Caffiend: Jolt Orange Blast

Since it was introduced in 1985, Jolt Cola's had a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's most caffeinated sodas, proudly standing by its motto of "All the sugar and twice the caffeine" -- at least until the cane sugar in the original recipe was replaced with high fructose corn syrup. Now the tag line is "All the flavor and twice the caffeine."

And oh, how many flavors Jolt has added to its line since its birth 24 years ago. There's Cherry Bomb, Citrus Climax, White Lightning, Red Eye, Electric Blue, and our favorite, Orange Blast. The latter is a Jolt energy drink, and it's in one of those aluminum cans with the cap design, which means it's vacuum-sealed and super-carbonated, and will hiss and emit cold steam when you unscrew it. Now, that's how an energy drink should be!

The blend in the Jolt Orange Blast includes Taurine, Ginseng, a Vitamin B-complex, and natural caffeine from Guarana. There are also 26 grams of sugar per serving, and two servings per 16 ounce can. That's quite a sugar rush.

Yes, this drink will hop you up even more than Jolt Cola, and it tastes better, too -- rather like extra sweet orange soda. This one's recommended for hardcore energy drink fiends; it's certainly not for the faint of heart.


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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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