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If you wake up in the morning already craving something sweet to kick-start your day, first of all, same. Second of all, this viral McDonald's Snickers iced coffee from TikTok needs to be added to your morning routine ASAP. Personally, I often wake up with lingering headaches if I don't get some sugar and caffeine first thing in the morning, so when I saw this Snickers iced coffee hack that only costs $3, I knew I needed to try it.
While you may have heard of the Starbucks secret menu, it turns out McDonald's has a few secret drinks up its sleeve as well, thanks to TikTok. And luckily with the convenience of mobile ordering, it was incredibly easy to place this order, and no early-morning human interaction was required. To start, find the McCafé section of McDonald's mobile ordering app. Select Iced Hazelnut Coffee and your preferred size. I followed the TikTok to a T and selected a size large. Next, you can customize your ingredients: add one caramel syrup, one chocolate caramel syrup, one whipped cream, and two caramel drizzles. If you are brave enough to talk to other people before your morning coffee and opt for in-store or drive-through ordering, you can simply verbalize this recipe. At my McDonald's location, they asked if I wanted to add any cream or sugar. The recipe standard in the app is one cream and sugar, so that's what I chose.
I have to admit, I don't typically gravitate toward McDonald's for coffee, but you can't beat a custom drink for that price! My Starbucks coffees usually cost around $5-$6, so paying a few dollars less was refreshing.
As for the drink itself, I was pleasantly surprised! I don't necessarily think it tastes like a Snickers as the TikTok claimed, but the nuttiness of the hazelnut base paired with the chocolate and caramel made the coffee very well-balanced. I'd never tried the McDonald's Hazelnut flavor before, and I found that it wasn't as sweet as its other syrup flavors. I could really taste the coffee, a bit of hazelnut, and a little bit of sweetness with the added syrups and sauces, and all of the flavors meshed together well.
Though I enjoyed the drink, it wasn't my favorite, so I don't think I'll order this exact recipe again. Next time, I'll start with a medium hazelnut iced coffee with no cream and add two caramel syrups, one chocolate sauce, and one whipped cream. I prefer less of the sticky, thick sauces and more of the syrups since they incorporate better with the coffee for added flavor and sweetness. This drink was certainly worth trying once, and I'm sure it will become a staple for me with a few easy modifications!