There’s nothing quite like the delicious frozen treat of a McDonald’s McFlurry. As it falls somewhere between an ice cream and a milkshake, it’s the McMenu item we can all agree upon. But there’s one mystery that has plagued McFlurry fans for years: Why is the plastic spoon hollow and square-shaped? It looks like a straw, but it’s (frustratingly) impossible to drink out of.An engineer and a former McDonald’s employee took to Tumblr to give two very different reasons for the utensil fast food mystery of our age.
The engineer offered up this explanation: “A regular plastic spoon would snap in the ice cream. The square shape is easy to produce and hold in your hand, and the hollowness saves plastic and insulates against the cold.”
This sounds pretty legitimate, but according to a former McDonald’s employee, the answer is even simpler: “We fill the cup with ice cream, we dump the Oreos on top, we stick the spoon in, we put the entire thing in a machine and use the spoon to stir your McFlurry.”
Without the square, hollow spoon your McFlurry would surely not come out whipped to perfection.