McDonald’s removes popular drink from the menu – here’s what to order instead

McDonald’s is the latest fast food chain to be hit by supply shortages following Nando’s and KFC.

Yesterday, no milkshakes or bottled beverages were available at any of the burger restaurant’s outlets and the US giant said that the drinks will be off the menu all week in England, Scotland and Wales.

But, a spokesperson did add that staff were “working hard to return these items to the menu as soon as possible”.

Customers were left disappointed by the shortage as they complain that their orders were rejected at the checkout, reports the Mirror.

And, it’s thought that the shortage is linked to a staffing crisis in the delivery sector.

On social media, one foodie said: I just went on McDonalds – they’ve got no milkshakes and the fizzy drinks ‘might be flat’. What is going onnn?!”

A shortage of lorry drivers has hit the UK this week reportedly due to a combination of Covid restrictions and new EU immigration rules.

Chains across the UK have been hit by shortages

A spokesperson for McDonald’s said: “Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing some supply chain issues, impacting the availability of a small number of products.

“Bottled drinks and milkshakes are temporarily unavailable in restaurants across England, Scotland and Wales.

“We apologise for any inconvenience, and thank our customers for their continued patience.”

What to order instead of milkshake at McDonald’s

Cold drinks

  • Cherry ripple iced cooler
  • Mint choc chip iced frappe
  • Iced latte
  • Diet Coke
  • Coca-Cola Classic
  • Cola-Cola Zero Sugar
  • Sprite Zero
  • Tropicana
  • Robinsons Fruit Shoot
  • Organic milk
  • Oasis
  • Fanta Orange
  • Mango and Pineapple Iced Fruit Smoothie
  • Frozen Strawberry Lemonade (selected restaurants only)


  • Hot chocolate
  • Toffee latte
  • Black coffee
  • Cappuccino
  • Espresso
  • Flat white
  • Latte
  • Tea
  • White coffee

Shortages hit the UK due to a combination of factors
Shortages hit the UK due to a combination of factors

Supplies have been disrupted on their way to supermarkets and restaurants over the past month because of a lack of delivery drivers.

Chicken chain Nando’s was forced to close 50 restaurants last week after running our of chicken.

And, food and drink supplies to Beefeater pubs and Subway branches were also affected in the last few days.

A spokesman for Beefeater said supply chain issues had led to shortages of bottled beer and chicken.

Earlier this month, KFC also had to close some branches and limit the menu due to a lack of ingredients.

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