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Stacker2 Xtra Cherry Vanilla Extra Strength Energy Shot (Dollar Tree)

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Forget if you've tried this before? Here's a good test: does the above picture make you nauseous? Outside of cakes and other bakery treats, I have to confess that I don’t really like the taste of vanilla in anything...especially drinks. Most of the time it’s just too much syrupy sweetness added to something that’s already sweet, and the effect is overwhelming. Even for a sweets guy like me, I just can’t do it. So then why in the world would I be interested in a shot of vanilla, mixed with cherry? Well, first of all, it’s a new flavor from Stacker2 available at Dollar Tree, so I felt the need to try it for no other reason than I might never see it again. Also, Stacker2 energy shots generally don’t taste much like the flavors they’re trying to emulate, so I figured maybe this one would dial up the artificial cherry flavoring and add only a dash of vanilla. Or, maybe it wouldn’t even taste like a combination of the two...it could really go up in the air. And as they say, you never

Stacker2 Berry Xtra Extra Strength Energy Shot (Dollar Tree)

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Good value done in by poor flavor. I’ve already written many prefaces about Stacker 2 energy shots and how they’re available in Dollar Trees nationwide, and how Dollar Tree has quite a few to choose from and how they’re hit or miss and a couple of them really suck blah blah blah, so let’s just move ahead, shall we? This smells almost expired. It’s like the juice of a fruit – that’s not a berry, ironically – was left sitting in a basement for too long and has started to ferment. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “pungent”, but it’s not really all that inviting; it kind of smells like something that should get you drunk, instead of amped up. You know what else isn’t all that inviting? The taste, the experience of which is actually pretty close to what the scent insinuated. Unlike most energy shots, this one isn’t very sweet at all. That in and of itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because I’m sure there are many people who find the taste of most shots to be too saccharine for the

Stacker2 B12 Pomegranate Acai Energy Shots (Dollar Tree)

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Perhaps the best energy shot inside Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree offers quite a few energy shots from the Stacker 2 brand, who I would say are more well-known for their dietary supplements. I typically stick to their “Xtra” line, which seem to be straightforward knockoffs of the national brand energy shots that give you five hours of energy, but on a recent trip, I wanted to try something a little bit different. Instead, I opted for their “B12” shot, which gives you 10,000% of your daily recommended B12 intake. 100 days' worth of B12 in one 2 oz. bottle...and for a single dollar? Sign me up!  Honestly, I'm a little confused on the differences between the products in Stacker 2's product line, and I've tried many of them at one point or another. For example, this one has 10,000% B12, which we just went over, but even their regular “Xtra” shots contain 8,750% B12...does the extra 1,250% really create a noticeable difference? And what is the purpose of all the vitamins in their

X-Mode Energy on Tap Watermelon Rush Energy Shots (Online)

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A decent "watermelon" flavor, but too similar to the apple for my liking. Well what do we have here? In the two or so months since my last order, I see those fine folks at X-Mode have added yet another flavor into the mix: watermelon. This takes their total number of options to four, up double from the two they initially offered when I first heard about them a couple of years ago. I don’t typically care for artificially-flavored watermelon things (although I love the actual fruit), but you know what? You only live once, so I figured I might as well get out of my comfort zone. Well, that, and the other flavors were getting kind of boring to me, so that made the decision even easier. I won’t go into a hugely long preface since I’ve already done that in previous flavor reviews of X-Mode, but just a quick recap about what X-Mode is: In quick terms, think a boxed wine, only for energy drinks. Each order comes with two resealable 2 oz. bottles which you then refill over

Summit Pomegranate Cranberry Relief & Recovery Wellness Shot (Aldi)

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Be careful what you wish for...I wished Aldi carried more energy drinks and this is what I got. What do we have here? Why, it's another energy shot from Aldi! It's no surprise that their Red Thunder energy shots are one of my favorites on the market ( and one of the best deals out there ), so then it's probably a safe bet that this one will be along the same lines, right? If only everything in life were so easy... For starters, I can't even find what product this is supposed to be knocking off—I only know of shots that give you five hours of energy that come in this size, but have never seen any kind of “relief and recovery” shot, at least in this format. The first thing that sprang to mind was “Life Support”, but those cans are almost twice the size, and feature Japanese tree nuts as a main ingredient (this is just according to their website...I've never had it before). So I think this is just meant to be its own thing, something Aldi should do more often! Anyw

Stacker2 Blue Raspberry Xtra Strength Energy Shot (Dollar Tree)

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Not too shabby for a buck. Well what have we here? Yet another energy shot offering from our fine folks at Dollar Tree? Well how could I say no? I'll admit that Stacker products took a hit in my eyes thanks to their awful “soda” inspired shots, which blended the awful taste of metal with a total lack of carbonation. But after seeing some positive user reviews online, that eased me off the ledge a little bit, and into the cart it went. The scent definitely smells like a "good" blue raspberry; come to think of it, mystery flavors that don't actually exist in real-life are a perfect match for energy shots, which almost never use real juice or colors and rely almost solely on chemical composition. I mean, think about it, does a berry energy shot actually taste like berry? Does grape taste like grape? We might be able to trick our brains into thinking it does, simply because that's what the image and text on the lable tells us it is, but if you were to put an unbran

Kroger Pomegranate Energy Support Shots (Kroger)

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Eh...they're very cheap, but they also taste like it. I have mentioned before that I hate Kroger. It sucks and is overpriced, and is stupid. It's just your typical supermarket, with overpriced items galore, and a good deal every now and again. I just don't get off on places like that. Unfortunately for me, my wife loves it. I really just don't understand. I thought when I turned her on to Aldi years ago, that I would break her of the Kroger habit, but for some reason, she actually prefers going there. Must be the fuel points, where you spend, like, a zillion dollars to save a few pennies on gas. What a reward! (Gas seems to be the one thing people will pinch pennies on without doing actual math. For example, I knew people that would only go to Kroger back in the day just to get the 3 cents off a gallon. Guess what you've just saved? 42 cents on a 14 gallon tank. These are the same people that won't think twice to drop $7 on a small drink at Starbucks. Whatev

Dollar Tree Unbranded Energy Shot x2: Blue Raspberry (Dollar Tree)

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An absolutely pointless new flavor that tastes just as crappy as the other ones. I previously covered what used to be the only two available flavors of this energy shot: berry, and grape. But on a recent trip to the ol' checkout line I saw they have added a new flavor to the mix: blue raspberry! I'm not really a fan of blue raz at all, but considering taste is probably the biggest knock I have against these shots, I thought I'd give it a “shot” anyway; after all, it couldn't taste any worse than the others...right? In a word, no. But in another few words, it certainly doesn't taste any better. I should have gotten a couple different flavors to compare them a little more in-depth, but it has the exact same “watered-down” base taste as featured in the grape and berry selections, only with a moderately sweet added flavor that tastes very similar to the other two: maybe in a side-by-side test, the blue raspberry would be a little more pronounced, but I still don'

X-Mode Energy Shots on Tap: Jacked Apple, Tangerine Scream, Cherry Bomb (Online)

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Energy drinks in a box, anyone? As some of you are probably well aware, simply from the number of energy liquids I have reviewed on this site, I'm always looking for new ways to get energized, without breaking the bank. You see, name brand energy drinks (and even the shots, for that matter) are always incredibly overpriced, lest you manage to get them on sale or a closeout. As one who doesn't drink coffee, I have to have something to get me through the early morning work grind, and I've found that drinks and shots are the way to go, with the latter being my preferred method as of late: They have a greater concentration of energy in a smaller package, making them portable (at my job I'm almost always on my feet, so I want something that I can take with me wherever I may roam), and resealable, so you can lock in the freshness even after they've been opened. I found a great ally in Aldi's Red Thunder Extra Strength energy shots, which are some of my favorite

Aftershock Red Sugar Free Energy Drink (Big Lots)

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A solid energy drink, though I also got a four-pack for $1.20, which always helps... As most shoppers of Big Lots can attest, it can be feast for famine when it comes to certain products; sometimes they have them, and other times they don’t. Beyond that, even if they have a certain kind of item, they might not always have a good brand, or an affordable option; I don’t think there is any one aisle in the store where this theory is more apparent than the drink aisle. And, drilling the list down to even further specifics, energy drinks. Unlike other things within their stores, there are no specific energy drinks that Big Lots carries in stock at all times. So if they haven’t had a buyout recently, then there’s generally very few (if any) to pick from. Ditto this if they receive in particularly good deals; I don’t seem to be the only one that frequently eyes Big Lots for my energy drink needs, because most brands don’t seem to last much longer than a couple of weeks. Well, my local

Rip It Tribute Active Mandarin Lime Sugar Free Energy Drink (Dollar Tree/Various)

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Because nothing is more patriotic than using troops and the idea of war to sell a canned beverage. Thanks mainly to a bad batch of Rip-Its that I bought once from a local general store (they were well within their expiration date, but straight-up tasted like mold), along with some rather uninspired flavors, I have gradually found myself starting to hate the brand as a whole. And this is despite their affordable dollar price-point, which is even more appetizing considering a lot of energy drinks are way overpriced, so I try to stick with the budget ones. We purchased this at the same convenience store in Tennessee that provided us with Spider Berry Bite energy drink (also for a dollar; see review here ) - overall, they had more Rip-It flavors than I had ever seen before. A lot of them looked pretty lackluster and uninteresting, which honestly makes my apparent choice even more baffling: out of all of the cans that they had to offer, why in the hell did I pick the camo can? That most

Spider Widowmaker Berry Bite Energy Drink (Various)

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Not bad for a widely-available budget energy drink. Well here we have a little review that kind of goes against the grain from other ones. Typically, you will note, I stick to private labels from major discount/closeout retailers (specifically, Aldi, Dollar Tree, and Big Lots). That's never really been a concrete rule of mine, just something I've done to keep the focus kind of narrowed, both on behalf of myself, and readers. Well this time I'm throwing that idea out the window, to focus on an energy drink that I purchased somewhere in Tennessee, in a convenience store in the middle of nowhere. For a buck. Now full-sized (this one is 16 oz.) dollar energy drinks aren't really anything all that new: the Rip-It line generally retails for a buck and is widely available inside Dollar Trees', and other stores. But convenience stores aren't typically a good place to find a deal like this, so I figured I'd write about it, since it clearly fits in with the ove

Dollar Tree Unbranded Energy Shot x2: Grape and Berry (Dollar Tree)

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Gets the job done on a budget, assuming you can ignore the not-terrible-but-not-good flavor. I generally turn different flavors of the same item into separate posts, because they're technically separate products. However, once in a great while the tastes—and the end results—are so similar that they are essentially the same thing; hence the reasoning this post will cover both flavors of Dollar Tree's eerily unbranded double energy shot, which features a whopping 4 oz. of caffeinated energy for a single buck.  One of the main things I look for when purchasing an energy beverage is the amount of caffeine in it—the more, the better. That being said, there's a general limit to the amounts I'll consume, so I tend to look for products that are in the 250mg range—too much more than that, and I'd be a little worried about adverse health effects, too little, and it's generally not worth my time (unless I only need a short burst). Dollar Tree's product simply p

UPDATE: Summit Red Thunder Extra Strength Grape Flavor Energy Shot (Aldi)

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UPDATE (Nov. 2020): The price of these continues to go up, rising to $.79 in 2019, then to $.99 a little while after that; as of now, it's up to $1.09. The rating has been adjusted accordingly, and updated notes are in italics. One of the very best A pretty good deal in energy. It had been a while since I set foot in an Aldi store prior to my visit last month, and as I was getting ready to check out, my gaze naturally wandered to the “impulse buys” section. It had the usual suspects: gum, “travel” packs of peanuts, batteries, etc., as well as their standard energy shots, which they've had for years, and which I have reviewed in the past. But among the familiar shots were a new kind with darker packaging that I had not noticed before. Not only was it grape, a new flavor that I hadn't tried, but it was also an “extra strength” variety, for the same paltry 69 cent price tag of the regular. “Alright, Aldi, you win,” I sighed to myself as I put it with my other products on

UPDATE: Summit Red Thunder Extra Strength Berry Flavor Energy Shot

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UPDATE (Nov. 2020): After rising from $.69 to $.79, then from $.79 to $.99 within the span of a few months, these have now gone up to $1.09. The score has been adjusted accordingly, with updated notes in italics. One of the very best  A pretty good deal in energy. Well what is there to say about Red Thunder’s Extra Strength Berry Energy Shot that I haven’t already said in my previous review of their regular (as in, not extra strength) berry-flavored energy shot? I gave that one perfect marks, and so it stands to reason that I must give this one perfect marks, too. Why? Because it’s pretty much the exact same thing as the regular version, only with extra caffeine. 230 mg, to be exact, making this a huge kick in the pants if you need a quick boost. In fact, having had the national brand recently (after stealing one from a co-worker…shhhhhhh), I can honestly say that I much prefer Red Thunder’s version. The NB (as it will be referred to from now on) has, in my opinion, a much m

Bomba Citrus Energy Drink, or The Cool-Looking Energy Drink in the Glass Grenade Bottle! (Big Lots)

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If only cool packaging could guarantee a good product inside. I actually saved the citrus Bomba for last out of the five flavors that were available at my local Big Lots, because it was the one I had the most hope for. Citrus is one of my favorite flavors, and also broad enough in scope that it can cover a wide range of fruits and tastes, from lemon, to lime, to oranges, and a ton more in between. Given the relative deliciousness of Bomba's other flavors (the only one I really didn't like was the coconut), my mind raced with the possibilities of where it would land in the “citrus” spectrum. Instead, it settles for a flavor that is almost exact to the “classic” flavor, which is itself just a standard flavor for all “regular” energy drinks. Seriously, there's very little to differentiate between the two once it hits your tastebuds...my wife probably explained it best by saying that it tastes like a “sugar free” energy drink, one that is slightly different and maybe s

No Fear Sugar Free Super Energy Supplement (Big Lots)

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Misleading title: I was still terrified of heights after drinking a can. Unlike other products that are generally “one and done”, these seem to pop up from time to time at Big Lots stores. I generally avoid them, mainly because the tacky “edgy” graphics are annoying and don’t appeal to me whatsoever, but our local store had been out of energy drinks the last few times I’d gone, and so I felt like I had some making up to do. Even before I bought one, I was faced with one of my biggest pet peeves: Packaging that gives you no clue as to what the hell the product inside is supposed to taste like. Sorry, but I don’t think a lack of fear has a default flavor, so I hate not knowing what to expect going in. Normally, I just assume it’s going to be a standard energy drink flavor, but oftentimes that isn’t the case. Is it really that hard to summarize the taste SOMEWHERE on the packaging? I’ve noticed this seems to happen with a lot of Big Lots beverages, and I’m wondering if that’s one of

Energy in a Cool Grenade-Shaped Bottle: Bomba Cherry Energy Drink (Big Lots)

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If you like cherry cola, you will probably like this. For those that didn’t see my previous Bomba reviews , I’ll do a quick recap: Stumbled on these at Big Lots, where I was looking for some energy drinks. Since that’s what these are, these fit the bill beautifully. Fell in love with the unique glass grenade bottle design, as well as the cool matching “pin” cap (which you actually pull to release, then pull back to open). Even better yet? The price tag, which is just $.33. There, now that you’re all up to speed, let’s take a look at this one specifically. I had already tried a sip of my wife’s cherry Bomba prior to drinking my own for review, so I knew what to expect going in. You know, one thing that I just realized that makes me enjoy this line even more, is that there is none of the typical artificial weird metallic flavors, or weird aftertastes, that makes up almost all energy drinks that I’ve ever had. Don’t get me wrong, these are made up entirely of artificial flavors wi

Bomba Coconut Energy Drink (in a Glass Grenade-Shaped Bottle!) (Big Lots)

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If you like coconut, you will probably like this one a lot more than I did. I HATE coconut. I don't think I'm even in the minority here, because it seems that at least 50% of all people in the world don't like it. I think it all comes down to texture: I just can't stand the flakiness, which feels kind of like I'm chewing on wood shards, while the disgustingness of the flavor itself is magnified by the terrible consistency. (I should also mention that a childhood incident, and the first time I ever tried the stuff, didn't help: A babysitter gave me a bon-bon and, I took a small bite, immediately taken aback at how unexpectedly horrible it tasted. After all, the chocolate led me to believe it was going to be sweet! Not wanting to cause a scene, I shoved the whole thing in my mouth, chewed it for what felt like days, and went against my gag reflex by swallowing it all in several agonizing installments.) However, as much as I hate the fruit itself (and it feel