July 13, 2005

 uncompensated testimonial

us_soda_sfcreams_th.jpgoh my god. i am in love.

while on a healthy-shopping kick in target the other day, i put lettuce and cucumbers in my basket then i veered into the soda aisle to look for interesting diet drinks.

behold! the most amazing zero-calorie soda on earth! jones sugar-free cream soda!

actually, this is almost too sweet for my taste, but it has none of that cruddy aftertaste that regular diet soda has. i can't wait to try their other sugar-free flavors: watermelon, tangerine, twisted lime, and of course the standard root beer, among others. (the sugar-free and "mid-calorie" flavors seem to encompass almost half of their total output.)

the more i read about this "jones soda" company, the more i love them. they take photo submissions from their customers, choose their favorites and plaster them on their bottles. they also donate a portion of the revenue from their sugar-free sodas to the american diabetes association.

jones sodas started out as a kind of renegade company, it seems... putting their own coolers in skate and surf shops. now they're carried in places like target, kroger, barnes & noble, and world market.

a friend even told me today (after i made her taste my cream soda) that beyonce (or someone like that... i get all of those scantily-clad singers confused) demands jones sodas in her performance contracts. and i see from googling "jones soda" that this kooky company put out several thanksgiving-flavored (sugar-free) sodas last year: green bean casserole, mashed potato, turkey & gravy. soda. all of it soda.

am i being too weird about this? i think i love this company. i'm probably being suckered in some huge, obvious way... but i think the jones soda founder is canadian, so it's all good, right?

besides, this will help curb my loco pop addiction for the time being.

Posted by xta at July 13, 2005 03:07 PM | TrackBack

Been drinking Jones Soda for years. it comes in an array of kick ass flavors and event he sugar free are superb.
Even better is the artwork on each bottle!

Posted by: gidge at July 13, 2005 04:23 PM

jones is so great! you can even do special orders like for weddings and put your own labels on them. i've submitted photos in the past. it takes them awhile to choose and you don't get any soda if they pick your photo (you have to go out and hunt it down) but they do send you a bunch of labels (I haven't been picked yet!).

Posted by: jenn at July 13, 2005 04:45 PM

What sweetener do the use?

Posted by: rossi at July 13, 2005 04:55 PM

they have all of their ingredients posted here:

Posted by: christa at July 13, 2005 04:57 PM

I like the Jones Sugarfree Cola and Ginger Ale. I'm pretty sure it's the use of sucralose that accounts for the lack of "diet" aftertaste. I've noticed that Diet Coke w/ Splenda has a somewhat similar flavor profile to the Jones Sugarfree Cola.

Posted by: georg at July 13, 2005 09:05 PM

What happens if you stir your Jones Soda with a Loco Pop?

Posted by: Phil at July 13, 2005 09:17 PM

Hmmm. Be careful eating stuff that was invented in a laboratory:


"Pre-approval tests indicated potential toxicity for sucralose. One study (printed in the "New Scientist", 23 November 1991, volume 132, page 13) demonstrated that thymus weight decreased by up to 40% in rats fed diets rich in sucralose, indicating that sucralose has the potential to compromise the immune system. Note that the FDA also addressed this (and other) toxicity concerns in their Final Rule, claiming that these negative effects would not be seen in humans at recommended doses."


"There are no independent controlled human studies on sucralose. The bulk of the safety research has been conducted by the manufacturer."

"There are no long-term (>13 months) human studies of sucralose's effects and no long history of use."

Posted by: rossi at July 14, 2005 03:59 PM

way to kill my buzz, dude.

no, i'm kidding... thanks for the info.
i think i probably have one sucralose product a day on average. i'm going to assume that's not going to kill me. (though my step-mom used to say "when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me". she was so clever.)

Posted by: christa at July 14, 2005 04:07 PM

Sounds good, but do they make any sodas with caffeine?

I have been debating the sugar vs. weird chemicals thing as I am also trying to lose weight. (Go Christa!) Basically, you just can't win...

Posted by: Ruby at July 18, 2005 10:23 AM
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