As our national addiction to caffeine and sleeplessness powers up, drinks, food, and even breath strips are all getting supercharged. Now the final frontier: nuts, by way of Sumseeds.
Sumseeds are caffeinated sunflower seeds from Ohio-based Dakota Valley Products, whose relentless nut farming necessitates all-night work shifts (with occasional breaks for glo-sticked raving). Each 3.5oz bag of premium, gum-toughening seeds is dusted with 120mg of caffeine -- one-and-a-half times the amount in the energy drinks favored by thrill junkies and rehabbing celebrities worldwide. And unlike liquid-based energy delivery systems, Sumseeds won't have you constantly waiting for the bathroom, unless the crapper's where you plan to dispose of two cheeks full of slobbery shells.
Beyond caffeine, Sumseeds're also juiced up with taurine, lysine, and ginseng, to help power surprising bursts of softball athleticism -- at least until your back goes out, and you're put in the untenable position of having to caffeinate your Percocet.