Copy Cat Sonic Slush

Nothing says summer to me like a cool, refreshing Sonic slush. I'm not afraid to admit I have a serious addiction to them! I could drink 3 or more a day... but I settle for my 3-4 times a week trips. When I was pregnant with little Statham the Sonic slush was my #1 craving! My poor, sweet husband could be found at our local Sonic many a night at 10 or 11 o'clock. Seriously, they knew our car and order right when we pulled up! It was great!! 

This year Sonic added a flavor add-in I was a little skeptical about... Nerds candy. We got the Blue Raspberry with Nerds for Rohrl, our 2 year old, not thinking we would like it and my favorite the LemonBerry....let's just say I'm lucky Rohrl is such a good little sharer. We (Jeremy and I) LOVED the Blue Raspberry with Nerds!! The Nerds give it a little extra sour kick and it is amazing!!

I was so excited when I saw this recipe on Facebook from 30 Handmade Days I could not wait to try it out! And you know what... It was a success!!! These aren't as thick and icy as the Sonic slushes but the flavor mix of the Nerds and the Kool-Aid Blue Raspeberry Lemonade definitely nailed it! Plus at less about $.10 a cup to make it is a whole lot more affordable!! And when Rohrl wants a "blue drunky" as he calls slushes I can easily divert a tantrum and just whip one up!

You can use any flavor Kool-Aid packet you like. So far the Blue Raspberry Lemonade has been our favorite. 



Ingredients:

1 packet Kool-Aid powder
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups soda water
2 1/2 cups crushed ice (I use one tray of ice or about 15 ice cubes) **Next time we are by Sonic I am going to buy a bag of their ice and see if it makes these homemade slushes more Sonic-like
Optional: About 3 teaspoons Nerds candy (Or 1 teaspoon per cup of slush)

Directions:

In blender crush ice and set aside.

On puree setting mix together Kool-Aid, sugar and 1 cup soda water for about 30 seconds (or until all sugar is dissolved).

Add in crushed ice and puree for about 15 more seconds. Don't puree too long or it will become more of a juice than a slush.

Add second cup of soda water and puree again for about 15-20 more seconds.

Pour into cups and put in freezer for 30 minutes-1 hour. *** You can skip this step for younger kids or if you are really, REALLY craving a slush. Putting it in the freezer just solidifies it a bit more. The longer it's in the more Sonic-like it becomes.

Take out of freezer and pour nerds on top. 

Add straw and enjoy!



This makes about 3 one and a half cup servings. You can make more with smaller servings if you'd like.

Bonus- When I was doing research on how to make these slushes even better I found out that Sonic uses 5 pounds of sugar per 1 gallon of water when they make slushes. FIVE POUNDS!!! So even though there is sugar in these, They are still a teensy-wheensy bit healthier than the real deal.

What's your favorite Sonic slush flavor? My next attempt... LemonBerry :)
Tastefully Frugal: Copy Cat Sonic Slush

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Copy Cat Sonic Slush

Nothing says summer to me like a cool, refreshing Sonic slush. I'm not afraid to admit I have a serious addiction to them! I could drink 3 or more a day... but I settle for my 3-4 times a week trips. When I was pregnant with little Statham the Sonic slush was my #1 craving! My poor, sweet husband could be found at our local Sonic many a night at 10 or 11 o'clock. Seriously, they knew our car and order right when we pulled up! It was great!! 

This year Sonic added a flavor add-in I was a little skeptical about... Nerds candy. We got the Blue Raspberry with Nerds for Rohrl, our 2 year old, not thinking we would like it and my favorite the LemonBerry....let's just say I'm lucky Rohrl is such a good little sharer. We (Jeremy and I) LOVED the Blue Raspberry with Nerds!! The Nerds give it a little extra sour kick and it is amazing!!

I was so excited when I saw this recipe on Facebook from 30 Handmade Days I could not wait to try it out! And you know what... It was a success!!! These aren't as thick and icy as the Sonic slushes but the flavor mix of the Nerds and the Kool-Aid Blue Raspeberry Lemonade definitely nailed it! Plus at less about $.10 a cup to make it is a whole lot more affordable!! And when Rohrl wants a "blue drunky" as he calls slushes I can easily divert a tantrum and just whip one up!

You can use any flavor Kool-Aid packet you like. So far the Blue Raspberry Lemonade has been our favorite. 



Ingredients:

1 packet Kool-Aid powder
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups soda water
2 1/2 cups crushed ice (I use one tray of ice or about 15 ice cubes) **Next time we are by Sonic I am going to buy a bag of their ice and see if it makes these homemade slushes more Sonic-like
Optional: About 3 teaspoons Nerds candy (Or 1 teaspoon per cup of slush)

Directions:

In blender crush ice and set aside.

On puree setting mix together Kool-Aid, sugar and 1 cup soda water for about 30 seconds (or until all sugar is dissolved).

Add in crushed ice and puree for about 15 more seconds. Don't puree too long or it will become more of a juice than a slush.

Add second cup of soda water and puree again for about 15-20 more seconds.

Pour into cups and put in freezer for 30 minutes-1 hour. *** You can skip this step for younger kids or if you are really, REALLY craving a slush. Putting it in the freezer just solidifies it a bit more. The longer it's in the more Sonic-like it becomes.

Take out of freezer and pour nerds on top. 

Add straw and enjoy!



This makes about 3 one and a half cup servings. You can make more with smaller servings if you'd like.

Bonus- When I was doing research on how to make these slushes even better I found out that Sonic uses 5 pounds of sugar per 1 gallon of water when they make slushes. FIVE POUNDS!!! So even though there is sugar in these, They are still a teensy-wheensy bit healthier than the real deal.

What's your favorite Sonic slush flavor? My next attempt... LemonBerry :)

30 Comments:

At June 30, 2014 at 6:16 AM , Blogger Heidi Kay @ Muslin and Merlot said...

I've never been to a Sonic! But these slushies look delicious. The nerds add such a fun pop of color!

 
At June 30, 2014 at 7:10 AM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

Heidi you are totally missing out! Jk their food isn't the greatest but their slushes and shakes are really good! The homemade version is just as good 😊 And the nerds give you a little surprise flavor kick too!

 
At July 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM , Blogger Jeff Wise said...

That definitely looks like a super cool and tasty drink for kids! My kids would love this especially with all our hot weather.

 
At July 21, 2014 at 2:53 PM , Blogger Leelo R said...

This sounds and looks delicious! Perfect for those hot summer days :)

 
At July 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM , Blogger LifeAsAConvert said...

Holy crap that is a lot of sugar! I guess that is why they are so good. I don't drink them often though. Nice to see this "healthier" option.

 
At July 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

Thanks Tim! Yes kids LOVE these! My boys ask for them on a daily basis.... It's a good thing they are easy and cheap to make! :)

 
At July 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

Thank you Leelo! They are really good, I'm working on another post with all my variations to the recipe. Should be up this week :)

 
At July 21, 2014 at 3:03 PM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

I know right?! I wish I could get rid of all the sugar but I figure 1/2 cup divided into 3-5 servings isn't too horrible

 
At July 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Tim Ward said...

We don't have a Sonic near us, so this will be a real treat to try. Glad yours is much healthier option too. Who needs that much sugar?! Thanks for sharing.

 
At July 21, 2014 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

I know seriously!! I'm glad you can enjoy these now :)

 
At July 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM , Blogger Lynne Schroeder said...

A guilty pleasure for those with a sweet tooth. If you want to cut down on the sugar you could try replacing it with Stevia which is a natural plant derived sweetener

 
At July 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

That's a great tip! Thanks Lynne :)

 
At July 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM , Blogger Texstar said...

Copy cat sonic slush, I love their slushes. I will have to try your recipe. ~ Don Purdum

 
At July 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Chrissy Mazzocchi said...

I just discovered Sonic and this looks amazing! I'm going to try it :)

 
At July 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM , Blogger Yvonne Roga said...

I like the Blueberry slush

 
At July 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM , Blogger Celebrity VIP Lounge said...

I have never had a sonic slush, but it sure looks delicious! Amber N

 
At July 21, 2014 at 6:49 PM , Blogger Tonya @ The Traveling Praters said...

What a beautiful slushy! Seriously, I love the blue color and the Nerds are a great touch.

 
At July 22, 2014 at 7:58 AM , Blogger mail4rosey said...

How fun to add the Nerds to the top. That would make it an instant fave with my kids.

 
At July 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM , Blogger Debbie Picard said...

Yummy! This looks so good! Fun too!

 
At July 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM , Blogger Sweepster said...

Nerds should be on everything! Sonic's got nothing on Sloche though... there are no Sonic up here!

 
At July 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Jhoveleen David said...

Really good to have in summer! My kids would love this, especially, its beautiful color and the floating nerds.

 
At July 31, 2014 at 11:16 AM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

Me too Don! Let me know what you think

 
At July 31, 2014 at 11:16 AM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

Thank you Chrissy! I hope you like them :)

 
At July 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

It is one of my favorites too Yvonne!

 
At July 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

Thank you Amber! You definitely should try Sonic.. or these ;)

 
At July 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

Thank you Tonya! The nerds add a nice kick of flavor too :)

 
At July 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

We love the Nerds... I don't know who loves them more, my hubby or kids ;)

 
At July 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

Thank you Debbie :)

 
At July 31, 2014 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

I totally agree!! I've never heard of Sloche... where are they at?

 
At July 31, 2014 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Sydney Andersen said...

Thank you Jhoveleen! The color is my favorite part :)

 

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