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12 Fast Food Chains With The Best Ice Cubes

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Enter the world of fast food, where eating is made more enjoyable with ice cubes. Some establishments are distinguished in the world of icy pleasure by their excellent ice game, which elevates a basic requirement to a pleasurable amenity. Their delightful crunch and lively dance in carbonated beverages offer a delightful touch to your fast-food adventure. Come along on a tour into the icy world of fast-food ice cubes as we examine the glaring differences that distinguish different businesses. As we reveal the strategies behind fast food companies that serve the most delightful and refreshing ice cubes, get ready to enjoy the frozen perfection that lies ahead.


Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A
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Chick-fil-A’s ice cubes, which they call “nugget ice” and some call ‘”sonic ice,” are a perfect size, in my opinion.  They are small enough to munch on but big enough not to melt immediately. They are also a great consistency, with less density than standard-size ice cubes. These ice cubes are so popular that Chick-fil-A actually sells bags of their ice.


Chipotle

Chipotle Mexican fast food restaurant

Chipotle’s ice cubes may seem basic at first appearance, as they look standard size and are in classic cube form. But what I like about them is that they don’t melt as quickly as crushed ice. Therefore, it’s nice to have thicker cubes if I want to have a cold drink for longer or if I’m drinking outside on a hot summer day.


McDonald’s

McDonald's
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McDonald’s has a high standard for many of their menu items, as they have a huge reputation to uphold. Their ice is of high quality as well, which is why it’s so crystal clear. It comes in cube form instead of crushed but is still more chewable than much other cubed ice. They work great in McDonald’s coffee drinks as well as soft drinks!


Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Drive-In
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Sonic’s crushed ice has a nice texture, almost like snow. It’s easy to chew and melts quickly in your mouth, making it perfect for a fast food soft drink.


Starbucks

Starbucks
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Starbucks ice is in a standard cube shape, but I find that their ice melts just right with my iced drink as long as it’s not too hot out, leaving me some ice to crunch on at the end. You can ask your barista for light ice or extra ice depending on your preferences. Starbucks also offers the option of coffee ice cubes – instead freezing plain water, they freeze coffee. You have to ask for these, however, and I haven’t tried myself. These coffee cubes are perfect for sipping your iced coffee because they don’t water down the flavor.

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Taco Bell

Taco Bell
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Taco Bell has the perfect balance of cube and crushed ice, which I like to call “ice chips.” These ice cubes are not as crunchy as crushed ice or dense as regular cubes. And in some of their frozen drinks, they’ll use crushed ice to achieve a slushie consistency.


Raising Cane’s

Raising Cane's
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Raising Cane’s has some of the best fast food ice cubes because they are crushed perfectly. I love crushed ice, but sometimes restaurants have too heavily crushed ice that melts by the time you finish your drink. This isn’t the case for Raising Cane’s, so you still get to enjoy it at the end.


Burger King

Burger King
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Burger King has some well-shaped, classic ice cubes. This ice is cube-shaped but has just the right amount of crunch, making it easy to chew but not too crunchy.


In-N-Out

In-N-Out
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In addition to the best burgers of any fast food restaurant on this list, In-N-Out has some of the softest ice cubes that I’ve ever had. It’s more like shaved ice than a regular cube, so it melts in your mouth almost instantly. It’s the perfect ice for a hot summer day or if you want a cool drink without having to chew too much ice.


Panda Express

Panda Express Chinese Takeaway meal

Panda Express’s ice cubes are almost identical to Chipotle’s classic cubes. They are standard-size cubes but not too hard or dense, which is great for both drinking and munching.


Popeyes

Popeyes Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Popeyes is best known for its delicious, crunchy fried chicken, but it also became quite infamous when an employee dunked a basket of their ice into the deep fryer. This is a dangerous stunt, and I don’t recommend it. Just enjoy their delicious chicken and drinks, and stay safe!


Wendy’s

Wendy's
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Last but not least, Wendy’s ice cubes are pretty classic.  But although I usually love crunchable crushed ice cubes, I appreciate that Wendy’s takes a while to melt because it gives me ample time to enjoy their delicious food – like the Spicy Asiago Ranch Chicken Club – without rushing.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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