McDonald’s sweet tea is as follows. You’ll need:

  • 2 large Lipton or Luzianne tea bags
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 cup white sugar

First, you’ll boil two cups of water on your stovetop. Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat and add your tea bags.

Once the tea bags have sufficiently steeped (around 20 minutes), remove the bags and pour the tea into a large pitcher. Pour the sugar in and stir until it’s fully dissolved.

Finally, pour the cold water over the warm mixture. You’ve made your own McDonald’s sweet tea! Too sweet? Not sweet enough? You can play around with steeping time and the amount of sugar you add to your tea until you get it just right.

And if it’s healthy tea you want, check out some of the following instead: