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Kroger Grape Extra Strength Energy Support Energy Shot (Kroger)

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Jacked up price and a lackluster taste don't do this one any favors. what do we have here? For, like, a month or two a couple years ago, I noticed that Kroger seemed to carry their own private label energy shots...in fact, one time they had a variety of flavors in the clearance bin. Their shots were second only to Aldi in terms of price (you had to get them in two-packs to maximize savings, but they were $1.49 per two pack, or $.75 per shot) and had solid flavors to boot. In other words, if they were still being offered, they would be the new energy shot hero. Alas, shortly after spotting them for the first time, they seemed to vanish, and I assumed it would be forever. Well, as it turns out, either I wasn’t very observant (they are in the health supplement aisle, after all, an aisle I rarely, if ever, go down), or they started carrying them again, because I spotted both 6-packs, and individual bottles, at Kroger. Disappointingly, both options were limited to berry; to help make u

Summit Ampli Cotton Candy Energy Drink (Aldi)

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Terrible flavor, but a hopeful step in the right direction for Aldi. I won’t bore you with the details of how I stumbled on this Special Buy drink at my local Aldi store, since I already did that in a previous post, so let’s just move on, shall we? (Although you can read about it here if you must .) The first thing I noticed, as my apparently shaken can started rushing out onto the table I was sitting at the moment I opened it, is that Aldi really does seem to be taking their commitment to removing artificial colors from their products. I expected this to be a cartoonish pink color, or maybe even blue - references to the two most popular cotton candy colors - but the puddle of liquid that collected underneath the can was neither. In fact, it was no color at all. It was clear. I was actually dreading trying this one even moreso than the blue raspberry, because I don’t really even like actual cotton candy. So then it should come as no surprise that dislike extends especially to liquid r

Summit Ampli Blue Razzberry Flavored Energy Drink (Aldi)

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I'd have preferred better flavors, but this is okay for what it is. I peruse the Aldi ad every single week, and have done so for the better part of the decade; in fact, it’s the only store advert I can claim this about. It’s just a part of my routine at this point, and one made even more valuable by the fact you can check out the following week's ad on Aldi's website...which allows me to get a head start on planning what I want to get before it's even available (although sometimes they do put products out a little early).  One thing I’ve always complained about is how Aldi rarely carries any additional energy drinks beyond their “Red Thunder” and “Gridlock” lines. So then imagine my surprise when this somehow slipped under my radar, despite my weekly perusal of the ad; I didn’t even know these existed until I stumbled on them with my wife, in-store. Ampli, which I’m assuming is a shortened version of “Amplify”, offers up two different flavors - cotton candy and blue ra

Tweaker Energy Shots: Berry & Grape (Various)

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If you wish energy shots were more sour, these are for you. I was stuck in a Circle K one day, looking for a budget-minded way to get my caffeine fix on. And as virtually anyone can tell you, gas station convenience stores aren’t exactly the best places for that. They had the usual suspects in the fridge, with lots of name brands marked up a little higher than their already-high retail markups, but I was secretly hoping they would have some cheap energy shots - a longshot, I know. Well, imagine my surprise when my eyes stumbled on a bottle of Tweaker energy. I had never heard of it before, but the attention-grabbing orange sticker affixed to the top with “$1.99” printed on it told me everything I was wondering. Now, to be perfectly honest, $2 for a 2 oz. shot isn’t really all that great, with other stores offering up the same size for around half the cost. (Or, in the case of Dollar Tree’s double shots, four times as much for half the price.) But, it’s a pretty solid find for one insi

Stacker2 B12 10,000% Pink Lemonade Energy Shot (Dollar Tree)

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Not as good as hoped, but still better than most of Stacker2's crap products. Well if you've read any of my other Stacker2 energy shot reviews, you'll know that I'm pretty underwhelmed by their offerings, as a whole. They have a couple decent ones, but none that I would really consider "great". However, the best one I've had (the Acai Pomegranate) comes from this same line, so I'm really expecting this one to at least be better than their others. Does it disappoint? Well, let's find out! There aren't many red flags in the scent department...usually you can tell if something's going to taste off just from sneaking a quick whiff. This one might be the company's most accurate one yet, at least as far as the aroma is concerned. It smells almost like straight-up pink lemonade. There is still a little bit of "chemical" smell intertwined in there - standard in energy shots, but almost mandatory in Stacker2's offerings, and to a s

Stacker2 Xtra Peach Mango Extra Strength Energy Shot (Dollar Tree)

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A good metaphor for my life: started out promising, then gets bitter. It seems that every trip I take to Dollar Tree to get energy shots, I’m met with the exact same options every single time. I still get them, because they’re cheaper than most other energy shots, but considering very few are actually good, it feels more like I’m picking between the lesser of two evils, rather than getting something that I’m actually interested in getting. But lo and behold when on my last trip, I found some brand new flavors of Stacker2’s extra strength energy shots, released under the clever “Xtra” name; peach mango was chief among them as the one I was immediately interested in the most. Taking off the lid, I’m met with an absolute blast of a completely artificial, exaggerated concoction of peach and mango scents....it’s clearly fake, smelling like the peach in those peach rings candies, but I have to admit it’s also more than a little enticing: I like the taste of most fake peach products (like th

Gridlock Extreme Red Energy Drink (Aldi)

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"Extreme red" tells me nothing about what this is supposed to taste like... One thing I can’t stand, and I’ve mentioned this at least one previous time through the years, is when energy drink companies name their product after a color, with no allusion to the actual taste contained therein. I guess “Red Bull” might be partially to blame for that, but I’m not really referring to the name at the “brand” level - I’m more referring to the name of the product itself. Another example of this apparent trend is Gridlock, who here deliver up a beverage known only as “Extreme Red”.  Now, I don’t even know what “red” tastes like to begin with, let alone what an extreme version of the color would entail. Strawberry? Cherry? Those are varying shades of red. Oh wait, but it’s “extreme”, too: Human blood? Chili peppers? “Extreme” strawberry?  Well, after having a few sips, I can say - with definitive certainty - that I still have no idea what the hell this is supposed to taste like. It’s ve

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