Caffeine in Your Pocket: Crackheads Candy Review

Crackheads

By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Being well acquainted with geeky late nights of the coding, studying, and playing World of Warcraft variety (generally not all at the same time), I consider myself something of an aficionado of caffeine. Obviously I’m a big fan of the energy drink and the traditional cup of coffee, but there are times when I’d like a bit of a jolt and don’t have either handy. After all, I’m not going to go walking around with Red Bull in my pocket every day. Caffeinated mints are sometimes a good option, but the ones that have any decent amount of kick to them generally taste pretty awful.

Crackheads - Close-upPerhaps candy maker Osmanium sensed my dilemma, because after seeing that here at [GAS] we are experts in this area, they sent us something new to try: Crackheads. These chocolate-covered espresso beans have already been selling well to the geek crowd over at ThinkGeek, and now offer an even crackier version: Jitterbeans, AKA Crackheads Squared.

These jittery little beans are covered in white and dark chocolate, and a box of the original contains about 200mg of caffeine. The new version? A whopping 600mg, which includes Guarana seed extract mixed into the candy shell. In other words: don’t eat the whole box at once.

The timing turned out to be great when these guys arrived on my doorstep, because I was just wrapping up final exams. The 600mg version especially gets two thumbs up from me on the staying-awake scale. They were actually pretty perfect for popping during a late night study session for an extra jolt. And even though they’re chocolate, they’re not incredibly bad for you–seven pieces is less than fifty calories. I do, however, think that the original Crackheads get a few extra points on the taste scale. The Guarana extract adds a weird sort of texture that’s absent in┬áthe others… but if your intention is to keep your eyes open, you’ll probably find that a small price to pay.

Handing them out to my classmates who were hitting the books yielded good reviews, too. One said that she doesn’t normally like chocolate-covered espresso beans, but actually liked these.

My major complaint would be that for something that you’re not supposed to eat all at once (this isn’t a box of movie theater candy!), the lack of a resealable box is a bit of a hassle. I found half my box of Jitterbeans at the bottom of my purse at some point, which was a tragic waste.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend these for a convenient, tasty caffeine fix. Just don’t get hooked!

Crackheads and Crackheads 2 (or Jitterbeans) are available at these locations:

Crackheads products are also sold in about 600 F.Y.E stores across the United States.

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8 Responses to Caffeine in Your Pocket: Crackheads Candy Review

  1. Delicious! I first heard about chocolate covered espresso beans when reading about Dean Karnazes, the ultra-marathon man. Seems everyone has a use for these things.

  2. Delicious! I first heard about chocolate covered espresso beans when reading about Dean Karnazes, the ultra-marathon man. Seems everyone has a use for these things.

  3. These really worked for me. A friend of mine gave a bunch of them as he bought a distributorship and a bunch of vending machines that dispensed them. His investment has been a disaster, but the product has been great.

  4. These really worked for me. A friend of mine gave a bunch of them as he bought a distributorship and a bunch of vending machines that dispensed them. His investment has been a disaster, but the product has been great.

  5. Charlie. Thank you for the post. I have been researching buying one of these businessws and came across your post. Jitterbeans and Crackheads are the same company and product. Sounded really good until I saw a posting on Rippoffreport.com and talked with someone trying to sell their vending machines on the web.

  6. Charlie. Thank you for the post. I have been researching buying one of these businessws and came across your post. Jitterbeans and Crackheads are the same company and product. Sounded really good until I saw a posting on Rippoffreport.com and talked with someone trying to sell their vending machines on the web.

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