Tried “Bacon” Drink Tabs (135/366)

“Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.  Wait, wait – I’m worried what you just heard was, ‘Give me a lot of bacon and eggs’ – what I said was, ‘Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.’  Do you understand?”
~ Ron Swanson, “Parks and Recreation

Yesterday I had Perrier-Jouët for the first time, and it was lovely. Today, I thought I should try something as interesting and strange as the Perrier-Jouët was appealing. The answer? “Bacon” Fizzy Drink tabs!

I had purchased some a while back just because they seemed so funny.  I’ve had Jones Soda before, and they’ve come up with some pretty strange flavors, like their “Thanksgiving Dinner” collection – from their not-too-crazy “Pumpkin Pie” flavor to their scarier “Mashed Potatoes and Butter” and we even tried their insane “Turkey with Gravy” – which was [hilariously] really what I’d think a turkey soda “should” taste like.  They were definitely all interesting, and luckily enough, they weren’t actually that bad – so I thought these bacon drink tabs might just be an “okay-tasting” but totally awesome novelty.

I plopped a tab into my glass of water, and waited for the fizz …

The tab actually didn’t fizz as much as I thought it would – it took a REALLY long time to dissolve.  Meanwhile, the water was getting scummy.  Not promising.

I smelled it.  Totally gross.  Like a bit of smokiness, almost like artificial bacon scent, but then a much stronger musty, “old” smell.  I was not looking forward to this.  I took a swig – aack!  It tasted just like it smelled – but also sweet!  Ha ha ha – disgusting!  The flavor was pretty watered down actually, and the tin did say “add to taste” so I thought MAYBE it would be better with another tab thrown in.  I added another one and let the concoction sit for another probably 20 minutes (it really did take forever for those tabs to dissolve!).  When the second tab was mostly dissolved I tried it again.  Nope, just as horrible, but with a stronger flavor!

I wonder if there’s anyone who actually likes these things – and when they’re creating stuff like that, don’t they taste it?  These bacon drink tabs are hilarious … but the taste kinda ruins the awesomeness of the concept!  If there were a way to just make it taste sweet and smoky (without whatever flavor they tried to add for the “meat” essence), it might have worked.  But the scum formed in the drink and the strange musty flavor make for a pretty nasty experience.  Ha ha ha, I’d still recommend it as a gag gift for someone you know that really likes bacon.

Related Links:
Accoutrements Effervescent Drink Tabs – Bacon

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