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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

LHP Review: Lester's Fixins Peanut Butter & Jelly and Bacon Sodas

I very rarely drink soda, so when I'm in need of a carbonation fix it typically involves downing a can of sparkling water. However, I recently stumbled across a couple of Lester's Fixins flavored sodas that I just had to try.

That's right. Peanut Butter & Jelly and Bacon.

The sodas weren't cold, so I stuck them in the fridge when I got home. After an adequate chilling, they were ready.

Bacon Soda
When I twisted off the cap I half-expected my nose to be graced by the familiar scent of hardwood-smoked bacon. Nope. There really wasn't much of a bouquet at all. As for the taste...well, there wasn't a whole lot of bacony flavor either, though I could detect a hint of smokiness that settled along the back of my palette, enough to let me know it was there.

It was surprisingly light and slightly sweet -- not your typical high-fructose corn syrup sweet, but it was definitely more sweet than savory.

The most interesting thing I noticed was the lack of artificial flavors.

Of course, bacon isn't listed as an ingredient, which makes me wonder what "natural flavor" I was tasting.

Overall, it was rather pleasant, and I think the "less is more" approach to taste made it more enjoyable than trying to go for the full bacon flavor. After all, a soft drink is supposed to lift you up rather than weigh you down. It isn't something I would reach for on a hot day after mowing the lawn, but I could certainly see it being the beverage of choice at a backyard barbecue. I give it 3 slices of Lemon Harangue Pie out of a possible 5.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Soda
This one had a noticeable aroma when opened. The taste was overwhelmingly fruity, pretty much drowning out any peanut buttery goodness that might have been lurking in the background. Think of a PB and J with too much J.

I found it somewhat enjoyable, but it was much sweeter than I expected. Definitely more of a taste kids might enjoy.

The ingredient list noted a mix of natural and artificial flavors, and I'm sure the peanut butter fell into the latter category. I give it 2 slices out of 5.

Lester's Fixins sodas are made by the Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop.

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