Continuing our look at the 2007 Jones Soda Holiday collection, we again focus on the Chanukah Pack, which consists of 4 different flavors. This time around, it’s the sweet delights found in Jones Soda Jelly Doughnut Soda.
Just like Jones’ Latke Soda flavor, Jelly Doughnut pays tribute to the Chanukah tradition of serving jelly doughnuts (sufganiyah). The use of oil in the donut commemorates the miracle associated with the Temple oil burning for 8 days. Three cheer for stuff that’s fried!
The color of Jelly Doughnut Soda is redish pink, reminding one of a strawberry or cherry-flavored drink. The label on the bottle sports a purple/pink gradient color scheme, with the Jones logo noted in silver, and the flavor name colored in pink. This packaging look is consistent for all flavors of the Chanukah Pack. I sort of expected an image of an actual donut on the bottle, but apparently that wasn’t to be in my case. Instead, it appears to be an image of various small bowls featuring Hebrew script. This image (Photo #9108) was submitted by Liz Garcia of Seattle, WA. I wish I knew the correlation of the photo, but I guess I’ll just run with it.
Upon opening the bottle, there was definitely a fruity scent, closer to some other strawberry beverages we have experienced. At the same time, there was an aura of fakeness present, if that makes any sense.
The flavor itself isn’t too bad. It’s rather sweet, playing off a berry influence. Not a lot of cherry, more strawberry in nature. Not as artificial as Fanta Strawberry and Tropicana Twister Soda Strawberry, nor as sweet as Jones Soda Strawberry S’lime Soda. In fact, there was a bit of mellowness in the flavor. One might detect even a hint of citrus. A small aftertaste is present, though not artificially produced, as this drink is sweetened with inverted cane sugar. It’s more of a syrupy aftertaste that just hints at the rather fake flavor present.
Overall, while not a horrible flavor, Jelly Doughnut Soda isn’t a spectacular one either. The use of 47g of sugar produces 190 calories per bottle. That’s quite a bit for a flavor that is a little on the unsatisfying side of things. The ingredient list reads as follows: carbonated water, inverted can sugar, natural and artificial flavors, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (as preservatives), modified food starch, ester gum, and red 40.
Like the rest of the Chanukah Pack, Jones Soda Jelly Doughnut Soda is Kosher and caffeine free. I’d probably put it on par with some of the flavors we found in last year’s Dessert Pack that was released during the holidays, specifically the likes of Cherry Pie Soda. There isn’t much of a doughnut flavor present. This is primarily a fruit-flavored drink.
Mediocre in the end.