Well, the phrase "bad influence" might be a little harsh, but it is true. Melanie, my dear sister in law, I'm looking at YOU.
Sure, it started out innocently enough.... I was in town and you sweetly offered to bring me a Sonic drink. Or maybe I offered to bring you one. I'm actually not really sure, but somebody went to Sonic during Happy Hour and got drinks for somebody else.
At first I thought, "ew." And then I tasted it. It is reminiscent of a root beer float. Or an Italian cream soda. Maybe even a Colorado bulldog. Or perhaps a combination of them all. I don't know, but it is delicious and basically the only thing that got me through the last couple weeks at work.
My boss sent an email the other day asking what our favorite Sonic drink was. We had some department planning days this week and I figured it was some sort of "get to know you activity" - like we would have to match a person with their favorite drink, so I went ahead and said "Cherry Cream Diet Coke with extra ice." (I figured everyone else would say "Cherry Limeade" and I wanted to keep things interesting.) She actually had one of our program assistants go order drinks for all of us, so then I felt really bad about being all high maintenance. (The girl had to go inside to order but said she still had to order on the phone. Finally she said, "this is not going to work. I have to order some complicated drinks. Can't I do this in person?") Don't you know that almost every single one of my coworkers asked if they could try it? And they liked it too.
Looks like you're on to something.
Also, looks like you aren't the only one. When I was looking for a picture, I came across these lovely ladies that give us a recipe to make our own versions. This one also has vanilla, which sounds delicious. And this one is CHOCOLATE cream diet coke. What?!?!? Things could get crazy.