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How Large Is Large? McDonald's Cup Sizes Around The World Compared

Not surprisingly, cup sizes in the U.S. have boomed.
10/27/2014 09:40am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

All large-sized cups are not made equal.

In a fascinating Buzzfeed video posted to YouTube Sunday, watch a side-by-side comparison of the small, medium and large soda cups sold at McDonald’s outlets in several countries around the world — including the U.S., Singapore, Japan, India, Canada and the United Kingdom.

You might be struck by just how much the sizes of the cups can vary from country to country; and also by how much bigger the cups in the United States, Singapore and Canada are compared to almost everywhere else.

These three countries certainly stood out in the clip for exceptionally large cups that were bigger -- sometimes significantly so -- than those sold in other countries.

Take a large cup at a McDonald’s in the United States, for example, which holds about 32 ounces of liquid. This, says Buzzfeed, is one and a half times bigger than a large cup at an outlet in Japan. Sizing is so different, in fact, that a medium-sized cup in the U.S. is apparently bigger than Japan’s large-sized one.

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Cup sizes at fast food outlets have been a controversial topic in the United States in recent years.

According to a 2012 article by Mother Jones, soda cup capacities in the U.S. have ballooned in the last few decades, with some franchises, like Burger King and Wendy’s, now offering soda cups that contain upwards of 40 ounces of liquid; while other outlets, like 7 Eleven, have cups that are more than 80 ounces.

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