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Seen at a grocery store while I was shopping with rain_herself:

Yes, you're seeing that right. It's caffeinated hot chocolate. As in, hot chocolate with caffeine in it.

Have we as a society really reached the point where we can not face the day without putting drugs into everything we eat and drink?



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Dec. 4th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Chocolate has caffeine in it, so technically your question should be "* without putting more drugs *".
Dec. 4th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
My understanding is that chocolate has theobromine, not caffeine--same thing except for a hydrogen stick in place of a CH3 group:

But yeah, I take your point.
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Dec. 4th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Have we as a society really reached the point where we can not face the day without putting drugs into everything we eat and drink?

No. How sad is that?
Dec. 4th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Not sure. I like caffeine. In general I like all drugs I can take without hurting myself, which comes down to... well... caffeine, come to think of it. Dunno, may be that chewing coca leaves might also not be bad for you, but I don't have easy access to that.

Of course living in London I occasionally indulge in drugs that are bad for me, i.e. ale.

Seriously? Some of us would sleep for twenty hours a day were it not for caffeine and even more artificial drugs, like modafinil in my case.

I do make my own caffeinated chocolate, however, by the cunning expedient of adding a cup of espresso to a hot chocolate. Or, er, ok, ordering a mocha at Starbucks, which annoys me because a) I get to ingest more sugar than I want to and b) I am never, ever, EVER able to answer "No, thanks" when the bastard bat their eyelids at me and ask "Do want cream on top of that?"
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Dec. 4th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
I think I want to make mocha out of that.
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Dec. 4th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
you know, they had Swiss Miss milk chocolate coco at Target for only $1.02 per box... so I bought 4... now I may have to go back and pick up some of these to perky coco boxes!
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Hey I own a t-shit with caffeine on it. I am a strong believer in it but I think if I wanted something hot and caffeinated I would stick with a nice cup of coffee.
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
I hate the taste of coffee. I love this idea.
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Dec. 4th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Chocolate already has caffeine in it. Unless they added more it is just a gimmick to sell it to the Starbucks junkies.
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... I used to drink caffeinated water, and that was about 10 years ago. http://www.waterjoe.com/ So its no surprise they are now adding it to other non-caffeinated drinks.
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Spellcheck is not always your friend.

"Seen at a grocery sore..."

"Hey I own a t-shit with caffeine on it."

Grammar national socialism aside, I suspect the reason behind the increase in energy drinks, caffeinated cocoa, and a dusting of stimulants getting added to things is that the pace of business and social interaction seems to have been accelerating, and people are feeling a pressure to accelerate themselves to keep up. Stimulants and depressants are generally less regulated than, say, psychedelics. Some have argued that this is because they don't have the same potential for personal change, but just slow people down or speed them up. I say chemignostics are barking up the wrong tree, but my experience in the field is limited.

The backlash to the accelerators would be things like the Slow Food movement, permaculture, the Long Now Foundataion, and so forth, groups and individuals dedicated to working on better ways to do things rather than merely faster ways.
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Store! Store! Gah! (Fixed now.)
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Dec. 4th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
And of course the first thing I noticed on there is that it has calcium added. Because people who need extra calcium would never think of making their hot chocolate with milk.
Dec. 7th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
I make mine with milk most of the time. Still, I'll take whatever extra calcium I can get, since I don't actually like dairy and despise most "greens" (spinach and collard greens and such, not all vegetables in general), and calcium pills are expensive and usually gigantic.
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Dec. 4th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
Why pussyfoot around with blase-old caffeine? I'm going straight to cocaine-laced apple cider this winter.
Dec. 4th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
judging by how many people I know on antidepressants with caffiene addictions? Nope.
Dec. 4th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
I couldn't find data for Swiss Miss with a quick search, but the Hershey's Web site reports that "Hershey's Goodnight Kisses" hot cocoa has 3 mg caffeine and 37 mg theobromine. A standard bar of Hershey's Special Dark contains 31 mg caffeine (cf. 35 mg for a 12-oz. can of Coke) and 184 mg theobromine. Thus, while the quantity of caffeine in regular Swiss Miss is probably insignificant compared to the 67 mg in the euphemistically-named "Pick Me Up" variety, it seems to be a stretch to say that cocoa has no caffeine whatsoever.
Dec. 4th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Oddly the caffeine didn't phase me.
But some of that is that I parse chocolate as its own kind of drug, so adding another doesn't bother me.

The calcium, on the other hand, reads much more like they're trying to claim that their drink is healthy, and that bothers me much more.
It's hot cocoa.. it's not supposed to be healthy, it's supposed to be a treat, an occasional pleasure.
Dec. 4th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, this is my reaction also.
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Dec. 4th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
What grocery store is that? I like how big and bold the Unite Price is!
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