I have worked in my share of gas stations/convenience stores, but I don’t think I could handle having to deal every day with a Kum and Go. There is just something so juvenile with me that even seeing the store name while driving through the mountains makes me giggle. Fortunately or no, there are very few Kum & Go stores around Colorado, and all of them seem to have spurted up in the outskirts of the main cities. I have driven by them in a rush, but on my last trip to the mountains I finally was able to stop and come deep inside one
One of the unfortunate reasons there is not one near me is they have a very cool line of their own energy drinks and shots – all of which come in very unique flavors. I found one recently and was able to shoot off my wad of money on a slew of new caffeinated treats. Nuclear energy is one of those – of which they have them in many unique flavors.
Nuclear certainly has undergone a major transformation since Kum and Go introduced the brand in 2005. It used to look very goofy, as opposed to this cool new sleek and shiny look. Now the can has this awesome black and silver futuristic look, and it wears it very well. Everything is very easy to read and well printed, although there were a few problems. I was surprised to find this to be a low calorie drink, as usually those come in a lighter color, or proudly emblazon “diet” or “lo carb” somewhere on their packaging.
While the packaging itself might have been nice, there was no listing of caffeine or anything else pertinent to the energy within. I appreciated the lack of inane paragraphs informing you how this drink will be the best drink ever, but double facing the can would have been nicer to their convenience store stockers and listing energy amounts would have been nicer to the consumer.
I was particularly jizzed about the new flavors, and picked the spunkiest one out of their lineup – a Mango Guava flavor. This reminded me of the other mango guava drink, one found in Mexican supermarkets by companies like Klass – the ones behind those ready-to-drink horchata mixes. Still, it was all to easy to swallow this load in one go.
This tasted exotic and fruity, but in a very fake and Kool-Aid kinda way. Certainly it was better than I expected it to be for a private label energy drink, but it did not reach superstratospheric levels of deliciousness either. For what it is, it tasted pretty good.
Of course the reason I tasted unnatural is that it is unnatural. I dont think there was one ingredient (OK, except for water) which was not made by food scientists in a lab. There was Natural flavors listed, though calling extract of something that was was once a fruit natural is like calling heroin herbal because at one pont it was poppy seeds. There is 0% juice to be found anywhere, but that is OK – as it is not like you expect this to be a functional drink.
I was pleased to find a decent buzz in here, although nothing over the top. My guess is there is a standard 150-80mg of caffeine in here, enough to give you the normal burst of energy for about 2-3 hours, and a heavy crash right after. This is helped with the usual cast of energy drink characters, although no listing of how much. You can see the vitamin Bs in abundance, along with inositol, glucurolactone, and taurine. I did not plan on the crash – as this is sweetened with sucralose and Ace-k, but I still found myself desperately wanting a nap once Nuclear left my system.