I have a vice. Actually, I have many vices, but I do have one vice when it comes to beverages. I LOVE soda. If it’s carbonated and sweet, then it counts as a good drink to me. My friends have been trying to help me be healthier by cutting back on the sodas, but I was actually able to get them to drink MORE soda when some samples of Jarritos arrived on my doorstep.
Even though I’ve seen Jarritos on the store shelves before, I haven’t actually tasted them. Originally started in 1950 by Don Francisco “El Güero” Hill, Jarritos is a popular Mexican soft drink with 11 different flavors, ranging from Fruit Punch (tutifruti) to Guava (guayaba) to Tamarind (tamarindo.) What makes Jarritos so unique, both in Mexico and in the US is that their sodas are made using 100% natural sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.
There are a couple of things that really impressed me about Jarritos. You don’t realize it until you experience it, but there are different types of carbonation in sodas – at least I think they are. Traditional sodas have big bubbles that bubble up through the drink and make you burp a lot…loudly. Jarritos is also carbonated, yet it seems like the bubbles might be smaller. There’s an pleasant bubbly carbonation feel to it, but there isn’t the burning sensation that other sodas have. I was also completely amazed that days after being opened, the bottles of Jarritos were STILL carbonated.
I also enjoyed the exotic flavors of the drinks. I appreciated that they weren’t overly sweet and didn’t taste too artificial or syrupy. That was true for all testers and for every drink we tasted – great flavor without too much sweetness.
Of the 11 different Jarritos flavors, I’ve had to chance to sample 8 of them so far:
Fruit Punch – This is not as sweet as, say, Hi-C’s fruit punch. It resembles the flavor of Jelly Belly’s Tutti Fruiti jelly bean with a very subtle fruit flavor.
Strawberry – Fortunately, this didn’t taste like completly artificial strawberry to me. It had a great berry flavor.
Pineapple – This reminded the tester of pineapple flavored Sprite, with the pineapple flavor being the stronger flavor.
Mango – This one had a very mild and very appealing mango flavor.
Mandarin – Probably my favorite orange-flavored soda ever.
Lima-Limon – This is probably the Jarritos version of Sprite, only again, it tastes better because it wasn’t too sweet. There was more of a lime flavor than a lemon one.
Guava – Wow. My first ever guava soda and it definitely tasted like guava and was very exotic. I pictured drinking that on the beach in Mexico to help cool off.
Tamarind – I’ve never had Tamarind before and I’m not sure what it’s supposed to taste like. I thought it tasted a little bit like carbonated iced tea.
Of the flavors I tasted, I Mandarin and Lima Limon were my two favorites. But I really enjoyed all of them. It plays with your mind a little bit because they are sodas, but it’s like they are a milder, more adult version of sodas. Plus, there’s something super cool about popping the cap and drinking soda from a bottle.
I think the truest testimony to Jarritos is from one of the testers who doesn’t even like soda. I’ve only seen him drink carbonated beverages a handful of times in the years that I’ve known him. After tasting Jarritos the first night, he drank another Jarritos (unprompted!) each subsequent visit to the house. He declared that he could actually picture himself buying Jarritos, which is actually quite a big deal for a non-soda drinker.
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The WiC Project Jarritos Giveaway!
5 winners will receive an 11 flavor case of Jarritos plus a club Jarritos T-shirt!
- Visit www.Jarritos.com and comment below with which flavor of Jarritos you would like to try.
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Five winners will be selected at random for this prize.
Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST, July 16, 2010.
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free Jarritos sampler pack from the manufacturer or representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.