Coming Soon: Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2005


In 2003, the soda world was forever changed. A small, Seattle, WA-based beverage company by the name of Jones Soda grabbed local headlines by releasing Turkey & Gravy Soda.

Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2003 - Turkey & Gravy Soda - Bottles

Turkey arrives!
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

It was obviously a public relations stunt aimed at getting some press for the alternative beverages company. "We are really excited about the limited test launch of our new flavored Turkey & Gravy beverage. This seasonal flavor allows us to enter a new market segment, the meal replacement market. The new flavor will also appeal to new consumers, those who prefers a savory type flavor to the traditional soda flavors," said their CEO at the time. At that point in time, Jones was primarily known for the unique photos on their labels and non-mainstream flavors. Turkey & Gravy changed all that.

Jones Soda Turkey & Gravy Soda (2003)

Turkey & Gravy Soda – 2003
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

And yes, by all accounts, the drink tasted vile. But that didn't stop it from showing up on eBay, often going for $50 a bottle. It became a part of holiday beverage lore! I never got a chance to taste in back then. Most folks didn't. But the legend of the Turkey & Gravy soda grew… and put Jones on the map.

Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2004 - Box

Holiday Pack 2004
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

One year later, in 2004, Jones capitalized on their marketing genius by releasing 4 other "food flavors" to go along with the seasonal Turkey & Gravy soda. They bundled all 5 drinks together in a Holiday Pack and sold it via their website… limited to a run of only 15,000 to inflate hype and the secondary market.

Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2004 - Bottles

Bottles in 2004's Holiday Pack
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

The 2nd year of Jones Holiday Sodas featured not only Turkey & Gravy, but also Cranberry Sauce, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potato & Butter, and Fruitcake. Profits from the crazy promotion were given to Toys for Tots.

Jones Soda Turkey & Gravy Soda (2004)

Turkey & Gravy Soda – 2004
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Cranberry Sauce Soda (2004)

Cranberry Sauce Soda – 2004
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Green Bean Casserole Soda (2004)

Green Bean Casserole Soda – 2004
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Mashed Potato & Butter Soda (2004)

Mashed Potato & Butter Soda – 2004
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Fruitcake Soda (2004)

Fruitcake Soda – 2004
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Once again, I never got a chance to try these drinks, but we talked about them a bit here. Did Jones stop there? No sir!

Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2005 - National Version - Box

Holiday Pack 2005 – National Version
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Introducing the Jones Soda Holiday Pack for 2005… and this time, I got my hands on this new collection. This year, they actually released a national Holiday Pack (with proceeds benefiting St. Jude's Children's Research Center) and a regional Holiday Pack (again helping out the folks at Toys for Tots).

Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2005 - Regional Version - Box

Holiday Pack 2005 – Regional Version
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

The national version of the Holiday Pack is exclusively available at Target, while the regional version is a little harder to come by. What flavors are on tap for 2005? The national version contains Turkey & Gravy, Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, Wild Herb Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie.

Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2005 - National Version - Bottles

Bottles in 2005's National Holiday Pack
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Turkey & Gravy Soda (2005)

Turkey & Gravy Soda – 2005
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto Soda (2005)

Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto Soda – 2005
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Cranberry Sauce Soda (2005)

Cranberry Sauce Soda – 2005
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Wild Herb Stuffing Soda (2005)

Wild Herb Stuffing Soda – 2005
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Pumpkin Pie Soda (2005)

Pumpkin Pie Soda – 2005
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Meanwhile, those lucky enough to track down the regional edition can enjoy Turkey & Gravy, Broccoli Casserole, Smoked Salmon Paté, Corn on the Cob, and Pecan Pie.

Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2005 - Regional Version - Bottles

Bottles in 2005's Regional Holiday Pack
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Turkey & Gravy Soda (2005)

Turkey & Gravy Soda – 2005
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Broccoli Casserole Soda (2005)

Broccoli Casserole Soda – 2005
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Smoked Salmon Paté Soda (2005)

Smoked Salmon Paté Soda – 2005
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Corn on the Cob Soda (2005)

Corn on the Cob Soda – 2005
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Jones Soda Pecan Pie Soda (2005)

Pecan Pie Soda – 2005
(Source: JonesSoda.com)

Over the next few days, Amy and I will both be testing the flavors found in the national Holiday Pack. We'll post our reviews and reactions via this very special set of beverage reviews here on BevReview.com.

We hope you'll enjoy reading… because more likely than not, these things aren't going to taste very good! (Amy is so NOT looking forward to this) :(

Stay tuned!

Trackbacks

  1. [...] As mentioned back in November, I was able to pick up the Jones Soda Holiday Pack (National Version). Now I've held on to these for a while waiting to taste them. Originally, I wanted Amy and I to give them a taste and then write reviews about them. But Amy's heavy influence (i.e. "Do I REALLY have to drink that stuff?") gave me a better idea to share the fun. [...]

  2. [...] up on the list of flavors to try from the 2005 Jones Soda Holiday Pack… Pumpkin Pie. If it was anything like our experience with Turkey & Gravy Soda, then we [...]

  3. [...] Soda, we realized that we had now tasted all 10 flavors found in the various collections. From the National Holiday Pack, we endured Turkey & Gravy, Brussels Sprout, Cranberry, Wild Herb Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie. [...]

  4. [...] the stuff isn't good. It's just that our only experience with the brand was via their National and Regional Holiday Packs. We hoped to change that feeling as we tried Jones Blue Bubble Gum [...]

  5. [...] 2005, the operation was in full swing and Jones actually had two different 5-bottle collections released (all sweetened with Splenda, by the way): a standard "Holiday Pack" and a "Regional Pack" [...]

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