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Review: Jolt Gum

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Does everyone remember Jolt Cola – the cola with all the sugar and twice the caffeine? I remember people in college pulling all-nighters to study for exams and they used Jolt and NoDoz to stay awake (NOT recommended). I tried NoDoz once and I truly felt like I was addicted to drugs. Never again.

Anyway, back to Jolt….the makers of Jolt thought they would spread their love of caffeine into the realm of gum and have created Jolt Gum, so just for kicks I thought I’d try it out. The package says “2 pieces of Jolt Gum = 1 cup of coffee”. Now I’m not a coffee drinker – I’ve always been afraid I would get addicted to it like my wife and mother are. I do drink Mountain Dew though, so I am no stranger to caffeine. I wanted to wait to try Jolt Gum ’til I was sleepy one morning but the morning I decided to try it I wasn’t any sleepier than usual.

I popped 2 pieces of Jolt Gum around 10:30AM on essentially an empty stomach. The gum is of the “chiclet” variety – the rounded rectangle shape as opposed to sticks of gum. The gum comes in both Spearmint and Icy Mint flavors and I tried one of each (separately). They both had good, strong minty flavors and the flavor lasted a long time – much longer than most gums last, though I didn’t actually time it.

About 15-20 minutes after putting the initial piece in my mouth I got a serious buzz – I felt a little light-headed and just slightly nauseous – I am attributing that to the caffeine kick the gum gave me (and it could have been the Ginseng and/or Guarana it also contains). To someone who drinks coffee frequently, the caffeine from a single cup of coffee could have little or no effect, but I definitely felt it.

So overall, the gum tastes good, the flavor lasts a long time, and I believe it truly does have the caffeine kick that it says it does. Drop by the Jolt Gum website to learn more or even to order some Jolt goodies – gum, cola, T-shirts, hats, etc. Be sure and check out the Jolt Gum FAQ – it has some really funny stuff in it like this:

Do you guys hang out with the 5th Trident dentist who wouldn�t recommend sugarless gum for his patients who chew gum? And shouldn�t they survey more than 5 dentists?
- Jeamie C., NY
A little known fact is that the 5th dentist is either a really really bright dentist or a hypochondriac…
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Jolt Gum website

Jolt Gum Icy Mint

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6 Responses to “Review: Jolt Gum”

  1. 1
    bonnie says:

    As an avid coffee/tea/IV drip of caffeine kinda gal… this makes me happy beyond belief.

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    Candy Addict - How much candy will kill you? says:

    [...] uch of a candy or mint (containing caffeine) it would take to kill you. It has things like Jolt Gum, Hershey’s Kisses, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Looks like it wil [...]

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    Karen says:

    this is the most amazing product I’ve ever seen after the segway. jolt gum, on the other hand, is far more useful and i’ll actually buy it.

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    Grover M Smith says:

    U.S.Army studies in staying alert determined that caffiene is most readiely absorbed through the mouth not the stomach. The Army spent a lot of money on this developing thier own Stay Awake gum. Jolt tastes better according to the men in the field. The PX system has a hard time keeping their selves stocked in the small PX’s in the field. It is in the chewing that rapid absorbtion takes place not in the swallowing (though that works too but not as fast). Go Army. see opps STAY ALERT gum not stay awake. Found surpporting article under stay awake gum search. I originaly gained info while talking to Army Col. (a sciencetist at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD.) I have read in Army times that our troops have been known to chew the instant coffee crystals that come in their MRE (meals redy to eat) to help them stay alert while patrolling the more dangerous parts of the world on our behalf. God Bless them all for they do it for US double meaning intended.

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    Dallas Freeman » Blog Archive » Staying Awake - Is Coffee The Answer? says:

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    Emily says:

    Holy crud….. Never, and I mean NEVER chew three packs in a row. It takes you to a level of beyond jittery.

    Still a great energy gum, IMHO.

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