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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Xstals Sweet Stimulation
Posted: 16:56 Thu 11-09-2003. Price: Free sample. Location: News On The Wharf, Canary Wharf. Nutritional unusualness: Trehalose, "a new form of sugar originally developed in Japan" according to the Xstals site.
"Neil Aspinall" reports: What we have here is an incredibly dubious-looking Swiss "energy sweet", 25 sweets apparently having the same wake-up power as a strong cup of coffee. That's a statistic that seems to have been removed from the Xstals website in the last few days, bizarrely enough, along with the assertion that a minimum of 5-6 sweets are required to feel any effect (in a stroke of self-defeating genius, the free sample pack contained 4). The strangest thing is the sweets' resemblance to illegal street drugs, being as they are hexagonal pink-and-blue pills with an X crudely carved into each side. The website further reveals that they are also available from Liverpool Street Station now, and at WH Smiths at stations and airports from 11th September. I'm sure there's a very sick joke in there somewhere.

...The website is truly awe-inspiring, combining everything from new age crystals nonsense to a comparison pointing out that they require "Less Frequent Toilet Breaks" compared to energy drinks or, say, a glucose drip. But maybe they'll just have to do until we get the likes of Hello Kitty(R) and Strawberry Shortcake(TM) Tongue Tape(TM) over here.


Posted: 10:52 Thu 22-01-2004 by "Paddy Robinson-Griffin" # permalink comment
Comment: I bought some ‘xstals’ from WHSmiths (http://www.xstals.com)

Space-age pet-food-style package containing two-tone pink and blue hexagonal tablets, with caffeine, guarana, and some new Japanese sugar(!). Look totally dodgy – even more likely to be confiscated by bouncers than Trebor 24-7 mighty mints, and that’s saying something.

Taste like red-bull flavoured refreshers. Bitter caffeine aftertaste. Overall effect – grim but compulsive.

Thoroughly unpleasant headache after 4, was more than happy to give the rest away.


Posted: 19:36 Wed 28-01-2004 by "Will" # permalink comment
Comment: I bought some the other day and I really loved them. Brilliant resealable pack for when you are on the move.

I think these should take off since they are the first energy sweet on the market with a bit of character.

Also the caffeine really worked and since I'm not a big coffee fan I am glad I have found a way to get my hit.

Posted: 20:21 Sun 21-03-2004 by "Pravda" # permalink comment
Comment: I just recieved a large amount of sample packs through the post today. Trust, they do look incredibly dodgey. I have visions of them being stamped out in some hackney warehouse by a bearded man name "Jim". I just tried two, no effect yet. They taste like Red Bull initially, then get progressively worse. My advice, steer well clear, and dont just try two out of curiosity like I just did. If I dont end up either date-raped or in hospital, I'll come back and give a fuller review.
Posted: 20:42 Thu 25-03-2004 by "jim bob" # permalink comment
Comment: i got a hell of a load of free samples, my first idea of them was they looked like some form of new age extacy, so i was cautious about eating them so i made my m8s try them first,, they said they were allright, so i had some,, it was a satifying taste, and as the guy above said, dont have too many otherwise youll end up wid a bit of a head ach,, oook so, have fun but not tooo much otherwise you'll probly die of caffine poisoning,, c ya
Posted: 20:59 Thu 25-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: well, we haven't heard back from "Pravda" (above), so I'm prepared to believe the worst...
Posted: 21:42 Thu 25-03-2004 by "Amoulder"
(apparently posting from host81-136-230-108.in-addr.btopenworld.com) # permalink comment
Comment: i reckon Will must work for the company!
Posted: 12:57 Fri 26-03-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: These are nasty. Take the cheapest Red Bull clone you can think of. Now make it out of chalk. That's still not as bad as these things.
Posted: 11:52 Sat 27-03-2004 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: Amazed by just how dodgy these things look! As others have said, taste a bit like Red Bull at first, quite good, and then absolutely wretched almost immediately after. No real discernable caffeine hit for me, either, so a bit on the pointless side. My girlfriend insists that these make you fart when you eat them in quantity.
Posted: 19:03 Wed 21-04-2004 by "Poolestorf" # permalink comment
Comment: i got a couple of the free smaples from "the Bike show" in Birmingham NEC, they dont taste that bad, and i find they make me more tolerant of boring lessons, and stuffy classrooms, where i am normally on the verge of falling asleep.
Posted: 14:49 Fri 23-04-2004 by "alpha-male" # permalink comment
Comment: I got a few of these sampled the other day - I thought they were well nice. I looked at the contents and it seems one packet is about the same 'kick' as a can of red bull, but without ruining your teeth presumably.

Posted: 19:02 Sat 24-04-2004 by "barry" # permalink comment
Comment: Without ruining your teeth? These things are like pure sugar and a little bit of caffeine and guarana...they taste nice and like everybody else said are the most dubiouslooking sweets i have ever seen, my mates asked me what the hell they were...to which i cud have replied with a list of drugs...the xstals message bored has a few angry parents saying that kids are passin them off as ecstacy at school...all i can say i do not apempt to eat 4 full packs at once...u end up going crazy..well i did
Posted: 10:01 Sun 25-04-2004 by "John" # permalink comment
Comment: Hi had some of these the other day after nicking em off my mate when they dropped out of the loaded mag anyone know where i can get some more free samples or buy a packet as i do long hours at work and need em to keep me awake:D
Posted: 11:12 Sun 25-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: the official site lists the following outlets (or, depending how desperate you are, you could just buy more copies of Loaded magazine?):


available nationwide in selected newsagents and the following stores:

WHSmith Travel (stations and airports)

Moto Service Stations

BP Petrol Stations

Total Petrol Stations

Sainsbury's Petrol Stations (coming soon)

Park Garages, South East (store list)

Selected NUS stores (store list)

Makro (coming soon)

Mills (coming soon)

Booths (coming soon)

Harrods Pharmacy Department (coming soon)

Xscape Snozone Milton Keynes & Castleford

Smile stores, Bath & Bristol

JCR stores, Bath & Bristol

News on the Wharf, Canary Wharf

Posted: 09:59 Sun 02-05-2004 by "tom" # permalink comment
Comment: I bought some from http://www.chocolatebuttons.co.uk only 99p per pouch and next day delivery!
Posted: 15:57 Wed 26-05-2004 by "DM" # permalink comment
Comment: Xstals are purely an aid to help athletes obtain a consistant release of both physical and mental energy, and I agree that this product acheives exactly that.So stop being so suspicious, this is being sold nationwide in well established stores and garages, not some drug on the black market.
Posted: 17:13 Fri 28-05-2004 by "martin dobson"
(apparently posting from 31-barc-x53.libre.retevision.es) # permalink comment
Comment: i´dd like to speak to the manufacturer of xstals to discuss importing them into spain. does anyone know their tel number. thanks
Posted: 17:17 Fri 28-05-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: only contact info on their site seems to be: info (at!) xstals.com

Sweet Stimulation Ltd PO Box 2662 Slough SL2 2XZ

- plus the reassuring "warning": XSTALS sample sachets (4 sweets) are provided to shops so that people can experience XSTALS for free. They should not be sold, so please do not buy them. The XSTALS selling unit is a metallic, re-sealable pouch of 25 sweets.

- don't touch the brown acid, kids!

Posted: 16:13 Sun 03-Oct-2004 by "david" # permalink comment
Comment: just noticed these are now on sale via text message. check out their website
Posted: 15:06 Thu 07-Oct-2004 by "TheAcolyte" # permalink comment
Comment: The dodgy appeal is fantastic, when do they release the syringe version??? I am a wannabe drug taker (cept not because I could and I don't) and the retro drug fetish thing is cool and totally f***edUP! Still surely no worse than those sugar cigarettes. Talkabout gateway confectionary! And if they were indeed made in Hackney (as the deceased Pravd suggested) then I'm sure my mate Jim made them with love and commitment. #BIG UP HACKNEY MASSIVE!#


Posted: 02:13 Tue 18-Apr-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: i was given a free packet of these and what can i say about them.....they taste nice, but as for stimulation>>>???
Posted: 21:39 Thu 02-Nov-2006 by "jade" # permalink comment
Comment: i wouldnt recomend you to eat a lot of these, me and my mates were literally addicted to them and ate like 20 odd a day each. eating the sample packets is great, keeps you awake for a bit! but about what someone said before about side effects, as far as i know i havent farted or got headaches from them! but if anyone buys them and doesnt like them, ill be happy to eat them for you lol 79396 7
Posted: 19:46 Fri 16-Feb-2007 by "Nath" # permalink comment
Comment: i went to the cash and carry and they were on offer, i bought 8 boxes of the stuff, now i sell them to my class mates for £1 a packet (H) i dont think you can go wron with that :)
Posted: 15:18 Thu 13-Dec-2007 by "silli billi"
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Comment: me and my year have had bout 50 each now we got the craps lol buzzzzin lol
Posted: 23:06 Sat 20-Sep-2008 by "Jv"
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Comment: I need to know what happen with xstals, the website? where I can buy some............
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