Top 10 Insane Monster Energy Drink Facts

Updated on September 28, 2017
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Monster Energy Drinks
Monster Energy Drinks

Monster Energy Drinks

Founded by Hansen Natural in 2002, Monster Energy has since become the beverage of choice for many rockers, nerds, and hipsters across the world. With a strong and sweet brew chock-full of caffeine, it offers a great alternative to coffee for kick-starting your energy.

But despite the drink's popularity and recent founding, it harbors an interesting history most consumers are unaware of. So grab a cold one and spike your stamina as we countdown ten Monster facts you probably didn't know!

Monster Varieties
Monster Varieties

10. It Produces Over 34 Drinks

Where to even begin? You've got your regular Monster, low-carb, zero-calorie, tea blend, coffee blend, juice blend, malt-based Ubermonster, and many more.

With flavors from vanilla to peach to Hawaiian Kona coffee, you're bound to find a beverage that satisfies. My personal choice: Absolutely Zero, same great Monster taste, but with zero calories and zero sugar. And speaking of flavors, while Monster offers several, they're unique in that..

Monster Ultra
Monster Ultra

9. No One Knows The Exact Flavors In Each

That's right, for many Monster products, your guess is as good as mine as to what flavors the drink contains. Of course, the nutrition section reveals the ingredients, but we're still at a loss to adequately describe the extracts of most products.

Take Monster Ultra Blue, another zero-calorie blend. It tastes like.. uh.. blueberries? Maybe a little raspberry or grape? Visit the Monster website, and the only information you'll find regarding the drink's taste states it "is a little less sweet and lighter-tasting."

Sometimes Monster reveals key flavors, like the hints of cherry in Ultra Black, but for many products you'll need to taste them yourself to accurately gauge their essence.

A Monster Martini
A Monster Martini | Source

8. It's Commonly Mixed With Alcohol

"Sure, adding alcohol to energy drinks can't lead to anything bad!" -- People leading to something bad.

Well, not necessarily. Adults can (sometimes) responsibly combine alcohol with Monster to design unique beverages. Take the "Monster Martini" for example, a fan-created combination of any Monster Java with vodka and cream that several consumers safely enjoy.

Then again, some studies report energy drinks cause people to misgauge their level of intoxication, leading to binge drinking and alcoholism. And think about it: who especially loves both alcohol and Monster? Teenagers. And who makes the most irresponsible choices regarding drinking? Teenagers. Enjoy carefully, folks.

Monster's Nutrition Label
Monster's Nutrition Label

7. It Has 50 Grams Of Sugar

Depending on your Monster of choice, the sugar content will fluctuate. But if you're some sort of monster and have absolutely zero sense (I'll stop), you'll buy the non-zero calorie cans with as much sweetness as two Snickers bars.

For teenagers with unholy metabolisms who need energy to deal with puberty, perhaps that's a reasonable amount. But for us post-adolescents, just be aware that Monster induces a caffeine and sugar buzz. To be fair, some products conceal even more sugar, as the table below reveals.

Sugar Within Various Beverages

Grams of Sugar
Welch's Grape Juice
Monster Energy
Sugar contained 12 ounces of several drinks.
Supposed satanic message
Supposed satanic message

6. Many People Think It Supports Satan

Did Monster employees sells their souls to the devil to come up with its tasty recipe? Well, probably, but that's not the issue at hand. In 2014, a big controversy arose after a YouTuber posted a video detailing several hidden satanic symbols in the can's logo.

Put down your rosaries people, it's fake. Yes, each Monster claw resembles the Hebrew symbol for six, "vav", but even if you don't believe this is a coincidence, keep in mind that writing 666 in Hebrew isn't as simple as slapping three vavs together. Rather, it's formed by spelling out six hundred and sixty six with "samech resh tav vav."

If you're still not convinced, Monster didn't even create their distinctive claw-marked M. They hired McLean Design, a strategic branding firm, to do so. So if anyone's worshiping fallen angels, it's McLean (there's a free slogan for ya, guys).

Yep, definitely not satanic
Yep, definitely not satanic

5. It's Quick To Sue

Monster's webpage glorifies the company's lack of traditional advertising in favor of supporting individual people, bands, and events. Aw, what a nice company, right?

Sure, until it sues the pants off you. Monster vehemently pursues anyone brandishing any name that even somewhat resembles "monster.", for example. I guess obscure internet people who raise large fish pose a threat to a massive energy drink company.

Also, they sued for an unfavorable analysis of their drinks. Yikes! Uh, Monster products are divine and you should go spend all your money on them.

Keep dreaming
Keep dreaming

4. It Never Makes Any Coupons

The farther we go down this list, the less convinced I am that nothing demonic is going on. No coupons? How are we supposed to choose between rent and energy drinks?

Monster products, like most energy drinks, are gonna run your wallet dry faster than other beverages, and Monster isn't eager to change the fact. Heck, their own website has a specific section reminding customers that any coupons discovered are fake.

Now, stores carrying Monster may offer some sort of promotion or discount, but Monster itself has a policy of "get real, we all know you'll buy it anyway" when it comes to coupons. Not only are Monster executives savage business gurus, they know how to cater to their target demographic..

Monster Girls
Monster Girls

3. It Has A Team Of Monster Girls

Dang guys, if you really wanted monstrous girls, you coulda hit me up and I'd tell you the names of all my exes. Regardless, Monster brandishes a team of female "representatives." Yea, they represent Monster as much as anchovies represent a respectable pizza topping.

Seriously though, it's hard to fault them. They take a few skimpy pictures, whiten their teeth, and then get paid to travel around the world and drink free energy products. Not a bad life, right? Except..

More Monster Girls
More Monster Girls

2. The Girls' Profiles Are.. Unique

Yea yea, I browsed the "Girls" section of the Monster website. Purely academic! In any case, I don't know whether to blame the ladies or the website administrators, but get it together girls, use some basic grammar. Half their sentences have no ending punctuation, and several don't even answer what they're being asked.

Don't believe me? Here are some excerpts from the Q&A section, spelling errors and all:

  • Q: Where would you list to visit?
  • A: Three years I have been apart of the Monster Energy Family and I cant wait for more to come!
  • Q: Tell us what your party trick is?
  • A: I am a ski instructor!
  • Q: To have fun and let me hair down I love too:
  • A: Barcelona Street League, such a cool vibe! I cant wait for this years season

Yes, that last "question" is verbatim. Wow. I get it, writers don't catch every little spelling error, but I've never read something so.. fascinating.

Drink responsibly
Drink responsibly

1. It Can Kill You

In all seriousness, I love the taste and variety of Monster. But it can pose serious problems to your health if consumed in excess, or if you have one of several physical conditions.

For example, fourteen-year-old Anais Fournier died of cardiac arrhythmia after downing 710 mls, or 24 fluid ounces, of Monster spread between two cans. Her parents blamed the company for the tragedy, and matters erupted into a massive controversy. However, Anais had several health issues including a heart condition that should have warned her against consuming too much caffeine. The lawsuit her relatives filed has seemingly ended in a settlement of an undisclosed amount, but this wasn't the last time Monster faced legal charges.

Very few people will suffer extreme effects after only two cans, but note that this is not a product to binge on.

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Future Of Monster

As you can see, think carefully before enjoying any energy drink. Despite some court action, Monster products remain a growing fad among American youth. With sponsorships across Nascar, MMA, and even professional gaming, Monster is bound to remain a juggernaut in its field for years to come.

Feel free to vote for your favorite flavor, and I'll see you at our next countdown!


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    • Bedbugabscond profile image

      Melody Trent 4 months ago from United States

      Just drinking to many and then the person appearing to be very jittery. Similar to what happens to me when I drink too much coffee.

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      Jeremy Gill 4 months ago from Louisiana


      They've got such a unique taste that I know what you mean. In my experiences, people either love or hate 'em.


      I'd love to hear what exactly you mean by making people look odd. When I was in high school, I recall many peers crafting necklaces made of different Monster can tabs; not sure if that's still trending.

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      Melody Trent 4 months ago from United States

      Monster energy drinks are popular here. If you drink too many they can make you look quite odd. Some of the local stores do not sell these to anyone under 16. I am not sure the legality of that. Considering that Monster likes to sue, I hope the company doesn't catch wind of that!!

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      Emily Lantry 5 months ago from Tennessee

      I'm not a big fan of the taste of monster energy drinks, but I found this article very entertaining. thanks for sharing!

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      Britt Bogan 8 months ago

      @Jeremy Totally. Some of the flavors definitely do taste similar. Good point to add. :)

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      Jeremy Gill 8 months ago from Louisiana


      Agreed! Gotta admit I like the designs and vivid colors on the cans.

      @Lena and Britt

      That's a great answer to Lena, Britt! I'll add that while the flavors definitely taste different, some are by a small margin. For example, Monster Ultra Blue and Ultra White taste quite similar to me.

      Of course, when you mix in tea and coffee with the Rehab and Java series, you'll definitely notice the difference.

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      Britt Bogan 8 months ago

      @Lena, the different flavors definitely taste different! Monster is about the only energy drink I'll drink. I prefer the Rehab series. The orange Rehab is my favorite. It's fruity, tangy, and not terribly sweet; unfortunately, the orange one is hard to find. The yellow one is much easier to find, tastes a bit like an Arnold Palmer, and is still pretty good! Assault is one of the worst flavors. If you don't mind a ton of sugar, Khaos was my favorite when I was in high school. It's too sweet for me these days. The regular flavor and the low-sugar blue flavor taste... odd these days. So, if you're going to try one, I'd definitely recommend the Rehabs. They're a great balance of flavor, sugar, and caffeine. (But also please don't drink a bunch of them because they're totally terrible for you.)

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      Lena Durante 8 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Do the different flavors actually taste different? I can't imagine... Energy drinks just taste radioactive to me.

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      Kuan Leong Yong 8 months ago from Singapore

      From a certain viewpoint, its marketing is actually quite, well, intelligent. It does project the image of being aggressive, fast, er, beastly, etc.