Apr 3, 2024 - Things to Do

Getting ready for the eclipse in Arkansas: Sonic's blackout drink

Photo of a Sonic Blackout Slush Float being held in front of a Sonic menu.

Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

I was once told I'm a sucker for gimmicks. I don't believe that, but I had to try Sonic's Blackout Slush Float ($4).

Between the lines: The drive-in describes the limited-time-only drink as an "all-black slush, made from a mix of cotton candy and dragon fruit flavors. It's topped with creamy vanilla soft serve and adorned with galaxy-themed sprinkles in hues of blue and purple, offering customers a cosmic experience."

  • OK — I guess.
  • Anything to sell drinks during a rare celestial event.

🤷‍♂️ Dig in: Cotton candy? Perhaps. Vanilla soft serve? Definitely. Dragon fruit? Who knows.

  • The novelty of a darkly colored drink went out when the first cup of coffee was poured centuries ago, but the sprinkles are cute.
  • It's a sweet treat if you need one.

⛱️ The bottom line: The best part of the drink was the nostalgic lightning bolt that struck. Just for a minute I was back to childhood, sitting near a heavily chlorinated pool, sunburned nose, brain freeze and wet shorts, while Roberta Flack played over the PA.

  • Forget the eclipse — summer's on its way, folks.
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