Continuing our look at the 2007 Jones Soda Halloween collection, we have another 8 oz. canned beverage available exclusively at Target: Strawberry S’lime
This drink makes a comeback after first being featured in the inaugural Halloween collection back in 2005. Originally it was showcased in a orange can with somewhat of a happy face. However, for 2007, Strawberry S’lime reappears in a red can, highlighted by terrifying green/yellow facial features.
The drink is a red/pink color, probably more heavy on the pink, similar in look as Cherry 7Up, Schweppes Raspberry Ginger Ale, 7Up Plus Cherry, or Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash. The scent is more like a cherry or tropical punch flavor of Kool-Aid, much like Mountain Dew Game Fuel.
The taste? Wow, is this drink sweet! Very candy-like. Back in 2005, Strawberry S’lime was already a powerful drink, but when you combine it with the fact that it’s now sweetened with pure cane sugar (technically, “inverted cane sugar” per the ingredients), it has more punch.
The flavor is predominantly strawberry, with just a hint of citrus. It did not, however, taste like the typically fake strawberry flavors we’ve featured in the past (Tropicana Twister Soda Strawberry, Fanta Strawberry). The flavor was more subdued — although still quite sweet. It probably more closely resembled those candy Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip packets. You know, the ones where you take a candy stick, lick it, and dip it into a packet of flavored sugar. That’s what I thought of when I was drinking Strawberry S’lime.
Overall, the flavor was good, for a strawberry. However, the overtly sweet nature prevents it from being more of an “everyday” beverage, which downgrades Strawberry S’lime’s usefulness in my book.