Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jarritos Mexican Soda - Review of flavors (and a giveaway!)

I recently received a complimentary sample pack of all of the flavors that Jarritos has to offer to review here at Making Ends Meet.  The kids' eyeballs literally bulged out of their sockets and they started to beg immediately for these.  All in all, they were a complete hit with the kids and a definite change of pace from the soda we normally drink at my house.

About the company:  Jarritos soda is hecho en Mexico, or for those of us who don't speak Spanish, that means it is made in Mexico.  The flavors are based on the traditional foods of regions in Mexico.  Different regions of the country provide the fruits used to make Jarritos - for instance, the grapefruit used in their grapefruit soda comes from Veracruz.  They are also made with 100% natural sugar, which is something that I appreciate.  I have been known to buy the "throwback" version of other sodas mainly because it tastes so much better when made with natural sugar. 

Jarritos' 11 Soda Flavors

  • Mandarin
  • Fruit Punch
  • Jamaica
  • Toronja
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Strawberry
  • Lima-Limon
  • Pineapple
  • Taramind
  • Guava

What did we think of Jarritos' Soda flavors?

My 5 year old loved them all, even the ones that I didn't prefer.  In fact, I think that he drank the most soda of us all!  He loved the Strawberry and my 9 year old really liked the Lima-Limon, which was sort of like Sprite.

I, myself, enjoyed the Pineapple and Mandarin the most.  One thing that really drew me to these flavors was how close they tasted to the real fruit.  The Mandarin really tasted like oranges.  There's a difference between orange flavor and tasting like oranges.  I also think that is why Jarritos was so enjoyed in my house.  The flavor tasted so fresh, it was almost like drinking fresh fruit.

Which ones didn't I like?  Well, to be honest, the only one I would not drink again was the Taramind.  I didn't like the taste at all.  The Guava was ok, but a little too sweet for me.  Other than that, I enjoyed these sodas very much. 

Would I buy these on my own?  I would definitely buy most of these flavors again.  In fact, I've spied some flavors on the shelf at my local Food Lion in the section that carries Hispanic food favorites.  I had never heard of Jarritos Soda before the opportunity to review it came up and I would probably never have thought to give this soda brand a try otherwise.  Since the kids are both in school now, mama thinks she might enjoy some kid-free shopping and grab some Jarritos to keep all to herself!

One other thing I liked about this product was that the caps have different values and you can save up the points to cash in for prizes at their store.  Check out Club Jarritos for more information on that!  I have my eye on movie tickets....


You know you want to try these, right?  Jarritos has generously allowed me the opportunity to offer a giveaway here at Making Ends Meet!  That means you have the chance to win a case of Jarritos, which includes one of each of the 11 flavors.

This giveaway will run from 9/15/2010 through 9/25/2010 at 11:59 PM.  A winner will be chosen by on 9/26/2010.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to me when I email asking for shipping information.  If winner doesn't respond, I'll have to choose another winner and I don't want to do that!  US only, lower 48 (sorry AK and HI) and you must be 18 or older to participate. 

Mandatory entry:  

Visit the Jarritos site and tell me something that you learned other than what I've listed above.  Please try to be original!  Leave comment and include your email address in your comment.  You must complete this entry or no other entries will count! 

Bonus entries:

1.  Follow me on Twitter.  If you are already a Twitter friend, it counts!  Just leave a comment including your Twitter handle.

2.  Become my Google Friend.  Click the button on the right side bar to become my Google Friend.  If you are already friends, just leave a comment with your Google Friend name.

3.  Follow Jarritos Nation on Twitter.

4.  Like Jarritos on Facebook and come back here and leave me a comment letting me know you did.  Not required, but you can leave a comment on their page if you want to!  Be sure to check out their Jarritos Nation tab.  I completed my assignment, which was uploading a picture of something I snack on while drinking Jarritos.

5.  Tweet my contest!  Here's a tweet you can use:  Win a case of Jarritos soda at Making Ends Meet:  11 flavors, want to try them all?  Enter today! Ends 9/25.

6.  Easy entry here - tell me which Jarritos flavor you would try first if you were to win!  Which bottle of Jarritos Soda has caught your eye and got your taste buds tingling for a taste?

Good luck to all!  Thanks for entering to win some Jarritos soda of your own.

Disclosure:  I was provided with 11 flavors of this product at no cost to me by Jarritos for review purposes only.  I did not receive compensation for this blog post and the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own or are derived from the experience my children had with this product.
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