It’s been years since I’ve regularly used energy drinks. In college, it was all about Red Bull. When I was active in the automotive aftermarket working as an editor of a major magazine publication, I had a good relationship with the folks at NOS Energy Drink, so my house was full of that. But at some point in my life, I turned to green tea as my caffeinated drink of choice and what I mainly drank when I planned on staying up all night gaming. I still recall Diablo III’s release, which resulted in dozens of empty green tea bottles scattered across my desk as I went many hours without sleeping. Many people I regularly game with used to love 5-hour Energy, jokingly equating one bottle to a certain number of levels.
But that was many years ago, and these days I don’t have much of a reason to stay up all night gaming. The only releases that will entice me to be awake at an odd hour are Final Fantasy XIV expansions, and sometimes just the music in that game can keep me awake. However, I know many gamers whom still turn to energy drinks for long gaming sessions or just as a pick-me-up during the day. The market has significantly changed over the last few years and now there are dozens of energy drink brands in the world.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplements consumed by American teens and young adults. Ignoring the trend of mixing energy drinks with alcohol, there are legitimate reasons why energy drinks are consumed. But many of the products on the market are packed with an unhealthy amount of sugar — NCCIH says a single 16-ounce container may contain 54 to 62 grams of added sugar in certain energy drinks.
So what if you’re looking for an energy drink that isn’t packed with unhealthy ingredients? You want the caffeine, but not the sugar, and you prefer something that isn’t in a can. We contacted Sneak Energy to get our hands on some product samples for review, and the company was glad to send us some. We chose Sneak Energy because it has been aligning itself with gamers, and, well, we really like its logo. Hey, branding matters!
What is Sneak Energy?
Sneak Energy is a low-calorie, sugar-free energy formula that you mix with water to create an energy drink. According to the U.K.-based company, it takes approximately 10 minutes for all of Sneak’s active ingredients to start to take effect. Performance should increase over the next 45 minutes and the effects will last anywhere from four to six hours, depending on your metabolism. Of course, these results vary from person to person, especially if you’ve built up a tolerance to caffeine. But the sugar-free formula means no sugar crash halfway through the day.
Sneak Energy products are vegetarian friendly, but not vegan friendly. Each serving of Sneak contains 150mg of caffeine, which is less than the 180mg found in a small cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Calcium, Folic Acid, and Magnesium — all of which work together to heighten your reaction times and keep you focused while you’re gaming. With just 12 calories per serving (compared to the 100+ you’d find in other energy drinks), it’s clear Sneak left out all the extra junk from its recipe.
Sneak’s products comply with the highest standards of food legislation, including the FDA, the FSA, and the EFSA. At the time of publishing, Sneak Energy’s U.S. website has 16 flavors, and we evaluated 10 of them in this review.
It wasn’t exactly scientific, but to be as unbiased as possible, I had someone else mix each flavor with water. Essentially, I did a blind taste test of the 10 flavors I received, ranking them without knowing what the actual flavor was supposed to be. Each flavor was prepared according to the instructions, using the shakers provided by Sneak Energy.
All of the products seen in this review were provided by Sneak Energy. FullCleared does have affiliate partnerships, but they do not influence editorial content. We may, however, earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. Sneak Energy was not provided with a copy of this review prior to publication. There were no preconditions for accepting the products for review.
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Some of Sneak Energy’s flavors were very accurate, while there were a couple that left me a bit confused. There was one flavor that I could only take a single sip of. Overall, I found Sneak Energy’s flavors to be “clean tasting,” meaning they didn’t taste like medicine or from a powdered mix — even though that’s exactly what it is. This can be attributed to Sneak’s use of natural colors and flavors, since none of the flavors I tested had any weird aftertaste; something I find is a common issue with other energy drinks from a can. Sneak Energy is sugar-free, but it contains artificial sweeteners including sucralose and acesulfame k. If you don’t like the taste of artificial sweeteners, you may not enjoy what Sneak Energy has to offer. I did find a couple flavors to be overly sweet, but most of them had just the right level of sweetness.
Sneak Energy sent over two of its shakers: the Monochrome Shaker and the Metal Shaker. The Monochrome Shaker features a black and white color theme and holds 700ml, or just shy of 24 ounces. You’ll find measurement markings down the side of the shaker, which is plastic and dishwasher safe. Each shaker is designed to hold two servings of Sneak because each scoop or sachet should be mixed with 300 to 400ml of water. The Monochrome Shaker comes with a removable grill inside. Overall, it’s nothing fancy, but it’s a quality and durable shaker with Sneak Energy branding. I appreciate that the grill is removable on the Monochrome Shaker, as it isn’t in the other shaker Sneak Energy sent.
The Sneak Energy Metal Shaker holds 600ml, or about 20 ounces. The agitator, however, is integrated with the plastic cap and cannot be separated. Since it isn’t dishwasher-safe, you’ll need to spend some time and effort cleaning the agitator. But the double-walled metal shaker is of very high quality and durable, with the logos etched into the powder coat to reveal the stainless steel underneath. Time will tell how well the finish holds up, but I’m really liking this metal shaker.
Below, you’ll find the results of my blind taste test. Now, of course, taste is subjective and when you’re talking about these types of flavors, it’s not going to be the same for everyone. However, if you’re looking for a starting point, these are my rankings for the flavors I had the opportunity to evaluate.
10. Origins Option B
This was the one flavor that I could only take a single sip of. It did not appeal to my palate, making Origins Option B the least enjoyable of the 10 flavors I tried. Personally, I tasted a lot of vanilla and that made sense after I looked up what the flavor was supposed to be: Rhubarb & Custard. If you’re a fan of custard flavors, you might enjoy it. Nothing about it tasted strange, it just didn’t have flavors I enjoy.
9. Bubblegum Millions
Upon receiving the package from Sneak Energy, I was most excited to try the Bubblegum Millions flavor because I am a huge fan of anything bubblegum flavored. But this is probably where not living in the U.K. affected the taste. You see, Millions is a popular brand of candy that is not readily available in the U.S. So, it didn’t quite have the bubblegum flavor I was expecting, and I didn’t experience any nostalgic feelings that might make this flavor popular in the U.K.
8. Neon Punch
I could tell that this flavor was a blend of tropical fruit flavors and it was quite tasty. Neon Punch combines tropical flavors with hints of apple, kiwi, and pears, creating a sweet and sour blend. It was pretty refreshing, but I found the flavors a bit muted compared to the rest of the samples. Not to say it’s bad, it just didn’t have the same “punch” as the others.
So when I tried this flavor, I couldn’t tell what it was, but knew it tasted pretty good. When it was revealed to me that it was Stealth, I went to Sneak Energy’s website to see what it is. “Stealth. The mystery flavor. No, we’re not telling you what it is.” Well, there’s that. To me, it tasted of citrus and green apple with just the right level of sweetness. I think the best way to describe it is as a green apple Jolly Rancher candy.
6. Cherry Bomb
Cherry flavors seems to always be hit or miss for me. It either tastes really good, or it tastes like medicine. Thankfully, Sneak’s Cherry Bomb is the former. It’s the right type of cherry flavor — close to Starburst and far away from Vicks cough syrup. If you like cherry-flavored sodas, such as Cherry Pepsi, you’ll want to add Cherry Bomb to your cart.
5. Grape Crush
I am a huge fan of all things grape flavored, to the point that some of my friends find it strange. Whenever I visit Japan, I buy every grape-flavored candy I can find, as there isn’t much of it in the U.S. So, I was pretty excited to try Grape Crush in my Sneak Energy blind test, but I might have set my expectations a bit too high. The grape flavor is definitely there, but it wasn’t strong enough for me. That being said, it probably appeals more to the general public.
4. Strawberry Millions
It barely touched my tongue when I recognized it as a strawberry flavor. While I’ve never had the pleasure of trying Millions Strawberry candy, I really want to now — much more than the bubblegum flavor. Strawberry Millions is one of the most delicious strawberry-flavored liquids I’ve ever tried. It has just the right hit of strawberry flavor and sweetness. I could definitely see myself drinking it everyday.
Now this was a fruit blend I really enjoyed. According to Sneak, Tropikilla is “your favorite fruit, crushed.” It’s a pretty accurate description, believe it or not. It’s tropical, fruity, and very refreshing. Like the Strawberry Millions flavor, I think Tropikilla is a great everyday choice. If I had to compare it to something, I would say it’s like a piña colada.
2. Blue Raspberry
Blue raspberry has really catapulted itself as a popular flavor in recent years. One small sip of Sneak’s Blue Raspberry and I instantly recognized the flavor. Unsurprisingly, Sneak Energy says Blue Raspberry is a big fan favorite and I can see why. It was definitely the most flavorful of all the ones I tried, but it wasn’t the most delicious.
1. Raspberry Lemonade
I absolutely loved the Raspberry Lemonade flavor. At first, I thought it was Pink Lemonade, but after a few more sips, I could taste the raspberry flavor. It was actually one of the first flavors I had tested, and I had to stop myself from drinking more, otherwise I would have never gone through all the testers. Raspberry Lemonade is sweet, fruity, and topped with a flavorful citrus twist at the end. If there was only a single flavor I could recommend from the 10 I tried from Sneak Energy, it would be Raspberry Lemonade.
Sneak Energy FAQ
Sneak Energy is a sugar-free energy formula that you mix with water to create an energy drink.
One serving of Sneak Energy has 150mg of caffeine.
Ingredients may vary depending on flavor, but Sneak Energy contains Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, L-Tyrosine, L-Taurine, Caffeine, L-Theanine, Choline Bitartrate, and L-Carnitine Tartrate.
You can! You do not have to mix Sneak Energy with just water.
Sneak Energy contains sucralose and acesulfame k.
April 11, 2023: Added additional information about Sneak Energy’s products for clarification.