The Best Thing You Get from Sonic Isn’t on the Menu

published Jun 26, 2018
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I like to think I’m an unfussy person when it comes to most things kitchen and cooking — until it comes to ice. I have opinions there. If you give me options, I like it crushed. I know it melts quickly, and it really takes up a ton of space in the glass, but I just love the experience of taking a sip of a drink and having a bunch of itty-bitty glaciers to crunch on.

But here’s my dilemma: I live in a house without an ice maker, which means I’ve got to outsource my desire for crushed ice. I skip the grocery store, though (can you even get crushed ice there?) and head straight to Sonic. Yup, Sonic, the fast-food joint, because it sells the ice I dream of by the bagful and it’s only a two bucks a pop.

The Best Thing You Can Get from Sonic Is Ice

I’m definitely not alone in my love of Sonic’s ice. Its crunchy, soft texture has a cult following. Maybe it’s because people with sensitive teeth rejoice in the ability to crunch on ice without feeling like their teeth are on fire (anyone with me here?). When I bring up my love of this ice and find a kindred soul, I rejoice! Another one for the chewy ice tribe!

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It turns out Sonic isn’t the inventor of “chewable ice,” also known as ice nuggets, but they for sure popularized it. There are threads on Reddit, tutorials on how to make it at home (too fussy), and even a whole world of countertop ice machines that will help you make this specific kind of ice at home. But still, this affection for ice nuggets isn’t going to get me to do much more than drive to Sonic and order two bags of the ice. The employees don’t even bat an eye, because they’re used to fanatics of these perfect ice pebbles ordering it on the regular. But it’s not on the menu, so you’ve got to be bold enough to ask for it.

But make room in your freezer because they only sell the ice in 10-pound bags. A bag will set you back $1.99. $2.15 with tax, so I think it’s worth organizing your freezer before you stock up.

I’m convinced that every glass of water, pitcher of sweet tea, and summertime mint julep is better for it.

Are you a fan of Sonic-style chewable ice? Any fun ways to use it?