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One Weird Trick for Staying Alert While Driving on Long Summer Road Trips

June 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

Classic candy is quickly coming back into style. The return of Sugar Daddies, Pop Rocks, Bazooka Bubble Gum and Ring Pops means an old fashioned sugar high never really goes out of style, but we're most interested in that last one: the Ring Pop. We've recently discovered that enjoying one of these treat gems can be handy for keeping alert and awake during long drives.

For example, we drove from Palm Springs, CA to Tucson, AZ in spring, and entertained ourselves on the 4-hour desert drive with a Ring Pop and some loud music. It wasn't until this last weekend that we discovered the true power of the Ring Pop, however, as we faced 9 hours of solo road tripping across the Northeast, into the Midwest. After loud music failed to keep our focus on the road and drowsiness (combined with the monotony of middle of Pennsylvania scenery) threatened, we reached for a Ring Pop.

Beyond the addition of sugar into our system, the act of enjoying a Ring Pop engages another sense (taste) into activity. It goes without saying that, if you're truly tired, it's time to stop at a motel for the night. A Ring Pop is no substitute for a good sleep, but it has its uses.

We loaded up on Ring Pops at Rocket Fizz candy and soda shop, but keep a look-out for the sweet surprises in the check-out lane or candy aisle at your local supermarket.

Got a lot of driving in your future? Amazon sells 40-count and 24-count variety boxes for $18 and $15, respectively.

Need a flavor recommendation? Our personal favorites here at Jaunted include the "Twisted Berry Blast" and "Strawberry Lemonade." Not gonna lie—we're already looking forward to their autumn 2014 new flavor, "Cherry Limeade."

[Photo: Jaunted]

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