REVIEW: Sonic’s New Peanut Butter Bacon Cheeseburger and Shake

By Michael P Coleman

Two great tastes that taste great together.

When I was kid, those seven words comprised the linchpin of a very popular ad campaign for Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. The associated television spots showed pairs of people merging chocolate and peanut butter together in mostly hysterical ways.

These days, while Reeses hasn’t receded into the background, the original Cup is one of many branded confections that combine those two ingredients. And all of these years later, those varied treats continue to command my attention.

But in 2024, isn’t it time for an upgrade?

Sonic thinks so. They’ve introduced a burger and a milk shake with peanut butter and…

Wait for it…


My eldest daughter once said, over breakfast, that “Bacon never disappoints.” It was a nugget of wisdom that has entered Coleman Family lexicon. We still quote her often.

Those three words have never been more accurate than when used to help describe Sonic’s new burger and shake. My recent visit to a location in Merced was my first ever stop at Sonic.

It won’t be the last.

Sonic’s new Peanut Butter Bacon Cheeseburger offers a healthy sized slab of real beef. Great, fresh toppings. With the peanut butter / bacon on top providing the perfect savory / sweet combo.

The burger is huge, too — I couldn’t finish it. I wound up tossing half of it into the refrigerator after I got home. It’s serving as breakfast as soon as I’m finished writing this.

I also can’t say enough about Sonic’s new Peanut Butter Bacon Milkshake. Don’t let the thought of bacon in a milkshake scare you, as it did me. It’s a new favorite.

Just for kicks and giggles, I tried Sonic’s chicken sandwich and a strawberry shake, too. Rather than flavoring she shake with syrup, Sonic adds real chucks of berry to the that shake. My straw was consistently clogged up as I feverishly tried to gulp it down.

Sonic’s chicken sandwich is every bit as flavorful as Popeye’s viral one, with less breading, so I actually favored it. I wished Sonic offered a spicy version, but that’s quibbling. Lunch was great.

A note of caution for those still clinging onto those fitness New Year’s resolutions. Sonic’s Peanut Butter Bacon Cheeseburger packs just over 800 calories…so it’s probably a good thing that I split it into two meals / days. Sonic hasn’t disclosed the caloric count on their Peanut Butter Bacon Milkshake.

‘Nuff said.

Oh, yeah…I have to tell you about Sonic’s onion rings: the batter on them was actually ever so slightly sweet, which I surprisingly loved. And the tater tots were another great throw-back to childhood. I didn’t even need catsup on them!

If you’re up for an explosion of glorious flavors in your mouth, and some extra time on the treadmill, Sonic’s Peanut Butter Bacon Cheeseburger and Milkshake are only available through February 4, so don’t dawdle. I have to stock up and see how those puppies freeze.

At the very least, I’ll be adding peanut butter and bacon to my next backyard BBQ burger!

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