Have Your Coffee and Eat It, Too: A New Kind of Energy Bar
by Chris Hühnert
The first time I saw a Kickbar was at the 2011 SXSW festival in Austin Texas. At that point it looked like a giant orange block with two small legs sticking out from the top. The idea behind it was simple enough; you could put your hands inside the legs and squeeze them together to make a kind of “squeeze” sound. You then had to push up against the other leg to release the pressure. There were no instructions or anything else.
It just worked! I thought it was pretty cool, but I didn’t think much more about it until a few months later when I attended another SXSW event where there was one again, but this time it wasn’t called Kickbars anymore, but rather Eat Your Coffee Bars (or Caffè Mocha).
I noticed that they had changed the design slightly. Now instead of squeezing the legs together, you squeezed them together and pushed up against each other. And now instead of pushing up against each other, you pressed down on the bottom side of one leg while pressing up on the top side of another leg. It seemed like a completely different product.
After all, if you wanted to drink your coffee without drinking yourself into oblivion, why not try both?
I tried it and had a lot of fun.
Eventually I was contacted by the company that makes them about writing a review. I agreed to do so because I really liked the concept. After receiving my first batch, I found that there were several more varieties available and thought it would be a good idea to try them all out before writing the article. Now after having tried them all, I am ready to write my review and continue enjoying this new toy!
The first thing I found out was that they are quite durable. I tried everything I could think of to break them and only succeeded in scuffing up the surface a bit. They really are solid and made to last, which is great since the last thing you want is to have to keep buying things all the time!
The next most important thing was how well do they taste?
The short answer is excellent! The long answer is slightly more complex. Since I received a mixed variety pack, some were cream based, while others were fruity, and still others were a little of both. Each one tasted great though. None of them had that weird aftertaste or unnatural flavor that so many other carbonated drinks have. I don’t know what they put in them, but it works very well. It is like the old slogan from 7-UP “They put the product in the soda” except in this case they took something out of the product.
The third important thing is how filling are they?
Well, I can’t really answer that one since I didn’t try to drink a whole one in one sitting. That would have been rather pointless since they are quite large and you certainly wouldn’t want to drink more than one in a short period of time. What I can say is that they do fill you up rather quickly. It is probably due to the fact that there is no product in them that leaves more room for air. So, you get a nice full feeling without getting too much in your stomach. This makes them perfect for those times when you want something to drink, but don’t want to eat anything.
There are several other positive aspects to them as well. They are sealed individually, so they stay fresh. They are also fat free and have no cholesterol.
What more could you want?
So, I recommend that you go out and try some of these wonderful drinks for yourself and let me know what you think! Until next time, this is Alan Simmonds signing off.
Sources & references used in this article:
A new kind of Christianity: Ten questions that are transforming the faith by BD McLaren – 2019 – Fortress Press
Future sex: A new kind of free love by BD McLaren – 2019 – Fortress Press
All about coffee by R Oldenburg – 1999 – Da Capo Press
The Cardiac Drift Phenomenon by BD McLaren – 2010 – books.google.com
Cool Coffee shop of the week by M Notkin – 2014 – Seal Press
Nancy Clark’s sports nutrition guidebook by E Witt – 2017 – books.google.com