This soda (and I use the phrase “soda” to honor the folks at Jones Soda; to me, it’s always “pop”) is part of the collection of “gross flavors” that Jones put out this year. Obviously, the expectation is that isn’t not going to be a pleasant drinking experience. Heck, even the label features a young girl smacking herself in the head, probably because she was dumb enough to actually drink this stuff! (She might just have a brain aneurysm because of the goofy red bow that is somehow affixed to her skull.) For those interested, the label photo was submitted by Leah Edmunds of Fort Nelson, a town of approximately 5,000 residents in British Columbia’s northeastern corner known for its activity in forestry, oil and gas. I think you’ll get enough gas from drinking a lot of this flavor!
The smell of this beverage is different, but nothing particularly identifiable. It resembles other “odd” Jones Soda food flavors. After drinking a swig, you are welcomed by a very “creamy bitterness” in the aftertaste, somewhat prompting a gag reflex, but not quite. I’d probably put it on par with last year’s Wild Herb Stuffing Soda as far as flavor. There is quite a bit of saltiness in the taste, probably a result of the 250mg of sodium found in this beverage (hey, it’s 10% of your daily recommended value!) Sweet Potato Soda is also sweetened with sucralose, which most of us know by the brand name Splenda (approved for sale in the U.S. by the FDA in 1998). It’s not to bad if you don’t actually let it move beyond the front of your mouth.
Amy and I hold holiday parties during the month of December, so we had some friends over to help us taste test Sweet Potato Soda. Overall, the feeling was that this was a bad flavor. Not hideous, but also not something you’d want to try again. Probably the most entertaining description came from our friend Anna, who related the flavor to that of “cold fabric softener.” I’m not quite sure how she knows that for sure, but I didn’t want to dig deeper into what was obviously serious psychological problems.
Overall, not a good experience, but what did you expect from a Jones Soda Holiday Pack flavor?