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Old 06/11/09, 11:45 AM
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Sweet Tea drinkers...how much sugar?

I recently tried (accidentally) McDonald's sweet tea and it was like drinking sugar syrup. for me..icky icky nasty stuff.

I'm interested in knowing how much sugar those who drink sweet tea use?

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Old 06/11/09, 11:46 AM
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If we make sweet tea at home, we put about half a cup (maybe a bit less) in a gallon of tea.

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3/4 cup to a gallon of tea.

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Old 06/11/09, 11:53 AM
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We use 1 cup per gallon. My daughter works at McDonalds and they use a 5 lb. bag of sugar for 5 gallons of tea.

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We use 1 cup per gallon. My daughter works at McDonalds and they use a 5 lb. bag of sugar for 5 gallons of tea.
I'm surprised they can dissolve that much in the tea... :O
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What brand of tea does McDonalds use?

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I like my sweet tea without sugar.

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ahhh. So not quite as sweet then. Almost...from 1/2 to 2/3rds as sweet. Cool.

After looking at the McD's nutrition stuff, their Sweet Tea has 230cal in a 32oz. That would be 1/3cup tea per quart...or 1 1/3cup per gallon.

my mymy. that's a lot of sugar Not nearly as much as the coke tho. a 32oz coke is 310, which is .4cups sugar and that's...way too much. shoot. when I do drink sodas, it's coke. well PIFFLE!

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I like my sweet tea without sugar.
This ain't for you creek water drinkers, CF! {laughing}

I vary somewhat between 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar to the gallon of tea. If it's going to be heavily iced I use more tea and more sugar.

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Just a little more than 1/2 cup per gallon. Its not really that sweet, just slightly so and refreshing.

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We use 1 cup per gallon. My daughter works at McDonalds and they use a 5 lb. bag of sugar for 5 gallons of tea.
That would be 2cups per gallon..which would be 1/2cup sugar per quart.(32oz). (it's approximate 2cups = 1lb sugar). so, sugar is 774cal per cup...353calories per quart. which is more than their website says....My guess would be that if they make 5 gallons at a time, they just use the easiest method of dumping in the sugar..dump a bag. (I've seen the bags of sugar they dump in at our local store)

ouch.

well, at least they don't add a deepfried sugar cube or something
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Old 06/11/09, 12:30 PM
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too some folks it ain't sweet tea until you can knock a hummingbird outta the air just because the little birdy flew by your glass

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When I fill my cup at McDonalds, I first add ice, then a good couple of inches of the Light Lemonade from the soda dispenser, then top it off with the sweet tea or sometimes I mix the sweet 50% with the unsweet tea. If the McDonalds you're at fills the cup for you, ask for lemon to be added.

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normally - 1.5 cups to 2 cups - depends on the day

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I like it right on the edge of being a supersaturated solution.

But, in an effort for health and weight loss and such, I drink it unsweetened if it all possible. Learning to not grit my teeth so hard as I swallow. In enough time, I might even learn to like it this way.

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Why would anyone want to ruin perfectly good tea by adding sugar. EEEEECccchhh. You people are nuts LOL
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always liked my tea "extra sweet, no lemon"

1/3 cup per quart is how i've always made it

probably should cut back to 1/4 cup though

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Definitely NO Lemon!

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In my experience all Mc Donald's sweet tea is not equal.....
It's possible that you got one form somewhere that was sugar heavy or they just made a batch and didn't make sure all the sugar had been mixed in hence sunk to the bottom.

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Here is a hint for those who like their sweet tea but are trying to cut back on sugar and don't want chemical sweeteners.

If you put about a tablespoon of honey in the pot while your hot brewing the tea, before you put it in the pitcher with water, and stir it in, it fakes our your taste buds a bit and seems like there is a LOT more sweetening in it. Works really well with a pot of green tea too.

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