As we announced previously there are some big new things going on with our friends at Jake’s Mint Chew. They recently received their USDA Organic Certification and just recently they’ve released their newest flavor – Kola.
I hadn’t heard anything about Kola except that it was coming so I wasn’t really quite sure what I was getting. For some reason I was thinking Coca-Cola… what I got couldn’t have been further from that… and that’s a very good thing.
Essentially this is a lemon / citrus fake dip. It’s got a nice tart smell when you break open the tin which surprised me only because I was expecting to smell something akin to soda. Once I got over my initial surprise that I WASN’T smelling Coke, I was pleasantly surprised. As far as I can recall, Jake’s is the first smokeless alternative vendor to tackle the lemon part of the citrus family. There are quite a few “berry” fake dips out there, including Jake’s own Cranberry, but this lemon version is a nice twist.
As I’ve said in past I’ve never been a huge fan of the flavored chews, but this one offers something a bit different. In addition to the oral piece that someone looking to quit dipping is craving, this also offers a nice kick of refreshment. The best way I can describe the flavor would be a lemon drop candy without the sweetness. I realize that it’s not the best description but it’s the best I could come up with other than “lemonade” which isn’t all that accurate either.
As I said, good smell when opening the can and as with other Jake’s Mint Chew products the spitibility and longevity of the chew are here as well. I popped this one in on my way home from work and it kept its flavor for nearly the entire 40 minute commute. There are still other fake dips out there that pack better than Jake’s, but this is nice and soft and holds together nicely in my mouth even as I “work it” to get more spit and flavor going. The ingredients list from the can (which now includes the USDA Organic stamp) include: organic glycerin, organic mint, water and organic flavors. In addition, each 1.2 oz can has a “use by date” printed on the bottom which I absolutely love.
Kola has already been added to the Jake’s Mint Chew website. It’s available as a 10 pack, part of a split 10 pack and is also included in their sampler pack (where now you’ll be getting 2 Wintergreen, 2 Straight Mint, 1 Spearmint, 1 Kola, 1 Cranberry, 1 Licorice and 1 Cinnamon). Jake’s Mint Chew can be found on the web at www.jakesmintchew.com
Special thanks to Adam and Jake for providing samples for me to try and review. Don’t forget to check out our other smokeless alternative reviews (including reviews of other Jake’s products).
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