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Sonic Has New Broccoli Cheddar Tots

If you’re Team Broccoli Is Nasty, know that you’re part of a large contingent of those that have no love for the cabbage’s green cousin. Count me as a member. However, if you’re pairing broccoli up with oozy cheddar cheese and turning it into a tater tot the way Sonic is now serving them up as, well then friends, I hereby announce my resignation from the team.

That’s right, Sonic is now serving up Broccoli Cheddar Tots, which the brand says is inspired by homemade broccoli cheddar casserole. Dip these crunchy, melty wonders in some ranch and now we have some primetime snacking.

Sonic’s new Broccoli Cheddar Tots are now available for a limited time from September 27 to November 28 at all participating locations nationwide.

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SONIC Introduces New Wine-Inspired ‘Uncorked Slushes’

Stepping in to be the cool heroes to combat summer heat, the latest SONIC Drive-In frozen treat is available in three wine-inspired flavors: Strawberry Frosé, Red Berry Sangria and Peach Bellini.

The booze-less sips take inspo from wine and are sure to provide a sippable oasis during the season. Each of the flavors are as follows:

  • Strawberry Frosé blends real strawberries and refreshing notes of authentic rosé wine flavor.
  • Red Berry Sangria layers invigorating notes of red berry sangria wine flavor with real strawberries.
  • Peach Bellini features notes of crisp white wine infused with sweet peach flavor.

These new Uncorked Slushes are available August 30 through September 26 at SONIC Drive-In locations, while supplies last.

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SONIC Debuts New Crave Cheeseburger and Revamped Burger Menu

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SONIC Drive-In is introducing a brand new, limited edition burger called the Crave Cheeseburger, which features a new secret SONIC Crave Sauce.

The SONIC Crave Cheeseburger is made with a seasoned 100% pure beef patty that’s topped with melty cheese, the new secret SONIC Crave Sauce, tomatoes, crinkle-cut pickles, diced onions and chopped lettuce.

Also, SONIC’s entire burger line up has been upgraded with additional, slight improvements to each ingredient. That means the bun, mayo, pickles, lettuce, onions, ketchup, tomatoes, beef patty and American cheese all come together in a precise order for what the chain claims as “the perfect burger bite, every time.”

The SONIC® Crave Cheeseburger is available until August 29 and you can try one for half-price when you order online or through the app now until August 1.

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Sonic Adds Tipping Option To App, A Rarity In Fast Food

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When it comes to when or when not to tip at restaurants, there’s plenty up for discussion. One area where the assumed custom is unclear is whether we tip fast food workers.

This debate has continued to grow during the pandemic, when options like curbside pickup have become more common at chains across the country. Some spots are known for having no-tipping policies, while others don’t make it exactly clear.

Sonic Drive-In just added some clarity when it comes to their restaurants, however, announcing that the option to tip will be available across all of their restaurants.

According to Sonic’s Chief Marketing Officer, Lori Abou Habib, 1,000 Sonic locations already have the ability to tip, which consumers can do at the end of an order on the app or mobile system. Plans are in motion to expand this to the rest of Sonic’s stores (over 3,400) later this year.

Habib mentioned that the decision to add tipping was based purely on consumer feedback. It was “one of the most requested things from Sonic consumers this year,” she mentioned during a virtual event.

Considering how much eaters wanted to tip the Sonic staff, you have to wonder if the rest of fast food might start enable tipping more regularly as well, especially as curbside pickup, a rough equivalent to the drive-in model, continues to grow in popularity.

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Sonic’s Newest Slush Is Made With Carolina Reapers, One Of The World’s Spiciest Chilies

Sonic has been getting experimental with their Slushes lately. Last year, they came out with a Pickle Juice version that polarized the internet for its sweet yet savory flavor. They’re going down the savory route again with their newest slush, but with an immense explosion of heat as well.

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As part of their new Mocktail Slush series, Sonic has unveiled a Reaper Margarita Slush that’s made with Carolina Reapers, one of the hottest chilies in the world. With a potency of over 2 million Scoville heat units, these peppers are at least 250 times hotter than a jalapeno.

While the Slush’s sugary content definitely takes down the heat a bit, Foodbeast has been told that this chili-infused drink still packs a ton of heat. It takes a few seconds for it to kick in, but the slow burn is one that comes on fierce.

Sonic is encouraging people to do a “#ReaperChallenge” on social media as well, meaning that they know just how much spice is coming in this icy drink. Having eaten foods made with Carolina Reapers before, I’m already dreading just how much this one is gonna hurt when I take that first sip.

UPDATE: Having tried this new Slush out, it is without question the hottest thing a fast food chain has ever released. While the drink isn’t as spicy as a Carolina Reaper, it packs a lot of punch, with more fire to it than some ghost pepper hot sauces out there. It does take more than a few sips to get the full effect of the heat, but it’ll leave your throat, tongue, and lips burning for 20 minutes or so after eating. It’s gonna definitely be a challenge for many to even just finish the frozen drink.

The Reaper Margarita Slush will be around at Sonic Drive-In locations nationwide until August 4th.

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Sonic And King’s Hawaiian Collab For The First Time Ever On New Club Sandwiches

King’s Hawaiian has left its fingerprints on the fast food map before, particularly with chains like Arby’s. Their newest item, however, is a first, as the lauded breadmakers are collaborating with Sonic Drive-In for the first time ever.

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The new collab consists of a lineup of club sandwiches made with King’s Hawaiian buns. There’s a fried chicken version as well as a “Burger Club” variant, both of which are similar outside of the protein. You get either a piece of fried chicken or a burger patty topped with lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, bacon, and Sonic’s Signature Sauce, a blend of honey mustard and BBQ sauce.

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Both new sandwiches, the King’s Hawaiian Chicken Club and King’s Hawaiian Burger Club, are priced at $4.99 each. They will be available starting on April 29th as a limited-time offering.

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Red Bull’s First Foray Into Fast Food Is Sonic’s New Red Bull Slushes

Iconic energy drink Red Bull has teamed up with a fast food chain and created a menu item for the first time ever.

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The new item is Sonic Drive-In’s Red Bull Slush, which takes the chain’s well-known lineup of frozen beverages and blends Red Bull into it. It’s available in two official flavors, Original and Cherry Limeade, but you always have the option to customize these with your own flavor additions.

This collab marks Red Bull’s first ever official fast food item, although it has teamed up with Steak ‘n Shake in the past to put its cans in restaurants. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have also teamed up with Monster in the past to create the first ever fast food energy drink item.

Sonic customers will also be able to buy cans of Red Bull at locations nationwide as a part of the energy drink’s partnership. Both the cans and the Red Bull are available starting April 29th at $2.99 each.

If you’re at Week 1 of Coachella, or in Phoenix or Dallas, however, you’ll get a chance to try these early. The Red Bull Slushes will be at the invitation-only MOSCHINO after-party on Saturday, April 13th, just outside of Coachella. Phoenix and Dallas will get these on April 18th and April 25th, respectively, as a part of two different Sonic Block Parties. The Phoenix one will occur at CityScape Phoenix, while Dallas’s party will be at The Truck Yard.

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Sonic The Hedgehog Curry Exists, And It’s Blue Beyond Belief

Sonic the Hedgehog apparently has an official curry rice product, and it gives the Smurfs a run for their money in terms of how blue something can truly get.

The Sonic curry rice has been making its way around the internet recently thanks to a viral tweet from writer Jonathan Gray. According to VG247, it’s been around in Japan since late June of this year, and was a special promotional product collab between SEGA and Geek Life. It’s supposed to be as blue as the iconic video game character, which whoever was in charge of the food coloring took quite literally.

Those who have been able to score the curry and cook it have posted videos showing how to make it and what the results look like. Essentially, it’s a package of rice and a separate package of curry that can be heated, with you adding your protein of choice. Most people have been attempting to get it to look like Sonic the Hedgehog (with varying results), but more attention has been given to the curry’s electric blue hue.

YouTuber Retro Core noted in his upload that after eating the curry on camera, his teeth, tongue, and poop were all stained a bright blue, the latter of which stayed that way for a couple of days. In terms of taste, it actually wasn’t too bad, and is “quite creamy.”

If you’re interested in obtaining this curry for yourself, it is still available in various stores in Japan. There’s also at least one person attempting to sell a pack for a whopping $33 on eBay.

Featured image courtesy of YouTube user Retro Core