Review: Jones Soda Wild Herb Stuffing Soda (2005)


Amy and I had more guinea pigs friends over at Festive Film Fridays last week. That made it a great occasion to break out the Jones Wild Herb Stuffing Soda. Would it taste better or worse than the previously sampled Turkey & Gravy Soda and Pumpkin Pie soda? Let’s find out!

Jones Soda Wild Herb Stuffing Soda (2005)

Jones Wild Herb Stuffing Soda

Again, this flavor was part of the National Version of the Jones Soda Holiday Pack[/url], sold exclusively at Target to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center.

Jones Soda Wild Herb Stuffing Soda (2005)

That kid really had no artistic talent

As this product was designed to help kids, it was only fitting that some small girl was featured on the label, working on what looks like an elementary school art project creating a turkey on the wall — or maybe she was designing Chicago’s next city sticker — who knows?

Jones Soda Wild Herb Stuffing Soda (2005)

Looks like lemonade in color

When compared with the 2004 version of the Holiday Pack, it appears that the Wild Herb Stuffing flavor replaced Mashed Potato & Butter Soda as a nice starchy side dish for this liquid meal. Per the wine list included with the Holiday Pack, it’s recommended that you drink a Haywood Estate Morning Sun Zinfandel (Vintage 1997) with your Wild Herb Stuffing Soda… “Medium bodied, packed full of jammy fruit flavors while maintaining a delicate balance of acidity. The finish lingers with a hint of clove and spice. This wine will bring out the delicate flavors in our Wild Herb Stuffing Soda.” How delicate were those flavors? Let’s see the expressions on the faces of our taste testers!

Jones Soda Wild Herb Stuffing Soda (2005) - Taste Test

Catherine experiences liquid stuffing!

Jones Soda Wild Herb Stuffing Soda (2005) - Taste Test

My Aunt Diane tolerates, but doesn’t love, the drink

Jones Soda Wild Herb Stuffing Soda (2005) - Taste Test

This drink turns my head all red!

Of the three flavors I have tested thus far, the Wild Herb Stuffing wasn’t that bad, actually. It’s not something I’d actually want to drink again, but I didn’t feel like vomiting all over the floor either. This time around, we actually provided our tasters with quick access to our garbage can should their bodies not be able to handle the drink. The flavor actually was pretty watered down and weak. Maybe the pale color had some sort of mental effect as well. Like the Turkey & Gravy flavor, Stuffing was high in sodium: 240 mg! That was a kicker, to be sure.

Jones Soda Wild Herb Stuffing Soda (2005) - Taste Test

Death to Sarah!

I wanted to take this time to apologize to taste tester Sarah, who I almost killed during our little test. You see, as she was drinking the sample, I mentioned that their might be a slight aftertaste, since all of these beverages were sweetened with Splenda. She quickly looked at me and said, “that’s an artificial sweetener, right?” I concurred and then she remarked, “I’m allergic to those!” Ooops. Luckily, she had not digested enough Wild Herb Stuffing Soda to require a call to 911. Sorry about that, Sarah. Thanks for your participation, however. :)