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Chocolate-Coated Caffeine Candies Cause Overdose, Sends Writer to the Hospital

Clean Plate Charlie writers meet each week for a blog meeting. It's there we "chew the fat" and brainstorm about "tasty morsels" to write about.

It's also the morning when I usually come into the office slightly harried and hungry after trying to fit a day's worth of writing into that morning, before geting ready, and driving to our New Times offices.

On that one particular morning, I found a few boxes of Energems in the mail. Made by a Deerfield Beach-based company, these "energy supplements" are candy-coated milk chocolate bits in flavors like chocolate charge, mint fusion, and peanut butter blast. They also pack a punch!

In fact, three tiny "gems" contain 325.5 milligrams of a "proprietary energy blend of D-Glucuronolactone, Taurine, Caffeine, and Suntheanine (L-Theanine). In other words, three of these M&M lookalikes equal "an energy drink or a strong cup of coffee".

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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