Surprise! Frappuccinos And Coolatas Are Not Health Food

Surprise! Frappuccinos And Coolatas Are Not Health Food

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have just released the findings of a 2007 study on “blended coffee beverages” served by Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks. The conclusion: “Calories in blended coffee beverages are high … modifying standard formulations of blended coffee beverages, such as using low-fat milk or smaller serving sizes, would also reduce calorie content.” Um, yeah.

Coke Is Going Retro-Futuristic With New Bottles

Coke Is Going Retro-Futuristic With New Bottles

Look at Coke, getting all futuristic. First with these soda machines and now with these snazzy new bottles, spotted by the Orange County Register.

Consumers Finally Growing Some Damned Sense, Not Buying Bottled Water

Consumers Finally Growing Some Damned Sense, Not Buying Bottled Water

We’re not always pessimists on Consumerist. Why, sometimes we actually like silver linings, if only because it gives us a chance to complain about argyria. (Don’t take colloidal silver, people!) Today’s silver lining is that sales of bottled water “have fallen for the first time in at least five years,” says the Los Angeles Times. We’re apparently showing common sense and opting for tap water over branded and labeled water, proving that in a tough economy it’s hard to compete with (nearly) free.

ShopRite Hopes Thirst Robs Shoppers Of Math Ability

ShopRite Hopes Thirst Robs Shoppers Of Math Ability

No, you can’t buy the 12-pack for $12. We checked.

The Poor, Misunderstood Wendy's Frosty

The Poor, Misunderstood Wendy's Frosty

What, exactly, is a Wendy’s Frosty? Is it a beverage? Is it a milkshake? Is it soft-serve ice cream? Is it simply a vehicle for delivering diamonds to one’s digestive tract? More to the point, is it a beverage or a dessert? Reader Carl doesn’t know. Neither does his local Wendy’s.

Naked Juice Removes Supplements, Now Just Boring Juice

Naked Juice Removes Supplements, Now Just Boring Juice

Bryan, a longtime Naked Juice customer, noticed that that Strawberry Kiwi Kick brand he always bought had a different colored cap. He writes, “Alas, the ‘Kick’ is no more. Gone are the supplements, including plain ol’ Vitamin C. Strawberry Kiwi Kick is just fruit juice.” When he contacted them to complain, they responded that their “devotees” preferred it that way, and they sent him a coupon and a temporary tattoo. Because if there’s anything that says “we take your input seriously,” it’s a temporary tattoo. (Or maybe they’re trying to tell him what they expect of real devotees.)

The Rockstar Energy Drink/Michael Savage Connection

The Rockstar Energy Drink/Michael Savage Connection

Look, another update! I think I misinterpreted the point of the legal threats yesterday when I wrote this post. As Savage listeners point out in the comments below, Michael Savage has never hidden the fact that his son is the CEO of Rockstar Energy Drink. The legal threats seem to be against people who are claiming that Michael Savage is directly involved in the company, which he is not. And no, there’s no behind-the-scenes shenanigans at work here making me post this; I just feel I need to clarify it after reading the comments.

Latest Brew-Ha-Ha: Cancer In Your Teacup

Latest Brew-Ha-Ha: Cancer In Your Teacup

Enjoying your piping hot breakfast cuppa? Well, get a thermometer and a timer. Because the latest cancer scare comes in the form of overly hot tea (or other liquids), sipped too soon.

Is Tentacle Grape Soda Real? Because Their Shipment Dates Aren't

Is Tentacle Grape Soda Real? Because Their Shipment Dates Aren't

Really, grape soda with a tentacle hentai theme (don’t Google it if you’re not sure what we’re talking about, especially if you’re at work) just makes sense. Sex-starved tentacled monsters getting it on with anime vixens just cries out to be packaged as a grape drink and sold. But one reader, Lincoln, says he bought his own 6-pack of the drink back at the start of the year and has yet to see it.

It's Midnight Somewhere…

It's Midnight Somewhere…

It’s New Year’s Eve, and we have some drinking suggestions for you.

A Farewell To Sparks And Other Alcoholic Energy Drinks

A Farewell To Sparks And Other Alcoholic Energy Drinks

Last week, MillerCoors bowed to pressure from numerous state attorneys general and agreed to decaffeinate its caffeinated alcoholic beverage, Sparks.

US Airways Saving Money Because Nobody Is Buying Their Drinks?

US Airways Saving Money Because Nobody Is Buying Their Drinks?

US Airways says that their decision to start charging for water, coffee and soft drinks is working — because no one is buying them.

http://consumerist.com/2008/09/03/gothamist-says-that-theres-a/

Gothamist says that there’s a company (in NYC) selling purified New York City tap water in bottles. We can vouch for the goodness of NYC tap water, but really, all you need is a cup, or as Consumerist readers recommend to me, a stainless steel canteen. [Gothamist] (Thanks, Avi!)

http://consumerist.com/2008/08/20/new-york-magazine-has-a/

New York magazine has a good write-up of Function Drinks, an “enhanced water” company that has the marketing advantage of being founded by a doctor. Although their nutritional claims appear to be a little more scientifically researched than, say, Vitamin Water, the sugar content is the same, and, as the article points out, there’s still no real consensus on whether antioxidants do any good.

4 New Airline Fees And How To Get Around Them

4 New Airline Fees And How To Get Around Them

Travel expert to the stars Christopher Elliott has a new column that explains 4 new or grotesquely inflated airline fees and some ways to get around them…

We Review Drank, The "Anti-Energy" Drank

We Review Drank, The "Anti-Energy" Drank

As soon as we heard about Drank, the anti-energy drink that promises to “slow your roll,” we knew we had to try it. After searching around New Orleans for a while, we were directed to a gas station in Tremé. We brought a few cans home, put on some Three 6 Mafia, and drank some Drank.