McDonald’s Redesigns Straw for Its Shamrock Shake


(TIML NEWS) McDonald’s Shamrock Shake has a problem. Standard straws don’t allow you to get the right combination of mint and chocolate at the same time, so they’ve set out to solve this problem.

The fast food franchise hired design studio JACE and NK Labs to revolutionize the straw as Shamrock Shake season rolls around… and they came up with the STRAW (Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal), which provides “Optimal Flavor Dynamics,” says a press release.

“It was a puzzling assignment, but one with an ambitious goal,” Seth Newburg, principal engineer and managing partner at NK Labs, says. “From a physics perspective, it’s actually quite difficult to deliver a proportional amount of both chocolate and mint flavors with each sip. But that’s exactly what we did. It’s a marvel of fluid dynamics. Thanks Fibonacci sequence.”

The J-shaped design alleviates the need to wait for the shake to melt a bit to mix the two flavors. Instead, perfectly-placed holes in the STRAW allow you to enjoy both the chocolate and mint together, despite the layering of the two flavors.

The STRAW is currently limited to just 2,000 production models and will be available at select McDonald’s locations in the U.S. in the coming weeks to those who order a Chocolate Shamrock Shake. I’m definitely gonna try this out as soon as I finish writing this post lol