Why on earth would someone like me with a serious sensitivity to caffeine dare to product test and review Awake Caffeinated Chocolate Caramel? I have been known to have masochistic tendencies, especially when I am so curious about a product, I just can’t help myself.
Previous Chocolate Review
When Awake first came out they sent me a box of chocolate bars to test. See review here. It was great because I could share them with a whole bunch of people and get their opinions too. We all had our own reactions to it (chemical and otherwise) but my conclusion for myself was: “The chocolate was OK but not worth a potential headache!”
Nosh-Able Caramel Bites
Adding caramel to the mix is a whole other story. I LOVE caramel! I thought this was genius and there were a lot of foodies telling me that this product was even better than the last one.
When you buy a bag of the chocolate caramel bites you get 10 individually-wrapped pieces. At my store the bag of 10 costs $5.99. That is kind of steep! But, if this was a product I would actually use, I would prefer to have a bite rather than eat a whole bar.
The design is ridiculously cute, I love owls so this really appealed to me. The chocolate is good but the caramel is pretty darn awesome. I enjoyed the big bite but did get a headache the next day that lasted a few days. Thanks to my fibromyalgia, once I have pain it could cause it to echo with phantom pain for a while. So as much as I enjoyed this, 50 mg of caffeine (1/2 cup of coffee) is just too much for me.
But I am kind of the minority! Reg loved these bites. He added two to his regularly-caffeinated day and had a caffeine hangover the next morning. I will say that when he was drifting off just as we were going to watch World War Z I asked him to have a bite, he complied and was conscious throughout the movie. For which I am forever grateful!
I think Awake Caffeinated Chocolate Caramel in the nosh-able form is genius and for their customer demographics, perfect. If you just want a little jolt of energy that comes in an 80 calorie bite, this is a good choice. If you are at all sensitive to caffeine though, stay away.
Despite the resulting headaches, I am glad I had a chance to try these caramel bites. It is hard being an outsider to this particular foodie world. Well done Awake! I give this product four and a half out of five wooden spoons.