Friday, August 24, 2007

Jones Soda Grape Carbonated Candy

Jones MF GrapeA couple of months ago I reviewed a dollar store find called Soda Can Fizzy Candy thinking that it was a cheaper and possibly cuter version of Jones Soda Co’s new Carbonated Candy.

Allow me to say that I was wrong.

While it is true that the Soda Can was less expensive and had a nice variety of flavors in one package, the candies inside are not the same. It’s not just that the Jones candy tablets are bigger, they’re simply more flavorful and fizzier.

The nice tin from Jones is substantial. It’s tall and has a firmly locking flip top. Inside the top is a little encouraging missive, mine said “jump up and down for no reason” which is somehow more encouraging than some of the sayings inside the Dove wrapped candies. I did have trouble getting the tin open much of the time, but unlike the difficulties with the York tin, I never spilled anything.

I bought these at Target, which had them for $1.39, not a bargain but certainly less than the $2.49 quoted on Amazon which scared me off of them in the first place.

The selection was limited at Target though, at least at the checkstands I checked, so I had a choice of M.F. Grape and Green Apple. Seeing how grape is an actual soda flavor I enjoyed as a kid, I thought that was the deal for me.

Later I pondered the “MF” part of the flavor name. I can imagine quite a few things that might fit into those initials:

Marty Feldman Grape
March Forward Grape
Medium Frequency Grape
Minnesota Farmers Grape
Madison Forensics Grape
Majorly Freaky Grape
Mighty Fine Grape
Maximus Frutus Grape
My Favorite Grape

There’s probably something I’m missing as a possibility ... but this is a family-friendly blog.

Mighty Fine GrapeThe little tablets are the size of a regular aspirin. The smell when opening the tin is absolutely grape, like the foamy head on a chilled grape soda or sitting next to a mouth-breathing child chewing Grape Bubble Yum.

The flavor goes through and through with a tart bite and pretty well rounded grape flavor of both the chemical variety and a small dose of the grape juice note. What is most notable is the carbonation. These are pretty much fizz bombs for your mouth. Not blisteringly sour ones, just a simple frothy foam.

Frankly, they’re not that appealing to me. I enjoyed the flavor more than the Bawls mints (but there’s no caffeine here). Carbonated things make me burpy and while a grape repeat isn’t too bad, I’m not fond of the later revisit of flavors like green apple. This is pretty why I don’t drink sodas anyway. But my husband liked the flavor of them, so I give them marks for appealing to him. The tin mentions that you can drop them in your soda as a flavor booster.

So, if you’re a soda fan and are looking for a dried out capsule version to carry around with you, this might do the trick. The tin is pretty sweet looking and it’s easy to share a little pep-me-up with friends. There are only three calories per tablet and 50 tablets in the tin. I feel a bit more confident recommending them since they’re made in Canada and not China as the Soda Can candies were. Now, if they had a Root Beer version or perhaps Cola ... then I’d probably be more excited. I’ll stick with Bottle Caps for now.

ZOMG Candy has a great review of the Green Apple.

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Name: Jones Soda Co Carbonated Candy: M.F. Grape
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Jones Soda Co (Big Sky Brands)
Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
Price: $1.39
Size: .89 ounces
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: Compressed Dextrose, Canada, Lake Champlain, Kosher

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  1. Rather than miss the rankest possibility for “MF” I’m gonna guess you’re too tactful and instead opted just to leave it off your list.

    Comment by Will Campbell on 8/24/07 at 8:27 am #
  2. If you get a chance, I would suggest giving these another shot and getting the Fufu berry.  It’s a lovely pinky fruity flavor, which I imagine may go over better than the grape.

    Comment by Mimi on 8/24/07 at 9:46 am #
  3. I just picked up the creme soda ones and will never buys those again. Not much taste, and I didn’t prefer the way it foamed…

    Comment by Jonathan Keim on 8/24/07 at 10:57 am #
  4. I love these! I have four of the flavors (grape, fufu berry, green apple and cream soda). The Grape is certainly my favorite, but I think they are all nicely flavored. And I like the fizziness, having been partial to Zotz as a kid. Plus they are low cal, so they make a nice little pick-me-up.

    The textures are different, with some pills harder than other.

    Comment by Kate on 8/24/07 at 11:24 am #
  5. Anyone remember Fizzies?  This review was so full of flavor I had to get a drink of water just to lose that grape taste.  Jones also makes nice flavored chapsticks, for those who consider that a food group.

    Comment by Sally on 8/26/07 at 6:14 am #
  6. I went to a neighborhood “bring your own beverage” party with a can of Jones soda, and they kidded me for taking it literally (I married into a Jones clan). I should buy some of these for personalized tins! :^)

    Comment by Tricia on 8/26/07 at 5:25 pm #
  7. I don’t think they’re all *that* - but I do LOVE the tin!

    Comment by Eli on 8/29/07 at 4:47 pm #
  8. fufu berry is teh best flavor with these. grape in my experience never makes a good candy - they make it too artificial, reminds me of grape lip smackers. in other words - gross… cream soda is rather nice. these should be eaten a couple at a time at most, otehrwise a blistering tongue will result. speaking from experience wink

    Comment by Dee on 2/08/08 at 4:21 pm #
  9. they just came out with a root beer and cola not too long ago actually. The cola and root beer are very good actually.

    Comment by tim on 3/23/09 at 3:38 pm #
  10. What would happen if you swallowed one of these fizzy candies?.. :S

    Comment by tash andrew on 4/06/10 at 10:54 am #
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