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SOYJOY commercials, unlike the product, deliver.

June 5th, 2008 · 7 Comments

My first encounter with SOYJOY was in the Atlanta-Hartsfield airport during a mind-numbing layover. I purchased a coffee from one of the food vendors, and the cashier handed me eight SOYJOY bars (two of each flavor) for my trouble — promotional samples. Mildly baffled, but simultaneously loving the freebies, I snatched up my bag and found a table. After reading the literature the cashier politely shoved into my hand, I gave the Coconut Mango bar a try . . . it was . . . terrible. I shoved the bar — with the consistency of moistened cardboard and the flavor of coconut syrup — back into the package and worked my way through the rest of the lot. Unfortunately, the experience didn’t improve. I took one bite out of each of the four bars (Coconut Mango, Apple, Berry, and Raisin Almond) and vowed never to put another SOYJOY into my mouth again — a year later and still true to my vow.

Quality of the product aside, SOYJOY does produce pretty amazing commercials. And after doing some digging, I discovered that the product has been sold in Japan for quite sometime and just recently made the US transition. Commercials in Japan are notoriously over the top, and SOYJOY commercials are no different, just check out the “Soypermarket” below for proof. The US commercials, illustrated by artist Simon Peplow are pretty tame in comparison to their Eastern Asian counterparts but nevertheless deliver a visually stimulating experience; and if my initial inundating encounter with SOYJOY hadn’t been so terrible, they would peak my curiosity for the healthy snack.

SOYJOY Spot by Simon Peplow

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvuGZDi7euI&hl=en]

SOYJOY Spot by Simon Peplow

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ild1NevnhO0&hl=en]

SOYJOY Ad by Airside

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbKX0JHI7Ag&hl=en]

SOYJOY Japan: Soypermarket

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrYvfnotnXA&hl=en]

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mike // Aug 16, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    I’m trying to find an mp3 file or sorts of Airside’s “Soyjoy” to use as a ringtone. Can anyone offer some help? Thanks

  • 2 thefunctionkey // Aug 18, 2008 at 8:43 am

    you could always contact Airside via their blog, maybe they’d point in the direction of the mp3: Airside Blog

  • 3 Trisha // Oct 12, 2008 at 12:01 am

    I live in Japan, the home of Soyjoy, and I eat at least two bars every day. My favourites are strawberry, mango and orange. They’re actually quite tasty. But then again, I am a vegan, and I think the taste of natto is just heavenly. If you’re a meat-eater, then vegetarian products will taste repulsive to you, just as how I find steaks nasty.

  • 4 MT // Jun 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    SOYJOY bars contain parmesan, not to mention eggs & other non-vegan stuff.

  • 5 kim // Jul 1, 2009 at 11:10 am

    that’s unbelievable! but does it advertise itself as vegan???

  • 6 Jassim Lone // Oct 17, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Yo check out this soyjoy commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHESKgg4qgs

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