REVIEW: Gatorade BOLT24 Restore

Gatorade BOLT24 Restore Bottles

I did a collagen peptides deep dive on the internet to find out why 10 grams of it is included in Gatorade’s BOLT24 Restore. Let’s just say my Google journey involved preventing or reducing skin wrinkles, joint pain caused by osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and Jennifer Aniston. Just to be clear, the supplement does not prevent or reduce Jennifer Aniston.

I’m sure the reason for the collagen is one of those I mentioned that’s not Jennifer Aniston. But I have no way to test whether the collagen peptides in BOLT24 Restore help with any of those things. So I’ll just tell you how the two flavors – Peach Mango and Apple Pear – taste.

Gatorade BOLT24 Restore Peach Mango

Both varieties look like flat champagne or white wine. They pour like regular beverages, but they’ve got a mouthfeel that’s like Jello that’s been put into the fridge to set but taken out after 30-45 minutes. I don’t want to say there’s a thickness to them, but I already typed it, so I’m not going to use my arrow and delete keys to change it. I’m going to assume that’s the collagen at work.

If you need or want more collagen in your diet, go with the Peach Mango because it’s the better tasting one of the two. Its flavor has an equal balance of peach and mango. The stevia is a bit more noticeable in these Restore versions than with the original BOLT24, but they don’t taste as odd as other beverages that are only sweetened with it. I’m looking at you, Zevia.

Gatorade BOLT24 Restore Apple Pear

Now, Apple Pear mostly tastes okay. It has a flavor that’s more Fuji apple than pear, and that sounds wonderful. However, the aftertaste takes an acrid turn. Once the fruit flavor fades, there’s a sweet artificial meat-like taste in my mouth that pops up for a few moments. It’s odd, and enough for me to push the Peach Mango one instead.

Because these are Gatorade beverages, of course, they come with electrolytes. But unlike your standard Gatorade, BOLT24 drinks get it from watermelon and sea salt. Also, these don’t contain artificial sweeteners or flavors.

Gatorade BOLT24 Restore Protein

The bottle says it has 10 grams of protein, but it also says it doesn’t provide any daily value of the nutrient. It’s making my head hurt. Does collagen help with that?

Purchased Price: $1.99 each
Size: 16.9 fl oz bottle
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Peach Mango), 4 out of 10 (Apple Pear)
Nutrition Facts: (1 bottle) 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 230 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of sugar, 8 grams of added sugar, 10 grams of protein, and 100 percent vitamin C.

COMING SOON: White Cheddar Chex Mix


Chex Mix has added a new savory addition to its vast line up — White Cheddar. It joins Cheddar, Bold, Honey BBQ, Sour Cream and Onion, and, of course, Traditional. Looking at the packaging, it appears it won’t come with cheddary crackers, like the Cheddar version. But it will have the usual wheat Chex, corn Chex, pretzels, and mini breadsticks.

White Cheddar Chex Mix is rolling out now to Stop & Shop locations (a northeastern supermarket chain) and will be available in grocery stores and retailers nationwide beginning in mid-June. It’s available in two sizes — Medium ($3.09 suggested retail price) and Family Size ($3.99 suggested retail price).

(Thanks to Chex Mix for the info and images!)

SPOTTED – 5/4/2021

Here are some interesting new products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Tabasco Original BBQ Sauce
Tabasco Original BBQ Sauce

Other flavors include Jalapeno Mesquite, Habanero Jerk, and Honey BBQ. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Coolhaus Cookies  Cream Ice Cream Cones
Coolhaus Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cones

Other flavors include Farmer’s Market Strawberry and Street Cart Churro Dough. (Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Trader Joe s Vegan Pasta Bolognese
Trader Joe’s Vegan Pasta Bolognese

(Spotted by Rachel C at Trader Joe’s.)

Ice Breakers Cherry Limeade
Ice Breakers Cherry Limeade
Ice Breakers Limited Edition Snow Cone
Ice Breakers Limited Edition Snow Cone

(Spotted by Dorothy at Walmart)

Thomas Chocolatey Chip Mini Bagels
Thomas’ Chocolatey Chip Mini Bagels

(Spotted by Dorothy at Walmart)

Levain Bakery Two Chip Chocolate Chip
Levain Bakery Two Chip Chocolate Chip

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

REVIEW: Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes with Crispy Cinnamon Basketballs

Kellogg s Frosted Flakes with Crispy Cinnamon Basketballs Box

I bought the original Reebok Shaq Attaq shoes back in the 1990s, which are still somewhere in my parent’s house. I also have a life-sized Shaq cardboard cutout with him wearing Hammer pants, which is also somewhere in my childhood home. Yes, it’s a 7 foot 1 inch display, and I can’t find it.

And this Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes with Crispy Cinnamon Basketballs box with Shaq’s face on it would be a great addition to the collection. I look forward to losing it at my parent’s place when I go back.

So why does Shaq have his own cereal a decade after retiring from the NBA?

Reason one, he’s a part of Mission Tiger, which is helping to save school sports around the country. And, two, he’s mentioned Frosted Flakes as being his favorite cereal of all time for so many years that Kellogg’s probably owes him for all that free promotion.

Sure, the cereal brand could’ve just stuck his face on a box of regular Frosted Flakes, but it went the extra 7 feet 1 inch to give the NBA Hall of Famer his very own variety.

Kellogg s Frosted Flakes with Crispy Cinnamon Basketballs Closeup

Crispy cinnamon basketballs sound cool, but they don’t bounce and don’t have much flavor. I gathered a spoonful of them, and while they’re crispy, they taste like Apple Jacks Super Lite with a hint of cardboard. But when mixed with the sugary flakes, whatever taste they have gets lost. If Kellogg’s made a cereal with only these cinnamon-flavored puff pieces and named it Cinn-asketballs, I would dislike it. But probably not more than you hate me for coming up with the name “Cinn-asketballs.”

Because the cinnamon is so light, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes with Crispy Cinnamon Basketballs mostly tastes like I’m eating regular Frosted Flakes. That’s not a bad thing, but the cinnamon shouldn’t be difficult to find, like whatever Shaq memorabilia I have in my parent’s house.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free product sample. Doing so did not influence my review.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 10.2 oz box
Purchased at: Received from Kellogg’s
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 cup/38 g) 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, 12 grams of added sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

If you’d like to learn more about Mission Tiger, click here.