Jamba Juice has made a big deal out of their food menu and I wanted to get involved, see if tasted good and made sense. There are pretzels, mini cakes, cookies and California Flatbreads®. All pretty standard except for the latter which i quickly decided to try my luck with.
The serving box for the Flatbreads is tiny. The size of a CD. Maybe. And at $4 a pop, it begged many questions, the main one being “Are you kidding?”
These flatbreads are laden with fanciness however. In fact, each of the 4 flatbreads features no less than 5 different ingredients, ranging from diced artichoke hearts (in the Tomo Artichoko) to smokehouse roasted corn (in the Smokehouse Chicken) to Mediterranean-style grilled zucchini (in the inexcusably named MediterraneYUM). I asked one of the staff members what exactly made these flatbreads ‘Californian’ and was met with smile and a delightfully candid: “Sir, I have no idea…I-I’ve never been to California.”
I got the MediterraneYUM primarily because I was appalled by the name and wanted to tear into it vengefully, as well as an Apple Cinnamon pretzel. A quick spin in the heating contraption thingy behind the register and $6 later, off I went. There is no seating at all in this Jamba Juice by the way. And it is empty a little after 5pm and they’re open until 7pm. Business must taper off significantly after lunchtime.
The Apple Cinnamon pretzel is nice and soft, not a ton of flavor but its decent. The California Flatbreads is, alas, betrayal personified. You will eat the thing in no more than 3 bites! All the toppings are mashed together in a paste/spread type consistency. I didn’t mind the taste, it was better than I expected actually, but the portion to price ratio is nothing short of extortionist.
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