A Carolina Reaper slushy?! Some disagreements in the Johnson City Press newsroom

Brandon Paykamian • Jul 22, 2019 at 9:09 AM

I recently found out about Sonic’s Margarita Reaper Slush made with Carolina Reapers, and my immediate thought was that it sounded awful. So naturally, I decided to try it.

Despite my affinity for spicy foods and cold drinks during the summer, the idea of a slushy with a kick just didn’t sound all that appealing to me. 

“This sounds like a horrible idea,” I thought to myself before Johnson City Press staff writer Jonathan Roberts and I decided to give it a try during our lunch break on Wednesday. When I went to go buy it, it was the first time a carhop advised me that a slushy was “hot” – it even had a sticker on the top to warn me. 

The Carolina Reaper is the hottest pepper in the world, and it has a Scoville scale heat rating of up to 2.2 million. Jalapeños, on the other hand, sit anywhere between 2,500 and 10,000. Roberts and I hadn’t talked to anyone who’d tried it before, so we were prepared for an experience.

It was surprisingly underwhelming in terms of heat. It had a slight kick to it that wasn’t felt initially, but it was really more strange than anything. If it’s actually made with Reapers, it’s a minuscule amount. 

Sonic is definitely notorious for its odd slushy flavor ideas, like their pickle-flavored slushy. I never tried that one, nor would I want to.

Roberts said he liked that one, but he absolutely hated the Reaper flavor, called it “disgusting” and said it hurt his stomach later. He gave it a 2 out of 10. Content director Sam Watson didn’t like it either, and he gave it a harsh 1. 

I gave it a 5, but I have to admit, it started to grow on me after our initial reaction. I could definitely see it going well with a bit of good tequila as a mixed drink. 

By the end of the afternoon, I decided to give it a 6 instead. Roberts stuck with his initial rating after he dumped the rest. 

“Don’t listen to him. It’s pretty bad,” Roberts said. 

Different strokes for different folks, I suppose! 

Here’s a video of us giving it a try: 



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