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#1 Posted on 26.11.03 0704.44
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Thanksgiving in a bottle doesn't work for me. Obviously, it works for somebody....

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Consumers Gobble Up Turkey & Gravy Soda
Associated Press
Wednesday, November 26, 2003

SEATTLE A new Turkey & Gravy Soda (search) tastes, well, pretty much like you would imagine. But that's not stopping people from buying it.

Even the producers of the Thanksgiving-themed beverage at Jones Soda Co. (search) were surprised by the demand. They sold out all 6,000 bottles online within about two hours last week.

"To be honest, we really didn't think so many people would want it," said a Michelle Whitehead, marketing assistant at the Seattle-based premium soda company that has a reputation for quirky flavors.

Founder and CEO Peter van Stolk dreamed up the seasonal flavor on a lark, but admits he can't stomach an entire bottle.

The liquid's ominous, murky brown color accurately warns consumers about the taste. The first sips bring a mix of sweet caramel and savory lard and it's downhill from there.

A limited number of Turkey & Gravy Sodas will be available in stores around Seattle and Olympia for the suggested retail price of 99 cents. A few entrepreneurs are selling theirs on; by Tuesday, the bidding was up to $63 for a two-bottle set.

Mary Turner, a radio DJ in Lansing, Mich., who is auctioning off a bottle for charity, has sampled the drink and warns that it's not for the faint of stomach: "If you roasted a turkey and mashed potatoes, put it in a blender, left it out for three days and then poured it into a Jones bottle, you'd know exactly what this drink tastes like!"

The company, founded in 1996, plans to donate proceeds from sales of Turkey & Gravy Soda to the Toys for Tots (search) charity, and van Stolk said he will personally match the donation.

(edited by Grimis on 26.11.03 0805)
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#2 Posted on 26.11.03 0711.05
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That's one of those things where you look at it and go, "That doesn't even SOUND good"

At least Vanilla Coke sounded good in theory.
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#3 Posted on 26.11.03 0733.13
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Aw, the Jones Soda Company _rocks_, even if Turkey & Gravy is a bit odd even for them. I'd probably buy one or two just to reward them for their sheer audacity of manufacturing it.

Green Apple, MF Grape, Strawberry Lime, Lemon Drop, Cherry and Berry Lemonade are all good, and my wife likes Orange & Cream. If you can find the line in your area, give 'em a try.

(I am an obscure-soda junkie -- it beats flipping a coin between Pepsi and Coke for the rest of my life.)

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#4 Posted on 26.11.03 0758.07
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It's the novelty of it - I would never drink it but I would love to have a bottle of it sitting in my refrigerator door......
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#5 Posted on 26.11.03 0841.41
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This sounds disgusting, but at the same time, well, it might not be *so* bad.

This reminds me of the ol' Crystal Gravy commercial from SNL (mocking Crystal Pepsi).
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#6 Posted on 26.11.03 1224.43
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Link to e-bay auction with picture of all four bottles

Yeah, THAT looks appetizing.
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#7 Posted on 26.11.03 1401.32
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This is just some sort of publicity stunt, not a product they actually intended making money on (if it exists at all). Jones generally makes good sodas. I don't read the flavors, but the blue one is good (slong the lines of cream soda flavor).

BTW: Vanilla Coke is excellent! It ranks right next to cherry (which I can rarely ever find in the stores).
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#8 Posted on 26.11.03 1506.52
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Reminds me of the fake commercial in Triple Play 2000 for "Iced Gravy - enjoy the refreshing taste of Thanksgiving all year long."
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#9 Posted on 27.11.03 1139.53
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    Originally posted by Blanket Jackson
    At least Vanilla Coke sounded good in theory.

Yes, but Communism works in theory, Blanket Jackson... in theory!

This stuff sounds kinda sick. Does anyone wants a beef smoothie?
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#10 Posted on 27.11.03 1217.54
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I have this thing for Pepsi "Blue" YUM!
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#11 Posted on 30.11.03 0416.29
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Vanilla Coke made me physically ill. Cherry Coke/ Wild Cherry Pepsi is pretty good... Crystal Pepsi was one drink I remember being just awful.

I don't even know what to make out of Gravy Soda LoL
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#12 Posted on 30.11.03 2119.47
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I just noticed Shasta's "French Vanilla" cola in stores today and tried it. It's about as close to a cappucino soda as you could expect. FAR better than Vanilla Coke. My wife really likes it.
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