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Deep Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites - Sonic

ciaogal Oct 29, 2007 01:37 PM

I assume this is a new item... I haven't seen it advertised anywhere.
I stopped into Sonic this morning for a Cherry Limeade and saw 'Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Bites' on the menu board.
6pcs for $2.49

The bites were hot cheesy and delicious....not messy to eat.
This could become my new mid morning snack!
Has anyone else tried them? Are they a regional item?

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  1. linguafood RE: ciaogal Oct 29, 2007 01:54 PM

    I had them recently at a TGIF's (in Delaware). Can't say I liked it, though the idea was certainly appealing.

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      stellamystar RE: linguafood Nov 1, 2007 11:36 AM

      TGIF bites aren't too great. I have also had at Cheesecake Factory where they were slightly better.

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        abs294 RE: stellamystar Nov 9, 2007 07:11 PM

        I thought the Cheesecake Factory bites were okay, but I didn't like the marinara sauce they came with.

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      tmdd46i0s RE: ciaogal Oct 29, 2007 06:45 PM

      I tried them today at Sonic! They are awesome! Far surpassed by expectations. Hope Sonic keeps these on the menu. Don't know what the TGIF version is like.

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        ciaogal RE: tmdd46i0s Oct 30, 2007 05:40 PM

        They are awesome!...
        How do they keep the mac and cheese creamy in a small bite size bit....that's not messy.
        I ate them in the car...and no mess!

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        Shayna Madel RE: ciaogal Oct 29, 2007 06:51 PM

        Oh, gee, thanks. I want to try these and the nearest Sonic to where I live is 114 miles away. I won't be anywhere near anyplace with a Sonic until next May. I don't know what I am going to do...

        1. podunkboy RE: ciaogal Oct 29, 2007 07:49 PM

          Haven't seen them in the SC Kansas area yet. Can't imagine that they would be healthy by any stretch of the imagination. I wonder if they can be duplicated in the home kitchen easily? Strictly as a culinary experiment...

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            Shayna Madel RE: podunkboy Oct 30, 2007 04:29 AM

            You have got to be kidding. Healthy? From Sonic? I think I had something similar at the Texas State Fair. They had little balls of mac & cheese rolled in a light bread crumb mix and deep fried or oven baked. Just remembered my mom telling me that Paula Deen did this recently. Here is the link:


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              ajs228 RE: Shayna Madel Nov 7, 2007 06:52 AM

              Paula Deen was the first person I thought of when I read this post! These seem right up her alley. I wonder if they come with dipping sauce?

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                Cathy RE: ajs228 Nov 27, 2007 09:23 AM

                Sort of. They brought some sauces to our car window after we started eating to ask if we wanted any.

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              JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: podunkboy Nov 4, 2007 01:22 AM

              Shouldn't be too tricky. I think that the trick to it is to refrigerate the mac & cheese so you can form it, then roll balls of it in panko before frying.

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                LNG212 RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Nov 4, 2007 05:43 AM

                Yeah, I bet refrigerate would be a good idea. Also, to make them slightly "drier" or less "liquid-y" would probably help -- even in a low layer on a sheet pan and then cut into squares. And I like the idea of using panko -- much better than a batter or bread crumbs.

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                carinole RE: podunkboy Nov 7, 2007 06:39 AM

                They can easily be dublicated but are kind of messy. Purchase a pan of premade frozen mac and cheese, thaw slightly, roll in bread crumbs and cook in deep fat fryer for about 3 minutes on each side (time will vary depending on how hot the oil is).

              3. LNG212 RE: ciaogal Oct 30, 2007 05:55 AM

                I've never been to the chain restaurants mentioned in the post/replies, but I've had deep fried mac n cheese in a couple of places. The first time we heard of it was in a little bar in Cooperstown (NY). They were cut in squares and they were the absolutely perfect bar snack. Had them with some beers while watching baseball (of course) and they were great. The second time I had them was here in NYC at a malt shop called Homer's (UWS). Also cut into squares but less gooey than the upstate ones. They were also good. They are basically a heart attack on a plate but since they are so rich, it's pretty impossible to eat a lot of them. I think a lot of other bars are adopting them as part of the bar food/frying line-up.

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                  L_W RE: LNG212 Oct 31, 2007 10:28 AM

                  The first time *I* had fried mac n cheese was ALSO in Cooperstown! Small bar on a side street? They were so good, I have been to afraid to try them anywhere else for fear that they would not live up to how good I remember them being!

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                    LNG212 RE: L_W Oct 31, 2007 12:06 PM

                    Yes, it was a bar on a side street - horseshoe-ish shaped bar near where you walk in, big room in back with sofas and a fake fireplace. At that time (several years ago) it was a brand new place. We've been back a couple of times since. And (guilty smile) we always order those fried mac n cheese things!

                2. marmite RE: ciaogal Oct 30, 2007 09:41 AM

                  I saw a commercial for these last night. I'm sadder than ever that we don't have a Sonic nearby. I have tried the fried macaroni and cheese at Cheesecake Factory but found it just so-so.

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                    Shayna Madel RE: marmite Oct 30, 2007 10:06 AM

                    Yeah, those nationally broadcast commercials for chains that are actually not national are really annoying!

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                      stellamystar RE: Shayna Madel Nov 1, 2007 11:38 AM

                      Just moved from Chicago (land of NO Sonic, but loads of Sonic Commercials) to Kansas City. Not I can have Sonic 3X day if I so wanted.

                      Cheddar Peppers are my favorite.

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                        Its Still Mooing RE: stellamystar Nov 5, 2007 09:03 AM

                        I hear that you guys don't have Chik-Fil-A, either. Tragic. I couldn't go a week without those places.

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                          marmite RE: Its Still Mooing Nov 5, 2007 10:50 AM

                          Here in NY we have no Sonic, Chik Fil A, Baja Fresh, Del Taco, In n Out... the list continues (and continues to make me sad).

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                            Shayna Madel RE: marmite Nov 5, 2007 11:18 AM

                            Definitely no Sonics in NYS, but there are actually two Baja Fresh on Long Island (NY is not just Manhattan after all) and several in northern NJ. If memory serves, there was or may still be a Chik-Fil-A in the Paramus Park Mall, which is technically northern NJ, but about 10 minutes from Rockland County and which, if you are driving to the Woodbury Common Outlet Mall, you pass along the way. (I know, dangerously close to getting off the food topic, but just trying to give a reference point as to location.)

                            Think of all the great things we have in NY and people can't or have a hard time to find good ones, starting with BAGELS.

                  2. John Manzo RE: ciaogal Oct 30, 2007 08:53 PM

                    Midway food at the Calgary Stampede. I agree, they're good!

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                      vttp926 RE: ciaogal Nov 1, 2007 07:04 PM

                      i just had to try them today. they are so much better then the ones at tgif. will be getting them a lot more often when i want some mac and cheese.

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                        stellamystar RE: vttp926 Nov 3, 2007 11:06 AM

                        DH had last night in the car..I am on a diet, so none for me :(
                        He liked them a lot. He did say they may be better w/ some cayenne.

                      2. KenWritez RE: ciaogal Nov 4, 2007 01:53 AM

                        I love mac and cheese. If a food can't be fried, it's probably not worth eating. Those philosophies said, I had the DFM&CBs Thursday and they were wretched. Enough salt to start a mine. They were colored a toxic-waste orange inside. They tasted of a chemically-refined cheese-like substance. Velveeta tastes better than this stuff. They're best served with a slingshot to seagulls.

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                          Janet from Richmond RE: ciaogal Nov 5, 2007 05:19 AM

                          I went to Sonic's website and the fried mac and cheese is 280 calories and 16 grams of fat.

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                            Its Still Mooing RE: Janet from Richmond Nov 5, 2007 09:04 AM

                            Loved 'em. I really appreciate a no apologies, unhealthy side item. Almost as good as risotto fritters.

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                              susanlll RE: Its Still Mooing Nov 7, 2007 04:12 AM

                              I tried them last night and thought they were very good.

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                            jim1126 RE: ciaogal Nov 7, 2007 06:36 AM

                            Tried 'em yesterday after this thread aroused my curiosity. Didn't love 'em, didn't hate 'em, but way too rich IMO and I only ate three of the six bites. And mine were messy - cheese and noodles flowing out after I bit into them. Not car-friendly.

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                              Kari RE: jim1126 Nov 7, 2007 07:39 AM

                              I tied them yesterday too. I agree, didn't hate them, didn't love them. Mine weren't messy though. They tasted like Stouffer's to me, just fried.

                            2. Davwud RE: ciaogal Nov 7, 2007 09:58 AM

                              Has anyone tried the bacon cheddar cheese steak yet??


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                                Velvet Elvis RE: Davwud Nov 7, 2007 10:13 AM

                                I love Sonic, but that just looks disgusting.

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                                  cookiechefus RE: Velvet Elvis Nov 8, 2007 01:46 PM

                                  I absolutely love Sonic, so of course I have had the Bacon Cheddar Cheesesteak, and it was awesome! Yummy!

                                  I've also had the Mac & Cheese bites. I thought they were great too! Did anyone hear that Sonic is doing Happy Hour now from 2-4 in all of their stores? 1/2 price drinks!

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                                    Its Still Mooing RE: cookiechefus Nov 11, 2007 04:55 PM

                                    I love the 5 burgers for 5.95 on Tuesday nights!

                              2. Chew on That RE: ciaogal Nov 9, 2007 12:41 PM

                                They have a similar appetizer at TGIFriday's. EEEyuuuckkkkk.

                                1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: ciaogal Nov 9, 2007 03:45 PM

                                  I just tried them last night... the ones at Friday's remind me of Stouffer's mac & cheese, the Sonic ones remind me of the blue box Kraft mac and cheese, only a little saltier.

                                  1. Davwud RE: ciaogal Nov 24, 2007 09:29 AM

                                    We tried these on the way down to the inlaws for TG.
                                    We both really liked them. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way for them but I enjoyed them.


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                                      MysticYoYo RE: Davwud Nov 24, 2007 11:41 AM

                                      They sound divine, but I plan to avoid these like the plague. I just do not need to discover yet another fattening food that isn't good for me.
                                      (I have also eschewed -- if you will pardon the pun-- Krispy Kreme donuts. I have always heard about how absolutely wonderful and addictive they are. No, no, no! I avert my eyes and hold my nose when I drive by their locations. I will not give in to the dark side...

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                                        Davwud RE: MysticYoYo Nov 24, 2007 05:29 PM

                                        I envy your discipline. I pitty your discipline at the sam time though. Think of all the goodies you're missing.


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                                          Its Still Mooing RE: MysticYoYo Nov 27, 2007 07:40 AM

                                          Oh, it's worth the trip to the dark side - especially when they have the hot sign on.

                                      2. Its Still Mooing RE: ciaogal Nov 27, 2007 10:05 AM

                                        I just had the bites for the second time since this thread started!

                                        1. stellamystar RE: ciaogal Dec 3, 2007 03:45 PM

                                          Here in KC, Sonic just rolled out the Cheesecake Bites - anyone tried those??

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                                            zammdogg RE: stellamystar Aug 12, 2010 10:16 AM

                                            I'm hoping they'll get some new items soon at our Sonic...despite being a baby in the state, it's fun to see what new things it rolls out!

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                                            BaseballMom2Brae RE: ciaogal Dec 9, 2007 09:02 PM

                                            I have tried the deep fried cheesecake bites, comes with a raspberry dipping sauce. Arby's sells them hee in WA. Not bad. Had the mac n chs at Friday's, wow! Also have had deep fried pickles, WOW!!!

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                                              rjm_meme09 RE: BaseballMom2Brae Aug 10, 2010 10:34 AM

                                              Sheetz has them in Va & thats the reason I've been looking hard for the recipe. I've tried Sonics Cheesecake Bites, didn't like those at all.

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