Shock-A-Lots: Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
I was somewhat intrigued by Shock Coffee’s Shock-A-Lots, because the candy is basically chocolate covered coffee beans, the same beans they use for the coffee which gave me a wicked buzz.
These things taste very good. In my experience, you will not do much better in the taste department in regards to energy candy. Shock-A-Lots’ chocolate coating is like an M&M and the center is a coffee bean, which gives the coffee flavor (obviously). If you enjoy coffee and M&M’s, you will like this hybrid. They do leave a bit of grit in your mouth, which I would assume is what happens when you chew a coffee bean. This might turn some off, but it didn’t bother me.
A packet of Shock-A-Lots has 130 calories and 15 grams of sugar. The caffeine content of Shock-A-Lots is not listed on the packaging. It states the dreaded “equal to one cup of coffee” statement. Shock’s website offers no help. You can do your own guessing there, but I would estimate the likely caffeine content to be around 100mg.
I ate Shok-A-Lots first thing in the morning before a workout. I felt a slight lift, but nothing over the top in the energy department. I’d say I got about an hour and a half of energy with a pretty substantial crash at the end (there’s a lot of sugar in this product after all).
I liked Shock-A-Lots, but I think I would reach for a brewed cup of Shock Coffee over these if I had a choice. Shock-A-Lots would be a good snack if you are looking for something sweet with an energy boost, but they fall short of the effect that a good cup of Shock would give you.
Reviewed by Jason Kleindorfer