So why not keep things old school--and more PG--with one of the Limited Edition Halloween cans from Jones Soda Co.--yep, the same company notorious for last year's turkey and green bean casserole Thanksgiving pop flavors.
Sure, the real candied fruit is a treat, but--yikes!--who wants to rip out their fillings by actually biting into one? So, we cracked open a can of Caramel Apple pop. The verdict? It smells cidery with hints of butterscotch and caramel, and its fruity flavor goes down smoothly, with a strong candy aftertaste. Here's an idea: Why not just pop open a can and pour it straight into the bags of trick-or-treaters that come to your door. Hey, at least they know there's not a razor blade inside, right?
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Scary Berry Lemonade
With its Tidy Bowl-blue hue and a tart taste reminiscent of Nerds, our taste testers were split on this one. Some thought it was positively boo-tastic--as in, similar to drinking a liquefied version of Boo Berry cereal. But with all the bubbles, others said this soda seems more like carbonated Sno-cone juice. And while it certainly tastes blue, as in that generic blue "raspberry" flavoring, we couldn't detect the lemonade. But in the end: It's not too scary, so give it a shot, boo.
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This one's just red pop by any other name. Or, shall we say, red pop frontin' in a bad-ass Halloween costume--the can looks like a bright-orange Jack-o-lantern. It's super fizzy, all strawberry, and certainly not slimy (uh, we guess that's a good thing). The best part? The bouquet. It's just like sticking your nose in a cotton candy machine or opening a pack of Hubba Bubba.
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Whoa, dude. This one's got a crazy, neon yellow color that's kind of scary. It looks like Paas Easter egg coloring, and the way it coated the sides of our cup, we'll try not to imagine what it did to our stomachs. A word of warning: If you dislike candy corn, you're gonna hate this one. Candy corn pop may smell like buttery popcorn balls but it tastes like candy you found in between the seat of a couch. Though it got one "mmm" from our group, most of us have to say "eew."
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Leigh Behrens, Matt McGuire, Matt Pais, Rebecca Palmore and Jennifer Wehunt also participated in the tasting.
Originally published Oct. 12, 2005.