Hydrive Energy Drink- Kiwi Strawberry

 

Hydrive Energy- Kiwi Strawberry

Picture taken in my Global Cultures class via laptop webcam, heh.

Ah, another energy drink review. Must mean class has started up again! Today we’re trying out Hydrive Energy- Kiwi Strawberry “Alertness Formula”. I picked it up in the market on UT Arlington’s campus. I needed a pick me up and due to the campus’ recent switch to Pepsi, I was having a little trouble. Most of the issue was not being able to find a decent sugar free caffeine fix. I almost picked up a low carb No Fear drink, but struggled with the concept of imbibing on a drink by a defunct Walmart clothing line.

As a last chance effort to avoid this, I checked the other side of the shop and ran across a section of Hydrive Energy drinks. At first glance, they seemed to have answered a number of pleas for energy drinks:

  1. Low cal- it’s not sugar free, but has only 30 calories.
  2. $1.59- a lower price point is always happy.
  3. Non-carbonated- sometimes I just can’t stomach harsh carbonation in the morning.
  4. IT’S IN A FREAKING RECLOSABLE BOTTLE!- I actually have a conspiracy theory that drink companies WANT us to spill our drinks in class, go flat or warm up since we can’t close it and throw it in our backpacks. It’s warm, just buy another drink, right?

Thank you for thinking of me, Hydrive. It has a good taste, though a tiny bit oversweetened, with a bit of sugar free aftertaste. You come to expect taste as an afterthought when it comes to energy drinks, but Hydrive exceeds that expectation. With 145 g of caffeine- along with the usual array of taurine, guarana and whatnot- it completely satisfies my caffeine fix. In fact, I think it works better since it’s smoother, and quicker, to drink.

Hydrive Energy is the answer to my energy drink dreams. Hydrive Energy gets a 4 out of 5 awesomes!

Rating= 4

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Texas Starbucks closings *whimper*

Starbucks Texas Closings

In case you haven’t heard, Starbucks is closing 600 stores nationwide due to economic woes. The Huffington Post released a list of all of them today so you can find out if your favorite cute barista may be displaced! There are 4 closings in Arlington, TX alone!!

Here’s a list of the Texas Starbucks(es?) that are closing soon:

TEXAS

6236 SOUTH ARLINGTON 1201 W ARBROOK ARLINGTON TX
6299 COOPER & GREEN OAKS 5435 S COOPER ARLINGTON TX
6301 COLLINS & GREEN OAKS 2733 N COLLINS ARLINGTON TX
9540 MATLOCK & BARDIN 4645 MATLOCK ARLINGTON TX
6403 S CONGRESS AND ACADEMY 1007 S CONGRESS AUSTIN TX
14121 MOPAC & SLAUGHTER 5000 W SLAUGHTER AUSTIN TX
9675 HWY 83 & BOCA CHICA 100 EXPRESSWAY 83 BROWNSVILLE TX
9300 US 377 & US 67 300 W COMMERCE BROWNWOOD TX
11558 SPID & WEBER 3920 S PADRE ISLAND DR CORPUS CHRISTI TX
11943 STAPLES & DODDRIDGE 3738 STAPLES CORPUS CHRISTI TX
6262 GREENVILLE & MATALEE 3715 GREENVILLE AVE DALLAS TX
6280 PRESTON & BELTLINE 14891 PRESTON RD DALLAS TX
6370 LOVERS LANE & GREENVILLE AVE 5500 GREENVILLE AVE DALLAS TX
6372 CAMP WISDOM RD & HWY 67 3431 CAMP WISDOM RD DALLAS TX
6387 SKILLMAN AND AUDELIA 9090 SKILLMAN ST DALLAS TX
10758 NORTHPARK MALL II 8687 N CENTRAL EXP DALLAS TX
10759 LBJ & MONTFORT 5631 LBJ FWY DALLAS TX
10877 ILLINOIS & WESTMORELAND 3403 W ILLINOIS AVE DALLAS TX
14144 COIT & 635 7995 LBJ DALLAS TX
6963 PLEASANT RUN & HAMPTON RD 900 N HAMPTON RD DESOTO TX
8135 CEDAR RIDGE & WHEATLAND RD 107 S CEDAR RIDGE DR DUNCANVILLE TX
13356 MONTANA & MCRAE 9615 MONTANA RD EL PASO TX
6282 SPRING VALLEY & MIDWAY 13901 MIDWAY RD FARMERS BRANCH TX
10057 CAMP BOWIE & HULEN 4603 CAMP BOWIE FORT WORTH TX
10086 HULEN MALL 4800 S HULEN ST FORT WORTH TX
14145 MCCART & ALTAMESA 6221 MCCART AVE FORT WORTH TX
13928 FM 423 LEBANON 5605 FM 423 FRISCO TX
14096 WARREN & DALLAS PKWY 6801 WARREN PKWY FRISCO TX
10295 FIREWHEEL TOWN CENTER 470 CONEFLOWER DR GARLAND TX
6274 SHEPHERD & FARNHAM 3821 SHEPHARD HOUSTON TX
7944 I-45 & RED RIPPLE 6001 N FWY HOUSTON TX
9615 HWY 249 & ANTOINE 12503 TOMBALL PKWY HOUSTON TX
10056 MAIN & DALLAS 914 DALLAS ST HOUSTON TX
10650 FANNIN & PRESTON 1018 PRESTON HOUSTON TX
11562 WESTHEIMER & BRIARGREEN 14333 WHEIMER RD HOUSTON TX
13479 BELLAIRE & WILCREST 10611 BELLAIRE BLVD HOUSTON TX
13672 FANNIN & MACGREGOR 6400 FANNIN ST HOUSTON TX
11563 DEERBROOK MALL 20131 HWY 59 HUMBLE TX
11072 HWY 77 & GENERAL CAVAZOS 1401 E GENERAL CAVAZOS KINGSVILLE TX
11565 ZAPATA HWY & CHESTNUT 2201 CHESTNUT LAREDO TX
2977 TOWN EAST MALL 2228 TOWN E BLVD MESQUITE TX
13797 HWY 271 & WHITE STREET 901 S JEFFERSON AVE MT PLEASANT TX
13395 LAMAR & LOOP 286 3855 NE LOOP 286 PARIS TX
11074 I-27 & HWY 70 1301 I-27 NORTH PLAINVIEW TX
6288 PRESTON & HWY 121 8600 PRESTON PLANO TX
6666 COIT AND HWY 190 340 COIT RD PLANO TX
10576 COLLIN CREEK MALL 811 N CENTRAL EXWY PLANO TX
13838 HWY 75 & PARK BLVD 1881 CENTRAL EXWY PLANO TX
11301 I-35 & RED OAK 502 N I-35 RED OAK TX
10528 CHERRY & BUSINESS 35 1205 HWY 35 N ROCKPORT TX
11302 HWY 59 & HWY 36 27943 SW FWY ROSENBERG TX
11982 59 & HWY 762 24406 SW FWY ROSENBURG TX
6221 SAN PEDRO/BITTERS 13429 SAN PEDRO AVE SAN ANTONIO TX
10924 RIO GRANDE & LAURENT 1310 E RIO GRANDE VICTORIA TX
13332 VALLEY MILLS & WACO DR 4300 W WACO DR WACO TX
9930 GREEN OAKS & HWY 183 500 B HWY 183 W WHITE SETTLEMENT TX
14246 US 287 & MAURINE 2009 MAURINE ST WICHITA FALLS TX

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Sierra Mist Undercover Orange soda review

Sierra Mist Undercover OrangeAren’t movie tie-ins great? It lets a big company do a limited run of a product without too much risk involved. Plus, could get almost any product you wanted in Shrek green! Today, we’re trying out one of those movie tie-ins: Sierra Mist Undercover Orange.

It’s a special promotion for the upcoming Get Smart movie. The “undercover” part of the nomenclature comes from the clear color of the orange flavored soda. It’s a little bit of a throwback to Pepsi Clear. Very ninja! How’s it taste? GREAT! It’s supposed to have a mandarin orange flavor but it tastes more like orange candy. The taste is very sweet, but is well balanced with the carbonation. That gives it a crisp and not syrupy flavor. I could drink this stuff all day! Now if they only had a diet flavor.

Sierra Mist Undercover Orange soda gets 5 out of 5 awesomes today! Amazing!

Rating= 5

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Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale

Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale reviewBuh? That was the exact sound I made when I saw this at Target. I’m not sure what possessed them to put green tea together with ginger ale. I guess they’re kind of the same color. They probably got caught up the the antioxidant craze that’s been sweeping the food world. Next will probably be pomegranate ginger ale or even acaii berry ginger ale. Actually, I’d probably try pomegranate ginger ale!

You know what, this really wasn’t that bad! At first, it just tastes like a crisp carbonated green tea soda but you get the ginger ale on the back swing. It’s actually pretty good- we finished the whole 2 liter bottle in no time. Who knew! Maybe we should mix all like-colored drinks together! Wait, that sounds like what happens at a party when the bartender has had one four too many…

Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale gets a 4 out of 5 awesomes!

 Rating= 4

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Virgil’s Micro Brewed Root Beer review

Virgil’s Root BeerJeremy, a good friend of mine, gave this one to me for review. Ah, the very reason I started a food website: getting free food and drinks! Jeremy gave Virgil’s very high remarks and I couldn’t wait to review it.

So it sat in my fridge for a few weeks. It’s not that I didn’t want to review it, surely I did. It just seemed too special to drink with my slice of pizza or bowl of rice. I have a weird relationship with food. I get into moods where everything has to be just right. Well, today the stars finally aligned and I decided to give good ole Virgil’s Root Beer a try!

It was worth the wait! Micro brewing must be where it’s at because this root beer is smooth and creamy. The carbonation is definitely there, but not sharp like in some root beers. It has a great rich taste with a slight licorice aftertaste. I’ve had some root beers that have gone way overboard with the licorice and I can’t stand it(I’ll tell you about my experiences with absinthe later). Virgil’s also boasts the use of 100% natural ingredient which I think make the flavor very rich. Virgil’s Root Beer has no caffeine, so no problems drinking it in bed. Which I plan to.

One thing’s for sure, I’ll never look at your average 2 liter of root beer the same again!

Virgil’s Root Beer gets a 4 out of 5 on the awesomeness meter!

Rating= 4

Where to get Virgil’s Rootbeer!

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Frank’s Energy Drink, Classic review!

Frank’s Energy Drink classicKeeps you yodeling all night long? We’ll see about that! This is actually a sample I picked up from the food show I went to recently. Free stuff always tastes better! They were being handed out by a couple blonde models in Austrian gear. Pretty out of place at a food show, but I’m not complaining. A little bit of searching shows that most of the news around this drink comes from Gene Simmons endorsing it. Oh, and also having sex with one of the models. On tape. With a background like that, we’ve got to try it! Oh, and it’s from Austria and junk.

Frank’s Energy Drink comes in four different flavors: classic, sugar free, pineapple and lime. All I got was the classic but I wish that I could taste the pineapple and lime. Somewhat out of the box flavors for energy drinks which is definitely cool with me. The classic flavor I got comes in your average slim can that many energy drinks do. Key ingredients include Taurine, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) and Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin).

It’s lightly carbonated and tastes… well… like an energy drink. Not the fruity sweet stuff we have today. No, I mean the old school energy drinks that didn’t have real flavors. You drank it for the caffeine content. If I had to describe the flavor, it’s like red bull but sweeter at the end. Almost a syrupy bubble gum flavor. Not unpleasant but not much to brag about either. It scores some bonus points for high school energy drink nostalgia though! I’d really love to try their other flavors though- no idea where I can get some besides ordering online.

Sorry, no yodeling but it did wake me up so I could get some work done for my management class today. And sometimes, that really is quite a feat.

http://www.franksenergy.com/

Frank’s Energy Drink classic gets a 3.5 out of 5

Rating= 3.5

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High school kids get busted for raging root beer kegger!

http://www.nbc5i.com/news/15740008/detail.html

Must be boring in Wisconsin… but still I commend these kids for standing up for a cause. Apparently, their buddies were suspended from playing sports because they were drinking out of red plastic cups in a picture. So theses kids decided to throw a root beer kegger. Their little protest was to prove that not all teens drink alcohol at parties. The cops showed up and made everyone take breathalyzers. Take that, the man!

Here’s the video from youtube. Notice that most of them sound high. I’m not sure if that’s from the sugar/caffeine rush or that’s what Wisconsin kids sound like. I love their Wisconsin accented gangsta speak.

Order a keg of Virgil’s Root Beer here:
http://www.reedsgingerbrew.com/order/virgils_keg.asp

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Peeps Recipe- Strawberry Peeps Smoothie

When brainstorming for our Easter special Peeps Torture series, I thought I’d figure out a way to torture a Peep AND make something tasty at the same time. It’s like killing two marshmallow birds with one stone! Or in this case, four spinning steel blades.

The addition of marshmallow Peeps to a strawberry smoothie give it a thicker and creamier texture. You really can taste the Peeps!

Peeps Strawberry SmoothieStrawberry Peeps Smoothie:

Ingredients

  • 3 Peeps (I used yellow chicks because I’m old school)
  • 1 Peep for garnishing (optional)
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions

  1. Add, in order, Peeps, frozen strawberries, milk, sugar and vanilla to the blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Garnish glass with a Peep (optional).
  4. Serve immediately.
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Recipe- Hot Dr. Pepper

Hot Boiled Dr PepperYeah, I thought it sounded weird and ghetto too. But Angela says her family used to drink this stuff in Alaska on cold nights(and there are alot of those). Well, it took hell freezing over a February snow storm in Texas to finally convince me to finally try it out. I’ve had unconventional hot drinks before, but that’s usually because I left something in the car in August. By the way, hot Gatorade really isn’t too bad!

Enough stalling, let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • Dr. Pepper
  • Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Bring Dr. Pepper to a boil in a pot.
  2. Pour Boiled Dr. Pepper into a mug.
  3. Sprinkle a little cinnamon in or stir with a cinnamon stick.
  4. Reflect on why you really needed a recipe to make Dr. Pepper hot.

Impressions:

Wow, this stuff is really good! Those Eskimos really know what they’re doing(and yes I know not everyone in Alaska is an Eskimo or a polar bear. Let me dream, damnit!) Dr. Pepper is made up of a secret formula of 23 different flavors. Somehow, boiling the soda really brings out the fruitiness of the flavors. The cinnamon counters with a really nice spiciness. If you do it right, you can even still taste a little of the carbonation.

You guys have really got to try this! I’m adding this to my list of winter drinks right next to hot chocolate and apple cider. And to a lesser(but very important) extent, mind erasers. I wanted to see how well hot Dr. Pepper fared against hot chocolate in the most important hot drink category: marshmallowability. Here’s my results:

Hot Dr. Pepper with Marshmallows

It looks cool alright, almost fitting. And best of all, the marshmallows actually plump up in the soda! The taste however is a bit confusing. I don’t normally expect my marshmallows to taste fruity. Actually, I’m used to marshmallows tasting like sweet cardboard ala Lucky Charms so I guess this is at least better than that. I’ll have to try it again later and see how I feel. My taste buds were probably still confused about the 23 flavors without having to worry about jet puffed goodness.

Wow, we learned a lot today! Let’s recap:

  • Hot Dr. Pepper and cinnamon is awesome.
  • Marshmallows are (very) optional.
  • Strange white precipitation is not a sign that the sky is falling, even though Texas drivers seem to think so.
  • Angela is awesome too.
  • Marshmallowability is a sweet word and is now trademarked by ME!
  • Not everyone in Alaska is a polar bear or an Eskimo(only about 95%)
  • Roatha can write an awful lot about making Dr. Pepper warmer.
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Egg cream recipe

Egg cream chocolate sodaWhat’s better than a chocolate bar and a can of soda? That’s right, a threesome. But what do you drink after the threesome? Chocolate soda!

That’s basically what an egg cream is. It originates from New York and is usually made with U-bet chocolate syrup. The name is misleading because there’s no eggs or cream in the recipe. I’ve seen it a couple of times on food network- once on an episode of unwrapped and once Kat Kora made it on Iron Chef America. The origins of the name are unclear- Unwrapped said it may have been named because the foam you get after mixing the drink looks like egg whites. It looked simple enough to make, so I decided to give it a shot for you guys.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces of milk(traditionally whole milk)
  • 3 ounces of seltzer water
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup(U-bet brand traditionally)

This is probably going to be the easiest recipe you’ve ever read. First, mix the chocolate syrup into the milk. Then, mix the seltzer water into the chocolate milk. Tada! Egg cream!

OK, so I half-assed my way through the entire recipe. I used 2% milk(expired 2 days ago), sparkling water and Kroger brand chocolate syrup. Who cares, still tastes good :)

For you hardcore egg creamers(tee hee) out there, I’ll try it later with the legit stuff and update this recipe accordingly.

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Hello Boss French Roast canned iced coffee

Hello Boss French Roast Iced CoffeeThere’s no use denying it, we here at netfoodie have a caffeine problem. Today’s poison: Hello Boss’ French Roast canned coffee. Hello Boss is a super popular canned coffee company in Asia and you can usually pick up their products in most Asian markets. The can of french roast cost me 69 cents.

I like my coffee sweet. Like candy. Some people say that I have coffee in my milk and sugar. Screw those people!

This french roast is more coffee than I usually have. There is cream and sugar in the coffee, but it’s not trying to fool you into thinking it’s something else. On the other hand, the coffee is quite sweet. If you take your coffee black, this coffee isn’t for you. If you like tall iced vanilla lattes with soy milk with a shot of peppermint and hold the whip, this isn’t for you either. If you like your coffee with a little cream and sugar, then I’d give Hello Boss a shot. It’s tasty, but not my cup of tea can of coffee.

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Sunkist Float in a bottle- will it float or sink?

Sunkist Float in a bottleWell, since kaboomgurl reviewed the A&W Root Beer float in a bottle, it’d be only fitting to review it’s counterpart, Sunkist Float. So, I’ve heard of root beer floats, Coke floats and I’m pretty sure I once got a Sprite float at a McDonald’s once (blegh). But for some reason, I’ve never thought to add ice cream to orange soda. Once you give it a thought, it seems like a natural marriage. Think Creamsicles!

Unfortunately, I don’t like creamsicles that much. Strangely though, I like orange juice paired with vanilla. The difference is in the acidity level. I don’t like how sweet they always make creamsicles and other orange cream flavored products. Herein lies the problem with Sunkist Float. Of the orange sodas they could have used, Sunkist would have been pretty low on my list. Other orange sodas have more “orangey-ness” to them. This probably would have been good with Fanta Orange or Minute Maid(I don’t even know if they made MM soda anymore). Don’t get me wrong though, I do drink Sunkist. Sunkist is the only orange soda with caffeine! But for some strange reason, they removed the caffeine from the float…

So, as you would expect, the Sunkist float is pretty sweet. And staying consistent with it’s root beer counterpart, the ice cream flavor was a miss. It’s a little better than the root beer float in my opinion, but still tastes like they made a float, left it out for 30 minutes and then bottled it. The cream steals carbonation from the drink.

Overall, the Sunkist Float is less of a float and more of an orange cream soda. If I could change it, I’d add a little more carbonation and a little more orange flavor. It’d be great if you like the taste of melted ice cream and flat soda. As a float drink, it misses it’s mark. Change the name to something else, like Orange Creamy Soda and I think you’d sell alot more of these.

Who loves orange soda? Maybe Kel does, but I’ll pass on Sunkist Float.

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Full Throttle Mother- strangely does not taste like moms

Full Throttle Mother review
Today we’re trying out Full Throttle Mother, just in time for this semester’s first round of exams! This is the latest in the Full Throttle energy drink lineup from Coca-Cola. The drink is Acai Berry flavored and boasts “Energy from Natural Sources”. A quick run through the ingredients shows its got Ginseng extract, Caffeine and Guarana extract along with vitamins b3, b6, b12 and E. Pretty stereotypical energy drink ingredients. The difference here is Coca-Cola uses 40% fruit juice(apple, pear and blueberry).

Ok, for some reason, I bought this without reading the actual flavor of the drink. Regular Full Throttle and Full Throttle Fury don’t have flavors. From their names, I guess they’re supposed to taste like angry car parts. Well, after drinking half of it, I finally noticed the small silver print at the bottom denoting the Acai Berry Flavor. Acai is the latest new product of the antioxidant craze. The only other Acai Berry flavored anything I’ve had was Emergen-C and I hated it. Think blueberry flavoring but more tart. Now turn that into a syrup and use a little too much of it. It’s a bit too overpowering for my tastes.

Acai aside, the fruit juices make FT Mother much smoother than other energy drinks, even though it is carbonated. This is very welcome in my opinion. When I buy an energy drink, its usually because I’m ridiculously tired and it’s usually in the morning. I hate how most energy drinks burn the hell out of your throat with the carbonation. Especially when you’re trying to chug it on the run.

Overall- I think I’d like this much more if it wasn’t Acai Berry. I’d still probably drink it in a pinch because of the juice in it. Energy drinks are usually more for utility than taste anyways. Still, kind of disappointed it didn’t taste like moms…

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Pepsi RAW with all natural ingredients

Pepsi Raw with natural ingredients

Using ingredients like apple extract, cane sugar and coffee leaves, Pepsi is rolling out it’s newest product in select cities in Europe right now. This stuff is supposedly less fizzy, lighter in color and saves you about 10 calories. They’re going for a healthier soda, but at what cost?

From DailyMail UK

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