I bet you were saying to yourself, “boy, I wish someone would make banana cream pie into a tasty soft drink!” Well, your sarcastic wish has come true as the Dessert Pack in the 2006 Jones Soda Holiday collection features Jones Soda Banana Cream Pie Soda.
Reflecting the banana nature of the flavor, the drink is a light yellow, made possible by Yellow #5. In fact, taking a look at the ingredient list, the typical ones are there (carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, etc.), but what stood out to me was the last item on the list: medium chain triglyceride. According to Wikipeida, “MCTs passively diffuse from the GI tract to the portal system (longer fatty acids are absorbed into the lymphatic system) without requirement for modification like long chain fatty acids or very long chain fatty acids do. In addition MCTs do not require bile salts for digestion. Patients who have malnutrition or malabsorption syndromes are treated with MCTs because they do not require energy for absorption, utilization, or storage.” So apparently this is some sort of turbo banana-flavored drink!
It should be noted that the photo of this bottle, Photo #6887, was taken by the CEO of Jones Soda, Peter Van Stock (Seattle, WA). I guess that would explain the “Jones Soda Company” T-shirt.
When you first open the bottle, it’s obvious this is banana. It smells like banana. Specifically, like those dehydrated-but-tasty banana chips. Thankfully, the taste reflects that pleasant flavor. It’s a yummy banana flavor with a pretty clean taste throughout and no yucky aftertaste. No wonder folks all wanted a second helping when I shared samples of this drink at a recent party. Jones Soda Banana Cream Pie Soda lives up to its name… and that’s hard to do!