In a quest to find the next great drink, I turned to my son. Don’t worry, I’m not contributing to the delinquency of a minor. My 10-year-old assures me that the “secret menu” of drinks at Jamba Juice is where the action is at.
Secret menu? Yes, apparently it’s been around for years. And with names like Fruity Pebbles, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Red Gummy Bear and the like, I had to check it out.
My icedjamb.com colleague Devon Lantry, our Chain Restaurant Examiner, explains that Jamba Juice makes a couple dozen concoctions that either never made it to the menu or have been discontinued for various reasons. In most cases these secret smoothies are high in calories and does not fit within the company’s healthful mantra. Employees have the recipes but are not allowed to answer questions about them or make them unless you specifically ask for one by name.
Carter and I went to our local Jamba Juice at McClintock and Guadalupe in Tempe armed with “inside information” and slyly asked for a Sour Patch Kid and a Pink Starburst. I peered over the glass counter to catch a glimpse of the ingredients. In the Sour Patch Kid, it looked like 12 ounces of lemonade and one scoop each of the lime, pineapple, raspberry and orange sherbets, and one scoop of blue berries. The Pink Starburst included six ounces of lemonade, six ounces of soymilk, one scoop raspberry sherbet, one scoop frozen yogurt, one scoop lemon-lime sorbet and two strawberries. Yum!
These drinks really do transport you back to your youth. Go ahead and Google “Jamba Juice Secret Menu,” make your selection and head over to your neighborhood Jamba Juice location. Cheers!
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