Thursday, February 4, 2010

Buzz Bites Chocolate Energy Chews Review


A few days ago another package from Vroom Foods arrived in the mail. This one contained Buzz Bites - both the chocolate and chocolate mint chews. Buzz Bites only come in tins and each tin contains 6 bite sized pieces of chocolate. A tin costs $3.99 CAD and is sold in 7-11 stores in Canada. If you cannot find Buzz Bites at the local 7-11, you can try their Canadian distributor who will shortly begin selling Buzz Bites.

Today I will try the regular chocolate chews and soon the mint chocolate ones. Each chew is the size of a caramel/toffee chew that you sometimes get with your espresso or latte. What? You never got one with your Starbucks latte or espresso? Well, isn't it time to start getting your fix some place nice? Where customers get freebies on the side? Unwrapping the chew, the foil tends to stick to the chocolate so be careful. The chocolate smells like chocolate and does not show its caffeinated side. It tastes like a combination between a caramel chew and milk chocolate chew. There is a bit of bitterness and sadly not the one you get from eating dark chocolate. The bitterness does not last very long and as the saliva starts flowing, it begins to carry some sweet chocolate flavours which mask the energy ingredient taste. The chew goes down much faster than the Foosh mints because it is soft and chewy. There is a hint of the bitterness in the aftertaste, but it does not last a long time. Overall this is a pretty tasty and unique way to get your caffeine fix.

Each chew contains around 100 mg of caffeine, which is the same as the Foosh energy mints. Since I quickly ate the Buzz Bite, I quickly began experiencing the effects of the caffeine. I would compare the chew to an energy shot in terms of taking it all in at once, while Foosh mints to an energy drink as you require more time to consume the mint...unless you chew it. I was energized within 10-15 minutes and within 20 I was ready to run around in circles. I did experience a mild case of the jitters, but it wasn't as bad as with some energy drinks or strong coffee. The energy boost lasted for about an hour and a half when I started to feel just just normal. I did not experience a crash or any negative end effects.

I will be reviewing the mint chews in a couple of days so stay tuned.

Scores:
Cost - $3.99 CAD for a tin with 6 chews
Taste - 8/10
Energy - 8.5/10

Overall - 16.5/20...a unique and tasty way to get energized, but I thought that Foosh mints were better overall. Not only are the mints energizing, but they are also pretty good in terms of being mints and provide a fresh mouth-feel

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