Tuesday, September 6, 2011

{Jarritos Product Review}

The Product:
Jarritos is a popular Mexican soft drink that has been around over 60 years. The word jarrito means "jugs" in Spanish and refers to the Mexican tradition of drinking water and other drinks in clay pottery jugs. Jarritos is one of the few soft drinks in the U.S. made of pure cane sugar, instead of fructose corn syrup.

It comes in 11 different flavors:
  • Fruit Punch
  • Strawberry
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Mandarin
  • Mexican Cola
  • Guava
  • Tamarind
  • Jamaica
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit
You can purchase Jarritos from Amazon, or a local Mexican market or grocery store (we have seen them at Food Lion and Walmart locally).

 My Review:
I received 9 glasses of 8 flavors to try, a t-shirt, and CD of music. I had help from my husband and sometimes the 4 year old in trying and tasting them. The flavors I received were

*Mexican Cola
*2 Fruit Punch

First off, you cannot open these bottles by hand. They are not twist off, we had to use a bottle opener. So it already felt kinda special, like getting a glass bottle coke. The first thing we noticed about all these drinks was that they were not as carbonated and not a sweet- as in syrupy sweet, as American soft drinks. It was lighter and fresher. It caught us off guard immediately when we tried the Mandarin- expecting it to be similar to a Sunkist, and it definitely had the orange taste but a more natural orange taste. it let the fruit flavor carry itself without being overly sweet. The one flavor we did not like was the Tamarind. It is hard to describe and just not to my taste. We tried to use it in cooking - when we did black beans and rice, and it didn't leave much flavor so I suppose it did not harm that dish.

The Pineapple and Mango and Lime were similar to the Mandarin in that they taste like the fruit, but not overly sweet. Although the lime was somewhat similar to a Mt Dew. The one drink that was sweet sweet was the fruit punch. It was what I expected it to taste like and was very sweet. I was only able to get one sip of the Grapefruit. Hubby really liked that one- felt it was very similar to a Sundrop. Definitely a great tart taste to it. We felt all these drinks would make great mixers, and would go wonderfully in desserts. Our favorite and the one we felt we would search out and buy most often would be the Mexican Cola. This was like a coke with a slight extra something to it. Like an extra flavor kick. but not much. This drink we passed back and forth tasting and talking about it. It was not overly carbonated and not overly sweet. It really was a nice refreshing drink.

We had always wondered what some of these drinks tasted like when we were out shopping and would see them but we don't often buy lots of soft drinks and don't want to set aside money in our tight budget to buy something we may or may not like. SO I am very thankful for Jarritos for contacting me about reviewing their product. It was very interesting and we definitely enjoyed it.
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