Sonic recently contacted me about a challenge they were running called — Sonic’s Shake Up The Competition Challenge. They wanted to put one of their delicious shakes up against the competition and prove that they were tastier. I asked my five and nine year old daughters if they would help me taste some shakes and they immediately said YES!
We first stopped by Sonic and picked up a small vanilla shake and small chocolate shake. Then, we drove to McDonald’s and ordered a small McCafe vanilla and chocolate shake – so we could have a good comparison.
When we got home, the first thing we did were some comparisons:
When we went to McDonald’s they only had 3 varieties of shakes — vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Compare this to Sonic where there are more than 25 and it Sonic wins hands down when it comes to variety and options for consumers. My girls are anxious to go back and try one of the unique flavors found only at Sonic.
We carefully looked at both shakes. Both came in the same type of cup with a large plastic covering on the top, to prevent drips. Each one even had whipped cream and a cherry topping it off, so they were well matched in that department
However, the Sonic cup was styrofoam, which prevented melting. The McDonald’s shake came in a plastic cup and by the time we got home, some of their product had already melted.
That being said, it was nice to be able to look through the plastic cup to determine which flavor was which. I had to taste the ones from Sonic to find out which was chocolate vs. vanilla as we could not tell since they both had whipped cream over the top of them. Maybe someone can invent a see through cup that insulates as well as styrofoam does? 😉
This was, of course, the most fun part of all! I grabbed a blindfold for my girls and me. I had each of them try it and then I did so myself. I didn’t tell them what we were doing, just that we needed to do something fun to try two shakes. They did not know that Sonic was the one sponsoring this challenge, so they wouldn’t think to select them. When I did my own challenge, I even made sure as to not touch the cup so I would not be influenced at all. Click below to find out which one each of us selected!
Both of the girls tried the vanilla shake. They said that both were pretty smooth, but the McDonalds one tasted more like milk than a shake, as it had already melted so much. I asked them if one was sweeter and they said that the McDonalds one was sweeter, but a little too sweet for them.
I tried the chocolate versions of both shakes. The McDonald’s McCafe shake was a little too sweet for me. It was almost “too chocolatey” and had more of a chocolate milk consistency rather than the thick creamy taste and texture I like in a shake.
When trying the Sonic shake, it was very light and creamy compared to the McDonald’s shake which was thinner and soupy (for lack of a better word).
The McDonald’s shakes had melted quite a bit so they were rather thin and soupy, whereas the Sonic shakes stayed frozen longer, which resulted in a creamy, thicker texture. I did take a spoon to check for lumps and they both did a great job as they were LUMP FREE!!! (Just what I love in a good shake).
I’ve mentioned this a few times above, but the McDonald’s McCafe shake melted much more quickly than the Sonic version. I prefer my shakes thicker whereas others love them thinner (and easier to consume using a straw). That is totally a consumer’s preference, but the fact that the Sonic one did not melt as quickly earned it two thumbs up in my book.
I will admit that I figured at least one of us would select the McDonald’s McCafe shake as the better option. Seeing that all three of us chose the same one really says a lot – that we either all love the same types of products or that Sonic’s shakes really were better. I guess that means you’ll have to conduct your own challenge to find out for yourself!
This was a sponsored post on behalf of Sonic. Gift cards were provided to cover the costs of the products purchased. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by any parties.