Would You Like Uppers or Downers for Breakfast?

By

Quercy

Fork in the Road might be obsessed with Drank, the anti-energy drink presumably inspired by purple drank, the mixture of cough syrup and Sprite that southern rappers like to get blunted on, but for those who worship at the mantle of alertness and productivity, Slate has a far more useful if sort of stomach-turning rundown of the latest forms of chewable caffeine.

Among the products that Mason Currey taste tests, the most blechtacular would seem to be Morning Sparks caffeine, guarana, and yerba matinfused oatmeal every spoonful tastes like it has a shot of cough syrup mixed in. Wilford Brimley would not approve. Next up, Jelly Belly Cherry Extreme Sport Energizing Jelly Beans (got all that?) are terrible they taste like chewable, past-their-expiration-date cough drops. They do, however, provide a mild buzz. Buzz Bites Chocolate Energy Chews offer a smooth, mellow buzz if you dont mind a chemical aftertaste. Engobi Cinnamon Surge Energy Go Bites, which are similar to Taco Bells Cinnamon Twists, yield the biggest buzz by far after eating most of the bag, I felt like my eyes had been hooked up to tiny batteries. The winner, however, was Penguin Caffeinated Peppermints the only product I tested whose medicinal taste could be considered agreeable. Strangely, Currey didnt sample Mad Croc energy gum (look for the pissed-off crocodile on the package), but trust us, thats for the best.

Anti-Energy Drink Comes to NYC [Fork in the Road/VV]
Whats The Buzz? [Slate]