Review: Jones Soda Dread Licorice Soda (2007)


A new flavor introduced this year as part of the 2007 Jones Soda Halloween collection is Jones Soda Dread Licorice Soda. This is one of the 3 bottle-only entries that are only available in 4-Packs. The naming is obviously a Halloween-themed play on “red licorice.”

Jones Soda Dread Licorice Soda (2007)

Now, I’m a fan of red licorice, so I was looking forward to this flavor. I was expecting something along the lines of liquid Twizzlers. I mean, how could you wrong with this? Apparently, you can.

Jones Soda Dread Licorice Soda (2007) - Box

4-pack Bottle Packaging – One Side

Upon opening the bottle, it was obvious that the scent was very strong… in fact, it had this sweetness about it. That scent seemed to translate into the flavor itself, which not only was sweet, but also very syrupy. The flavor was quite fruity, but along the lines of fakeness… much like Fanta Strawberry or something similar.

We really didn’t experience much of that desired red licorice flavor. It was more of an overdosed cherry with a bitter aftertaste. Quite a disappointment. Since the flavor wasn’t much to write home about, let’s take a look at some of the fan-submitted photos that ended up appearing on the bottles.

Jones Soda Dread Licorice Soda (2007)

A creepy witch and skeleton head (Photo #8881) greeted me on a couple bottles. These unique image was passed along by James Felder from a city we’ve probably all heard of, New York, NY.

Jones Soda Dread Licorice Soda (2007)

The second image (Photo #8886), submitted in black & white, features a bunch of folks dressed up like ghosts, having sheets with eyeholes thrown over their heads. Meanwhile, a guy wearing shorts walks by and just looks at them with a puzzled face. Either there is a story behind this photo submitted by Brad Caesar of West Covina, CA… or he stumbled upon a Ku Klux Klan rally by accident!

Jones Soda Dread Licorice Soda (2007)

The third image (Photo #8892) is one I find to be the most creative. Jones liked it so much that they not only stuck it on a bottle label, but it also sits on the outside of the box for the 4-Pack. It’s basically at set of meters that sit outside a house or business, I’m assuming for tracking gas or electric… but painted to look like a skeleton and some flowers. Great catch Essie Garcia of San Marcos, CA!

Jones Soda Dread Licorice Soda (2007) - Box

4-pack Bottle Packaging – The Other Side

Finally, we have another image on the box (Photo #8895). Keri Garrett of Colfax, NC, (a suburb of Greensboro) submitted this color photo of a guy and girl with wearing bloody makeup. Well, I guess the red from the blood matches the red of the Dread Licorice flavor, so that was a nice combination.

In this case, the artwork on the box and bottles actually seemed better than the flavor of the drink itself!