One of my great pleasures in writing there reviews is it gives me a chance to visit with small stores I would have, in the past, not ever step a foot into. Those little crazy Mom and Pop sized stores that sell hunting knives, pot pipes, old DVDs and porcelain dragons along with years old bottles of soda and old candy. I have come to appreciate the joy of visiting these local businesses, rather than always heading down to the sterilized 7-11 for the quick forgotten grocery items.
That is also the best place to find cool energy drinks. You find old cans left over by long forgotten distributors, exciting new products that could not make headway into the big chains, and manager’s favorites. That is where I found this tasty grape NRG mix – no longer carried on the company’s website – and I have never seen or heard of before. fortunately, http://whatidrinkatwork.blogspot.com reviewed it first, so I had some idea of what to be expecting.
When I opened the package, I was hit with what I could swear was the delicious scent of Grape Kool Aid mix. Now I know what you are thinking, that there is not much delicious with Grape Kool Aid, but there totally is. When was the last time you actually made yourself a pitcher of Grape Kool Aid? Most likely, unless you are 11, it has been a while.
This smell brought back all those awesome summer memories of Day camps, birthday parties, and freshman year binge drinking ( I swear bad vodka and grape Kool Aid was the only thing that got me through my poli-sci class intact). I was excited to add some water to this and start enjoying it.
I found even more happy surprises after the first sip. I followed the directions exactly, and added it to 16 ounces of water – and it turned a lovely amethyst color. It was completely opaque, almost obscuring the Ice cubes in the drink as well. It was much more pastel than I was expecting – and did not foam up the glass. It even dissoved completely in a glass of ice cold water – something rare.
And the flavor was more than just grape punch – this was like a thick melted grape creamsicle. It was smooth and creamy and quite delicious! There was enough grape flavor to remind you this was a fruity drink, but the milkiness really came through. I am really surprised the is was zero calories, as it did not taste fake, medicinal or sucralose-y.
Simply put, I want more.
What were they thinking? The mix package is simple enough – and is in the same casing that every one of these mixes use. The challenge is there is not much room to put all the crap that you should have on it. This one works hard to have NONE of what energy mixes should have. The purple lettering is completely invisible put on the purple background. The UPC on the front of the package is a bad choice, and there is no need. There should be room on the back, but they filled it with an incomplete nutritional info box – leaving out how much caffeine is in a package. There is another box full of warnings and directions, most of which are not necessary. And even with all the info, they forget to put contact info or a website! They should really look into a few mixes who have their packaging down, like Helix.
They write on the little package that this has eight hours of energy, which is one hell of a claim. It is certainly not the first, but that is not possible to achieve in one drink – especially in one little powdered mix. Looking at the ingredients list does not help me understand how they plan on eight hours of energy. There is the usual energy drink things in here, like A full daily supply of vitamin B complex and C, and energy components of L-glycine, l-tyrosine, taurine, n-acetyl-cysteine, malic acid, caffeine.
Of course the buzz went away in about 3 hours or so – about 5 hours earlier than promised. But I did get enough energy to get me through the morning without my first mug of coffee. The buzz was mild and not terribly jittery, and went away without making me feel like I needed a nap afterwords. While it is not the strongest of energy mixes I have had – it’s decent.
Overall, it is a very decent energy drink – if you can make it past the dumb package and take a chance on the great powder inside