Review: New Gingerbread Cookie Shake and Sundae from Burger King

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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

Taste: 5.00/10
Value: 6.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $2.69

Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10

More Info: http://www.BK.com
Nutrition Facts:
Gingerbread Cookie Shake (12 oz)
Calories: 490
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)
Calories: 350
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

24 comments on “Review: New Gingerbread Cookie Shake and Sundae from Burger King

  1. Matt says:

    Red Robin Gingerbread Shake is much better. It’s almost that time of year, they usually bring it back every Christmas.

  2. Larry says:

    Is this a health blog or a fast food blog?

    • Allie says:

      I think the reviewer did a fine job of addressing both health and taste aspects of these food items. While it’s fun to indulge sometimes, and fast food obviously isn’t meant to be nutritious, is it really blowing half your daily calories in one sitting for something that doesn’t even taste that good? Some of us have size 2 dresses we’d like to still fit in tomorrow. If the syrup is sickeningly sweet and the ice cream is bland, it sounds like it’s not as great as the ads make it look. I still kind of want to try one of the sundaes for myself, though.

      • Larry says:

        Hi Allie – “It tastes like diabetes and regret.” isn’t much of a review so then to share her feelings about the nutritional value “The shake’s nutritional content is pretty shocking.” is silly. Is EJeats a pen name for Michael Bloomberg?

        I’m not a fan of BK and haven’t eaten anything there in the last 10 years other then a whopper and a 2 for 1 chicken sandwich deal but one reason I read this blog is that most of the reviews provide a decent amount of information about the product.

        For the most part this is not healthy food being reviewed but I wouldn’t expect Ryan to take one bite of a new burger over at Hardee’s, toss it out because it was salty, and then go on a diatribe about salt.

        In the big picture it’s no biggie. After all this is a review blog and opinions will vary. I was merely posting my review of her review. ;-)

    • MP says:

      It’s a fahealthod blog!

      When did Burger King turn into Dairy Queen?

  3. erinjax says:

    The caloric payload should always be a consideration with fast food, and since GrubGrade reviews always include a nutritional breakdown, I like to incorporate that information into the body of the review. I think a lot of people read these reviews to find out whether a specific item is worth spending their money on, and whether it’s worth the calories. The shake was not.

    • Larry says:

      “The caloric payload should always be a consideration with fast food,…”

      It should? Why?

      “and since GrubGrade reviews always include a nutritional breakdown,..”

      They do? I popped over to the archives for this year, pulled up a couple of reviews, and no nutritional breakdown was included. I’m sure that if I kept looking there would have been some reviews with that information but always is a big word.

      Reading a fast-food blog for the caloric breakdown seems odd to me but stranger things do happen I suppose.

      • Ryan says:

        Believe it or not, some people want to know what they’re ingesting by the numbers. Whether it be for curiosity or health reasons, people are interested.

        Nutrition info should be included if its available at the time of publishing. Some items can be tough to find nutrition info on though depending on the company you’re dealing with or if the product is brand new or in limited availability. If it’s available at the time of publishing, we’ll post it.

        Hopefully people don’t read this “fast food blog” (hey it’s only like 94% fast food!!! I prefer “food blog” :P )…. so yeah hopefully people don’t read our stuff just for the caloric breakdown, but the nutrition numbers are important and we try our best to be thorough and include that info along with stuff like price/value.

        When a product shocks us in any way, i feel it’s worth mentioning.

        • Larry says:

          Hi Ryan – if you read my post I don’t have any issues with the inclusion of the nutrition information. It’s the lack of any real review and the reviewers follow-up tactics that I was pointing out. I threw 99.9% of the product away? That’s a review?

          Moving on ;-)

  4. Nice honest review and despite the ire of the obvious BK employee, I appreciate the information.
    Another BK fail. Shocking.

    • Larry says:

      You’re very original and special Jonathan. I could tell right away by the way you used the word fail.

      Please say hello to Erin for me when you see her.

      • So you did not deny that you work for BK. That is sad and pathetic that they have to pay their people to come on here and defend their crappy products.

        • Larry says:

          In the interest of full disclosure Jonathan my boy, I worked for McDonalds in 1979 and 1980. Never worked at BK though and haven’t been in the industry in any way since 1981.

        • Jess says:

          With all due respect, Jonathan, I don’t think anyone pays anyone to come on here to defend anything… but thank you for assuming that they do (trust me, if they did, I’d do it a lot more)… some of us just know that ALL of the gingerbread shakes are NOT like this… That’s like saying ALL white people are rednecks and like Nascar, or ALL black people are ignorant or ALL Hispanics ONLY speak English, ALL Asians suck at driving, ALL Women drivers suck, ALL men are masculine and have testicles, ALL white blondes with blue eyes are Nazis, ALL WalMart employees are special because they messed something up, ALL Waitresses are horrible because one didn’t know how to take an order, ALL college students are broke because they have student loans, ALL Fat people are fat because they’re lazy- has nothing to do with possible medical problems, ALL insurance and credit card companies are scam artists… It’s a stereotype because ONE person didn’t do it right.

  5. allokago says:

    Before I go to a fast food place, I always look up nutritional information. Always. Just because I’m eating at a place like BK doesn’t mean I want to eat 9,400 calories. I thought the “it tasted like diabetes and regret” line was hilarious, and a great piece of descriptive writing. I never once thought about whether it belonged on a fast food blog. It was funny, and it gave me an exact idea of how sweet it really did taste. I know I’m not the only one to eat something and then think regretfully that it wasn’t worth the calories. That line expressed such a situation perfectly.

    I would also never expect anyone to finish anything they didn’t like eating just to be qualified to tell me whether they liked it or not. “I threw it out” pretty much implies that the item, in her opinion, wasn’t worth eating. That’s all I really need to know, to be honest. Maybe I’ll try it and think differently, but probably not.

  6. lalala says:

    I love milk shakes and ice cream but I am sorry to say it was too sweet. you can use it as a sugar for the next 2 mos:p

  7. taylort says:

    I believe that nutritional information is important to bring to attention even in fast food reviews. If anything, it’s more important to bring that sort of thing out in a review of more unhealthy foods. Even the chains themselves are starting to bring their nutritional facts to the light.

    With that said, I don’t think this review came across as too nutrition centric. It was a very to the point post pointing out the fact that the gingerbread cookie shake is indeed far too sweet.

  8. Sherrie says:

    Agree nutritional info highly important to making good choices. Customers deserve to know what they are consuming. That said, loved the intense gingerbread taste! May be unhealthy so not going to consume daily, but will treat myself to a gingerbread shake occasionally ( minus the whipped topping.) Tasted awesome !

    • Jess says:

      Thank you Sherrie for sharing your love of the Shake! I know that not ALL shakes are like this. Yes, sometimes we get in a rush and we put too many or you get someone new trying to make it but no one to explain or help because we’re in a rush and it can come out a little sweeter than it should… people need to understand this but clearly some people haven’t worked Fast Food, therefore they don’t understand this aspect of the Kitchen side of the restaurant!

  9. Jess says:

    Erin… As bad as I hate to say it, it sounds like you got a bad batch of milk shake and someone put way too much flavoring into it. I work at a Burger King and have NEVER heard of such complaints from any of my customers; and I have asked many customers, who ordered them- obviously, how it was! I apologize that you had a crap experience with our new promo item, but please don’t let one bad experience ruin future encounters! I would personally love to make you one, so you can see that they don’t all suck like you claim! If you lived in my area- I would do just that!
    Yes I do agree, however, that the calories are a little crazy… but on occasion I think it’s alright to indulge! :)

  10. Kenneth Bowen says:

    Larry seems to like having the last word. Almost a year later, will he still?

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