McDonald's Is Giving Out Free McFlurries to Apologize for Their Weird Spoons

Those spoons ARE confusing.

A caramel brownie McFlurry.

Picture, if you will, a McFlurry. Its density is suspended somewhere between soft-serve ice cream and a milkshake, its thickness veering just far enough toward the former to require a spoon, rather than a straw. So McDonald’s, which first brought the dessert to market in 1997, went ahead and paired it with a spoon that looks like a straw, but does not perform a straw’s primary function, which is to suck. 

Although the reason behind this fake out design has been known for years (the spoon attaches to the McFlurry machine and acts as a mixer), McDonald’s is now making a mini mea culpa via free frozen treats.

“Our McFlurry spoon is ~misunderstood~ and every true McDonald's fan understands the struggle of confusing it for a straw. While we can't change the iconic hollow spoon (a key piece of the mixing process), we can help ease the sting of your facepalm upon figuring out how to use it,” an announcement reads. “How? We're giving everyone who has ever even thought the spoon was a straw... so yeah, everyone... a FREE regular size Caramel Brownie McFlurry on May 4 at participating McDonald's.”

McDonald's officially started serving the new Caramel Brownie McFlurry this month, after announcing its arrival back in April. It features the fast food giant's classic vanilla soft serve along with hunks of brownies and plenty of caramel sauce topping. Unfortunately, it looks like it'll only be on the menu for a little while.  

To score the freebie, scan the offer code in the McDonald’s app and pick up your McFlurry from the closest location. No additional purchase is required for the May 4 offer. On top of that, you can get a free regular size Caramel Brownie McFlurry when you spend $15 or more on Uber Eats McDonald’s orders placed from May 3-9. Oh, and if you play you play your cards right (and plan accordingly), this free McFlurry could be the perfect dessert to follow the free taco you can score at Taco Bell on May 4. It's a great day for free food.

“Consider it our way of making that salty moment of confusion just a little sweeter,” the announcement reads.

Want more free food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best reward programs, birthday freebies, gift card offers, deals on food for kids, food delivery, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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