“ Brand: Asda / Type: Energy Drink „
'Blue Charge' is Asda's version of the energy drink "Red Bull". Many supermarkets and companies do their own energy drinks and all of them to try emulate the success of Red Bull. It is also worth noting all of the other energy drinks are considerably cheaper than Red Bull.
A 1 litre bottle of Blue Charge is around 80p which is good value considering a can of Red Bull can cost you in the excess of £1. I find that the cheaper versions of energy drinks tend to get to your stomach a lot quicker than the Red Bulls however this one seemed to go fine and didn't cause too many issues.
Some of my friends drink Blue Charge when they are exercising because they believe it's good for them. I'm not a doctor but personally I don't think it's particularly that good for you. Blue Charge does taste very similar to Red Bull and if you did not know who made it you would say it was another generic energy drink.
At times it can be quite sweet however the majority of the time it is simply another generic version of Red Bull that is cheaper and does a very similar job, it also goes very well with Vodka, trust me!
Carbonated Water , Sugar , Glucose-Fructose Syrup , Citric Acid , Taurine (0.4%) , Natural Flavourings , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates) , Fruit and Vegetable Concentrates [Apple, Carrot, Hibiscus] , Glucuronolactone , Caffeine , Inositol , Vitamins [Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Vitamin B12] , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) .
I am a complete Red Bull addict and I drink at least 2 cans a day even though I know it is bad for me, I've become almost reliant on it to keep me awake throughout the day. The "Real" Red Bull is very expensive in my opinion and for the vast amount I drink it would cost me a fortune to buy that kind. So I tend to opt for the cheaper alternatives instead such as the Supermarket's own brands like Asda Blue Charge.
I do think that all of the different kinds Red Bull available all vary considerable in taste, but they still have that "Energy Drink" flavour to them and do the job of keeping me awake. But I've got to be honest, the worst out of all the cheaper Red Bulls is Asda Blue Charge. The taste of the drink it like Orange Peel, it is actually has a stronger Orange taste than some Orange Juices I've tried! The smell is also very Orangey & I just find it so strange considering it's supposed to be an Energy Drink that resembles Red Bull. On looking through the Ingredients the only think I can really see that would cause the Orange taste is the Citric Acid & Sweetners it contains. It also states that it contains Fruit and Vegetable Concentrates which are; Carrot, Apple & Hibiscus - perhaps this combination makes up an Orangey taste?
Whatever the cause, the strong Orange taste really puts me off as it was not what I wanted when I bought the drink. The Caffeine content in the drink which is 30mg per 100ml, does help keep me awake, but it is just not pleasant to drink. It is available in 250ml cans which which you can also buy in 6 Packs and it is available in bigger bottles too. The 250ml can will cost you 43p which is more than some of the other cheap Energy Drinks of bought in the Newsagents in the past. It is sometimes on special offer for 4 for £1.50, but if you are looking for an Engery Drink that is actually enjoyable then I wouldn't reccomend this one.
A 250ml can contains 120 Calories - not particularly healthy which is why I now tend to drink Diet Energy Drinks. The Carbohydrate of which Sugars in a can is 26.8g which again is very high so this is by no means a Healthy drink. It is Suitable for Vegetarians if anyone does want to try it.
Asda Blue Charge:
I drink a stupid amount of caffeine, most of it coming from energy drinks and the rest from coffee. Apart from the possible health implications the worst thing is the price of these things! I normally drink Relentless but at nearly two quid a can in my local shop and at least a quid in the supermarket I have to supplement it with a cheaper brand. Asda Blue Charge is one of the "cheap" energy drinks that I turn to most often.
Blue Charge costs 97p for a litre bottle or 43p for a 250ml can. Asda often have the litre bottles on offer at two for £1.50 which is when I tend to stock up. The bottles are made of weirdly thin grey plastic with blue lids and labels and what appears to be a shadowy image of a bulls face on the front.
Once opened you are greeted by a smell similar to that of children's medicine, luckily I like that smell but I know that it puts some people off. Taste wise it manages to be incredibly acidic and really sweet at the same time with a distinctly medicinal flavour too. It's a little syrupy and not too fizzy. I like the flavour now but I didn't when I first started drinking it, it definitely grows on you if you stick with it! I do find that Blue Charge gives me acid indigestion and I often end up having to take something to settle it down but I get indigestion a lot.
Because I drink so much caffeine I don't get the kind of buzz from energy that a lot if people do but after drinking Blue Charge I do feel more able to concentrate and I am a bit more likely to stop looking at stuff online and actually get on with something productive!
For me Blue Charge is a bit of a bargain and something that I will continue to buy and recommend for the foreseeable future. There are much nicer energy drinks available but in terms of value for money Blue Charge scores highly.
*** The boring nutritional bit ***
Suitable for vegetarians
No artificial colours or flavours
Not suitable for children, pregnant/breast feeding women or people sensitive to caffeine