Monday, March 1, 2010

Jacked Energy Tablets Spearmint Review

I am slowly trying to build up the reviews in each section so I am always trying new caffeinated products. Today I found a Canadian product at 7-11 - Jacked Energy Tablets. The package is larger than other energy mint/gum packages and the colors are bright so it is hard to miss it on the shelf. A pack of 10 tablets costs $2.99 CAD. The Jacked website says that there are 3 different flavours - Spearmint, Citrus and Berry. Regardless of how the spearmint tablets taste, I want to find and try them all.

Jacked is not a mint, it apparently is just a chewable tablet. The tablets are big, about the same size as the Revive mints. They also look similar with their greenish color. I popped one in my mouth and immediately realized why these are called tablets and not mints - sucking on them does not release much flavour. The immediate taste, before biting into it, is sour, kind of like the white powder sour candies come coated it. Biting the tablet quickly releases the strong mint flavour loose in your mouth. Unfortunately the flavour is quickly conquered by the bitterness of the energy ingredients. The tablet quickly crumbles into a million little pieces and dissolves in your mouth so the strong mint flavour does not spend much time in your mouth. Once the bitterness settles, a touch of the mint comes back but only as a reminder that the tablet you just had was mint flavoured. After 10 minutes, the bitterness goes away and the taste of artificial sweeteners comes to dominate the mouth. There is still a hint of mint, but the taste is dominated by the sweeteners. For a low caffeine content, these tablets are quite bitter and the sweetener aftertaste does not help much.

Each tablet contains 40 mg of caffeine, which is much, much less than a Foosh mint or even other energy mints. The good thing about the tablet is that once you bite it, it quickly dissolves and allows the ingredients to start working on pepping you up. I felt a jolt soon after eating one of the tablets, but it was just a jolt to let me know that the caffeine is in the system. At 40 mg per tablet, I would need to consume at least 2 at a time to get a boost in my energy levels. On the plus side, I do like that these are chewable and the speed at which they can be ingested.

Medicinal Ingredients:
  • L-Taurine - 500 mg
  • D-glucuronolactone - 300 mg
  • Caffeine - 40 mg
  • Ascorbic Acid - 10 mg
  • Niacin - 9 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid - 3 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 1 mg
  • Riboflavin - 0.8 mg
  • Vitamin B12 - 0.5 mcg
Non-medicinal Ingredients: sorbitol, stearic acid, silicon dioxide, sucralose, artificial and natural flavour, menthol, FDC blue lake 1.

Cost - $2.99 CAD for a pack of 10 from 7-11
Taste - 5.5/10
Energy - 4.5/10

Overall - 10/20...just barely passes

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