by Matt Weik
Have you ever heard people talk about something on social media to the point where you said “I have to try” and were very excited when you finally found it in your local store ? Hello, that’s me. I have raised my hand. I can’t tell you how many times I scrolled through my social media feed and saw people posting pictures of the 3D energy drinks.
During my last visit to my local supplement store, I noticed in the fridge that there were several different flavors of the 3D energy drinks. Since I’m a fan of Bang and Reign’s cotton candy flavor, I grabbed the pink 3D can and the recently released new chrome can, which the shopkeeper called me really good taste (remind me to hit him) next time i see him – spoiler alarm).
Over the next few days, I drank both cans and wanted to give my feedback and opinion about the 3D energy drinks. Obviously, these are my opinions and you may find that you have the same or a completely different one.
There were some problems right from the start
In order to give you a small background story about the 3D energy drinks, they were created by fitness influencer / YouTuber Christian Guzman. If the name appears familiar, it’s the same guy that Alphalete Athletics, Alphalete Gym and his latest project called AlphaLand belong to. I can’t knock the guy for the hustle and bustle. It branches out and expands each of its brands.
When the 3D Energy Drinks first came on the market, they didn’t look like they did now and were originally called Up Energy. But that didn’t mean they didn’t look familiar. In fact, they looked so familiar that if you placed them next to a particular competitor’s can that is already on the market, it would be hard to tell them apart. Can you imagine what happened next?
Needless to say, the similarities caused some problems, and before they knew it, a legal can of worms was opened. Christian was then forced to convert the drink from a bottle to a can, but kept the image optimized by using a solid color along with the 3D logo (again Up Energy changed its name).
What is the profile of the 3D energy drinks?
Interestingly, the profile of the 3D energy drinks was not what I thought (to be honest, I didn’t look at the label until I finished the second can I bought). To my surprise, the product contained not only carbohydrates but also sugar alcohols. If you look at the cotton candy aroma (pink can) you will see 15 calories, 7 g carbohydrates and 2 g sugar alcohol.
Now you might think that these numbers are not that bad. Sure, you were right. 15 calories are nothing together with 7 g of carbohydrates – in a big way. However, if you look at all the competitors in space, they have 0 calories, 0 carbohydrates and 0 sugar when you compare what other consumers are talking about and drinking.
Not only that, but why do brands still add dyes and colors to their products? For love of all saints, the drink comes in a damn can. Nobody looks at the liquid and nobody will pour it from the can into a glass – it just doesn’t happen. So stop adding it!
The light carbonation is a nice touch and offers a pleasant, smooth and crisp drinking experience compared to something that is “shallow” or over-carbonated if you belch after every sip. In addition, for a brand that has not been around for so long, it is impressive to already have nine flavors on the market. Not to mention that they’re in some big retail stores like Kroger, Walmart, Circle K, 7-Eleven, GNC, and Albertsons, to name a few. Very impressive! Respect!
Each can of 3D energy drinks contains 200 mg of caffeine as well as some additional treats such as taurine, ginseng, L-carnitine, glucuronolactone, inositol and guarana. I paid about $ 2 a can. Overall, I can’t be mad at the profile, it’s pretty good. I’m just a little salty because I really wanted this drink to be like the Monster Energy Ultra Zero and zero down the line.
My final judgment
You have probably all been waiting for this. What are my last thoughts on 3D energy drinks? Well, Christian Guzman himself was a big fan of the Monster Energy Ultra Zero Energy Drinks (white can). He showed it in all of his YouTube videos – it was religious. When I heard he was launching his own energy drink, I thought it would have to be better than the Monster Energy Ultra Zero (white can) if that set the bar for Christian and interested him in going into the room reach.
Well, I was wrong. You all know I’m a straight shooter. I am not paid to make these reviews and have no connection with Christian or any of his brands. So … I was completely disappointed with the 3D energy drinks. Admittedly, I only had the flavors pink and chrome. But my experience with these two alone is enough to make me take a hard pass and just go back to Bang or Reign when I needed a pick-me-up.
As I mentioned, the pink can should taste like cotton candy. And although I didn’t think it resembled candy floss flavors, other people who checked the pink taste enjoyed it – their own for everyone. The chrome can was supposed to be a strawberry lemonade (I actually had to look it up because the taste is not like all the other flavors on the can and I couldn’t find any particular flavors from the taste alone). As you probably assume, I didn’t think it tasted of strawberry lemonade.
If someone gave me a can, I would drink it, but I won’t bother to look for 3D energy drinks that I can buy and consume. When I need something I go back to Monster Energy Ultra Zero (white can), Bang or Reign.
Have you tried out the 3D energy drinks? What flavors have you tried and what were your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.