Click here to read a cnn blog article about the stop-production order. I understand why people worry that kids could o.d. on the stuff. It's easy to keep popping gum into your mouth, and the total caffeine content of a pack equals 4 cups of coffee. But as an innocent bystander who would certainly consider buying a pack of caffeine-infused gum, I thought the stuff was pretty great! (It's still for sale at my local bodega. I might stock up on a few packs...). It tastes like berry-infused aspirin. This is not delicious, and that seems proper (and like a good way to keep kids from consuming a ton of it). But the consistency is nice and I felt peppier and pretty great within minutes. It really works. Maybe it shouldn't be marketed in the candy aisle. If it were placed next to the No-Doz instead of the Juicy Fruit, I think the problem would largely disappear.
Score (effectiveness): 5
Score (would I buy more): 5
Score (questionable health factor): 1