Why People Are Refusing To Drink Chick-fil-A's Lemonade Again

Why People Are Refusing To Drink Chick-fil-A's Lemonade Again

Maybe fast-food restaurants should ask their social media-savvy employees to leave their phones at home. Videos of what goes on behind the scenes at fast-food places often go viral and have been known to generate negative publicity. Even something as routine as making the lemonade at Chick-fil-A can cause viewers to swear off the drink, or even the restaurant, for life.

Chick-fil-A employee Hayden Alumbaugh posted a short video to TikTok that shows a pitcher of sugar going into a container of yellow liquid, with the caption, quote, “This is how much sugar they put in the lemonade at Chick-fil-A,” along with a queasy-face emoji. The clip, posted on August 4th, has been watched more than 2.7 million times, as of the making of this video. One commenter posted, “I’m gonna have to find another drink then.” While someone else commented, “Just another reason not to eat there.”

The sugar content in Chick-fil-A’s lemonade is not exactly a trade secret. We know that a 14-ounce serving has 58 grams of carbs, which is mostly sugar, as the other two ingredients, water and lemon juice, aren’t exactly loaded with carbs. That’s more sugar than what’s found in a regular Mountain Dew, which has 46 grams in a 12-ounce can.

Believe it or not, this is the second Chick-fil-A lemonade Tik Tok controversy of the summer. In a TikTok post that has since been deleted, a former Chick-fil-A employee showed that the restaurant’s $3 frosted strawberry lemonade is about 70 percent ice, which made some commenters feel cheated.

Don’t like all that ice in the frosted strawberry lemonade? At least Chick-fil-A doesn’t skimp on the sugar. Or does it? Here’s a newsflash for those who have never run a lemonade stand as a kid: the refreshing summer beverage packs in a lot of sugar, no matter who makes it.

Simply Recipes, for example, says the “perfect lemonade” consists of four parts water, one part lemon juice, and one part sugar. Given that 4:1:1 ratio, Chick-fil-A’s lemonade is actually too tart to be perfect. According to employee training materials posted on the online studying app Quizlet, Chick-fil-A lemonade is made by combining 8 quarts of water, 2 quarts of lemon juice, and 7 cups of sugar. Those seven cups of sugar are one cup short of two quarts, which would give you Simply Recipes’ supposedly perfect ratio.

The sugar shortfall wasn’t lost on some of the commenters on Alumbaugh’s post. One TikTok user wrote, “And somehow it tastes bitter.” While another commenter said, “If this bothers you, you should see how much sugar McDonald’s puts in their sweet tea.”

So, as unhealthy as Alumbaugh’s TikTok makes Chick-fil-A’s lemonade look, it’s really not an uncommon amount of sugar for the summertime favorite.

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  1. I’m not seeing the controversy, anyone that can’t figure it out simply by taste probably should just stay out of a kitchen and leave cooking to the professionals.

  2. Their lemonade is delicious, however someone put too much lemon pulp in my drink this time. I was so sad. It tasted like lime.

  3. Two things wrong in this video:
    1. A 12 quart bucket lasts a long time and there isn’t that much sugar in the single lemonade your drinking.

    2. There is no ice in the frosted lemonade.

  4. Okay this is ridiculous! If you have ever drank Southern Sweet Tea (anywhere) or Chick-fil-A’s Lemonade its very sweet. How do you think it gets that sweet? People really can be so ignorant.

  5. I worked at CFA for 4 years. All of the videos that they are showing here is mixing the sugar with lemon juice. The third ingredient is water and dilutes the sugar and lemon juice by about a 6 to 1 ratio. This is a very misleading video. That being said, lemonade (much like cola for example) has a substantial amount of acid. The only way to cut through that acid is to add a copious amount of sugar. If you drink lemonade, sweet tea from a fast-food chain, or soda, you are no better off. Surprise! A treat beverage is not good for you.

  6. At least they use real sugar. It is safer to drink 58 grams of sugar per 12 oz serving of lemonade than drinking a 48 gram cup of Coke in the USA that is loaded with high fructose corn syrup. As soon as I moved to the Philippines in March 2020, my diabetes went away and I feel much better. No more Metformin.

  7. I don’t mind the lemonade other than the pulp, but someone once told me they use tap water and I dont drink tap water in Texas

  8. 1. Lemonade has always has a shitload of sugar. 2. How do these people think frozen beverages are made? Have they ever watched the bartender make a frozen margarita? It’s 70% ice because otherwise it wouldn’t be a frozen beverage… Shit like this is exactly why we deserved 2020.

  9. just to be clear, as a chick-fil-a employee, the strawberry frosted lemonade, is NOT made with ice. Like the frosted lemonade its soft serve ice cream mixed with lemonade and strawberry topping. And we do offer diet lemonade mixed with splenda, which this video fails to mention lol.

  10. and that is why we keep going there!! ppl who say they re not gonna keep going are the same ones who "don’t" go because they don’t like there political views..

  11. When someone is so appalled at the amount of "suger" in lemonade, it’s clear they really need to spend less time in the basement.

  12. I fully support the chicken sandwich deluxe but am boycotting the small waffle fries, only large waffle is acceptable to my ethics! And where is that juicer machine with the pull over cover that keeps me from having to hold the 🍋 with my 🖐️

  13. As a former Chick-fil-A employee, I can’t divulge recipes. But I can tell you it is the standard amount of sugar per gallon for lemonade as it is for most southern iced tea.

  14. They have a diet version made with Splenda duh. Also, lemon juice is very tart and acidic, it takes a lot to balance that out. 🤦‍♀️

  15. Do you know how much sugar is in soda? Btw just ask for no ice they train us to give a lot of ice no matter what drink, since people hate it when the ice melts theirs no qualms with no ice.

  16. I think its this channels mission to slowly eradicate any and all joys of life. Even a glass of lemonade or sweet tea on a hot day 👎

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