REVIEW: Sonic Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites

I have always been a snack fiend. I tried to be a more “three square meals” person, but it didn’t really stick. Instead of fighting it, I’ve accepted it and embraced it. When I opened the Sonic app to order a drink, a screen showing its new Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites came up. Seeing the picture of the tiny empanada-looking snack, I immediately added them to my order.

Sonic recently added the Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites as a limited time item. Each piece is a crispy fried pocket filled with cheddar cheese, Buffalo sauce, and chicken. By default, you are given a cup of ranch to dip them in, and they are available in quantities of 3, 5, or 7.

The outside wrapper was absolutely fascinating to me. It looked similar to an empanada or even a ravioli, but ate like a wonton. The crispiness and chew were reminiscent of the wontons I’d get from my local Chinese takeout restaurant. It walked that line of crunchy but not brittle. I was worried the outside would be the weakest part of the item, but it ended up being its strength.

The Buffalo chicken dip mixture was fine but didn’t wow me in the way I had hoped. I am sure some of you are saying to yourself, “Holly…it’s a fast food item. What do you mean ‘wow’ you?”

In recent years, Sonic has stepped up many of its flavors. At least to me, they’ve been more willing to try bolder and unique food offerings to varying degrees of success. I was looking forward to a spicy, flavorful filling with the Buffalo chicken dip, but it fell flat. I was hoping for that strong spice I find present in most iterations of “Buffalo,” but instead got a La Croix interpretation.

Dipping into ranch only made the bite milder in flavor and added nothing to my eating experience. If I were to get them again, I would probably get a side of Buffalo sauce to dip them in to see if that would bring the flavor to the level I had expected. It was just a bummer to have a unique item that did not quite live up to what I wanted.

The Sonic Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites didn’t deliver the spicy snack I had hoped for, but I think the presentation with the tiny fried shell has much potential for future snacks. Spice tolerance is a fairly subjective thing, so if you enjoy the more mild Buffalo flavor, these will probably be a hit. However, if you’re looking for a more cayenne pepper-forward Buffalo taste, these will probably not satisfy you.

Purchased Price: $4.29
Size: 5 pieces
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (5 pieces) 280 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 650 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 1 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of protein.

15 thoughts to “REVIEW: Sonic Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites”

  1. Even though they weren’t really spicy, which is fine by me, how was the rest of the filling? Was the actual chicken any good? Could you taste the other flavors of the buffalo chicken dip or was the entire thing just bland and dry?

    1. Honestly, there really wasn’t a ton of flavor from the cheese or chicken. The chicken added some texture, but barely.
      It wasn’t dry, but it definitely was pretty bland.

      1. Bummer. This sounds like a good snack if it’s executed correctly. Thanks for the review and additional info.

  2. I don’t think the default is for them to come with ranch. I have ordered them in both the app and pulling up to the speakers. In the app they don’t have ranch added automatically, and all 3 times I have ordered them, over 3 different locations, I have to ask for ranch for them.

  3. Why did you have to ruin something with cheddar cheese you don’t eat wings with cheddar cheese all you needed was the buffalo sauced chicken in the crispy wonton if they wanted a cheese dipping sauce fine but since you put it on the inside you lose a lot of people’s business because like me I hate cheese plus why do they have a chicken fried steak sandwich at some sonics but not all

    1. Lose a lot of business due to people that don’t like cheese…that’s a good one. Can’t stop laughing.

  4. I work for sonic and I strongly suggest you give them another try but get the side of buffalo and ranch there amazing dipped in buffalo and ranch combination

    1. I wish they still had them. I actually am not a big fan of anything Buffalo flavored but I actually really enjoyed these. I want them back. It was disappointing knowing they are gone.

  5. Sonic Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites have been generally well-received by customers. They are praised for their delicious flavor, crispy texture, and convenient portability.

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