So I tried McDonald's Iced Coffee for the first time and I can sum up my experience in two words:
What the hell do they put in this stuff? I did a little online research and found this message board and it appears I'm not the only one with this issue.
Here are some of the reviews:
"I tried the sugar-free iced vanilla coffee this morning. 1 hour later I had cramping and diahrrea so bad. Do they put sorbitol in the sugar free? It felt like I had eaten too much sugar free candy. I do love the taste of the coffee, but not sure I want to side effects."
Posted by: Annie | April 08, 2008 at 05:22 PM
"I read these reviews and was instantly horrified by the tales of people getting shaken up inside, but I chose to try the iced coffee anyways. I opted for the vanilla flavored large sized. Words can hardly describe the taste of this drink. I can say the it was like a Greek goddess of taste buds released her power and flavor fairies were dancing on my tongue. I was unable to make the drink last more than a few minutes. The joy was short lived. I was driving home and the all mighty laxative power unleashed its fury on my innocent and unsuspecting stomach. I broke out in a cold sweat and contemplated running every red light due to the sheer pain I was in. Five minutes later I was home and penguin walking into the house. What ensued could is best described as a wooly mammoth getting kick in the junk. I was down for the count. I fear that I may have suffered internal and possibly external injuries. Once it is safe to leave the house I will probably go buy another one because they are that flipping GOOD. I will just wait until I get home to drink it."
Posted by: T-Dog | April 09, 2008 at 08:07 PM
"I got sick the first two times, but I think I got used to it and I don't notice it any more. The stuff is pretty much an intense laxative though... so make sure there is a restroom nearby. Seriously. Its difficult to explain the effect this will have on your body. Tastes amazing. Nice and cheap. McDonalds is the best restaurant ever. I limit myself to 1 per week though because its just so bad for you. But it sure tastes good."
Posted by: Cory | March 28, 2008 at 12:39 PM
"My friend Tammy and I are standing here and we have a new name for the McDonalds Iced Coffee. It's now called the "McColonic" it's cheaper then a colon cleanser!!! We love them but we can't stop with egg farts!!! LOL!!!:)"
Posted by: lisa | March 27, 2008 at 10:09 PM
"Loved the carmel flavor! Wish they had soy milk as an option. My stomach was hurting after and I was bloated because of the milk. It was not strong enough for me!"
Posted by: Shani Vo | March 26, 2008 at 11:12 PM
"I drank it the first time and loved it...1 hour later I was doubled over with severe stomach/abdominal cramps to the point where I thought maybe they did not rinse the pot after cleaning it and considered going to the hospital. It lasted for about 2 hours. Three months later, I decided to give it another shot since I did love the "coffee" and had the exact same reaction. I had no idea so many other people were experiencing similar effects. I read somewhere about all the additives that are in their coffee. It sounds similar to Olean...unfortunate because their coffee truely does taste great."
Posted by: RO | January 08, 2008 at 05:34 PM
"Yes I felt pukey from it too; it was delicious and I was disappointed that I could not get one again the next day as I felt nauseous; took the third time trying it to realize it was the iced coffee making me sick. And I think it is the CARRAGEENAN ingredient - have read a lot of people get sick, upset stomach from it although it is also in creamers and ice cream."
Posted by: no name2 | October 22, 2007 at 08:29 PM
Aside from these lovely side effects it also gives you an INTENSE buzz. After a few sips you'll feel like the spaz in the commercial.