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PurAqua Kids Fruit Punch Flavored Juice Drink (Aldi)

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No thanks...I'll just stick to water. As anyone can probably tell from reading this blog for 5 minutes, I’m far from a snob when it comes to food products: I’ll try just about anything, regardless of my feelings for it, just so I can say I tried it, and to establish a legitimate opinion about it. After all, as the saying goes, “You never know until you’ve tried it,” and that sentiment is pretty true across the board. Which is probably why the saying is so universal and popular. But one area where I am somewhat of a snob: juice. If it ain’t 100% juice, I’m not interested. I don’t know why, because I know the FDA has a weird way to calculate juice percentage (after all, even juice made from reconstituted juices - that is, fruits that are dried out so they can be shipped, and then filled back up with water at their destination - can qualify for 100% juice status) and if it’s like anything else they do, it’s unreliable and shady as hell, but hey, it gives me piece of mind. And anythin

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

Elevation Grape Energy Powder Drink Mix Sticks (Aldi)

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If you haven't outgrown the taste of grape Kool-Aid, you'll love this. Another week and another energy beverage! These have to be the one category I review the most...for those of you who just drink coffee or abstain completely from the practice, my apologies. Anyway, this time the energy is coming from a different kind of source: not a shot, or an energy drink (per se), but rather in the form of powder! It’s meant to be snorted for...oh wait, nevermind. Scratch that. It’s not that kind of powder. Instead, this one is meant to be dissolved in water to give you some flavor to go with your hydration, while simultaneously giving you a kick in the ass to get going. The grape here is very fake...much like grape Kool-Aid, or something of the sort. I can’t really say I’m shocked, though, as that is unfortunately what most grape drinks end up tasting like. It’s not great (grape isn’t my favorite anything), but it’s drinkable in a pinch. You won’t love yourself afterwards, but it could

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

Meijer Sweet and Salty Cashew Granola Bars (Meijer)

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Good. Not great, but good. I’ve taken a look at other flavor varieties of this same product across a couple different retailers, so let’s just add Meijer to the mix, shall we? As with many mass-produced products, I think the only way to truly differentiate between the tastes of the different store brands would be to have a blind taste test, which I might just do with a few products next year, assuming I get bored enough. These taste basically like every other “sweet and salty” cashew bar that I’ve had. I do feel like they might be slightly less sweet than some of the others, but outside of that, you get the same basic flavor profile. The texture is also very similar to others, as it offers up that classic “chew”. I guess I’ve never really paid attention to what’s actually in these bars, because I do seem to notice some puffed corn in there amongst the granola—and very few, if any, actual cashews. Hmm…that’s a little odd, I guess. Is puffed corn standard in these? I’ll have to pay c