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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