The problem with Caffeinated candies is you can not help but compare them to the original thing. IT can't be helped. When I unwrap a piece of Laffy Taffy or Now and Later, I expect it to taste like yummy processed fake flavored sugar. Starbursts are not supposed to be healthy or nutritious, and your mouth already has planned for the Constancy of a chew. That is why when you get an old piece of a chewy taffy and it crumbles in your mouth it gets spit out. You already know what you expect.
That makes it hard for new energy treats using that same formula. Gum should taste and act like Gum. Skittles should taste and act like skittles. And bright orange and purple chews should taste like gooey sugar and melt in your mouth and get stuck in your teeth, just like the candy does.
Livewire energy chews come in three flavors, not counting the chocolates. I managed to get hold of Pomaberry and Citrus Mango from kingofcaffeine.com( A Big Thanks). Truthfully, I was a little trepidatious trying these out, as they have about double the caffeine content of the reigning Chew Champ, Hydrive. As yummy as Hydrive is, however, they might have some real competition from the deliciousness of Livewire Citrus Mango.
That is not to say there were no problems with these chews, as they tasted a bit like 3rd world Starbursts. They were reminiscent of those candies you find in pre-stuffed Pinatas - where your senses tell you something is not quite right but you can't put your finger on it. That is not to say that either flavor was disappointing - quite the opposite! For a full 90mg of caffeine, this chew was pretty astounding. They do just melt in your mouth, and act like a candy chew should, except for a whole lot of harshness from the Pomaberry candy, and a little too much health from the Citrus Mango.
One of the people I work with summed it up best by saying it tastes like 3rd world Starbursts. not bad, but not quite right.
Of course, these have 90mg per chew, which is one heck of a lot for a tiny candy. Masking all that caffeine bitterness was quite hard, I am sure, but the buzz these give off is worth it! Taking one is good if you just need a little pick me up, but to actually feel something, pop them consecutively in your mouth ( 2 at a time is a bit too much). You will feel the rush almost immediately, and it is a nice one at that. Although it does not last very long, it is a nice ride while it's there.
The box it comes in is very pretty and full of starbursts and shiny futuristic fonts. Inside, you have some cute logos showing you when is the best time to take or not to take their chews. I really enjoyed the layout, and they did a great job making the foil wrapper not only have their branding, but also keep these sticky suckers from melting and glopping on the inside of your pockets, but no get so sticky that you are left chewing on the foil wrap. Compared to my last Chew review, this one was light years better.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Labels: energy gums and chews