What Makes Sonic's Ice Cubes Different
By Chandler Phillips
Sonic ice is among the most sought-after and versatile styles of frozen water on the market, especially when it comes to noshing on something when your drink is finished. At first glance, it may seem like Sonic ice is just a type of crushed ice, but this a common misconception that couldn't be further from the truth.
The approach to making Sonic ice sets it apart from other drinking ice styles, because the company uses a cold metal cylinder that condenses the water into a thin sheet of ice to make flake ice. The flake ice is collected, compressed, and reformed into pellets or nuggets — making it softer, chewier, and more absorbent.
Nugget ice might have shortcomings in terms of coldness longevity, but its expediency for cooling is top-tier due to the increased surface area to volume ratio. As ice-heads everywhere can attest, the innovation of nugget ice elevates the beverage industry, complementing Sonic’s wide variety of drinks and signature slush flavors.