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It’s technically called “nugget ice” or “pebble ice,” and you can buy a special ice maker to use at home if you really can’t get enough of the stuff. They can go for hundreds — even thousands — of dollars, though.
Fortunately, there’s a much easier (and cheaper) option — go straight to the source and buy your ice at Sonic.
Yep. Many Sonic locations sell 10-pound bags of their famous ice for folks to bring home. And in most cases, it only costs about $2.
Just to check it out, we called Sonics in four different states to see if they sold ice, and for how much. Sure enough, each store we contacted sold the ice, and the average price was $2.28 (of course, the price varies depending upon the store).
A Sonic in Council Bluffs, Iowa, sells ice for $2.66, making it the most “expensive” Sonic ice we found. The Sonic in Olympia, Washington, charges the least of the Sonics we called, pricing a 10-pound bag at $1.85.
All right, you’ve got your 10 pounds of melty, crunchable Sonic ice. Now what?
Food and Wine says pebble ice is the perfect choice for chilling sparkling wine and creating a cold seafood display. And of course, what would a mint julep be without a heap of ice nuggets filling the glass?
Speaking of fruit, nugget ice seems just right for making homemade smoothies and cooling summer drinks. Fire up the juicer, and you’ve got a super fresh treat to rival one of Sonic’s famous slushes or limeades.
I mentioned Sonic ice to a friend recently, and she said the athletic trainers at her high school kept bags of it in their office to use in cold packs. Kids passing through would sneak a handful and pop it in their mouths. Genius.
Unfortunately, not all Sonics sell the ice. Be sure to call before you head out, and you’ll be the hit of your next summer soiree.