Reviews: Jones Soda Halloween Collection (2009)


Over the past couple years — see 2005, 2006, 2007, & 2008 — Jones Soda has deployed a variety of limited edition soft drink flavors around Halloween, some in bottles and others in cans.

2009 is no exception, except that Jones Soda went with a bunch of reruns this year, showcasing 3 bottled drinks and 4 familiar cans. We’ve reviewed every one of these flavors before, so for your reference, here’s our take on the tastes in this year’s lineup:

Jones Soda Blood Orange Soda

Jones Soda Blood Orange Soda
Jones Soda Blood Orange Soda

This flavor first appeared in 2008 as a unique take on orange. “It’s fruity, but also bitter and somewhat grapefruit-like. Could be better, but as a limited time offering, not bad.”

Jones Soda Dread Apple Soda

Jones Soda Dread Apple Soda
Jones Soda Dread Apple Soda

Also a carryover from 2008, where we weren’t much of a fan. “With a name like Jones Soda Dread Apple Soda, you’d hope for a great new take on an apple soft drink. Well, unless you like carbonated Jolly Rancher candy, you aren’t going to find it. It comes up short.”

Jones Soda Monster Mojito Soda

Jones Soda Monster Mojito Soda
Jones Soda Monster Mojito Soda

A Halloween veteran flavor, first appearing in 2006, then back in 2007, last year, and once again in 2009. “Somewhat medicinal in taste, has a dash of citrus and a unique taste.”

Jones Soda Spooookiwi Soda

Jones Soda Spooookiwi Soda
Jones Soda Spooookiwi Soda

Returning flavor from 2008 that tastes a lot like a Strawberry Jolly Rancher candy. “Just a tad bit kiwi, with a strong influence of strawberry. Overall, a very drinkable 8 oz. novelty beverage from Jones.”

Jones Soda Buried Pomegranate Soda

Jones Soda Buried Pomegranate Soda
Jones Soda Buried Pomegranate Soda

“Featuring more of an herbal-infused taste instead of the expected cherry or pomegranate flavors, Jones Soda Buried Pomegranate Soda surprises the tastebuds… and that’s not a bad thing.” New in 2008, returns for 2009.

Jones Soda Lemon Drop Dead Soda

Jones Soda Lemon Drop Dead Soda
Jones Soda Lemon Drop Dead Soda

“Jumping back to the original 2006 flavor, Jones Soda Lemon Drop Dead Soda revives the lemon-lime-without-the-lime drink category by dropping the sour flavor of 2007′s version and delivers a very sweet, but uniquely bitter tasting beverage.”

Jones Soda Candy Corn Soda

Jones Soda Candy Corn Soda
Jones Soda Candy Corn Soda

Returning for a record 5th appearance as part of the Jones Soda Halloween collection, it’s the gag reflex-inducing Jones Soda Candy Corn Soda… a drink we ceremoniously described a few years back as “dirty urine“. Yeah, do you really want to try this one?

It’s too bad we didn’t see any new flavors in 2009, but for those of you who like (at least some) of the Halloween tastes, you are in luck!