I tried iced black coffee at 3 fast-food chains, and there's only one I'd buy again

I tried iced black coffee at 3 fast-food chains, and there's only one I'd buy again
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black iced coffees from burger king, mcdonald's, and wendy's
I tried iced coffee from three fast-food chains.Erin Ajello
  • I ordered iced black coffees from fast-food chains Wendy's, Burger King, and McDonald's.

  • I wouldn't order iced coffee from Wendy's or Burger King again because I didn't like the flavor.

  • McDonald's was my favorite of the bunch — it tasted like it was from an actual coffee shop.

Iced black coffee is my go-to order, and getting it from fast-food chains would make my morning fix quick and cheap.

I decided to a small coffee from Wendy's, Burger King, and McDonald's to see which is best.

Wendy's iced coffee was bitter, and I struggled to drink the entire thing

cup of black iced coffee from wendy's
cup of black iced coffee from wendy's

I thought Wendy's coffee was very bitter.Erin Ajello

Wendy's iced coffee is described on the menu as "extra rich and super-smooth," but I didn't find it smooth at all. In fact, I found it difficult to finish because of how bitter it was.

I regularly drink black coffee, so I'm used to it not being sweet, but this felt undrinkable. If you're a big fan of bitter coffee though, this might be for you.

The small iced coffee was the most expensive I tried at $2.39 — but Wendy's version of a small was bigger than the other two chains', so value-wise it seemed on par.

I found Burger King's iced coffee to be pretty flavorless 

cup of iced black coffee from burger king
cup of iced black coffee from burger king

I could barely taste Burger King's coffee.Erin Ajello

Wendy's iced coffee was hard for me to drink because of the strong flavor, but Burger King's was so watery that I couldn't taste much.

It was easy to drink because of this, but it wasn't as rich or powerful as I expect an iced black coffee to be.

When I previously tried the chain's hot black coffee, I thought it tasted burnt, so this was at least a step up from that experience.

On the bright side, Burger King's small coffee only cost $1.19.

McDonald's coffee was my favorite, and it was smooth to drink

cup of black iced coffee from mcdonald's
cup of black iced coffee from mcdonald's

McDonald's coffee could've passed for a coffee-shop offering.Erin Ajello

The iced coffee at McDonald's was full and rich, and it had a sweetness to it that made it enjoyable to drink.

This felt the most like a quality iced coffee I'd get at an actual coffee chain, but for a fast-food price.

The small was priced between the other two, at $2.19, which felt fair for a good cup of coffee.

Overall, McDonald's had the only iced coffee I'd willingly buy again

empty iced coffee cups from wendy's mcdonalds and burger king
empty iced coffee cups from wendy's mcdonalds and burger king

I'd only get McDonald's coffee again.Erin Ajello

As I expected, ordering iced coffee at fast-food chains was cheap (under $2.50 a piece) and quick.

But between Wendy's coffee being pretty bitter and Burger King's coffee tasting watered down, McDonald's was my clear favorite.

Beyond fast-food taste tests, this is an iced coffee I'd genuinely try again — I even liked it more than some coffee-chain varieties I've had.

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