Peanut butter and jelly might be the defining American taste profile of the 20th century. My kids love it and I love it too. It’s convenient, it has contrasting flavors (salty and sweet), and it’s satisfying. It’s also a sandwich…but a soda? Sure, I’ll try it.
Jones Soda Company has lots of interesting flavors. So far on this blog I’m 0 for 2 on enjoying them. Their Peanut Butter and Jelly soda started off with a brief hint of optimism but settled into a familiar level of disappointment. Granted, my previous experience with a Peanut Butter soda may have tainted my expectations.
The soda starts off like a fizzy watered down grape jelly. If that’s where it ended it would have been boring, but not awful. That’s when the peanut butter flavor pushes into your palate. The best way I have of describing it is like the aftertaste of peanuts. Try eating a pound of peanuts, drink a liter of club soda, then think about the flavor of your belching for the next 10 minutes. That might get you close. It’s especially weird because the drink contains absolutely no peanuts whatsoever.
It’s unpleasant, feels oddly oily, and is not something I would like to repeat. I have to give it a 4 out of 10.
On another note, the bottle cap instructed me to “Don’t lose this cap! EVER!” I lost it. This was a soda that my kids tried in another one of our Sodafry Junior Tasters. You can see the video here: