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The Most Expensive Energy Drinks on the Market Today

Energy drinks have become a popular mode of trying to gain a boost in energy levels during the day, or night. It's a huge industry today, with the global sales of energy drinks in 2014 reported at $49 billion. With all that we have to do every day, work, kids, school, long commutes and taking care of our homes, it can be exhausting trying to keep up, with just not enough hours in the day to do what all we feel we need to. So, many people have turned to energy drinks to help propel them through the day and power them through their tasks. When energy drinks hit the market years ago, they slowly took off, but once they did, many companies tried their hand at creating the perfect drink that would supply customers with just the right ingredients that would give the them the energy levels they wanted and needed, while still being safe to consume. Energy drinks typically contain a stimulant ingredient, which is most often caffeine, along with other possible ingredients that might include; herbs, amino acids, sweeteners, and they might even be carbonated. There are several popular brands that are well-known to energy drink users and some are considered pretty pricey. Here is a list of the most expensive energy drinks on the market today.

5. 5-Hour Energy - $17.98 (10ct)

5-Hour Energy got its start in 2008, and by 2012, the company had reached an estimated worth of $1 billion. This energy drink really took off quick and quickly became one of the most popular energy drinks on the market. It is also one of the most expensive. Like most energy drinks, it does contain caffeine, and in March of 2011, a Consumer Reports report stated that lab tests on the drink confirmed the content level of caffeine was 207 mg, however, the report didn't state if the test was conducted on the company's "original" or "extra strength" level of their drink. Later, in 2012, Forbes magazine had another test conducted and found that original strength had 157 mg of caffeine and the 206 mg. 5-Hour Energy continues to be a high-selling energy drink and it can be found in many different stores, from convenient to grocery, and many more.

4. Zipfizz - $33.99 (30ct)

For about $34.00, you can get a 30-pack of Zipfizz. This Kerrville, Texas based company promises to give you all the energy you need with a healthier way by not including any ephedra or artificial stimulants like most others. The packaging is quite different too. It's a tube of powder that you mix with water or other drink. It has list of vitamins and minerals, and key amino acids, all with fewer calories and carbs. Zipfizz has become a popular energy drink, with its catchy, unique packaging and long list of flavors, such as, fruit punch, orange cream, lemon iced tea, citrus, grape, berry, orange soda pink lemonade and many more. Zipfizz is supposed to give you a quick burst of energy for an afternoon pick-me-up, or it can enhance a workout routine. The company claims it will increase your level of energy for 4-6 hours and won't give you that sudden drop of a sugar crash that many drinks have the potential of doing. It is one of the most expensive energy drinks on the market today, but it sounds like it may be worth the price if it does all it says.

3. RockStar - $36.25 (24ct)

Rockstar got its start in 2001, and was created by Russell Weiner, the son of the conservative talk show host, Michael Savage. It currently holds about 14% of the market of energy drinks and is now sold in 20 different flavors, and is sold globally in over 30 countries. The Las Vegas, NV company claims that their energy drink is different than the rest in the fact that its ingredient combination has been scientifically proven to help those who live very active, and exhausting lives, to speed their recovery. There is a long list of herbs in Rockstar, something many other energy drinks do not include in their recipes. Some of the people they market to who are known to live exhausting lives include, the average housewife, to athletes, to rockstars. Rockstar wanted to be different than other brands in their look, so they went with a different type of can. As opposed to Red Bull's 8 oz can, Rockstar went with a 16 oz can and markets themselves as "twice the size of Red Bull for the same price." It is a top contender for being one of the most expensive energy drinks on the market. For  count of 24, you will pay, about $36.00.

2. Monster - $36.98 (24ct)

Monster in Corona, California and have 34 different drinks that fall under the Monster name. It is most recognizable by the logo it displays on every can; the monster claw that appears to be trying to rip through the can. Monster is the most highly advertised through sponsorships, and most are sporting entities, such as, BMX mountain biking, snowboarding, motocross, auto racing, and many more. They are very popular energy drinks and have carbonated water and caffeine as the main ingredients, with a list of others as additives. Monster posts a warning label on their cans that advises people not to drink more than 48 oz per day. It is a pricey drink and you can pay about $36.98 for a 24 ct. package of them.

1. Red Bull - $39.38 (24ct)

Red Bull was created in 1987 and is the holder of the highest market share of all of the energy drinks in the world. In 2016, over 6 billion cans are reported to have been sold. Red Bull was created by an Australian entrepreneur, Dietrich Mateschitz was inspired from an already existing energy drink that was called Krating Daeng. Since the drink was sold in Thailand, he took the idea and modernized it, creating a combination of ingredients that would be better suited for the Western side of the world. The main ingredients in Red Bull are caffeine, taurine, B vitamins (B3, B5, B6, B12), glucose, and sucrose. The caffeine content in one can of Red Bull is 80 mg/250 ml, but it may vary from one country to another. Although it's considered safe, it can cause certain reactions for some, most related to excessive consumption and the effects of caffeine. Red Bull is considered to be the most expensive energy drink on the market here today.

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Maria McCutchen

Written by Maria McCutchen

Maria McCutchen is an author and freelance writer living in Chattanooga, TN. She is the published author of her memoir, “It’s all in Your Head,” and a children’s book. She has been writing for over 15 years; writing articles, whitepapers, product write-ups and more for multiple online media sites, blogs, company websites and individuals. She is also an advocate for brain malformations, including Chiari Malformation, and works closely with the non-profit organization, The Chiari Project, writing for their quarterly newsletters.

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