Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Surviving 48+ Hours Without Coffee? Ed Hardy Snacks Review

Coffee Beans
     Can you imagine the world without coffee?  Would it be possible to survive?  Over the weekend I went 48+ hours without drinking my normal daily cups/pots of coffee.  I had work Saturday during the day, and I did my normal activities that night; and no coffee.  Sunday morning, Mrs. Coffee (my wife) and I woke up and headed to church with our sons, and Sunday night was another night of me watching our sons and staying up late as usual; again, no coffee.

     Why did I go 48+ hours without coffee?  Well, I was experimenting with Ed Hardy Energy Snacks!

The Brew
     What are Ed Hardy Energy Snacks?  They are are non-liquid, portable, well-priced, and very functional Energy Snacks.  A slogan across the top of the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks website says, "GET UP. GET GOING. STAY ENERGIZED."  Which Energy Snacks did I use over my 48+ hours of no coffee, and did they keep me alert and energized?  Let's take a look!

     Chocolate Rocks - "Highly Caffeinated Chocolates" is one line on this box of energy snacks.  About 5 pieces of the Chocolate Rocks is equal to 1 cup of coffee, and there are about six servings per box.  The Chocolate Rocks are small round chocolate covered "rocks" that have a nice crisp crunch to them.  I first tried letting them melt in my mouth, but found the best way to enjoy these was to take a handful of 3-6 at a time, and just chew them up.  The crunchiness while chewing is nice, and the pieces do not stick to my teeth which is a nice bonus.  The chocolate is semi-sweet, so chocolate fans should find these enjoyable.

     Coffee Rocks - These energy snacks contain "Highly Caffeinated Chocolates" just like the Chocolate Rocks, only the Coffee Rocks have "Natural & Artificial Coffee Flavor".  Do the Coffee Rocks actually have a coffee flavor?  It is kind of interesting, because they almost immediately reminded me of an instant coffee that my mom-in-law makes.  When she comes to visit us, she always makes a nightly cup for herself, and prepares me one as well.  I have always enjoyed the coffee, and I really enjoy the Coffee Rocks as well.  5 pieces of the Coffee Rocks is equal to 1 cup of coffee, and there are about six servings per box; so one box has 6 cups of coffee!  I made sure to not consume an entire box all at once, though I was tempted to try it a few times.

     King Dog Energy Mints - "Intensely Caffeinated" is used to describe these mints, and just 5 mints is equal to 1 cup of coffee.  Now with the word "mint" in the title an important question is, "Do they freshen your breath?"  Do they REALLY work?  After just chewing another one up, I can say absolutely yes, they do freshen up your breath.  Just one leaves a nice, cool, peppermint flavor and also provides a boost of energy.  Mrs. Coffee works the graveyard shift, and she noticed a coworker earlier this week that was looking tired about halfway through the shift.  She offered her coworker three of the mints, letting her know what the King Dog Energy Mints were.  Mrs. Coffee saw this same coworker a few hours later, and the coworker enthusiastically said, "I think these things really helped me stay awake!"  As for the mint tin itself, it is very nicely designed with a rubber like coating/skin on the outside that makes it really easy to grip.

     Orange Energy Sticks - "All Day Energy" and "Sweet Caffeine" are terms used to describe these energy sticks.  Now you may be thinking, "Coffee, what exactly is an Energy Stick?"  If you have ever had a Pixy Stick, you will be very familiar with the Energy Sticks.  Each box contains 3 packs of Orange flavored powder Energy Sticks.  They are really easy to use, as you just pull the package open and pour the powdered contents on your tongue.  The powder dissolves easily, and each Energy Stick pack contains about one coffee cup's worth of caffeine, and each one also provides a dose of B Vitamins: B3, B5, B6, and B12.

     Pomegranate Energy Sticks - Like the Orange flavored Energy Sticks mentioned above, these Energy Sticks contain a powder that is Pomegranate flavored, and the Pomegranate Energy Sticks contain the same dose of B Vitamins: B3, B5, B6, and B12, as well as providing about 80MG of caffeine per stick; which again, is about the amount of caffeine in a drip brewed cup of coffee.  The Pomegranate Energy Sticks are probably my favorite flavored Energy Sticks of the two available.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     Throughout the 48+ hours with no coffee, I remained alert and energized, keeping to my normal routine.  Also, I did not get the "caffeine headache" I normally do if I go more than 24 hours without coffee, which was really great.  So, do Ed Hardy Energy Snacks work?  I can say without a doubt, yes Ed Hardy Energy Snacks work, and they work well.  While you may not want to imagine the world without coffee, you can take comfort in knowing it be possible to survive without it!

     I have personally enjoyed trying all of the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks, though the Coffee Rocks and King Dog Energy Mints are quickly becoming my favorites, even though I do find myself eating an Orange or Pomegranate Energy Stick occasionally.
     Mrs. Coffee has enjoyed the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks as well, and as I mentioned above she has shared some with her coworkers  She said one night she gave a 3-pack of Energy Sticks to a coworker, and that "We were flying high.", in regards to being alert and getting their work done that night.
     She said that she likes the portability of the products a lot, and she is keeping a tin of the King Dog Energy Mints on her at work right now.  The Pomegranate Energy Sticks are now her favorite Ed Hardy Energy Snack product, though she did say that she enjoyed the Chocolate Rocks when she was craving chocolate one day.
     It should be noted that each of the products contains a "Caffeine Warning"; the Energy Sticks' warning reads, "Young Children, Pregnant Women, and Those With Caffeine Sensitivities Should Not Consume This Product."

     If you are now wondering, "Coffee, where can I get Ed Hardy Energy Snacks?"  The first place is through EdHardyShop.com.  Second, you can learn more about the Energy Snacks at EdHardySnacks.com.  Also, if you haven't reserved Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 yet, but are planning to pick it up at midnight on November 8, you probably will want to head to a Best Buy store in your area.  Why?  Well, the Ed Hardy Energy Sticks will be having their debut release at Best Buy stores along with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on November 8, so you will be able to game through the night.

     Would you like to try Ed Hardy Energy Snacks?  If so, simply say in the comments below, "I want Ed Hardy Energy Snacks more than my coffee!", and I will put your name in a drawing for some of the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks; bonus entry if you "like this" CoffeeWithGames' Facebook page, HERE.  If you have already "liked" CoffeeWithGames on Facebook, simply "Like" this post on the Facebook page, and you will have a bonus entry.
     The giveaway is open to U.S. residents, and will run from October 25 through November 1, 2011.
     Also, if you have any questions about the Ed Hardy Energy Snacks I have tried, feel free to leave the question in the comments below!


  1. Thank you Coffee With Games. Yummy stuff!

    Hopelessly caffeinated :)))

  2. LOL - energy bars. I drink some coffee, and a fair number of overly sugary energy drinks, but haven't tried any 'bars' yet. Considering how little sleep I actually get most nights though? Seems like I'd need every caffeinated item I can get my hands on. :P

    Still, interesting read though - glad you liked them and that they did indeed seem to do as advertised.

  3. This is interesting and timely for me. I've been thinking of quitting coffee altogether, except for on the weekends.

    I was reading on the internet the other day and as we all know, everything you read on the interest is true right? I think that's a quote from Abraham Lincoln or something.

    But seriously though, I was reading about how caffeine isn't all that great for the body. I'll have to do more research. But specifically the the high amounts of it found in coffee.

    This was going to be my replacement. http://tinyurl.com/43sga2g

    It's cheaper and can last me 3 months.

    @Coffee - Which route do you think would be cheaper in a month? Going the Ed Hardy way or buying coffee?

    As for Ed Hardy, I'll give it a shot.

    I want Ed Hardy Energy Snacks more than my coffee!

  4. Tried and loved it. Good job.

  5. @Anonymous from October 25, 2011:
    "Hopelessly caffeinated"

    I hear that...

    No, not energy bars, energy snacks. None of these are candy bars, and the Coffee Rocks and Chocolate Rocks are more like Mini Whoppers of sorts.

    @Charlie Chang:
    Odd, for some reason your comment was marked as spam, so I unmarked it...which is now showing and removed your second comment. I had that happen before with another reader, he left three lengthy comment, and each one was marked as spam by blogger...so I had to go and find them in the "comments" section and mark them as "not spam" for them to show up.

    I'm guessing it was the tinyurl link that got the comment flagged.

    Anywho, you're entered, and as for, "@Coffee - Which route do you think would be cheaper in a month? Going the Ed Hardy way or buying coffee?"
    If you were buying daily cups of coffee at a coffee shop, say Starbucks or something similar, then Ed Hardy Energy Snacks are definitely cheaper per "cup of coffee" or the equivalent. If you're brewing it at home, that's the lower cost route of course, though you won't always have your coffee pot/filter on you. :(

    I guess a great example was tonight after work; I came in, and we were rushing to get the kids fed and in the car, and I was going to need some caffeine to keep going(not even 4 hours of sleep last night, and I'm still typing this...thanks Ed Hardy Snacks!); so I grabbed a box of the Coffee Rocks, and we headed out. As we were strolling through Target, I ate a few of the Coffee Rocks while walking around, and here I am, a few hours later...

    @Anonymous from October 28, 2011:
    What did you try and love? Not really following the comment...

    Thank you all for the comments/feedback...apparently some of you either had too much caffeine before posting, or not enough! :)


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