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It's chew, er, sip & tell time with HG! Check out what we have to say about these energy drinks.  
SOBE ADRENALINE RUSH - SUGAR FREE

Hands down, this is the world's GREATEST energy drink.  It tastes like the most delicious passion fruit flavored soda EVER.  We love SoBe Sugar Free Adrenaline Rush so much it hurts!  And this buzztastic beverage has lots and lots of vitamins (including 100% of the RDA allowance of vitamin C), and no calories at all.  Notes: Great for cocktails, and has 1000mg of taurine and 79mg of caffeine per can.  Yum! 
OVERALL SCORE: 10!

 

PINK ENERGY DRINK

Pink is AWESOME.  It comes in an adorable petite pink can, and tastes like melted cherry SweetTarts.  Delish!  It's a bit hard to find but usually available on eBay.   Notes:  Pink is sweetened with Splenda, and each 10 calorie can contains 1000mg of taurine and 48mg of caffeine.  Also great for cocktails. 
OVERALL SCORE: 9.5

 

EAS PIRANHA - PHUNKY FRUIT PUNCH, SUGAR FREE

We looove the flavor of this fun little energy drink.  It tastes like awesome, fizzy, calorie-free fruit punch, which makes it really fun to drink. Weeee!  Notes:  Sweetened with Splenda, not specific on the amounts of taurine and caffeine.  And doesn't contain any vitamins.  But it tastes SO good we don't care about any of that.
OVERALL SCORE:  8.5

 

LIQUID ICE - SUGAR FREE

We like this stuff.  It's a gorgeous blue color and tastes, well, blue-tastic!  However, the can design is pretty hideous, if we're being honest (which, apparently we are).  Each servng has 15 calories.  Notes: Contains 47mg of caffeine and 1000mg of taurine.  Has vitamins.  Sweetened with Splenda.  Overall, we like Sugar Free Liquid Ice, but we don't love it. 
OVERALL SCORE:  7.5

 

SUGAR FREE HER

The hook of this drink is that it's made for women.  Two byproducts of that hook are Her's slim can and feminine logo.  This beverage tastes like pink lemonade, which is cool.  But the can promises that 5% of  proceeds go "to charity," without naming which one.  That seems a bit suspect (at least to us).  Notes:  It's sweetened with Splenda, is calorie-free, and comes in an 8.4 oz. can.  The amounts of taurine and caffeine this stuff contains is a mystery. 
OVERALL SCORE: 7.5

 

SOBE NO FEAR - SUGAR FREE

This stuff may come in a scary can, but inside lives a pretty yummy tasting fruit punch flavored beverage.  No Fear's slogan is "We didnt take the sugar out, it got scared and ran away."  Funny.  But this overly caffeinated beverage is a little frightening.  The can is huge, and supposedly contains 2 servings.  But who saves energy drinks for later, or shares 'em with a friend?  C'mon!   Notes:  Splenda-sweetened, the can has 20 calories, a whopping 2000mg of taurine and 146mg of caffeine.  It's also the only energy drink in our test that contains creatine.  Bottom line?  No Fear is a little too scary for us, despite its delightfully fruity flavor.  We'll just stick with its less intimidating cousin, Adrenaline Rush, thank you.
OVERALL SCORE: 7

 

KABBALAH SUGAR FREE ENERGY DRINK

Kabbalah is the new energy drink of the stars.  Favored by Ashton, Demi, etc., we found it to be generically citrusy, not overly sweet, and fairly good.  The 12 oz. can is tall, thin and cute, and there are just 3 calories in the entire thing.  Notes:  It's sweetened with Splenda, has plenty of B vitamins, and it contains 1000mg of taurine and 100mg of caffeine. 
OVERALL SCORE:  6.5

 

SUGAR FREE FULL THROTTLE

Full Throttle wins our vote in the "scariest can" category.  The drink is calorie-free and tastes sort of like a Diet Mountain Dew on steroids.   While its lemon-lime flavor isn't bad, it isn't great either.  The can is huge (16 oz.) and it does contain some vitamins.  Notes: Sweetened with aspartame (nutrasweet), and contains 1210 mg of taurine. 
OVERALL SCORE: 6.5

 

SUGAR FREE RED BULL

We know there are some die hard SF Red Bull drinkers out there, but the stuff really doesn't taste all that great.  We'll give them credit for being the first energy drink makers to hit the market, but they're certainly NOT the best.  In fact, they're pretty bad.  Notes: Tastes a bit cough syrupy, has 10 calories and is sweetened with aspartame. 
OVERALL SCORE: 5

 

DIET ROCK STAR

Diet Rock Star -- you win the award for the coolest looking can.  You'll look and feel like a rock star when you're holding it.  The problem is, you'll feel more like a pathetic rejected groupie after you take a gulp (we're not really sure what that means, but you get the point).  Notes: Diet Rock Star is sweetened with Splenda, and the whole 16 oz. can has 20 calories and 946mg of taurine.  It's also "enhanced with the potent herb milk thistle" -- whatever the heck that means. 
OVERALL SCORE: 4.5

 

LO-CARB MONSTER

Yikes.  No wonder this stuff is named "Monster" -- it's frighteningly bad!  It tastes like a mixture of icky bubble gum and cough syrup.  And its horrific florescent yellow color doesn't help either.   It does contain lots of B vitamins, but that really didn't bump our rating.  Notes:  Splenda-sweetened, 20 calories for the whole 16 oz. can, has 2000 mg of Taurine. 
OVERALL SCORE:  4

 


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