Here’s Why McFlurry Spoons Have That Square Handle

This original McDonald's product design actually makes so much sense once you know its real purpose.

Ah yes, the McFlurry. The classic McDonald’s soft-serve ice cream dessert blended with various toppings is a crowd favorite—and for good reason. If you’ve had a McFlurry, or at least seen one, you may have noticed that the spoon is oddly shaped. With a square top, hollow middle, and a hook, the McFlurry spoon is a true McDonald’s mystery (like why McDonald’s Coke tastes better than Coke everywhere else) and we’re here to crack the code for you.

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Why is the McFlurry spoon shaped that way?

Since the handle of a McFlurry spoon is hollow, many people have thought to use the spoon like a straw. But because the McFlurry is so thick, the ice cream can’t make it up. So why exactly would the spoon be hollow if not to be used as a straw?

The hollowness of the spoon is actually used in the process of blending the McFlurry. The spoon is designed to fit snugly into the machine that blends in the toppings. After the employee uses the soft-serve McDonald’s ice cream machine to fill the cup, they scoop the topping of your choice onto the ice cream. The handle of the spoon gets pushed into the blender and is held there as the spoon spins until the toppings are evenly mixed in. This gives the McFlurry its creamy texture and ensures that there are toppings in each and every bite. The spoon slides easily off the mixer and is promptly served to the customer. Cool, right?

Why use a spoon and not just machinery?

Using the McFlurry spoon to mix together the ice cream and the toppings actually makes the process significantly easier for McDonald’s employees. This reduces the time it takes to make a McFlurry by eliminating additional parts that would need to be cleaned in-between uses. Not to mention, it’s also more sanitary for the customer. So next time to head into your local chain for one of these bestselling McDonald’s menu items, add a McFlurry to your order and see if you can sneak a peek of what goes on behind the scenes.