11.30.2013

Put Some Caffeine in My Food - Bacon and Jerky with your Coffee in a Whole New Way



 

Wired Waffles
$2.50 per waffle

Wired Wyatt’s, based in Marysville, Wash., uses natural green coffee bean extract to energize its Wired Waffles. The company also makes caffeinated syrup with 42 mg of caffeine per tablespoon. The products are primarily sold online. Since October, when the company revamped the waffle recipe to reduce sugar, butter, and calories and add B vitamins, its sales have reached nearly $30,000.

Caffeine per waffle: 200 mg (almost three espressos)


 

Perky Jerky
$4.99 per bag

Touted as an “action packed snack, Perky Jerky is caffeinated with guarana extract. Founded in 2009, the company originally added 150 mg of caffeine per bag but reduced the amount after attracting attention from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. About two-thirds of Perky Jerky consumers are women, and the turkey jerky (lower in calories, fat, and sodium) outsells beef three to one. Perky Jerky is sold online (Amazon- Perky Jerky) and at retailers including Target and Home Depot.

Caffeine per bag: 55 mg to 66 mg (almost a shot)


11.14.2013

In my cup right now: Eight O'Clock Coffee's Chocolate Mint




I like my coffee extra hot, strong and black.  Usually.
Once the cold weather of the tail end of autumn, start of winter arrives, my body sometimes craves flavored coffee.  Mainly, a minty coffee.  My typical fall/winter purchase has been to pick up some Millstone Peppermint in the store on my regular grocery trips.  Although I use my Keurig and k-cups every day, when I make flavored coffee (or have guests who are heavy coffee drinkers and would go through `12 k-cups in 1 day) I get out my regular Hamilton Beach coffee maker.  (It's this one for those who may wonder; Hamilton Beach Brewstation Coffeemaker) Because I only purchase whole beans and ground coffee once in a while (compared to daily k-cups), I'm not sure when it happened, but the Millstone display at my local grocery store was greatly diminished.  They still had a grinder available, but only four or so coffee's.  No worries.  I saw Eight O Clock Chocolate Mint Ground Coffee available so in the basket it went.

My husband likes flavored coffee even less than I do and never, ever drinks it.  However, upon going through the cupboards that evening to see what I got at the store, he picked the coffee out of the cupboard, squeezed it, inhaled the chocolate mint aroma from the little seal on the bag and exclaimed; "Mmmm!  This is the only flavored coffee I like.  I love when it starts to get cold out and you buy the peppermint coffee's." 

This morning, the Eight O'clock Chocolate Mint is in my cup.  It's smooth, not bitter, and has a hint of chocolate mint cookie.  I don't like my coffee sweet so I add barely a smidgen of sweetener to it juuuuust enough to heighten the aroma and flavor but not enough to actually make my coffee sweet.  For most people however, a touch of sweetener and even a little cream would make this coffee a perfect, chocolate mint drink similar to one you would pay $4 for at a coffee house on your way to the office.



CHOCOLATE MINT
Crafted with premium 100% Arabica beans and sourced from South America. Medium roasted, this blend provides a cool burst of peppermint with indulgent notes of chocolate mint cookies.

TASTING NOTES 

  • Peppermint, chocolate and cool

  • Mild 

ROAST

Medium







You night be interested in other versions of chocolate mint coffee beans; ground and whole;
     


11.05.2013

JOLT! Engergy Gum - Why I Haven't Seen this Stuff Before Now?




Just last week my husband asked if I remembered when the soda "Jolt" first came out. I kind of did... but as a kid and teen I didn't drink much soda so it's not something I rushed out to buy or try. My husband said he and his friends would have one every day after football practice. Good thing since before he was old enough to drive, he had to ride his 10-speed bike home from football and baseball practice, on gravel roads, about 9 miles. AFTER football practice. When he was exhausted.

He was laughing as he reminded me of the original slogan - "All the sugar and twice the caffeine" being touted for the soda... which is a huge 'no no' today when marketers are trying to downplay the sugar in their products.

So anyway... where was I? Oh yes. I thought of that conversation when I saw JOLT GUM being offered on Amazon.

Jolt Energy Gum

$1.99 per pack
Available in spearmint and icy mint, the gum is sold in convenience stores, on military bases, and online.
  • Same Jolt as Jolt Cola!
  • Each pack contains as much energy as six cups of coffee


"As a college student, I have used jolt gum for a few years as the ultimate study aid for late-night binge sessions."
"...it's my go-to source of quick caffeine when I'm working night shift."
"This gum is in my car always."



Admittedly, at first I didn't think this was a product I would consider buying, simply because I happen to like coffee. But reading the reviews (some of which I quoted above) I realized for all the cross country drives I do, the afternoon 'brick wall' I hit around 2:pm as well as staying up late to watch a movie with my husband when I'd much rather be sleeping... yes, I guess the "Chew More, Do More" gum would come in handy.









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