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Monday, November 10, 2008

With a New President, Comes a New Soda (Or Pop, Whichever you Prefer)

posted by on November 10 at 12:39 PM

Currently in local grocery stores, in time for the holidays:


I promise you, it looks much better than it tastes. The lovely, deep ruby color draws you in. You think “Something that pretty must be tasty, right?” Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The label is as conflicted as I am about the product. It says it’s made of 100% natural flavors, yet it also claims to “contain no juice.” So the 100% natural flavor isn’t the flavor of pomegranate juice? What is it the flavor of? Red isn’t a natural flavor, but it sorta tastes like red. It doesn’t taste like natural pomegranate, that’s for sure.

You confuse me, Pomegranate 7-Up. Happy Holidays to you too. Bah, humbug.

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Far better to stick with Izze's pomegranate. Divinely dry stuff, that.

Posted by Chris B | November 10, 2008 12:42 PM

I predict the bulk discount grocery stores (Grocery Mart et al) will have thousands of cases of this stuff to pass through in about a month.

Posted by COMTE | November 10, 2008 12:44 PM

If you want a good pomegranate soda, Fill a glass 3/4 with Fresca, then top with pure pomegranate juice -- the stuff from Turkey is way cheaper than Lander's or Pom. Make sure you're getting 100% real pomegranate juice and not some kind of disgusting "cocktail" that's 90% pear or grape juice, or sugar.

Posted by Fnarf | November 10, 2008 12:50 PM

We had this in Chicago last winter, and it's red-flavored deliciousness!

Posted by Hayley | November 10, 2008 12:50 PM

Why drink this shit when water is voiced by Zach Braff?

Posted by CryinLion | November 10, 2008 12:55 PM

It's flavoring is natural, but does not come from juice. So for example, maybe if you put cedar bark and bumblebee wings and stem cells into a blender, and then you add carbonated water, it turns out tasting vaguely like pomegranate. Then you can say that it's 100% natural flavors, but 0% juice. Mystery solved!

Posted by M | November 10, 2008 12:57 PM

@5: I love the way he says, "The faucet!! :D " Water sounds so happy.

Posted by Darcy | November 10, 2008 12:59 PM

i believe pomegranate has just jumped the shark.

Posted by a yak | November 10, 2008 1:14 PM

Maybe its because the term 'natural' is just empty and meaningless feel goodery

Posted by Giffy | November 10, 2008 1:26 PM

I agree, Izze's pomegranate is way better.

We don't need no New Coke - we need Change.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 10, 2008 1:37 PM

But how is it as a mixer for booze?

Posted by but | November 10, 2008 1:38 PM

The one time I ate a pomegranate, it didn't seem like juice material to me. Just a lot of seeds that are hard to keep from taking a parabolic arc into your dinner partner's new white blouse.

Posted by John Bailo | November 10, 2008 1:49 PM

It was stocked in all Seattle QFCs last Thanksgiving.

Posted by Sloghater | November 10, 2008 1:53 PM

Yuck. Hopefully the ship will sail soon on the whole Pomegranate fad.


It's all about the ašai juice now.

Posted by Mathieu | November 10, 2008 2:03 PM

Oooh! Goody! I get to complain about how sweet these soda concoctions are. Isn't sweet a "natural" flavor. Give me a soda with real juice, raw sugar, but only about half as sweet.

Posted by Vince | November 10, 2008 3:56 PM

They tried this out in the Austin market several months ago. It is CRAP!

Posted by sasha | November 10, 2008 4:38 PM

This doesn't have high fructose corn syrup in it, does it? I'd sooner take Kosher Coca-Cola.

Posted by just wondering | November 10, 2008 6:47 PM

Usually "natural flavoring" is basically the same as artificial flavoring, both engineered in New Jersey laboratories. When the flavoring is derived from substances occurring in nature, rather than completely synthetic, they call it natural. Pretty misleading.

Posted by evanston ave | November 10, 2008 8:23 PM

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