I’d like to think my family is relatively adventurous when it comes to trying new foods. I’ll drink just about any beer or wine that you pour me; my daughter once chomped down on an onion; and my kids have all dived head-first into king crab, lobster, and sushi when given the opportunity. And, like most American families, we love Sonic. Which is why when I heard the news that the popular fast food chain is rolling out pickle juice slushies this summer (yes, you read that right), I was immediately on board.
But not everyone is.
“Excuse me while I throw up,” wrote Twitter user @madine3.
“A list of things I would rather drink than Sonic’s pickle juice slushies,” tweeted @carriepinkard. “1.) Lighter fluid 2.) Liquefied Tide Pods 3.) The tears of my unborn child.”
Still, plenty of people are kinda digging it, too.
Like @burgerkingler, who tweeted: “*shoves aside curtains and throws open the window* PICKLE JUICE SLUSHIES??? gimme.”
And @RiriRog00: “Sonic is coming out with pickle juice slushies and if that doesn’t make you happy I don’t know what will.”
Keep scrolling through Twitter, and you’ll find that the Internet is pretty much divided on the matter.
Food & Wine reports that the “tangy, very-sweet twist on America’s pickle juice obsession” will be hitting the burger chain this June. And I’m guessing the folks at Sonic are banking its success on the fact that pickle-flavored treats are all the rage these days — from pickle shots in bars to pickle sports drinks hitting stores.
I mean, who knew pickle-flavored stuff was so good? Pregnant women, that’s who. Because you just KNOW they were behind this trend.
Even though pickles themselves aren’t bright green, this slush will be, because it’s Sonic, and they like to go big or go home when it comes to bright colors.
Food & Wine even sent taste-testers out to try out this new dessert (how does one apply for that job, btw?) and this is their review: “Sweet and tangy, the bright brine compensates for the over-savoriness you might have been worried about. You won’t understand why, but you’ll keep going back for more sips, likely until it’s all gone.”
Well, I do love pickles. Pregnant or not. And so do my kids. So yeah, we’ll probably give it a go.
They do caution, however, that the drink may take a bit of adjustment for some, writing: “Our only gripe is that the slush is a bit too sweet, as if overcorrecting for the acidity, but maybe this is what has to happen for America to acclimate to — and embrace — pickle-flavored soft drink.”
Considering my family can put away a bag of sour-patch kids and a tray of cupcakes faster than you can say Peter Piper picked a pickled pepper, I’m not too worried about the sweetness.
And although I won’t be pregnant again any time soon (A.K.A ever again), I am excited for all the preggo ladies out there who will have another opportunity to indulge their pickle cravings. (And, if they are anything like me, they’ll add a double cheeseburger and large order of curly fries to their order while they’re at it.)
So pickle lovers, keep your eyes peeled for more pickle-flavored foods to pop up at the establishments you visit. Because there’s nothing America loves more than capitalizing on food trends!
Our family will likely be at Sonic on a weekly basis come June, so Food & Wine mag, we are SO ready to join your taste-testing team. Just give us a ring.