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Sonic Mint Holiday Shake and $20 Gift Card Giveaway

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on December 11, 2012

Sonic is sponsoring a $20 gift card giveaway for A Daily Scoop readers. All you have to do to be entered to win is leave a comment on this post with your favorite holiday flavored ice cream. (US Residents only please. Winner will be chosen by random number generator. Void where prohibited.)

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the various limited time flavors. Specifically, peppermint. In the South, Blue Bell has a special peppermint ice cream. Starbucks has peppermint coffee.

And Sonic has a special Holiday Shake.

What’s in Sonic’s Mint Holiday Shake?

Chopped up red and green holiday mints!  They give a nice color, great flavor, and excellent texture. And Sonic uses real chocolate ice cream (unlike many fast food restaurants).

My only complaint is that there isn’t real whipped cream (but if you’re a purist you can request they leave the whipped topping off.)

The Sonic Mint Holiday Shake is available for a limited time only – so if you’re in the mood for a festive holiday ice cream – check out your nearest Sonic today.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered to win a $20 Sonic Gift Card. (That will buy a lot of shakes!)

Full disclosure: Sonic provided me a giftcard to try out the shake.

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SONIC Summer Solstice and Half Price Shakes

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on June 19, 2012

 

Tomorrow is June 20, the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice and the longest day of the year. If you’re an ice cream lover, the best way to celebrate so much sunlight is by eating ice cream – perhaps multiple times a day!  Thankfully, SONIC is offering their real ice cream shakes for 1/2 price all day long on Wednesday June 20 in celebration of the Solstice.

And, if you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t fret. SONIC is also offering their real ice cream shakes for half price all summer long.  Here are the details:

Between 8pm and midnight for all summer head to your local SONIC and get an ice cream shake for 50% off. Their shakes are hand mixed with with real ice cream and blended with your favorite ingredients like chocolate, strawberry or banana.

What’s your favorite kind of SONIC shake? 

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31 cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins: April 27th

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on April 12, 2011

31 Cent Scoop night is quickly approaching!  (Interesting that they email on Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day!)

Before the details though – note the caveat – YOU ARE LIMITED TO 3 SCOOPS PER PERSON! I find this funny.

Anyhow, on to the details:

Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins® and help us honor America’s firefighters. Baskin-Robbins
is donating $100,000 to the National Fallen
Firefighters Foundation™ (NFFF).

Participating stores will reduce prices of ice cream
scoops to 31 cents*. At some locations, you may also have
an opportunity to make a donation to your local fire charities.

*Limit 3 2.5 oz scoops per person. At participating stores while supplies last.

Find out more on the website. (Sorry, they don’t allow direct links to it because of the website coding.)

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Sonic Ice Cream Review and Giveaway

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on August 9, 2010

Sonic sent me a gift card last month so that my friends and I could go celebrate National Ice Cream month at a Sonic Drive In. You can win your own ice cream social too!  Just leave a comment on this post with your favorite malt or milkshake flavor and in a week I’ll randomly select a winner.

Now onto the Review

Sonic Ice Cream Review

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Sonic. When I used to live in Texas we would visit Sonic fairly frequently for a burger and a Limeade. On a hot summer day in Texas not much tasted better than a frozen drink.

Visiting Sonic this time for an ice cream social it was hard to decide what to get. I was hoping that they would have a peach malt flavor — my very first Sonic was on a road trip down to Mexico and we stopped at Sonic and had these amazing Peach shakes. But this time of year the special ice cream flavor wasn’t peach, but in fact S’More.

That’s right, they have a new Sonic S’More Campfire Blast. Of course I had to try one of these.  Here are my thoughts:

First of all – it’s huge. There is more than enough ice cream in this for two regular people (or one ice cream lover.) There are little chocolate covered marshmallows throughout the ice cream which are quite tasty. It always bugs me when ice cream shops don’t blend enough topping in – and Sonic put in just the right amount. There were little chocolate covered marshmallows in every single bite.

I also was a fan of the graham cracker ice cream. Sonic uses real ice cream – though I think the graham cracker flavor is some sort of syrup mix in. I think a flavor like this can go either way – but in fact this one was excellent. The texture was good. The flavor was distinctly graham cracker ice cream.

Overall I was a fan of the S’More Sonic Ice Cream.

While at Sonic I also tried one of the Strawberry Limeades with an ice cream mix in. I’m fairly confident that I used to drink these in Texas (and I know I like the similar drink at Dairy Queen). But for some reason this Ice Cream with Strawberry Limeade just wasn’t all that good. Frankly it was too sour – I’m not quite sure what was going on because I sampled someone else in our group’s regular Strawberry Limeade and it was great – but with the ice cream it just wasn’t very good.  Maybe it was a bad mix or maybe I just remembered incorrectly.

Overall, I would definitely give Sonic a try for ice cream. Their Sonic Blasts are very good as are their malts and milkshakes.

Remember – comment below to win your own Free Sonic Ice Cream Social. Winners will be drawn in 1 week.

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Potbelly Chocolate Malt Review

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on November 13, 2007

Recently I have become semi-addicted to Potbelly Chocolate Malts.  (Is it possible to become semi-addicted?  That’s beside the point…).  Potbelly chocolate malts are just the right thickness and have just the right amount of malt powder.  There’s something about the taste of malt powder where you can easily have too little or too much; and the Potbelly malt lands right in between.
The thickness of the malt is also excellent.  It takes some effort to suck it up through a straw, but not too much effort.  Again, they’ve achieved that critical balance.
Oh, and who can forget the cookies?  Two minature shortbread cookies on the straw, mmm tasty.
My only complaint is the size.  It’s a smaller size cup, but it’s still too much.  After finishing an entire malt I feel like I’ve eaten way too much.  I need about three-quarters of the current size.  That would be the right amount.  I realize I could throw it away after I’ve eaten 3/4; but wouldn’t that be a waste??

  • Flavor: 5
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 2
  • Overall: 4
  • Cost: $2.86 at Potbelly

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Haagen Dazs Free Scoop Day (of new flavors)/ New Flavor Day

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on May 14, 2007

Haagen Dazs is having a free scoop day tomorrow, May 15 of two of their new flavors.  Find a shop near you. Unfortunately, there’s not one close to me so I won’t be making it out.

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Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on April 17, 2007

Today from 12 noon until 8pm you can get a free scoop of Ice Cream at your local Ben and Jerry’s.

Be sure to stop by and pick one up!  You can find your local shop here.
Also, if you’re feeling generous, put a few dollars in the bucket for whatever charity they’re raising money for at your location.

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Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake Review

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on January 18, 2007

When it’s someone’s birthday you get them the kind of birthday cake they want. But, if they ever request an ice cream cake from Baskin-Robbins I recommend that you flat-out refuse. I don’t remember the last time I had such bad cake. The ice cream itself, which is rolled up into the cake was good, but the cake just made it not worth eating. We got a mini-roll cake with mint-chocolate-chip ice cream. The fudge covering the cake was the only thing worth salvaging.

  • Flavor: 3
  • Flavor Intensity: 3
  • Texture: 1
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 2.5
  • Cost: $7.95

Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake

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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream at Maggie Moo’s

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on January 2, 2007

Wow.  That’s about all there is to say about pumpkin spice ice cream at Maggie Moos.  Generally, I’m not a huge fan of Maggie Moos.  They’re hit or miss and very overpriced.  But, Pumpkin Spice was amazing.  It was intensely spiced and the pumpkin flavor was present but not overwhelming.  And Graham crackers mixed in proved to be a great combination.  This is a seasonal flavor so go out and get some before it’s gone.

  • Flavor: 5
  • Flavor Intensity: 5
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 4
  • Overall: 5
  • Cost: $5.05

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McDonald’s Ice Cream Review (17th and R NW, DC)

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on October 16, 2006

I realized that I have never posted a review of McDonald’s Soft Serve Ice Cream before. Considering there is a McDonald’s right down the street from me (on 17th and R) it’s kind of surprising. So, today I’m reviewing McDonald’s Ice Cream.

McDonald’s seems to be pushing their ice cream more and more. Besides the relatively recent addition of McFlurrys, they also now have Oreo Sundaes, cookie sundaes and a few others. I went for the plain hot fudge sundae on their dollar menu. So, for $1.10, I got a hot fudge sundae and a small bag of peanuts. I found the bag of peanuts particularly interesting. I don’t remember ever getting this before.

The soft serve ice cream at McDonald’s is something I’ve always loved. It’s pretty smooth, it’s creamy, and it’s cheap. The hot fudge is also excellent. I was surprised as sometimes hot fudge really isn’t that good. Overall, it was well worth the trip down the block.

  • Flavor: 4
  • Flavor Intensity: 3
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 2.5
  • Overall: 4
  • Price: $1.10

McDonald's McDonald's Peanuts

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Scoop 104: Baskin Robbins World Class Chocolate Ice Cream Review

September 7, 2006

This week a new Baskin Robins/ Dunkin Donuts opened right near my house.  I’ve been for mini donuts once and tonight I went for ice cream.  When I was younger there was a Baskin Robbins that we used to go to after soccer games.  They had a camera and put up pictures on the wall [...]

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Scoop 74: Wendy’s New Vanilla Frosty

August 8, 2006

I don’t particularly enjoy fast food, but when I’m on a road trip (and more or less forced to eat it) I prefer Wendy’s.  I could tell you the whole long story about our drive back from Cape Cod and how I was holding out for a Wendy’s of which they don’t seem to have [...]

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Scoop 54: American Pie at Ben and Jerry’s Shop

July 19, 2006

Wow. That’s what I have to say about Ben and Jerry’s new American Pie Ice Cream. I was very skeptical about trying this. Apple pie flavored ice cream? Not your typical flavor. It’s not even something that sounds good. But I thought I’d give it a try since I read about their American Pie Program. [...]

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Scoop 52: Better Batter Cupcake at MaggieMoos

July 17, 2006

“The cupcake you eat with a spoon.” That’s the slogan for MaggieMoo’s new ice cream creations. The one described on their website is not the same as the one I got… The only option left at the Adam’s Morgan location tonight was “Better Batter.” At only $2.99 these things are a steal (compared to their [...]

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Scoop 17: Chocolate Peanut Butter at MaggieMoo’s

June 12, 2006

Any disappointment I felt after our kickball team lost tonight vanished with one bite of Maggie Moo’s Chocolate Peanut Butter. I have never been to a Maggie Moo’s before, though I recently learned that they are a growing franchise and have a number of locations other than the one I went to in Adam’s Morgan. [...]

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