For a long time now, I’ve suspected that Lee has been trying to kill me. And now, in what initially seemed like a thoughtful gift of some chocolate chews, my suspicions have been confirmed.
This cute little tin contains six mint chocolate chews which, as you might guess from the name, also contain a touch of caffeine.
As you can see, they don’t look particularly scary, although they do resemble a stock cube somewhat. There’s definitely cocoa powder listed on the ingredients, but it also mentions things like “pyridoxine hydro-chloride” and “proprietary synergistic energy blend”.
It’s at this point I start to feel a little nervous.
I pop one into my mouth, and the first five seconds are rather pleasant. A noticeable chocolate flavour, a hint of mint, and a soft, almost fudge-like texture.
Then the mint becomes stronger, and within fifteen seconds, it’s a little too strong. Ten seconds later, I start to feel a little odd, but decide that in the name of science, I must persist.
By the time I’ve managed to swallow the chew, I’m shaking. I wouldn’t say “uncontrollably”, but I do start to worry that I may not be able to dial “999″ on the phone in this state. I decide to sit back and let it happen, knowing that if I attempt to move, I’ll just end up breaking things.
It takes about two hours before I recover enough to write this review. I decide against trying a second chew.
You can buy these things online in the UK and the US. But you’d need to be a serious caffeine junky to enjoy them. They probably won’t kill you (disclaimer: this is not medical advice), but if they give you as much of a buzz as they did me, they’re not going to help you to get more done either.