Sonic is like a summer fling - you enjoy it during the steamy days of August, but it's less appealing once the reality of fall sets in. Sonic knows this, and it's determined not to lose you.
The drive-in chain's new cold-weather offerings, the Holiday Spiced Hot Chocolate and the Holiday Spiced Sugar Cookie Blast, are the company's attempt to keep you around. They'll be served until Dec. 26.
Before trying them, I was perplexed by the vagueness of "Holiday Spiced." What does a holiday taste like? Cinnamon, it turns out.
Holiday Spiced Hot Chocolate
Price: $2 for a regular, $2.50 for a large
Sonic touts this drink as being "made with spiced caramel and finished with whipped topping." There's probably some legal reason why they can't call it "whipped cream." Luckily the topping melted into the drink, making the chocolatey-but-thin drink a little richer before I could notice any similarity to Cool Whip.
The kick of cinnamon seemed to cover up any caramel flavor, but the spice was pleasing on its own. Believe it or not, it did taste like the holidays.
Verdict: A satisfying, warm treat
Holiday Spiced Sugar Cookie Blast
Price: $2.80 for a regular, $3.50 for a large
The 40-grams-of-fat treat supposedly contains "spiced caramel real ice cream," but the ice cream tasted like smooth vanilla soft serve until about the 12th bite. At that point I realized that it did taste like a sugar cookie! Reaching for a 13th bite, I was disappointed to just taste vanilla again.
Mixed into the ice cream was a generous amount of what tasted like cinnamon-covered Alpha-Bits. The snack didn't scream "holiday," but I couldn't stop eating it.
Verdict: Addictive, but still more of a summer thing