Spike Hardcore Energy Drink, in the “Orange Cold” variety, is quite possibly one of the most amazing drinks I’ve ever had the opportunity to try. It is probably the most intense orange drink I’ve ever tasted–so let me try to explain to you what this experience is like. Imagine that orange drink they used to have (or maybe they still have it, I have no idea) at McDonald’s. The one you used to have as a kid. The one you thought was awesome because it was like mainlining orange-flavored sugar. Now imagine that all the regular sweetener they used to have is gone and replaced with sucralose. So there’s this intense burst of fake orange flavor that just gets faker and faker as the main taste fades out and the sick sucralose aftertaste is all that’s left. It is taking all of my will power for me to take a sip every couple of sentences to make sure I’ve captured it sufficiently for you.
What’s sad about the drink is that I’m sure if I could get past the horrible taste, it would be amazing. 350mg of caffeine in a 16oz can. An utterly ludicrous 33,333% of your B12 requirements. So I’m very depressed by the taste. And impressed as well, because normally it’s the aftertaste that kills a sucralose drink for me–but here even the initial burst of flavor is bad. I can only assume they’ve upped the sucralose to cover the caffeine taste that comes with having so much in the can. Oh well.