While it’s been a long time since I’ve used a juice box, I know to stick the bendable straw into the package long-side first. So when I say my world was turned upside down when I saw this social media post, I mean it literally.
The tweet shows a diagram of two different ways to use a straw when you drink from a juice box. The image on the left is what I’d consider the traditional way—the bent, shorter end of the straw pokes out of the box.
According to this tweet, we’ve been doing it all wrong. Instead, the right side of the diagram tells us to flip our straws upside down and let the short end sit inside the carton. According to some proponents of this unconventional method, this configuration ensures that you can enjoy every last drop of your juice instead of wasting the juice that your straw can’t reach.
Some people had their minds blown by the discovery. There were comments like, “Oh my word! It makes total sense though 😂😮” and “Just think of all the extra juice kids could get at breakfast!”
Other users were skeptical. A few people brought up an important point: If you’re not supposed to poke the juice box with the long end of the straw, why is that end pointed? If it’s not meant to puncture the surface of the carton, is the design just supposed to poke our tongues?
With the internet divided into two camps, some commenters on the post decided to put it to the test to figure out the truth. The result? This “groundbreaking” new method is just a myth. The upside-down straw is too short to reach the bottom of the juice box while still being able to sip. Not enough of the straw will poke out of the box. And the lack of a pointed edge also makes it much more difficult to pierce the box.
While we may love this idea in theory, someone should take this controversial tip back to the drawing board.
Gabby Romero is a writer based in New York. As Delish’s Editorial Assistant, she writes stories about the latest food trends and is also the human at the other end of firstname.lastname@example.org.
She loves eating spicy food, reading cookbooks, and adding a mountain of Parmesan to any dish she can.
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