Fast Food

McDonald’s Designed A Milkshake ‘STRAW’ That Will Change The Way You Suck

A few weeks ago, McDonald’s announced that they were adding a brand-new line of Shamrock Shake-inspired drinks to their beverage menu. These included a Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, a Chocolate Shamrock Shake, Shamrock Hot Chocolate, and a Shamrock Mocha.


In a recent McDonald’s Facebook Live Stream, the fast food chain announced that they’ve been collaborating with two aerospace and robotic engineering companies (JACE and NK Labs) to elevate the simple straw into a new item they’re appropriately calling the “STRAW.”

The Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal (or STRAW) is McDonald’s latest answer to the dual-layered Chocolate Shamrock Shake. It features a “J”-shaped design complete with well-placed holes for your milkshake to enter through.

When McDonald’s dropped their new Chocolate Shamrock Shake, customers would have to mix their beverage together if they wanted a combination of both chocolate and mint flavor. The STRAW’s design allows for both components to be sucked without having to mix the shake up.

Hot damn.


McDonald’s will be giving away 2,000 of these straws to fans across the United States. A list of participating McDonald’s locations that will have the STRAW on Feb. 24 can be found here.

Like last month’s 10,000 exclusive Big Mac Sauce bottles, the STRAWS will be available on a first come, first served, basis.

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You Won’t Believe The Beats This Guy Dropped With A McDonald’s Cup And Straw [WATCH]

McD Straw Beats

Have you ever chilled at a Mickey D’s, enjoying your soft serve, when some random dude starts dropping the sickest beat? No, this guy doesn’t have a laptop or spin gear. Rather, he’s using nothing more than a McDonald’s soda cup and straw.

Parker Kane McDonald became a viral sensation after his short McDonald’s cup dubstep video hit YouTube a few days ago. This dude’s seriously going places.

Check out this impressive video, shot on location, at some random McDonald’s.


Slide Whistle Straws Let You Drink Like a Cartoon Character


There’s an old episode of Spongebob Squarepants in which Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward get their hands on some slide whistles and proceed to add inappropriate sound effects to EVERYTHING in Bikini Bottom — from automatic doors opening to lover’s quarrels. While we don’t recommend being that insufferable, these “Wet My Whistle” straws from Fred & Friends could add some much needed entertainment to an otherwise joyless drinking experience.

Slide whistle when your buddy gets turned down by a girl at the bar. Slide whistle to cover unpleasant vomiting sounds. Slide whistle just to slide whistle, because you and your friends are drunk and no one will remember how annoying you’re being anyway. The “slide” works by pulling the straw in and out of liquid as you blow, providing the perfect excuse to keep drinking — or the perfect excuse for the bartender to cut you off early.


Wet My Whistle Musical Straws, available soon for $9.99 @Fred & Friends

H/T Incredible Things


FOOD HACK: Why You Should Butter Your Popcorn with a Straw


It all started so simple: go to a movie, buy some popcorn, have a good time. So how did you find yourself spending five minutes furiously trying to get your butter on while a line forms behind you? They said that you were dreaming too big, that you were reaching for the stars. They said you could never evenly butter all your popcorn. Well, now they are wrong. Thanks to this new Popcorn Hack, the internet has provided a way to leave no kernel unbuttered. Using just a straw, you can penetrate the surface of the popcorn and butter every part evenly, rather then it all piling up at the top .


Boom: You’re welcome. Now, go forth and flex that popcorn butter swag.

PicThx Tri102.5


Chopstick Straws Forever Change the Soup Game


Let’s file this under “things we’ve been waiting our whole life for.”

Being able to literally have your ramen and drink it too is a reality with these Soup Straws. Imagine chopsticks, now think of them hollowed out with an opening at each end and a series of holes at the tip. This is some serious next level sorcery right here.

An innovative idea by designer, Julian Lechner, these Soup Straws mean the end of awkwardly slurping up your broth while simultaneously trying to shove noodles and meat into your mouth. Because trying to get that perfect ramen bite is a real life struggle.


Unfortunately, this invention is only a concept for now. We’re hoping that some food-loving investor will see how necessary this is and pony up the funds to get Soup Straws at ramen restaurants everywhere. Until then, maybe just pop a straw into your bowl of soup to get at that broth. Or you could use a spoon, that might work too.

H/T Gizmodo + PicThx Julian Lechner


15 Ways to Use Pizza Crusts Since Most of You Throw Them Away Anyways

Pizza crusts are the untapped natural resource of the fast food world. So many people either eat them or throw them away, completely missing the fact that pizza crusts can also be used…


Fiji Water Now Has Built-In Straw Bottle Caps, For Celebrities and Women


Because ain’t nobody got time to find a straw or reapply lipstick, “artesian” bottled water company Fiji debuted its new built-in straw bottle caps during New York Fashion week earlier this month.

Designed as a reusable, BPA free and dishwasher safe replacement for its usual blue caps, the new built-in straw caps will be targeted specifically toward women, to prevent their lipstick from smearing when they drink.

“What we started to see was a persistent use of straws, especially by some of our biggest fans who were singers and touchstone cultural icons,” David Bowman, the company’s VP of marketing, told the Wall Street Journal. Finally, the rich and fabulous can drink without fear of contaminating their precious artisanal l’eau with last season’s YSL – the horror!

For us plebes, however, the straws won’t be available until summer, where they can be purchased as 5-packs on the Fiji website and eventually at “higher-end” retailers like Target and Whole Foods.

H/T Design Taxi + PicThx WSJ


Titanium Straw

Ever wish you had a straw that was stronger than the rest? Now you can have a straw that will stab right into your orange, your apple, your watermelon, and that damn Capri Sun packet you lost the little straw for on your walk to school. This Titanium Straw is made of food grade titanium — tasteless, odorless, does not corrode, non-allergenic and is advertised to have “an excellent weight to tensile strength ratio.”

The dishwasher safe straw is approximately 7″ tall, has a inner diameter of 5.35mm and outer diameter of 6.36mm and a bend angle of 40°. ($14.99 @ ThinkGeek)