“ Energy Drink „
This drink is a copy of the popular energy drink Red Bull.
The drink tastes VERY MUCH like Red Bull, fruity and sweet.
I would describe this drink as very refreshing. It tastes better when it's been chilled. You don't quite get the same effect when you drink the drink at room temperature. The sweet fruity taste is nice and it freshens your mouth up after eating. It also leaves a pleasant fruity aftertaste in your mouth after drinking. The drink can be drunk from the bottle or out of a glass. It's nice in a glass poured over some ice, especially in the summer as it helps to hydrate you and cool you down. It really quenches your thirst too.
The drink can sometimes leave me feeling bloated, especially if I drink it too fast. I find that sipping the drink works better as you don't feel as bloated afterwards. Plus the drink helps to wash your food down if you drink it with food. The drink is really refreshing and tangy and it keeps it's fizz, although it keeps it's fizz better if it has been chilled in the fridge.
The drink comes in a plastic bottle so the great thing about it is that you don't have to consume it all in one go, unlike a can where you have to consume it all as it goes off.
I would recommend this energy drink. It's great tasting and great value too.
Over the past couple of years I think I have become a little reliant on energy drinks. This started when I began my second job in a bar/restaurant as I was often working up to 12 hours and being on my feet for most of it I found my energy levels and concentration beginning to fade. I noticed that the other staff members seemed to drink red bull or other energy drinks so though that I would give them a go. At first I was shocked by the price of red bull at over £1.00 per can so switched to the Tesco own brand due to the lower cost and also found that I actually preferred the taste to red bull. But recently I started working next to a large Asda store and noticed that they also do their own version of red bull called 'Blue Charge', in normal, diet and diet cranberry. I have tried them all but prefer the diet version as I like the effect of the energy boost without consuming too much sugar.
You can only buy Blue Charge in Asda stores as it is their own brand product. It is available in either 250ml cans for only £0.25 or 1lt bottles for £0.98. You can also the buy the cans in multi packs of 6. The price for the cans is fantastic and either half the price of Tesco KX, it is also a fraction of the price of the branded energy drinks. I tend to prefer to buy the cans rather than the larger bottles as once opened then it does tend to go flat rather quickly.
I try and always opt for the sugar free variety of Blue Charge as it has fewer calories and sugar and I prefer the taste as the other is a bit too sweet. The drink itself is a light brown colour and is quite fizzy. The taste itself is hard to describe, my mum describes it as being like bubble gum!! To me it tastes very similar to the sugar free red bull and in a taste test I think I would struggle to tell the difference, although I find this has more fizz.
I do usually drink this in the afternoon if I am feeling a little bit lethargic or in the evening if I am going to my second job. And I have also of course tried this with a cheeky measure of vodka added and can say it works perfectly!
Some people say that they do not think energy drinks like this make a difference but to me I find it certainly helps me to feel more awake and alert. I do not like coffee so to me KX is my only caffeine fix and I feel that it works in the same way.
A recent visit from my son and grandson led me to liking an energy drink from Asda that I had previously never heard of, my grandson likes to have a kick about with his football which I am just about still able for but after half an hour I told him I was tired and off for a cup of tea.
Once in the house he handed me a tin of Asda Blue charge, telling me it was just like red bull and it would give me energy, He`s only 7 bless him and he doesn't realise it will take more than this to give me energy but I had a drink to keep him happy and actually enjoyed it.
This review is not about how I enjoyed that though, it is about how little I enjoyed the diet version that my wife brought home. Remembering that I had liked it my wife bought a six pack of cans costing £2.00 but she didn't realise she had picked up the diet version, the tin looked very similar apart from the word diet so it was an easy mistake to make.
As good as the original had tasted this one was bad, the taste had diminished badly as though it had been watered down, this tasted a bit like chewing bubble gum after someone else had chewed the flavour out of it.
The good thing about this drink I guess is that it has only 8 calories per 250ml tin whereas the original has over 120 but I couldn't drink this if my life depended on it so the calorie count is not enough to save this in my opinion.
Whether or not the diet version could give you the energy boost it claims I have no idea because i only had a mouthful and I only had half a tin of the original when my grandson had it and that certainly wasn't enough to make me feel like a teenager again, my grandson certainly seems to get a hell of a lot of energy from somewhere but as he is only allowed this drink on odd occasions I guess it is not this Bless him!
In my hurry to work yesterday I ended up grabbing a can of My full Calorie Blue Charge from the fridge - or so I thought. I didn't even take another look at the can before I started to drink it on the way to work, but by then it was too late, I realised I had grabbed my wife's Diet one. I realised by the lack of taste straight away, as I am used to the other one tasting so much more sweeter and in my view nicer.
This is Asda's version of Red Bull. It costs 34p per 250ml tin, or you can get a 6 pack of this for £2.00. Hardly a saving buying this way, but you have the convenience of this being packaged in cardboard therefore keeping the tins all together and not rolling about in your basket or trolly.
The tins look the same for the Diet and normal, apart from the word Diet on the Diet one. This smells the same and the liquid is the same colour but that is where the similarities end.
The good thing about this 1 is that it only has 8 calories per 250ml. The normal 1 has 44 calories per 100ml, so a good calorie saver in this. The bad thing about this one is that you can really tell that it is a Diet drink. It doesn't have a great deal of flavour, but there is a bit of the Red Bull type flavour in this. And also you notice that is isn't nearly as sweet as the other one.
My wife likes this, but then again she is used to boring Diet food and drink. She wouldn't know a full caloire drink if it bit her on the bum. I wouldn't buy this as I prefer the taste of the "real" one much much better.
I drink a lot of sugar free Red Bull, not for its energy giving properties (read my review about it and you'll see why) but for its taste. However, it is rather pricey coming in at just under £1 in most supermarkets so whilst trailing the aisles in Asda one day I thought I'd go for a can of diet Blue Charge "How different can it be" I thought. It must be pretty much the same as Red Bull but for a fraction of the price, can't go wrong! The can is the same size and shape as a Red Bull can and the silvery grey and blue design on the can is not dissimiliar to that of Red Bull. There is also a cranberry version which I have yet to try.
On opening the can I poured it into a glass, the same dark yellow coloured liquid found in a can of Red Bull was to be seen. As I raised it to my lips to take a sip, I experienced a pungent smell which can only be related to.....cat pee. It was very off-putting!! I took a sip and the rest went down the drain. It was vile, and the smell was unbelievable. Even as the can sat on the side in the kitchen waiting to go into the recycling box, the smell of cat urine wafted around the room and when my partner came back in from the gym, he asked what the awful smell was!
I can't rate the energy giving properties of this drink as I didn't drink enough of it to find out but the smell of the product was enough to make me never want to buy it again. Although Red Bull is much dearer, I'll be sticking with that in future!
I always drink Diet energy drinks, since being on a diet as these ones have a fraction of the calories that the full fat ones have. I alternate between Tesco's version and this one from Asda. I don't tend to buy the brand named one, Red Bull, as it is pretty expensive compared to these ones.
You can buy this in 250ml cans, which normally cost 44p or 1 litre bottle which cost 90p. So the bottles are best, but I normally have the bottle in the house, if I just want the odd sip of this drink, and the 250ml can comes to work with me, so I can try to wake up at 7am!
The design of the packaging isn't that exciting. the bottle is a medium grey colour with a white plastic screw lid and a wrap around label. The label is grey with blue colouring at parts of it, and the writing is in blue and red. The can is a longer slim line can. it is a metallic silver with the same blue and red writing on it.
The juice is a very light orange colour and has a good enough fizz to it. it isn't overly fizzy, but the fizz lasts long enough for you to drink the drink in a normal time. It's hard to say what it tastes like. If you know of Red Bell, it tastes like that, but a slightly weaker taste. It seems a bit tangy, and a little sour, but in a plesant way. I find if you have the bottle open for say 3 days, then it will be flat on the 3rd day, so best to guzzle up!
Calorie wise a 250ml can only has 12 calories, so not too bad if you are watching your weight. If you had the same drink in the full fat one, it has 123 calories, so a big difference.
A good energy drink. Sometimes you will get 3 bottle for £2.50, and sometimes the cans are on offer for 33p. Just a pity they wouldn't stay this price, as would be even better on the pocket!
Loving my energy drinks (and getting through far too many of them and it's costing me a fortune lately!) when I saw this in a 1 litre bottle for 89p and a can (which is 250ml, 39p and what I have in front of me) I thought it had to be better than parting with my usual £1.29 a can for red bull or something like that! I like cans due to them staying fresh and being perfect to cart about with me, which I do very often as I really am addicted to them lol.
As I have already said I have the 250ml can in front of me which is silver and navy in colour (as is the bottle) and on the front of it in white, blue and red writing I'm told it is Asda 'Diet' Blue Charge 'High Impact Stimulation Drink' which contains Tourine. I'm also told it contains no artificial colours or flavours and is suitable for Vegetarians and there is like a blue drawing of what I think is a Rhino type of creature lol. On the back of the can I'm told a bit about the drink, ingredients are listed, storage details are given as is the best before date and weight stated. Nutritional information is fully listed and I'm told the can is made of metal and is widely recyclable and I'm given contact details for Asda and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice looking can with a ring-pull to the top, this is and the bottle as I mentioned earlier is pretty much the same as the can (but in bottle form of course lol).
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Can:
Carbonated low calorie fruit flavour soft drink with added taurine, caffeine and vitamins, with sweeteners. High caffeine content (30mg/100ml).
The Drink Itself:
Sweet and reminds me of 'hubba bubba' bubble gum in the blue packet when I was a kid (that's going back a bit lol). Appearance wise it's dark yellow and fizzy.
It's not a 'thick' syrupy drink and is actually rather light and watery with a light blended fruity taste to it and I think I can detect some strawberries in the smell of it as well as the taste.
It tastes nice enough. Not too strong, not at all tangy but for a' diet' drink it isn't at all bad because it isn't full of nasty sweeteners or rubbish to the taste of it! If your familiar with red bull energy drinks then this is alot lighter and weaker in it's overall taste than that and it doesn't stay bubbly once opened for longer than half an hour at best. It is best served chilled in my view and is very drinkable indeed leaving no particular after-taste.
Does It Boost My Energy Though?
Hmm...sadly I don't think it does.... no. I like it though and find it refreshing enough and it isn't sickly or anything and has no adverse effects and the price it's on sale at is cheap in my opinion so I may as well drink this because I don't really think energy drinks are that effective anyway it's just a strange addiction I have lol.
Nutritional Information...Per 100ml.:
of which is sugars: Trace
equivalent as salt: 0.1g
Panthothenic Acid: 2mg
Vitamin B6: 2mg
Vitamin B12: 2mg
Only available in Asda Stores.
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