Back in June, we reviewed the first of 4 Hispanic-themed flavors from Jones Soda, Jones Soda Mandarin Orange (or Naranja Mandarina). Continuing our look at this limited-edition lineup, it’s Jones Soda Crema de Piña, or in English, Jones Soda Pineapple Cream.
If you want to learn more about the “whats and whys” of this new line, I recommend reading our first review for more background information. We were pleasantly surprised by the great orange flavor found in Jones Soda Mandarin Orange, so it was with great enthusiasm that we looked forward to Pineapple Cream.
One thing I did not expect, however, was a flashback to the Jones Soda Holiday Collection of 2008. Unlike previous years, 2008′s Holiday Collection saw a massive reduction in flavors, producing only 3. One of those was a pineapple coconut flavor called Mele Kalikimaka Soda. In my mind, this Hispanic edition of Pineapple Creme tastes the same as that Christmas special edition flavor… and in case you were wondering, nothing like Fanta Pineapple.
While the color of Crema de Piña is a brighter yellow than the mute, mirky tone used with Mele Kalikimaka Soda, I believe the flavor profile is pretty similar. Thus, here’s an excerpt from a Mele Kalikimaka review to define the taste:
When you open the bottle, the scent is very obvious. It’s pretty hard to miss the pineapple + coconut combination. It’s pleasant!
As for the taste, you are greeted with a smooth pineapple-influenced taste. Very clean, little negative aftertaste. The coconut adds a bit of creaminess and compliments the flavor nicely. Obviously, if you are already a piña colada fan, then this drink is for you. Even if you aren’t, the combinations of tastes are very positive and make for pretty tasty diversion from what you’d usually find around Christmas. Plus, it’s caffeine free and Kosher!
Like Jones Monster Mojito Soda, the Jones Soda folks seem to have found a nice niche here with Mele Kalikimaka Soda in regards to non-alcoholic soda versions of something you’d order at a bar. This drink is tasty, clean, and innovative… totally worth tracking down and enjoying.
The photo on this bottle of Jones Soda Crema de Piña is #10425 and was shot by Caitlin McCormick of Bainbridge Island, WA. Again touching on the Hispanic theme of this beverage series, this black & white photo depicts the legs of athletes playing football… as in soccer!
Speaking of the bottle design, we see the standard Jones Soda white/black label color scheme in place, with the flavor name written in yellow. This label is bilingual, with the Spanish title given prominence, while the flavor is translated into English below the photo. The nutrition facts, descriptive text, and ingredients are also presented in both languages on the back.
Jones Soda Pineapple Cream
Carbonated water, inverted cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (as preservatives), modified food starch, ester gum, Yellow 5, Yellow 6
A 12 oz. bottle packs 170 calories, 35 mg of sodium, and 42 g of sugars… and is caffeine free.
Whatever you call it — Jones Soda Crema de Piña or Jones Soda Pineapple Cream — this Hispanic-influenced drink is a great flavor for those looking at a non-alcoholic, clean piña colada flavor. There’s a heavy done of creaminess added to the pineapple, producing an innovative taste.