Product Type: Tesco Soft Drink
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Tesco Kick Stimulation Drink
Member Name: rockinrach08
Tesco Kick Stimulation Drink
Date: 24/07/11, updated on 22/08/13 (84 review reads)
Advantages: cheap, doesn't taste too bad, gives you an energy boost
Disadvantages: loses its fizz, not the best 'buzz'
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.
Summary: The cheap energy drink.