Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Co. makes soda! Who knew? Apparently lots of people since this is sold at Walgreens. As you might have guessed by the title of this article and the previous sentence, I have a Jelly Belly soda in front of me. The particular flavor that’s gracing my palate today is Juicy Pear. Now I don’t believe I’ve ever had a pear soda before so this could get rather dicey. Ok, I’m not sure if “dicey” is the correct word but it was typed and I don’t feel like hitting the Backspace key that many times to correct my mistake. The label is fairly simple in the fact that they use what looks like a clip-art pear combined with actual pictures of the Jelly Belly Juicy Pear jelly beans so that you won’t get confused as to what this flavor is based on. The color is a vibrant pear-esque green which is very pleasing to the eye. Time to take a whiff.
Personally I can’t get a strong smell out of the top of this bottle but today I have enlisted the help of Ma Bla XL in reviewing this beverage. I chose him to help for two reasons. The first reason is that he’s here next to me so I figured I might as well get his opinion. Reason number two is that he’s a candy affectionado. The man knows his candy, making this seem like the perfect soda for him to help with. Ma Bla XL is drinking his ration out of a styro-foam cup so he has a bit more surface area to work with when it comes to smell. He believes that it smells exactly like Jelly Belly Juicy Pear jelly beans. I’ll have to take his word on it. Let’s move on.
Yeesh. The first thing I taste is a very chemically flavored pear. It’s not the chemicals in the soda that produce this artificial taste, I really think that’s the flavor that they were going for and it’s just not agreeing with my taste buds. It takes a while to meander your way through the chemical pear flavoring but once you do you’re not greeted with anything worth your journey. There’s an appropriate amount of fizz but that’s not enough to save this soda in my opinion. Ma Bla XL, on the other hand, says this tastes exactly like Jelly Belly Juicy Pear with a slight hint of burning. With that said here are our two verdicts.
Ma Bla XL Verdict – Buy a Pack (for novelty reasons alone)
Official Verdict – Buyer Beware
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