Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tastes worse than menudo


(A Jones Soda Holiday Pack review)

Wow. I'm normally an adventurous eater, but last night I really put my iron stomach to the test. Along with some willing guinea pigs from the Columbia Chorale, The Rev & I hosted a little Thanskgiving soirée as we celebrated the traditional foods of the season in soda form.

I never thought I would find something that tastes worse than menudo (that's menudo the mexican tripe and hominy soup, not Menudo the boy band that Ricky Martin was once a member of). I should state for the record that I would eat menudo before I would eat beets or slimy canned mushrooms, but that's another story.

Anyway, the new winner (or loser, depending on your point of view) is Jones Soda Brussels Sprout Flavor. I've always considered Brussels Sprouts as having all the consistency of a ball of sawdust with none of the flavor, and this soda is true to its roots. This is a soda with a message, and that message is, "Beware!" I just couldn't stomach more than a few sips.

Fortunately, Jones Soda Cranberry Sauce makes an excellent chaser. I think I could actually drink a full bottle of this soda without initiating my gag reflex.

I can't say the same for some of the other flavor varieties. Pecan Pie was super sweet; Pumpkin Pie didn't taste like pumpkin pie at all; Corn on the Cob tasted like the water you use to boil corn in; Wild Herb Stuffing tased like selzer water; and Turkey & Gravy had a gravy-ish aftertaste.

Surprisingly, Smoked Salmon Paté was not that bad. Neither was Broccoli Casserole.

Well, at least it was all calorie-free, sugar-free, caffeine-free, carb-free, kosher, and vegeterian. Oh, and it's for the children. The Jones Soda folks are hoping to raise $150,000 through sales of these ghastly flavor packs for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Toys for Tots.

Drive safe this week. Count your blessings. I know we will.

4 comments:

MARY L MARRERA said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL....I KNOW YOU TWO HAVE MANY THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR AS DO ALL OF US...TAKE CARE AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DAYS AND EAT ALOT...AND FORGET ABOUT THAT DRINKING!!! LOVE MARY LOU , RALPH AND FAMILY

Anonymous said...

Too bad I already have a case of the Jones soda (actually they make a good black cherry soda). Now who do I need a gag (pun intended) gift for?

Andy B. said...

We tried the Thanksgiving Dinner package last week - YUCK!
Although the Cranberry wasn't half bad.
Still gagging,
Andy B.

Anonymous said...

We also tried the Jones Soda Co. Thanksgiving drink-a-meal, brought to the table by my son. He and I could taste the herb aftertaste of the stuffing soda, but my daughter couldn't. The butter in the brussels sprouts was,well, interesting. My husband, too, liked the cranberry.
A late Happy Thanksgiving to you and Sarah, I'm looking at your photos in the Reporter. Ann