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Kick is a high energy drink produced for the supermarket chain Tesco in the UK. It is similar in taste and composition to Red Bull. A standard bottle of Kick Stimulation Drink contains 5 servings (of which a serving is a standard 200ml portion of the bottle).

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      12.06.2013 15:02

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      good alternative to red bull for those on a budget.

      I've been drinking Red Bull on and off for about 10 years, its something I like to drink when out mixed with Vodka or Jager. At home/Office I sometimes have it in the morning or mid afternoon if I haven't slept well the night before. I always used to have red bull (usually sugar free) but it soon became quite expensive to have (unless the multipacks were on offer) at over £1 per can.


      I tried Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Tesco branded energy drinks and for me I've found the Tesco range to be the nicest and most similar tasting to red bull. The packaging itself is simple but easy to understand, its available along side all the energy drinks on the market. I've seen it available in single cans, multipack cans, bottles for the original, a sugar free version is also available as is other "flavours" such as citrus, red berry etc.

      The drink itself is a similar colour to red bull, I have found with some cheaper energy drinks it can be almost UV yellow but this is not that case with KX. The taste is very similar to red bull, its not to sweet or fizzy, it mixes well with vodka as a nice tall drink as well as ice cold on its own. I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy the taste of red bull as to me its the closest one out there and its usually half the price, if not better.

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      27.09.2012 12:12
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      Not for me

      Kick is an energy drink that is sold under Tesco's own brand name. This allows the store to sell it for much cheaper than some of the leading brands of energy drink.

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      First of this stuff tastes horrible, but I still used to drink it. It was so cheap it made it nasty but in my younger years I didn't care how I got the energy or hat taste I had to endure. If it was affordable and would give me a boost in energy I would buy it. As this was my local store I visited it more often than other stores and generally only bought this when I was out and about. I would never buy it to take home and sit in the house and drink. I don't believe there has been any attempt to add a flavour to this drink, which means the taste comes from the energy ingredients. I see this much like Red Bull which has the same sort of taste, which I didn't give a good review. So this is in the same boat.

      PACKAGING
      The bottles come in a silver colour, unlike most bottles which are see through. Why you ask? If you could see the colour of the liquid inside, you probably wouldn't buy it all. I can only liken it to apple juice, which I don't think is a rather appealing colour. (Still don't mind apple juice though) It has a blue label and can be easily identified.

      DISTRIBUTION
      This can be bought in can and bottle form for prices as low as 30p a can I believe, which is why it appealed to me in my younger days.

      Definitely wouldn't go near this product even again unless I was in dire need of energy drink, for what reason I don't know, and it was the only thing I could afford to purchase. So hopefully it's a scenario I won't ever find myself in.

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      26.09.2012 13:51
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      A great alternative to Red Bull!

      Ever since Red Bull first hit the market, the supermarkets have quite literally been flooded by cheaper imitation own brands ~ all hoping to cash in on the latest trend and Tesco are no exception. At one point, all these sort of drinks were used almost solely as mixers ~ Vodka And Red Bull always being a very popular favourite amongst pubbers and clubbers back in the day ~ but now they tend to be used more instead as the artificial stmulant they were first meant as; to give you a lift and better help you get through the day or to give you a much needed boost after a hard night out the night before!

      Tesco's KX, formerly known as Kick hence the above picture, is one of the better amongst the varied competition. For a start, it is less harsh and actually fairly pleasant on the tongue, unlike some energy drinks I shall not mention that taste like a kind of cheap, disgusting cough medicine. It is that nice that it can actually be enjoyed rather than just driniking it out of nesscecity because you need a lift though, because of excessive levels of Taurine and Caffeine within, it is probably best not to drink too much and not on a empty stomach!

      Tesco KX comes in a diet alternative that tastes about as good as it sounds and is available in litre bottles and smaller cans much like its competitors. A litre bottle works out at just under a quid but this is ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS on BOGOF (Buy One, Get One Free) or a similar styled offer ~ at the minute the deal is for two bottles at just £1.50 so still a good deal!

      Overall, I really like this and think it one of the better energy drinks on the market, especially for an own brand! Just don't drink too much at once or believe me, you WILL know about it!

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      31.05.2012 20:18
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      a great little pick me up in a can

      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 thought I would try the Tesco own version Kick or KX as it is now known since its name change. I found little difference and think I actually preferred it to Red Bull so this is what I usually drink for my energy boost when I am flagging.

      You can only buy KX in Tesco stores as it is their own brand product. It is available in either 250ml cans for £0.47 or 1lt bottles for £0.98. You can also buy multi packs of the cans and there is often an offer on the latest being four individual cans for £1.20. The price has nearly doubled since I first started drinking it, but it is still much cheaper than the branded energy drinks. I tend 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 KX as it has less calories and I prefer the taste as the other is a bit too sweet. The drink itself is an orange/light brown in 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.

      I 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. Some people say that they do not think that it makes 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. It is also great as a mixer for alcoholic drinks such as vodka or jagermeister!

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      30.05.2012 22:41
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      Only when I'm desperate!

      I am a self confessed energy drink addict, because of my college work and exams, I need more hours to my days so I always find myself sipping on an energy drink to keep me awake for that last minute cramming!
      These are exceptionally bad for you if you don't drink sugar-free and contains around 30% of your daily sugar so after exam times I do give these a much needed break and wouldn't recommend anyone to drink these on a regular basis!

      *Packaging*
      The packaging is a lot different to the one listed here on dooyoo, the cans are Bright blue for KX, and light electric blue for the KX sugar-free. The same applies for the bottles, and the bottle itself are the bright colours which is quite cool. Overall the packaging is very bright and funky and really draws you in.

      *Price*
      Around 54p for a 250ml can, which is a couple of pence more than the other budget drinks and can be annoying when your on your last pound coin at college, the bottles were 89p for one litre, then shot up to £1.30 but knowing tesco and the price drop scams they have been doing lately, we will probably be seeing it on offer soon. At tesco I am still drawn into buying the emerge as it seems to be a lot cheaper for multi packs and the bottles are still budget!

      *Taste*
      The Taste is really what lets it down, because its more expensive than the other budget ones you would have thought it would have been made up in price, but sadly not... The first taste tastes way too sugary and you seem to get an citrus and musky after-taste and is horribly sickly..

      Nope I would not recommend these to any energy drink fan, they are a bit more pricey and don't have the taste I enjoy from energy drinks!

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      30.01.2012 13:17

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      A great energy drink

      This drink from Tesco is now known as "Kx" but it has the exact same formula as the drink pictured above.

      It is basically a copy of the popular energy drink Red Bull. You can buy the drink in one litre bottles, 250ml cans and multipacks of six 250ml cans. The drink can be purchased in both regular and sugar free versions. The regular version does taste better. It has the exact same taste and appearance to Red Bull, only it's miles cheaper!

      The drink is great as a morning drink. It gives me that kick I need to get up and to get dressed. The drink gives me plenty of energy and it helps me to concentrate at work when I am flagging. I also consume this throughout the day to keep my energy levels balanced. The drink DOES contain caffeine so be careful consuming it if you're watching your caffeine intake. It is ever so slightly healthier than Red Bull but it can still be dangerous if you consume too much of it.

      The drink is fizzy but not too fizzy. It can be drunk with food as it doesn't tend to leave you feeling bloated. It has a pleasant aftertaste and it can be drunk at any time of the day. It's great value as it lasts for a few days in the fridge before going flat.

      As good as Red Bull.

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      27.01.2012 15:46
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      a cheaper version to red bull that will give you a quick energy burst

      This drink is produced for Tesco and you can't buy it anywhere else, it is basically the cheaper alternative to red bull.

      Taste- Red bull and most other energy drinks all taste similar, for me they are not the nicest tasting drinks there are but I guess that's not why you drink them. They are quite fizzy and a bit gassy, they also have a very distinctive smell. They taste ok when they have been in the fridge but I really wouldn't recommend drinking this drink when it is warm because I think it makes it taste disgusting.

      Energy- There is a lot of caffeine in this drink 32mg per 100ml which is the same as red bull. I would never give this drink to a child because it would make them very hyper, it is also not suitable for people that are sensitive to caffeine or people with diabetes. I also wouldn't recommend drinking it any time near bed because it might stop you from sleeping. The energy in this is artificial and I normally find you get a rush for a couple of hours and then crash so it really is a short fix. If you feel you are about to fall asleep in work or are going on a long car journey then it might be useful but don't let this come before sleep.

      Nutrition- The basis of this drink is caffeine however it does also contain taurine which provides energy and it also has a lot of sugar (there is a sugar free version available). There 110 calories in one serving so this is something to bear in mind if you drink a lot of these. There no fat or complex carbs it's basically sugar and caffeine (yum).

      Bottle- It comes in a 1 litre bottle which contains 4 servings so don't drink the whole thing at once. The bottle has a screw lid which is great because you can re-seal it and put it in your bag and it shouldn't leak. It's also quite obvious what the drink is and nutritional information is displayed on the side of the bottle.

      Price- Red bull is quite expensive and kick is a lot cheaper, it cost about 99p for a 1 litre bottle whereas you would pay that for one 250ml can of red bull, so I would recommend this.

      These drinks are really quite bad for you but if you really need a quick burst of energy then it is ok.

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      26.09.2011 15:14
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      cheap and cheerful

      Before all of the comments saying I drink too much caffiene, I am aware of this and trying to cut down - but its physically impossible to do all that I do without some help..

      Going to college by day and work by night, I have a pretty tiring schedule. To keep me awake (when living on 3 hours sleep a night) I have to drink energy drinks. Due to the vast amount of them I drink - the cheaper the better.

      Kick is a Tesco own brand which has now been renamed KX and given new packaging but in honesty, it will always be Kick to me. The drink is basically a spin off of the more popular Red Bull - but for a fraction of the price. It tastes and looks exactly the same when its in a glass - I can't tell the difference personally.

      The drink used to be packaged like the picture, although it is now A large KX in silver, with an orange diamond shape in the middle. The base colour is still blue and along the X it says 'Energy Stimulation Drink: fire up your body, focus your mind'. All ingredients and nutritional information is written on the back.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION: not suitable for people sensitive to caffeine, diabetics, children or pregnant women. Caffeine content is 32mg/100ml.

      To buy the drink, you can buy individual cans (44p), pack of 6 cans (£2.25), 500ml bottles (72p) and 1 litre bottles (92p). Definitely cheap in my opinion and can only brought from Tesco due to it being their own brand.

      Now when it comes to taste, it is exactly the same as Red Bull (I drink both at work and can never tell the difference). The drink is very refreshing and delicious. It is hard to explain the exact flavour without trying, but think Lucozade with a more concentrated kick of energy. There is not a distinct smell but it is a little fruity when you first open the bottle/can. At the end of the day, its all about the taste anyway! Looks wise, the liquid is an orangey/yellow that is almost clear. It does look identical to higher priced brands and is relatively fizzy when opened - although it does go flat quite quickly.

      Nutritionally, it isn't very good for you on the sugar which is expected. The information below is per 500ml bottle and the percentage of your daily amount.

      220 Calories (11% GDA)
      50.4g Sugar (56% GDA)
      0g Fat/Sat Fat
      0.6g Salt (10% GDA)

      In honesty, this drink is to help you stay awake and keep focused. I would not recommend drinking a large amount as it can be very bad for you in more ways than one (google it). I drink it purely to keep me awake at college/work but will never have more than two cans a day.

      I would recommend it for working long shifts, long days at college/uni, revision and many other stressful and tiring things. Can you really go wrong for 44p a can compared to Red Bull being £1.30 per can?!

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        25.07.2011 19:47

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        Good if buying on a budget

        My recollection of this drink is more the smell than the taste!! I bought a bottle of this when at work. My work involves driving around in car. We bought a fee bottles of this and unbeknown to me the bottles were left with the lids off. I sped off in the car with the bottles flying everywhere spilling the drink all over the seat well!! The smell was awful and didn't go even after plenty of cleaning!
        So smell wise it is horrible!
        Taste wise, it is just like red bull, only a little less syrupy!
        So how does it work? It is okay but doesn't seem to give the same buzz things like red bull or the branded drinks. I find I can get tired quicker from this opposed to the branded drinks.

        The price Of this against branded drinks is considerable. It tends to be about half that of branded makes meaning it is a lot cheaper. So if you find you are getting through a lot of energy drinks then this could be a good idea as an alternative to save money.

        All in all would I buy this drink? Not really, when there is red bull around which works better I wos go fit that each time.

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        24.07.2011 17:15
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        The cheap energy drink.

        There comes a point in life when you do need a bit more energy. Whether you are a nightshift worker trying to stay up until you can get to your bed in the morning or a student who has spent too much time procrastinating and now needs to finish an essay in a few days. Thankfully, I am no longer a student but when I was I gained a dependence on Tesco's Kick (or Kx as it is now known) for a few weeks twice a year. I wasn't the only one judging by the cans and bottles that surrounded the computers in the library, especially when it was reaching 5am and people were still typing away at their essays (or Facebook).

        I'm not going to recommend this product. It is not healthy, both the drink and losing sleep. Plus, I can't advocate leaving essays until the last minute. As much as I did it, it is not the way to go about doing uni work. If only I knew then...

        However, for those that are in need of an energy kick and looking for a cheaper alternative to Red Bull (necessary as a broke student), here is something for you!

        -- Packaging and Price --
        This product comes in both cans and bottles. My preference lies with the bottles as you can close the lid. However, both tend to lose their fizz quite quickly. It is still drinkable when its not fizzy but more enjoyable when there is a fizz.

        You can expect to pay around £1 for a 1 litre bottle and 44p for a 250ml can. Quite nicely priced and the bottles are usually on offer at 2 for £1.50. The price was initially what attracted me to this product when I was in desperate need for lots of caffeine.

        -- Taste --
        As you can judge by the smell that hits your nose on opening the bottle/ can the drink is very sweet. A bit too sweet if you ask me. There is an artificial fruit taste to it as well, that mysterious fruit taste that does not taste like any fruit you know. In fairness, it tastes like most sickly sweet energy drinks. I wouldn't say it was necessarily a bad taste and can in fact be quite refreshing to drink. At the same time, I would not pick this up for the taste alone. The main reason I would be drinking this is for the caffeine kick and the taste just a bonus.

        Thankfully, there is a sugar-free variety which I have to drink otherwise it feels as though my teeth are going to fall out. Normally, I dislike sugar-free varieties of drinks (I'm looking at you diet Irn Bru). However, with this drink even the sugar free drink is still quite sweet just a bit less sickly. After one period of drinking lots of the added sugar variety, my teeth had suffered a lot of damage and found it painful to brush them. So, I always opt for the sugar-free variety and its really the one I'd recommend if I had to.

        -- Energy 'kick' --
        This drink is enough to give you a bit of a boost. Not quite the same as some name brand energy drinks, but for the price you cannot expect much of a comparison. However, there is enough caffeine to give you nice energy boost. Drinking enough will keep you awake as well, and have managed to stay awake longer than would be recommended by your doctor drinking this (I was trying to, its not a testament to its efficacy).

        If all you need is a bit of a kick at a smaller price, then I'd recommend giving this a go.


        -- Nutrition --
        Its safe to say - and will probably not come as a surprise - this is not the most healthiest of drinks. Loaded with caffeine and sugars and chemicals. Per 100mls there is 30mg of caffeine to give you a bit of a kick. In comparison, a mug of instant coffee has 100mg of caffeine and a mug of tea 75mg.

        Caffeine is a mildly addictive substance (hands up who can't survive without their morning coffee/ tea *raises hand*). However, caffeine can have a negative effect on the body. Problems such as interference with iron absorption, raise in heart rate and blood pressure, cause headaches and insomnia. It is suggested that you do not drink more than four caffeine based drinks per day. Even though some of us reach for a cup of tea in distress, it can actually add to stress as caffeine stimulates the excretion of stress hormones. This is only a highlighting of the problems that excessive caffeine can induce. So it is wise to control your caffeine intake.

        If you are having problems sleeping it is suggested that you stop drinking caffeine over 10 hours before you intend to go to bed.


        -- Conclusion --
        Thanks to being done with academia for now I no longer need to keep myself awake to write essays. Even though I now work nightshift and it being normal for me having to stay up for more than 24hrs more than once a week I still don't need to reach for a bottle of this stuff. Though I won't lie, there have been some nights where I have.

        However, if you are running out of options for staying awake then I do recommend this drink in terms of price. It tastes okay but it is still similar to other energy drinks. I'd recommend the sugar-free version over the normal version though as the sugar version really left my teeth feeling as though they were going to fall out.

        For health reasons though, I could not recommend drinking this for pleasure or taste alone. It is not for me to judge, only my recommendation.

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        24.07.2011 00:06
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        Great drink, good value for money compared to leading competition

        Let's face it Red Bull is expensive stuff. So when there's an opportunity to get a very similar product for much less than half the price, you take it, right? Well I do.

        Now retailing at just over £1 for a litre bottle it represents very good value indeed.
        I don't drink a lot of coffee because I don't particularly enjoy the flavour of it. I do however enjoy/require the effects of caffeine. This drink goes better than coffee because it also contains a decent dump of sugar in too! Red Bull contains marginally more caffeine per hundred ml but I would doubt you'd notice. My bottom line is that it pure and simple works. I do feel energised and frankly ready to go by the time I hit work and that's why I drank the drink in the first place.

        I do have friends who claim to be able to recognise 'fake' Red Bull from the real thing. Now while I don't doubt their ability to do so while drinking it 'neat'. I do think you'd be able to get away with it if it was used as a mixer, particularly with stronger flavoured spirits. Its taste is reminiscent of Red Bull but I will admit to it not being 'quite there'. That said, you can pay £1.30 for a 250ml can of the 'real' stuff, or just over £1 for a litre of the Tesco variety. It's up to you to. To me, Red Bull is simply not four times better than this drink.

        As with every other caffeine and sugar laden energy drink, moderation is key. I did go a bit overboard one morning and spent half an hour waiting until my heart had calmed down. Let that be a lesson.

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        It is called Kx now

        If you are used to the refreshing awesome flavour of Coca Cola or Pepsi and then in an effort to save money you try a cheaper or more affordable brand like an own label version from a supermarket you can definitely tell the difference, they do not taste anywhere near as pleasant in my opinion, but in my experience this is not the same with energy drinks.

        The Tesco KX Stimulation drink which used to be named Kick but has now changed is obviously the supermarkets own version of a Red Bull type drink and for a 250ml can priced at 44 pence is well over half the price of the well marketed Red Bull. The can is decorated with a half and half blue and silver pattern with a large red K and silver X which grabs your attention and this design nods at the colours on a can of Red Bull letting the shopper know that this is a similar product to the pricier one.

        I first starting drinking this kind of item when in an effort to try and increase my income I signed up to do night shifts with an employment agency local to me as well as carrying on with my normal job during the daytime. I hoped that this along with food would give me an extra boost of energy or concentration during the small hours of the morning when being awake is tough especially when you are having to shift large boxes and parcels around a warehouse. At over one pound a can even sometimes if you buy them in multipacks I knew that Red Bull would be too expensive considering the amount of it I was thinking of consuming to keep me going and alert. Even though after the shifts and the next day I felt tired I think this did help me to persevere and continue with the task in hand at night and did give my energy levels a kick or boost when they started to fade.

        Like I stated previously if you buy cheap cola I think the difference in taste is instantly apparent but for me this drink tastes pretty much identical to the top brand although I have not drunk them side by side I do think I could tell based on my memories of Red Bull which is nice don't get me wrong, I just don't think it is that much better for the price you have to pay if at all. A can of this contains 115 calories and 24.5 g of sugar so it is something that I only really drink when necessary when feeling tired and I have to do some kind of work and I know students can put this to good use when having all night revision sessions or writing essays.

        100 ml of this contains 30mg of caffeine so this is another reason why it is best taken in moderation and also why it is not really suitable for children. Although Red Bull is nice and the branding is exceptional I never really see why it is necessary to pay the high cost when this Tesco version has always tasted pleasant and helped me to stay focused and alert when I would naturally be sleeping.

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          For when caffeine will only do.

          When revising for exams I have found that there really are not enough hours in the day (especially when I only have a couple of days until the exam and I can't remember anything). This is why during exam time I am generally on a caffeine high. I drink coffee and not tea which given that coffee contains more caffeine is good. But because final exams are in the summer I find that drinking coffee is not ideal. Also energy drinks contain much more caffeine than coffee and so I drink a lot of them when I need the day to be stretched. Red bull is the first energy drink that I was aware of and then I saw Kx (previously Kick) which was much cheaper (by 5 times) than Red bull. Kx is an energy drink that is manufactured for Tesco's exclusively.

          Packaging
          The drink comes in a blue can that is very similar in design to Red bull. There are two types of Kx. There is the the one that contains sugar and the other doesn't contain sugar. The sugar free version is in a light blue packaging and the sugar one is in a dark blue packaging. This is how red bull separated the two versions as well. It is 250ml in one can, just like red bull. The packaging is really a copy of red bull but with a change in name and logo. The cans are sold both singularly and as a pack of 6. The drink also comes in an opaque 1ltr bottle as well.

          Taste
          The first thing that I noticed about red bull was the intense fruity smell and with Kx there isn't an intense smell. But when I put my nose near the can it smells (to me) like urine. I know what your thinking, urgh. But it seems I am the only one that thinks it smells slightly like urine (and looks it too, although it can't be seen through the opaque can) as no one in my family agrees with me. It tastes sour and is very slightly sparkling but it becomes completely flat within 5 minutes of opening it. It definitely does not taste like red bull but it is refreshing when cold and it gives me the boost to help with concentration. I would drink this cold because it does taste much better cold and when it is warm it tastes more sour.

          Nutrition
          One 250ml can contains 0g of saturated fat, 25g of sugar and 115 calories. This is a high sugar drink but it gives me energy that I need when revising so I am not too bothered about the high sugar content.

          Availability and price
          Available from Tesco stores only since it is Tesco product. A single can costs 44p (last year it was 25-30p, what a jump), 6 pack is £2.25 and a 1ltr bottle is £0.98. It is considerably cheaper than red bull but it doesn't taste nearly as good. But given that I tend to consume a lot of these during exams and being a student I don't have the best bank balance these do the job. I pretend that its medicine because I only drink it to stay awake so taste isn't very important.

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            Cheap and cheerful substitute for Red Bull

            This review has been written for the re-named and re-packaged Tesco KX Stimulation drink, formerly known as Tesco Kick.

            A while ago, around 20 years or so I think, Red Bull showed it's head as the new drink to replace Lucazade as the so-called energy drink. It certainly tasted nicer, and became a hit over the last decade. Seeing this type of product as a massive money earner, many copies and such like drinks subsequently appeared. We have so many variations nowadays that I cannot begin to list them all. Variations of energy drink include Boost, Monster, V, XL, Hell, Emerge, Relentless plus many more with supermarket brands, all of them have their own version of the Guarana, Taurine & Caffeine pick me up. Morrison's have Source, Asda have Blue Charge, Sainburys have Blue Bolt and Tesco's have KX. Here are my findings on this cheaper alternative to Red Bull.

            --Can it!--

            When originally released, Tesco called this Kick, but for some reason changed the name to KX last year. Certainly a more harder and effective sounding name, but as far as I can tell there is no apparent reason for this. Anyhow, name aside, on the design front we are treated to another rather basic design. Red, Blue and Silver combine to look exactly like a energy drink, with only the yellow of Red Bull missing. This familiar packaging is replicated amount most of the supermarket own-brands. Fortunately for Tesco, it matches their trade colours too. I like the jagged line on the can though, giving the impression if a raised heartbeat shown on the Heart monitor, it's a kind of subconscious touch. The can is a standard 250ml in the same ilk as Red Bull, but has not obvious recyclable symbols printed on it. I assume that it is though. KX is available in single cans at 39p, but this can vary. They cost 46p in my local Tesco Express. Packs of 6 of these cans are typically £2, and a 1 litre bottle around the 90p mark. Allergy advice, nutritional information and ingredients are all listed on the can as standard. This drink should not be drunk by diabetics or people who are sensitive to caffeine. This product is made in a factory with no nuts but, as always, cannot guarantee nut free.

            --A KX in the Bulls?--

            Opening the can you are greeted by a sickly sweet sugary smell, just like a Red Bull but not equally as strong. More mild is this, and that a good thing. People will not look around at you, smelling that sweetness with a look of disdain as they can do with other energy drinks. Is does have a fruity undertone for sure, and it's initial sip into your mouth is quite nice. Served cold, is does seem refreshing and pleasant. Continuing to consume though, a slight pinching burning begins the grasp on the back of your throat, so your sips will be less and less, up until the point where the can can become warm and you have sore throat for the next 10 minutes. It's a shame this happens, as this particular fruity caffeine is nice to drink, and is less sweeter than other brands such as Relentless. Afterwards, you will feel a little bounce of energy, and surprisingly, has a higher caffeine content then most other brands. At 30mg to 100ml, and only other similar drink I found with a higher level was V. Even though the caffeine is high, somehow it doesn't have the same effect of Red Bull, and strangely can feel you feeling a little lethargic sometimes. You really do have to be in the mood to drink this too, is you feel you need refreshing and smooth, avoid as it is just to hard to drink down easy. Have a smoothie instead.

            --Ingredients--

            Carbonated Water, Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Citric Acid, Taurine (.4%),
            Natural Flavourings including Caffeine (.03%), Acidity Regulator, Fruit and Vegetable Extracts,
            Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate), Inosital, Vitamins (Niacin, Pantothenic, Acid, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Vitamin B12)

            In conclusion, this is a fine and satisfying energy drink, which tastes good and available at the reasonable price compared to the price of premiums drinks such as Red Bull. Unfortunately, it's not Red Bull, and doesn't give that all important good-feeling that Red Bull seems to achieve. Yes, you feel a little kick (erm, sorry) of energy, and it is not a bad tasting drink. The bitterness on the back of the throat will annoy and irritate though, so drink in spates and not continuously day to day. For the price, A top alternative to the higher priced brands, and good for that little pick me up when a cup of tea for coffee to not possible.

            Thanks for Reading. © Novabug.

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              It had been one of those days and unfortunately Tesco's had run out of Red Bull, ahhhh, so I purchased their own brand energy drink, Kick! It has now been renamed as Kx Stimulation Drink and they say on their cans that they have had a change in name but the kick stays the same!

              I like to have an energy drink now and then during the day to give me a bit of a extra life. I find they work to a degree but I don't rely on them to give me super duper energy. I much prefer the fizz of the drink and the coldness of the drink straight out of the fridge and enjoy them as a nice drink but they do contain a lot of caffeine so I'm sure they do give people a bit of stimulation during the day. These drinks can be dangerous to some people though and can give you heart palpatations as they contain so much caffeine so if you in any way suffer from conditions like these then this is not really a drink for you. In fact on the can it actually lists the word caution and says it is not suitable for diabetics, children or people sensitive to caffeine. The caffeine content is listed as high with 30mg per 100ml. The drink comes in a 250ml can.

              I was interested to try this drink and see how it matched up to Red Bull as Red BUll is really my favourite energy drink and I don't really like some of the others on the market. This can of KX did actually look like a can of Red Bull and if you were in a hurry and just grabbing one from the shelve you may actually grab this without thinking. This was maybe part of their marketing/advertising strategy, to look like Red Bull so people may pick it up on the off chance and then like it better and switch to this product. The can is red on top and silver on the bottom and then the K of Kx is in big red letters as is the description of the new name. These are also the Tesco colours so this may be what they were trying to achieve too.

              The drink is described as a carbonated fruit flavour drink with taurine, caffeine and vitamins. The vitamins include B6 and B12. To me, this drink tastes exactly like Red Bull although I have to say the aftertaste is slightly different but they pretty much taste the same. It's pleasant and I like the taste and find it quite refreshing if somewhat sugary but all stimulation drinks are sugary in my opinion.

              Each can contains 115 calories which I guess is not great but for a treat once in a while I would ahve to say that this is quite a good energy drink. Did it pep me up, well I did have a lot of energy today to run after the dog, baby etc but if to say that all came from the drink, I'm not sure but it was a nice change from a Red Bull and a nice drink during the day and for 49p it is a lot cheaper than Red Bull!

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