McDonald's Sugar-Free Vanilla Iced Coffee Review

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With only 1 to 2 grams of sugar, McDonald’s Iced Coffee with Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup is a home run.

Grabbing a coffee on the go is as typical a morning ritual as brushing one’s teeth or making one’s bed in the morning. Whether it is from the corner bodega or a large chain like Starbucks, coffee helps many people get through their day. So if you are one of those people, McDonald’s offers a great option to get a caffeine fix while keeping your sugar intake down --  McDonald’s Iced Coffee with Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup.

Around 2008, McDonald’s joined the beverage battle against Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts and began offering flavored iced coffees such as hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla.

It was also a time when McDonald’s was moving toward healthier options, so a sugar-free vanilla flavor made perfect sense as it has about 10% of the sugar, 50% of the calories, and 40% of the carbohydrates as the regular version.

All of the aforementioned benefits are in addition to McDonald’s Sugar-Free Vanilla Iced Coffee being every bit as good as a regular iced coffee. It has a light caramel color with smooth texture and consistency. The coffee flavor is solid while the vanilla flavor is pleasantly strong with no artificial aftertaste.

Not All Sugar-Free Coffees Are Created Equal

While the overall design and package of McDonald’s Iced Coffee with Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup is spot on, the consistency in how the product is prepared and delivered presents a problem.

There have been times that the coffee was burnt or too much sweetener added, which drastically changed the flavor profile of the beverage. In addition, not all locations offer non-fat or skim milk and will use creamer instead. As a result, ordering McDonald’s Sugar-Free Vanilla Iced Coffee can be hit or miss, but if you are able to get it as it was intended the coffee is a sugar-free home run.


  • Pleasant French vanilla flavor and sweetness
  • No artificial aftertaste
  • Looks and smells just like a regular iced coffee with milk


  • Inconsistent preparation at different locations
  • Non-fat milk is not always available instead of light creamer


  • Sucralose-sweetened French vanilla coffee
  • 60 to 120 calories (depending on whether non-fat milk or light creamer is used)
  • Found almost everywhere

Nutrition Facts for McDonald's Iced Coffee With Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup

Per 8-ounce/60-g serving size: 80 calories, 41 calories from fat, 4.5 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsaturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 65 mg sodium, 0 mg potassium, 9 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 1 g sugar, 1 g protein.