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Sonic's Blackout Slush Float Is Perfect for the Solar Eclipse — and It Comes With Eclipse Glasses

Make your eclipse experience complete with this treat.

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On April 8, a large section of the United States, stretching from Texas to Maine, will experience a full solar eclipse. To say people are excited would be an understatement. Luckily, all kinds of hotels, restaurants, and brands are leaning into the eclipse mania and celebrating alongside astronomy fans — including Sonic.

On Wednesday, Sonic unveiled its Blackout Slush Float, which will be available nationwide starting March 25. The all-black slush has what Sonic describes as a "sweet, cotton candy and dragon fruit flavor," all blended together to represent the "temporary darkness from the solar eclipse." It comes topped with soft serve and blue and purple galaxy-themed sprinkles to give it a true "out of this world" look.

“There are over 400 Sonic locations in areas where the total solar eclipse will be visible, and we thought, what better way to create some fun for our fans as they experience this unique event than by introducing a new treat that’s as awe-inspiring as the eclipse itself?” Mackenzie Gibson, the vice president of culinary and menu innovation at Sonic, shared in a statement.

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Beyond offering the new drink, Sonic is also helping people prepare for the eclipse by partnering with Terry Virts, a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander.

“I’ve been a longtime fan of SONIC and even tried to make slushes, shakes, and burgers in space – and the new Blackout Slush Float creates a fun and tasty way for fans to get excited for this rare scientific phenomenon,” Virts said.

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As for his best tip, Virts reiterated the importance of specific eclipse-viewing glasses. No, they are not the same as sunglasses, but they are specially designed to comply with international standards and protect your eyes. As the American Astronomical Society notes, the glasses "reduce visible sunlight to safe and comfortable levels but also block all but a tiny fraction of solar UV and IR radiation."

So go ahead and get a pair along with the Blackout Slush Float from March 25 through May 5. But remember, like the solar eclipse, this too is a limited-time event. Maybe we can just ask Sonic to bring back the slushie when the next eclipse rolls around to the U.S. in 2044.

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