REVIEW: Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2005

Written by | January 16, 2006

Topics: 6 Rating, Jones Soda, Soda

Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2005

When I was growing up, I made a list of things I hoped the future would bring. On top of my list, were flying cars, realistic female “companion” androids, and reversible pants. However, below the flying cars and realistic female “companion” androids, but above the reversible pants, I hoped the future would bring drinkable meals.

Thanks to the Jones Soda Company, the future is here. Actually, the future was here last year, when the Jones Soda Company introduced their Holiday Soda Pack. But last year, I was unable to buy a pack off of their website, after it sold out in a few hours, and I was unwilling to pay $50 for a pack on eBay.

Fortunately, the prices were much cheaper on eBay this year, and I was able to partake in the Jones Soda Holiday Pack.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with these sodas, it doesn’t consist of flavors you would find at a typical soda fountain. No root beer. No cola. No strawberry. No orange. No lemon-lime. Instead, there’s turkey and gravy, corn on the cob, smoked salmon pate, broccoli casserole, and pecan pie.

Mmm…Just like mom used to NOT make.

Drinking the Jones Soda Holiday Pack was like a typical Thanksgiving or Christmas family dinner in my mouth with all the fixing, and when I say fixings, I mean the dysfunctional family arguments, the complaining of the dry turkey, and the coming out of a brother or sister.

In other words, there were surprises left and right with each flavor and I hoped I would get through them without crying, injuring myself, or throwing up.

The corn on the cob soda had a very strong buttery taste. Too buttery for me. I got through one-sixth of the bottle and then had to put it down. Although, it is perfect for those who like to put butter on their toast, who like extra butter on their popcorn at the theater, and who have butter coming out of their pores, which causes them to occasionally slip off of the toilet.

The smoked salmon pate soda was the worst tasting soda of the group. It definitely had a smokey taste, and as we all know, where there’s smoke, there’s either a fire or a raging dorm party, and much like after a raging dorm party, the smoked salmon pate soda made me want to hurl chunks. Trying to chug down only two ounces of it was extremely hard. Every sip I took made me feel like Lindsay Lohan in a restroom stall.

The broccoli casserole soda had a surprisingly sweet taste. It tasted like pancake syrup. I’m not kidding. Go into your kitchen, grab a bottle the pancake syrup, chug it down, and after you wake up from your sugar-induced coma, you will know what the broccoli casserole soda tastes like, and you’ll probably want to get your teeth checked for cavities.

The turkey and gravy soda…Um, yeah.

There are various ways to cook a turkey. Someone can stick it in the oven for several hours, cook it rotisserie-style over an open fire, or fry it in gallons of cooking oil. There are also various ways to make gravy, like using packaged gravy powder, mixing turkey fat with corn starch, or collecting the sweat from the contestants on the show The Biggest Loser. However, the turkey and gravy soda didn’t taste like turkey and gravy prepared these ways. Instead, I thought it tasted like candy corn.

Finally, the pecan pie soda was the most normal sounding soda of the group and it also was the only soda that actually tasted like the dish it was supposed to taste like. It was the best tasting out of the five, but that really isn’t saying much.

Besides the taste, another thing that bothered me about the Jones Soda Holiday Pack was the amount of sodium in them. Ranging from 55 mg to 320 mg, these sodas were saltier than Star Jones after being asked if Al Reynolds was gay.

Despite most of the sodas not tasting like items on a holiday dinner table, the Jones Soda Holiday Pack was like a holiday dinner in one way…There were lots of leftovers, which I poured down the drain.

I guess the future isn’t quite here yet.

Item: Jones Soda Holiday Pack 2005
Purchase Price: $17.99 (on eBay + $12.99 shipping)
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Only one made me want to hurl chunks. Good gag gift. Cheaper prices for the pack on eBay this year. Reversible pants. Realistic female “companion” androids.
Cons: Most of the flavors didn’t taste like what they were supposed to. Caffeine free. Very high in sodium…for frickin’ soda. Lots of leftovers. Smoked Salmon Pate Soda.






38 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Megan says:

    am i the only one that thought these were sold as novelty only? i didnt realize people actually consumed this shit… i do like regular jones soda though – gosh i miss america

    and may i point out (without being too bitchy) that many of us are still patiently waiting for the grey goose review ;)

  2. Teresa says:

    Why oh Why…would anyone even think that these sodas flavors would sell?
    LOL :)

  3. OMG! I buy these on clearence every year at Target for, please don’t hit me, $4.99.

    I love you!

  4. you drank the smoked salmon pate one? dude, you have balls of STEEL! I don’t think I could even taste that on a bet! one time when I had my mouth wired shut, my mom pureed a Whopper and I tried to drink it. NEVER AGAIN.

  5. birdwoman says:

    Well, I found a bunch of jones sodas at halloween – candy corn, caramel apple, and two others that escape me. They were completely foul. Not to be confused with fowl, which would be just fine.

    (*)>

  6. dramastically says:

    I can’t believe you gave it 3 out of 5. Very generous.

  7. Uncle C says:

    A lot of guts needed for these. I bought a pack of the 2004 collection (Turkey & Gravy, Cranberry, Mashed Potato & Butter, Green Bean Casserole and Fruitcake Soda) and brought it into work with Dixie cups for all to try.

    My favorite was not getting them cold either, room temp, just like thanksgiving :)

    The Mashed Potato made most people gag, including myself. It was like salt, fake butter and Splenda. Just awful. Most people agreed that Turkey and Gravy was just salty. GBCass was….wait, they were all pretty bad except the Cranberry, even the Fruitcake had a baked smell/taste to it.

    -UC

    p.s. Marvo, that pack was the regional pack of Jones Soda. The National Pack has Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, Turkey & Gravy, Wild Herb Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie.

  8. Karen says:

    Such an investigative reporter, Marvo. I thank you!

  9. HexiumVII says:

    Oh i have to try them soda, though I am allergic to soda :(. Its 2006 man time to upgrade to WordPress 2.0!

  10. Gia on Guam says:

    Your a Haiku fool.

  11. marvo says:

    Chris – Yeah, they were pretty lame…and they were hard to do. I kept counting 5-7-5…5-7-5…5-7-5.

    Megan – I know, I know. Grey Goose review. It’s been a fun one to test.

    Teresa – Because there are people like me who would buy these sodas just to torture myself. When Kevin Federline releases his rap CD, I will torture myself to review it.

    Melanie – $4.99!?! Holy crap! I totally got ripped off. If I could reach you, I wouldn’t hit you, I’d give you a weak slap and giggle like a little girl.

    Webmiztris – I have balls of steel? That would explain why I can’t cross my legs and why they keep dragging on the ground.

    birdwoman – I heard about the halloween pack. The flavors sound better than this one.

    dramastically – I totally dig creativity and I believe it totally deserves one point for being original and creative.

    Uncle C – You know, these may be horrible to taste, but if they come out with a new variety next year, I will probably buy some off of eBay again. Mmm…Candied Yam Soda.

    Karen – No, I just do what I’m told. Ask me to jump, and I’ll ask you, “How high?”

    HexiumVII – I know. I know. I should upgrade to WP 2.0, but I’m so lazy. I know. I know. It takes less than five minutes to upgrade. But I’m sooo lazy.

    Gia on Guam – Haikus are hard. :-(

  12. Toni says:

    You truly are a brave, brave man Marvo. I love salmon, but hearing about a salmon pate SODA makes me ill.

    Can’t stay away from the haikus, huh? ;)

  13. Amber LB says:

    Like many other posters, I saw this gift pack on the 75% off rack at Target and passed on it. So glad I did, now! I did buy some Choxie chocolate covered raisins, those were good. Want me to send you some Choxie?

  14. Gia on Guam says:

    Apparently so is proof-reading posts prior to clicking the “say it!” button.

    YOU’RE a Haiku fool.

  15. marvo says:

    Toni – Gotta love the haiku, because sonnets are way too hard.

    Amber LB – I have a couple Choxie bars sitting in my fridge from my trip to California, waiting to be reviewed. I hear really good things about them. If they aren’t good I’m just going to melt them and mix them with a generic brand chocolate bar for playing with my emotions.

    Gia on Guam – Just like clothing, proper grammar is optional here.

  16. rfduck says:

    I want my soda to taste like soda, not food. Also, it would actually suck if they made sodas that really DID taste like Turkey and Gravy and Corn. Why? Because then there’s no need to cook them, you just buy the bottles, and then all the food-making rituals of Thanksgiving disappear.

  17. Nicki says:

    I have had the misfortune of trying these…i vomited for 10 minutes. I feel the people at Jones have taken their soda obsession too far and need to be bludgeoned. I think the only person who enjoyed these “treats” was Star Jones…

  18. marvo says:

    rfduck – What I REALLY want is dehydrated food pills. Just add water.

    Nicki – Bludgeoned with a Jones Soda bottle? Wouldn’t that be ironic?