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McDonald's Ice Tea -- What brand is it?

alkapal Jul 17, 2013 06:29 PM

Do you know what brand of tea McDonald's uses for its iced tea? (Or what type of tea they use?) I really like the clean, straightforward & refreshing flavor.

They showed me a teabag (I guess for their hot tea customers), but the wrapper was "McDonalds," of course.

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    vilec Oct 13, 2013 02:05 PM

    ok i tried the secret recipe thingy with Lipton and I tried everyone elses too..then totally by accident i found the identical tea by buying the cheapest brand of teabags. I bought Kroeger ( a store brand) of teabags and put 4 family size ones in boiling water and let it sit at least 20 minutes. I personally use 3/4 cup splenda and 3/4 cup sugar just to cut it down on calories.

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      alkapal Oct 14, 2013 01:05 AM

      who manufacture's kroger's house brand, i wonder?

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        vilec Oct 14, 2013 01:53 AM

        Here its bakers supermarket also known as dillons. It's black tea it says on the box. Btw the recipe I gave was to make one gallon.

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          alkapal Oct 14, 2013 01:56 AM


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      Atochabsh Jul 24, 2013 08:55 AM

      To me McDonald's ice tea doesn't taste home brewed. I make tea every morning instead of coffee. I have a coffee maker that has had nothing but tea in it.

      But each his own.

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        Atochabsh Jul 22, 2013 02:31 PM

        I don't know what McDonalds uses, but I special ordered Farmer's Brothers from Amazon.com Their tea comes about as close to that restaurant type ice tea that I've found.

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          alkapal Jul 23, 2013 12:48 AM

          i'm not looking for restaurant type iced tea. the reason i love the mickey d's is that it tastes home-brewed.

          but thanks anyway.

        2. KaimukiMan Jul 20, 2013 07:53 AM

          it may vary from market to market. the ice tea in hawaii isn't so great, at least at most locations, and i doubt it is gold peak.

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            kitchengardengal Jul 20, 2013 12:00 PM

            Kaimukiman, the sweet tea at McD's here in the deep South (Georgia) is famous for its wonderfulness. I prefer unsweetened, but there is a fine art to making sweet tea that a Southerner would approve of. The big urns that dispense the tea have Gold Peak emblazoned across the front. Next time you're in Georgia, you'll have to try some!

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              KaimukiMan Jul 22, 2013 02:28 PM

              I realize being tarred and feathered is a fine old Southern tradition, but since it's one I prefer not to experience I won't share my feelings about Sweet Tea. Maybe its one of those things that needs to be experienced 'in situ' as it were.

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                kitchengardengal Jul 22, 2013 04:32 PM

                Absolutely, it's a 'ya gotta be there' thing. I'd never had sweet tea till I moved South, and had no idea that it was tooth achingly sweet. Growing up in California and Ohio, unsweetened was our drink of choice every day.
                I can..shall we say..appreciate a good sweet Southern iced tea now. But I still don't order one.

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                  alkapal Jul 23, 2013 12:49 AM

                  they'll do half-sweet. fwiw.

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                    kitchengardengal Jul 24, 2013 12:35 PM

                    Yep. If I do get iced tea at a fast food place, sometimes I'll make it 72/25 with sweet tea, or with the lemonade.

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            kitchengardengal Jul 17, 2013 04:18 PM

            They use Gold Peak. You can get it bottled, but I don't know if you can get the leaves to brew yourself.

            A coworker gave me a box of the loose Gold Peak tea that a sales rep had given her. It said 'black tea' on the box, and my coworker told me she didn't want it because she "doesn't drink flavored teas".

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              Hobbert Jul 20, 2013 12:08 PM

              Haha that's fantastic! Gold Peak is really tasty.

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              tracytrace Jul 17, 2013 04:03 PM

              My brother is addicted to and obsessed with McD's iced tea! My whole family are lifelong Luzianne iced tea drinkers, and he caused a minor kerfuffle when he switched to Lipton, which he says is exactly like McD's.

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