Review: New Gingerbread Cookie Shake and Sundae from Burger King
While pumpkin is still the current seasonal flavor of choice for most fast food places, Burger King is jumping straight to gingerbread, a flavor that typically comes around a lot closer to the Christmas holiday season. There are two new desserts featuring the flavors of gingerbread: a Gingerbread Cookie Shake and a Gingerbread Cookie Sundae. They’re both topped with crumbled gingerbread cookies and flavored with gingerbread syrup or sauce, but only one of them is remotely edible.
I tried the Gingerbread Cookie Shake first. The real life version is almost identical to the promo pic, which was an encouraging sign… but when I took a sip, it felt like I was getting punched in the face while instantaneously developing type 2 diabetes. No one likes a sour milkshake, but this flavor was so far beyond sweet that it tasted like the King was trying to poison me with sugar. After taking a few baby bird-sized sips and feeling like my teeth were dissolving like sugar cubes placed in a cup of warm water, I had to stop. Burger King’s new Gingerbread Cookie Shake doesn’t taste like gingerbread at all. It tastes like diabetes and regret.
The 99.9% full cup hit the trash bin with a loud thud. The shake’s nutritional content is pretty shocking. Even the smallest size (12 oz) has a whopping 70 grams of sugar. By comparison, a 12 oz. can of Coke has 39 grams. The large shake (20 oz.) packs 124 grams of sugar, or roughly the same amount as three cans of Coke. Even more surprising, the Gingerbread Cookie Shake isn’t even the most sugar-laden of the BK shake flavors. That honor goes to the Chocolate, which has 83 grams of sugar in a small. I would never have guessed it, but the Strawberry, with 67 grams, is the least sugar-laden.
Luckily, Burger King’s new Gingerbread Cookie Sundae was much better — edible, even. Soft serve ice cream is topped (and bottomed) with gingerbread sauce and sprinkled with gingerbread cookie crumbles.
The sauce doesn’t have much of a flavor, it’s more like simple syrup with food coloring than anything else. In the promo pic, the sauce is swirled into the ice cream, but in reality, to get that effect, you have to churn it up yourself. Burger King’s soft serve is fairly flat, and tastes a bit like sugary milk. There’s no real vanilla flavor, so it ends up as more of a textural element: a cold, creamy vehicle for whatever you put on it.
This makes it a fair (if a little dull) base flavor for the cookies, which were crunchy, with an authentic gingerbread flavor. For the sundae to really work, the gingerbread sauce needs to be spicier to stand out against the ice cream. The current version tastes synthetic, like a caramel sauce minus the rich, buttery flavor. I was actively trying to avoid it. Chocolate sauce would be a better choice.
Pros: Shake: May give you the ability to execute a triple back flip; Sundae: Tasty soft serve, gingerbread cookie bits are tasty and have great texture
Cons: Shake: Deadly amounts of sugar to the point that it's undrinkable; Sundae: Could use more cookie bits
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: http://www.BK.com
Gingerbread Cookie Shake (12 oz)
Total Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 11 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 290 mg
Sodium: 82 mg
Total Carbs: 82 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Sugars: 70 g
Protein: 8 g
Gingerbread Cookie Sundae (193 g)
Total Fat: 7 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Sodium: 210 mg
Total Carbs: 68 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Sugars: 57 g
Protein: 6 g