Review: Sweet Potato Tots from Sonic

Upon hearing Sonic now features Sweet Potato Tots, I could only gape in awe. My brain malfunctioned and I was left standing there with a slack expression on my face. Reminiscent of one of the doofy guys in most of their commercials. I mean, seriously? Tater tots made from sweet potatoes. You have got to be kidding me! This was either going to be a win for the history books or the fail boat was about to set sail.

Despite the enormous potential for success or failure reflected in the above comments, I ventured to Sonic with no expectations whatsoever. I was ‘objective’ personified. I ordered and patiently waited, wondering to myself if I was really interested in such a thing. When presented with the tots my face immediately contorted into a frown. As was the case with the Jumbo Popcorn Chicken, the portions were not impressive. To me, the color was somewhat unappetizing and I found myself wondering how they could charge $2.99 for such a small amount of anything, regardless of the contents. Maybe I just need to work on not stuffing my face to bursting, but I am often underwhelmed when it comes to fast food portions. My fears, however were for naught. The moment these tiny capsules of deliciousness hit my tongue I could not stop myself.

This may sound strange, but I was strongly reminded of something very special. The way these little beauties were fried made them taste just like a funnel cake at the local fair. One taste and I was hooked.  Sweet enough to qualify as a dessert, each tot was expertly fried with a crispy layer of batter on the outside. The inside of the tots were another surprise as well. Anyone who has eaten tater tots knows that distinctive texture of diced potato bits cobbled together inside the salty, crunchy breading. I expected the texture to be similar, expecting tiny individual bits I could pry apart. The inside was much smoother than I would have thought. More even and consistent than a regular tater tot. The explosion of flavor in my mouth was only enhanced by the unforeseen texture.

I would highly recommend this new creation to anyone with a sweet tooth and even to those who do not typically enjoy the more sugary treats. Tasty all by themselves the tots were not overly rich and required no sauce. The texture was unexpected, but added to the overall experience. At first, the serving size seemed lacking, but as with most potato products, they were more filling than they appeared. There was no extra grease on the outside (or inside for that matter) of the tots making them perfect for eating in the car or wherever you would like to have something tasty.  I cannot say enough about the flavor of Sonic’s Sweet Potato Tots. Not only are they delicious, they are also one of the lowest calorie items on their menu. Go, my children. Go forth and try these heaven-sent marvels while they last. You will not regret it.

Pros: Taste, quality, mere novelty of the food itself

Cons: Small portion size, color is slightly unappealing

Taste: 9.00/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.50/10
Price: $2.99

Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10

More Info: SonicDriveIn.com
Nutrition Facts:
Sweet Potato Tots
Calories – 290
Total Fat – 8 grams
Saturated Fat – 0 grams
Cholesterol – 0 milligrams
Sodium – 510 milligrams
Carbs – 51 grams
Sugars – 18 grams
Dietary Fiber – 4 grams
Protein – 1 gram

12 comments on “Review: Sweet Potato Tots from Sonic

  1. chris says:

    These taste like crap!

  2. Annie Benson says:

    Curious about something. You rave about the great taste in the review, and didn’t mention any negatives at all (about the taste, I mean, not the product as a whole). Yet in the taste portoin of the grade, you give it a 9 instead of a 10. So, what would it take to get a 10? Is it even possible?

    I’ve often seen reviewers who don’t seem to give out the highest or lowest score on their scale, just wondering about why that might be.

    • Manavee says:

      Well, Chefprotoss did give some sandwich from Noodles and Company a 1.0. Personally, I think a 1.0 should be reserved for something that is completely unpalatable and/or has poison in it. I haven’t tried the sandwich in question so I have no idea whether it falls into either category.

      I would think a 10.0 should be viewed like Warp Factor 10. A theoretical possibility, but not likely to be obtainable in reality.

      • Ryan says:

        Yeah a perfect 10 should be unobtainable. I think I’ve only gone as low as the 4’s.

      • Chefprotoss says:

        It was so awful it actually made me angry. Thus a 1.00 lol. I also gave hot dog chips a rating of “???/10″ so maybe I’m not the best person to bring into the perfect 10 discussion haha. I could see giving Popeye’s spicy fried chicken thighs a 10 on flavor. That and the cheesy gordita crunch is about a 9.75 to me too. That is about it though.

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  4. Gary says:

    The only reason I can even remotely think of for not giving them a 10/10 is that when I first saw them on the menu, and my head about exploded with joy, I was brought crashing back down to earth when the person at the other end of the speaker informed me that they were out of them.

    But they have had them every time since then, and they are always nice and fresh. I’d gladly pay a premium price for these babies.

    My ordering at Sonic is generally predictable. Morning? Two orders of french toast sticks. Lunch/dinner time? 1 Chicago Dog, 1 New York Dog, and a Butterfinger Blast. My drink of choice was the cherry limeade, but I switched to strawberry a while ago.

    I won’t get near their burgers, and their chicken is so-so. I just wish they would start doing more limited edition Blasts again, and more hot dogs. I miss the bacon and bleu dog.

    But for now, these tots are more than a good enough reason to make a Sonic run.

  5. kikurage says:

    This sweat potato looks good, and I prefer that’s low calories-290 counts.I would eat it without hesitate.

  6. Andrea says:

    Despite liking sweet potatoes, I’m not a fan of sweet potato fries. However, you have me intrigued with your mention of funnel cake flavor. I might have to give these a try.

    I have loved Sonic for years, but a few years ago I noticed that the oil they use started to taste quite… off. Bitter, almost rancid. I thought it was just my local restaurant probably using 8 year old oil (I “lovingly” refer to it as Bad Sonic), but even at Good Sonic a few towns over I noticed it too. I wondered if anyone else had this experience. It seems more pronounced when eaten with something acidic (lime in your drink, mustard on your burger).

  7. carol says:

    Idk how no one has noticed but these ” sweet potato tots ” are NOT sweet potatoes…they are yams. Reason for the ORANGE color. And yam texture. People always seem to confuse the two. A sweet potato is white then yellow when cooked. A yam us orange. And smooshy. . – think about it. The most disgusting thing I’ve ever eaten.

    No joke. Seriously get them again and observe.

  8. Amanda says:

    re: Andrea’s comment

    I, too, have noticed the switch Sonic made a while back to frying oil that leaves behind a bitter taste. I can’t even eat their tater tots anymore (in fact, I just found this post & these comments by Googling “Sonic tater tots bitter taste” after giving it another shot at a new location).

  9. Diana Lynn says:

    Love the sweet tots! Shame that Sonic no longer carries them, but they are available in some grocery stores under the brand Alexia Foods. Yum, my addiction is back! I bought 4 bags! And of course if you fry in peanut oil, double yummmmmm! Sonic really needs to ditch that cheap oil they use and upgrade to a better one. It’s my only real complaint about Sonic, you cannot eat the regular tater tots because of the oil. not as noticeable in the sweet ones, but still a little “off” because of the oil.