Crystalline Fructose (57 reviews)

Phyzix Energy Supplement Acai Berry

Phyzix Energy Supplement Acai Berry

When you see that something only has 15% of an ingredient in it that seems kind of laughable. 15% is such a small amount, and one would think that it might not even register much in the way of taste. The thing is that 15% of juice in an energy drink is on the high side of things and somehow it makes all of the difference. Phyzix does not taste like a traditional energy drink, and it actually tastes like juice. This actually tastes more like pomegranate than acai to me, but the two are fairly similar and I’m not complaining. I drank this faster than expected as it didn’t taste fake and chemical.

A nice thing about this is that the energy doesn’t hit you all at once and give you the jitters. It has a nice pace to it that kept me going for hours. It wasn’t as crazy a burst, but I prefer it this way. I mean I’m not taking speed here; I am just looking for a little boost. This is the direction that I would like to see the future of energy drinks heading.

Website
http://phyzixenergy.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on June 5th, 2016
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Phyzix Energy Supplement Tropical

Phyzix Energy Supplement Tropical

I am not crazy about the name of this company. Purposefully misspelled words was such a 90’s thing to do, and I honestly hoped that we were over it. I would expect something called Phyzix to be a Nu-Metal band and not an energy drink. They sound like they should be on a mix along with Korn, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park.

What I am crazy about is the taste of this drink. It tastes like a pina colada with some orange juice in it (maybe a little mango as well). Usually when drinks are labeled as Tropical they are just a general amalgamation of various citrus flavors. This actually tastes like something that should be drunk at a tropical location. It’s sweetened with a mixture of crystalline fructose, erythritol and stevia. The cool crispness and normally unmistakable zero calorie sweetener flavors are somehow masked by the tropical flavor and that is a very good thing.

On top of that there is no taurine in here, so it doesn’t have that expected chemical energy drink taste. The energy you get from this beverage comes from a blend of guarana, green tea, cha de bugre, ginseng, l-tyrosine, maca and yerba mate. I’m pretty sure that if this was all natural they would boast about it, but I don’t see anything that isn’t natural in the ingredients. This is a straight up pleasant beverage to sip, and I am willing to overlook their name choice for the quality of the product.

Website
http://phyzixenergy.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 24th, 2016
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Just Chill Rio Berry

Just Chill Rio Berry

Drink this in. I received a case of Just Chill in the mail. I excitedly put a couple in the fridge to cool down and then went about my day. The next morning I am woken up by my ladyfriend who is crying hysterically because she fell down the stairs. I somehow assumed the role of decent boyfriend and jumped to make sure that she was not seriously hurt. I mean I’m not a monster, but after discovering that no real harm had been done I could see myself going back to sleep. I did not play the part of the jerk that day and I consoled her, as she was really shook up. She was pretty worked up, as any normal human being would be after tumbling down a full set of stairs at 7am. I really, really wanted to have her drink one of these to help calm her nerves, but as soon as the thought crossed my mind I instantly knew that if I uttered the phrase, “You should drink a Just Chill” all she would hear is the word chill and assume I was telling her she needed to chill out. In hindsight I should have just gone and grabbed her a can, but it was early and I am part monster, and the warm bed won out. Eventually she calmed down and went to work and I did the same. It’s a longwinded story, but the fact is that these drinks do what they are supposed to and it actually would have been appropriate for her to drink one at that time. I feared getting stabbed so I didn’t’ bring it up. No one likes to be stabbed.

In addition to their functionality these drinks really do taste great. They do the whole mixture of sugar (crystalline fructose) and stevia thing to keep calories low, but retain a decent taste. I don’t know how they do it, but I would never guess that stevia was involved at all just by the flavor. I have not ruled out sorcery. Rio Berry is light, but realistically fruity. I appreciate a beverage that actually tastes like berries and not artificial garbage that we are told taste like fruit.

Website
http://drinkjustchill.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Relaxation
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 5th, 2016
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Just Chill Rio Berry, 12 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Neon Energy Drink

Neon Energy Drink

I believe that this beverage is the first sign that the dystopian future that was portrayed in all of those movies from the 80’s is our current reality. To be fair the rise in popularity of energy drinks was probably the first sign, but this is a drink that GLOWS IN THE DARK. Sure, you need a black light, but it still GLOWS. If that’s not a sign that the future is now I don’t know what is. Think about it the world IS a pretty miserable place nowadays. There are disasters everywhere, people live in fear, and the police force is out of hand in a lot of cases. What we need is an action star to come and save the day. He/she would probably end up drinking this energy drink to aid them in his/her vigilantly-ism.

This may glow in the dark, which still seems insane to me (it’s the quinine that causes it to happen), but most of the aspects of this beverage would actually make it a healthier energy drink. There is no taurine involved and the sugar mainly comes from fruit juice with a little crystalline fructose mixed in. It was formulated to give you a nice energy burst, without the crash. That’s what this society really needs. The crashes make everyone miserable and make them “medicate” more often and before you know it a large portion of the human race is downing mass amounts of energy drinks just to make it through their day. No one wants to be in that situation, and Neon seems to be fighting the good fight in that regard.

As far as flavor goes, this is tropical fruit flavored. 24% of the ingredients in this can are juices including pear, passionfruit, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, cherry and cranberry. Only one of those is tropical in my book, but the combination is pleasant on your tongue. There is a slightly harsh bitterness mixed in that I can’t quite pin down, but it gives the drink character. When I drank it right out of the fridge it mostly tasted like passionfruit and strawberry, but as it gets closer to room temperature the other fruits are more apparent. I enjoy a beverage that tastes slightly different depending on how you drink it. It’s the future, it’s science, it’s scary, but oh so tasty.

Website
http://www.vi.com/products/neon
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Energy Drink
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 12th, 2015
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Neon Energy Drink 8.4 oz (6-pack)

Purple Stuff MD Cherry Cola

Purple Stuff MD Cherry Cola

After nearly 20 years the world’s questions have finally been answered. Nearly twenty years ago a commercial was aired where a teenager read off the contents of his fridge to his friends so they could choose a beverage; “OJ, purple stuff, soda, Sunny D.” The purpose of this was to show that kids preferred Sunny Delight over other beverages. We all know that is a fallacy, as the stuff is fake orange juice that is so syrupy. I don’t know a person now who would accept a glass if it were presented to them. The mystery has always been what was the purple stuff? Was it grape juice? Kool Aid? Some other weird concoction? I now know that it was a product that was ahead of its time and the children in the ad simply did not know what to do with it. Purple Stuff was/is a calming, relaxation beverage.

Now call me old fashioned but when I think about relaxation, drinking a cola isn’t the first thing to come to mind. Actually, carbonation and relaxation don’t commonly fall into the same sentence. Finally the time came when I was freaking out about the house I am in the process of buying and I needed to just calm down or I was going to give myself an ulcer. I sat back, cracked open the can, took a deep breath and sipped away. I was surprised at how good it tasted. It had a very nice cola flavor and the cherry is also pleasant, but in a way that is almost like an energy drink. With each sip it starts off as a normal cherry cola but slowly shifts into a candied aftertaste. No part of the experience was gross or weird though. In addition to a pleasant flavor this also helped to slow my brain down a bit so I could continue with life and not be consumed about all of the little things I had to get done from the road in order to close on my house. I could make a dumb joke about that British army saying, but you’ve seen enough puns of that for a lifetime, so I’ll leave you alone.

Website
http://www.mypurplestuff.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Relaxation, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 31st, 2015
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Mercy Restore Ginger Lemongrass

Mercy Restore Ginger Lemongrass

This…smells…weird. It’s like unbaked bread and vitamins had a baby that a liquid. Sometimes working your way past a smell can lead to great enjoyment for your other senses though. I woke up this moment feeling like doo-doo for some unknown reason. I was just worn out and achy. One would think I had a hangover, but that certainly wasn’t the case. I did some things around the house and still felt like garbage, so I decided to take a nap. Of course it was this time that my sleep paralysis decided to come out for the first time in months (For those of you who don’t know it’s when you’re sleep rhythms mess up and you get stuck between slumber and waking. You are aware of our surroundings and know that you’re asleep, but can’t move or fully wake up. It’s the worst). When I finally convinced my brain to wake up 100% I felt even worse. I was just in a haze. That’s when I remembered this was in the fridge. I started drinking it and within 10 minutes I was feeling noticeably better. Not only was my predicament improving but I was also really enjoying the taste, minus the weird smell.

This is carbonated lemonade, if lemonade has made with lemongrass as well as regular old lemons. Now I don’t know if there is actually any lemon juice in here, but it certainly tastes like it is. There is also a nice ginger flavor to it, but without any hint of a burn. Around the edges there is some hints of the vitamins and other such things that help with recovery, but they are mainly just hanging around in the background. One thing I need to point out is that this is ridiculously carbonated. If you’re entering into a belching competition, it would be wise to slam a can of this right before you go on. Then you’ll be burping like an angel. Seriously though, look past the strange scent of this beverage and you may find yourself with a new little friend.

Website
http://www.drinkmercy.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Ginger, Sparkling, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on September 21st, 2014
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Mercy Restore, Ginger Lemongrass Flavor, 8.4oz (4 Pack)

Neuro Daily Tangerine Citrus

Neuro Daily Tangerine Citrus

It’s harsh out there in this post apocalyptic world we live in. Ever since the beginning of the end us humans have had it rough. There are food shortages and finding clean water is proving to be harder and harder. The only electricity we have is through generators, and it’s only matter of time before all the gas is gone and those prove to be pointless. We should have all listened to Ed Begley Jr and installed those solar panels. He’s living like a king in his home watching old videos of Transylvania 6-5000, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and A Mighty Wind.

As you all know the atmosphere has gone into the toilet and in order to even breath the air around us we need to up our immunity systems. Lucky for all of us that Neuro stepped up to the plate a created a once a day beverage that does just that. The beverage that is helping keep us all alive is packed with vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc amongst others to keep us healthy and alive.

Since we have to keep on our toes, due to the roving packs of mutants that threaten our very existence, the drink is sweetened with sucralose along with crystalline fructose. No one needs those extra pounds holding them back these days. Well actually, we won’t have to worry about those extra pounds once the food shortage gets worse, which is inevitable.

As diet as this might be, it doesn’t taste horrible. Tangerines were a wonderful fruit when they still existed. Neuro does a good job replicating their taste, and the citrus taste really cuts through the diet garbage. Is it an ideal flavor? No, but it’s much better than it could be and sacrificing a little flavor is fine by me for the benefits it gives us, you know like staying alive.

It’s a harsh world, indeed.

Website
http://drinkneuro.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Diet, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 6th, 2014
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Neuro Daily Delicious Drink, Tangerine Citrus, 14.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)

A-GAME Cross Functional Beverage Strawberry Lemonade

A-GAME Cross Functional Beverage Strawberry Lemonade

We've drunk A-Game before but now, and this is no pun intended, they have brought their A-Game because this is pretty great. It's got the drinkability of a Gatorade but has a tiny bit of bite from the lemonade and a pretty good strawberry taste. Strawberry lemonade is pretty much always a win for me but I won't put it by companies to screw it up. This drink doesn't have any sort of unwanted bite like you might get from some other lemonades that are made with garbage sugar. I'm no scientist but whatever crystalline fructose is, it makes a good sweetener. There is also honey in here and actual sea salt. It's a pretty good drink all around. A-Game, A-Game.

Website
http://www.drinkagame.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Lemonade, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on February 10th, 2014
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Neuro Bliss Summer Citrus Berry

Neuro Bliss Summer Citrus Berry

When I think of bliss the first thing that crosses my mind is shoegaze. If you’re not familiar it’s a style of music that sounds very dreamy (sometimes droney) with a lot of effects on the guitars. As soon as I hear the word bliss either a Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine song pops into my head and I like to take a moment and just bask in it’s strange pop bliss.

Is this beverage the liquid version of those songs? Not even close. While the added ingredients may have reduced my stress in the long run, I got no relaxation from the flavor. The sole reason for that is that even though crystalline fructose is the main sweetener, there is also sucralose in the mix, and as we all know if it’s there at all it is overpowering. Without the sucralose this could have been a very pleasant, lightly carbonated raspberry drink. I keep trying to block out the fake sugar taste and I know there is a truly enjoyable beverage in there somewhere. I can just tell it’s something that I would really, really like. Unfortunately the sucralose buries nearly all of that taste under its grossness. If you are one of the people who walks this planet that are unaffected by sucralose, like those who like cilantro, you will probably be all over this.

Website
http://drinkneuro.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Diet, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on February 2nd, 2014
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Neuro Bliss Drink, Summer Citrus Berry, 14.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Mash Grapefruit Citrus Zing

Mash Grapefruit Citrus Zing

Hey Steve, what do you want to call our new line of drinks? Steve’s Sweet Styles? You do realize that is the dumbest name I have ever heard, right? Like, it’s beyond bad Steve. Not in the better than bad it’s good way; in the so bad I want to punch you right in your stupid hole that those words fell out of. Well fine, I will come up with something better. Juice Sparklers? No. Oh, I got it! Let’s name it after what we do to make it! All we do is mix all the ingredients together in a basin, minus the fruit and then mash that all up on a screen above it to collect the precious juice. Let’s just call it MASH. It’s a good, simple, non-offensive name. I mean the way we get the juice out of those grapefruits it’s pretty violent, but no one needs to know that, so the name won’t conjure images of us putting all our weight onto cinderblocks and just mashing the daylights out of that citrus. The results do sure taste right nice though.

I didn’t have faith in you when you wanted to use crystalline fructose and sucralose to sweeten it, but the way we mixed it all together, no one would ever be the wiser that this was a diet drink from the flavor. Well, I guess it’s not too diet. There are still 25g of sugar in our 20oz bottles. That’s much better than our competitors though, those guys use two to three times as much sugar as we do.

This is one fine pink grapefruit soda though. It tastes nice and crisp. It carries the sourness of the fruit nicely without making you pucker your lips. Also, kudos to you for calling it a “low calorie sparkling juice drink.” That makes it seem much fancier than calling it grapefruit pop.

Website
http://www.drinkmash.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Crystalline Fructose
Categories
Diet, Juice, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 22nd, 2013
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