The Laidback Gourmet: Jelly Belly Gourmet Sour Cherry Soda

Oh hello there, I didn’t see you come in. Welcome to yet another edition of the Laidback Gourmet, a premium place where you can hear reviews about less than premium foods. I found today’s fair while at the local Walgreens, a drug store we have here in New Jersey. I had stopped in to buy some bandages but as I headed towards the checkout counter two items caught my eye and I knew immediately that they would soon be future editions of the LBG.

So as I was heading towards the checkout, what did my wondering eyes come across first? BEHOLD:

Jelly Belly Soda. I wasn’t aware such a thing ever existed, and the first time I come across it it’s marked down half price! I guess my critic’s karma must have been in full alignment for such fortunate circumstances. For those of you who don’t know, Jelly Bellys are gourmet jelly beans who’s gimmick is that they come in a wide range of flavors. Some, such as cherry and lemon are quite commonplace flavors, while others, such as toasted marshmallow and popcorn, are a bit more wild. And for the most part they always taste pretty much exactly what they say they taste like. As weird as the sensation is, the popcorn actually does taste like popcorn. Crappy, slightly sweet popcorn, but even still, its pretty cool.

Actually, I just noticed that flu shot sticker on my soda. Hope “Sour Cherry Flu” isn’t this year’s epidemic.

So I’m expecting good things from “gourmet soda” made from “pure cane sugar” made by the jelly bean czars. Let’s not waste any more time, let’s pour this one out.

Football season’s starting and I’m excited enough to be breaking out my NY Giants Mug. I estimate that it should be just big enough to hold the whole bottle.

Am I good or am I good? Of course, I could have just read how many ounces the bottle held, so it’s really not that impressive a feat. Well… …moving on. Nice bright color and lots of fizz though it doesn’t smell as strong as I thought it might. Let’s give this one a sip.




Eh… Let’ me try it again.


…alright, this is kind of strange, but I’m not tasting much of ANYTHING. It’s actually tastes kinda watered down. I’ll be 100% honest with you my loyal readers, I thought that perhaps it was because of a recent dentist appointment that perhaps I wasn’t tasting things correctly. I actually let TWO other people try this, and they confirmed what I said. It doesn’t taste well at all.

Oh, there’s a pleasant sour burst to start with, and then a very mild cherry taste, but its gone so quickly to be replaced with a seltzer water taste. Almost as if they didn’t add enough flavoring to the soda. It was suggested to me that perhaps its SO carbonated that its covering the taste of the soda itself. So I took a spoon and worked out the bubbles and then took another taste. That helped a TINY bit, but still I found the soda to be surprisingly watered down.

As for a score, I’ll give it a 4 out of 10. I’m really disappointed here. I figured if anything it’d be too strongly flavored. I never would have guessed when I was in Walgreens that I would be saying that Jelly Belly soda would be too mild. Guess you learn something new everyday. Seriously, I’m kinda disappointed here. What can I do to cheer myself up?

…anyone want to play spin the bottle?

So-da review is over and that concludes this edition of the Laidback Gourmet. Thank you for reading, I hope you had as much fun reading it as I did writing it, and remember that you can always leave your feedback (comments, suggestions, lavishing thy praise upon me) here at

Before I go, you might remember that I said I found TWO strange items at Walgreens so you might be wonder, “But Ed… what about the other item?” To that I say, “Next time Gadget… next time” (But I’ll tease you by saying this item is even odder than gourmet jelly bean soda.)

Until next time, this is Ed DiFolco, your Laidback Gourmet hoping this put you all in a bubbly and effervescent mood.

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