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Sonic Pretzel Dog Review


Pretzel DogSonic adds the Chili Cheese Pretzel Dog to the already popular Original Pretzel Dog and the Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog. This review will let you know how each of these Pretzel Dogs taste and what the Nutrition Facts are for the three hotdogs.

To review these Pretzel Dogs I used the drive thru at the Sonic at 10515 Mission Gorge Road in Santee, CA. The drive thru at this Sonic always takes a long time so I expected to wait awhile. At least they did come out, take my money, and bring me my drinks while I waited. When I received my order, the food was hot and fresh.

Sonic’s Original Pretzel Dog

The Original Pretzel Dog is the most basic of the three. The Original Pretzel Dog starts with a 100% pure beef hotdog on a soft pretzel bun topped with yellow mustard. The hotdog itself is very plain with very little flavor. Adding the yellow mustard with the Pretzel bun does give it some flavor. The pretzel bun is too big for the hotdog by itself and the pretzel bun was a little rubbery. Overall, I was not impressed with this version of the Pretzel dog.

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Nutrition Facts for the Sonic Original Pretzel Dog

The Sonic Original Pretzel Dog is 4.13 ounces and 320 calories with 160 of those calories coming from fat. Total Fat of 18 grams and Saturated Fat at 7 grams is ok. There are no Trans Fats. Cholesterol of 35 mg is very good. Sodium of 910 mg is a little high. Total Carbohydrates of 27 grams are also very good. You only get 1 gram of Dietary Fiber. Sugars are at 2 grams.  Protein is good at 11 grams. The known allergens for the Sonic Original Pretzel Dog are Soy, Milk, Wheat and Gluten.

Sonic’s Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog

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This version of the Pretzel Dog takes it up a notch by topping the 100% pure beef hotdog with melted cheese, crisp bacon and grilled onions all served on a soft pretzel bun. I was anticipating a good hotdog here. However, I was disappointed with what I got. I did try the Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog on more than one occasion to make sure it was not a fluke. However, each time I tried the Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog there was very little cheese, onions or bacon on the hotdog. With the rubbery pretzel bun, the hotdog was dry and lacking in taste.

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Nutrition Facts for the Sonic Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog

The Sonic Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog is 5.68 ounces and 430 calories with 240 of those calories coming from fat. Total Fat of 27 grams and Saturated Fat at 11 grams are high. There are no Trans Fats. Cholesterol of 50 mg is good. Sodium of 1270 mg is a very high. Total Carbohydrates of 32 grams are very good. You get 2 gram of Dietary Fiber. Sugars are at 2 grams.  Protein is good at 16 grams. The known allergens for the Sonic Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog are Soy, Milk, Wheat and Gluten.

Sonic’s Chili Cheese Pretzel Dog

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Pretzel DogExpecting another disappointment, I was not in a hurry to come back and try this third version of Sonics Pretzel Dog. Nevertheless, the humorous ads did convince me to make my way back to Sonic to try it anyway. Well, this time I was pleasantly surprised. There was plenty of Chili and melted cheddar cheese on top of the 100% pure beef hotdog. This made the hotdog less dry with better flavor. The chili soaked into the bun and somehow made it less rubbery. The pretzel bun has a firm crust that helps to keep the chili from making a mess. Overall, the Chili Cheese Pretzel Dog was good and worth the try.

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Nutrition Facts for the Sonic Chili Cheese Pretzel Dog

The Sonic Chili Cheese Pretzel Dog is 6.4 ounces and 480 calories with 230 of those calories coming from fat. Total Fat of 26 grams and Saturated Fat at 11 grams are high. There are no Trans Fats. Cholesterol of 55 mg is good. Sodium of 1370 mg is a very high. Total Carbohydrates of 44 grams are very good. You get 3 gram of Dietary Fiber. Sugars are at 5 grams. Protein is good at 17 grams. The known allergens for the Sonic Chili Cheese Pretzel Dog are Soy, Milk, Wheat and Gluten.

Summary

The idea of a pretzel bun for a hotdog seems like a good one. However, in order to get it right you need the right combination of ingredients. In addition, the pretzel bun needs to be prepared just right or it becomes rubbery. Sonics first two attempts fall a little short with ingredients that do not complement the Pretzel bun as well as one might think. For Sonic though, the third times the charm with their introduction of the Chili Cheese Pretzel Dog. The Chili and the cheese work very well with the Pretzel bun.

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