Hey, kids! Do you like caffeine? Do you like Autotune? Just one of those things? Okay, cool, then this still applies. Catalyst Mints is a brand of caffeinated mints, and they’re endorsed by the man who popularized the wild overuse of Autotune, T-Pain. Catalyst Mints sent us a few tins of mints to try out.First, I just appreciate the existence of unnecessarily caffeinated “gaming” and “geek” products. There’s a long tradition of dumping caffeine in foods that don’t usually have caffeine and adding caffeine to drinks that already have caffeine to appeal to gamers. That tradition has fallen a bit by the wayside, but as exactly the kind of nerd who misses Jolt Cola and Josta and nostalgically picks up a bottle of Bawls every time he visits Micro Center, it’s nice to see some new “Energy Mints.”First, the tin. It’s a pretty standard, semicylindrical metal “these are nicer than Breath Savers and therefore cost a few dollars” mint tin in the now official gaming colors of black and green (Xbox, Nvidia, Razer, gamers love black and green). The logo is a green Erlenmeyer flask with the Catalyst under it. Like all responsible caffeinated confections, Catalyst Mints clearly says on the tin that three mints are equivalent to one energy drink (30 mg of caffeine per mint for a 90 mg dose of caffeine, the same as a cup of coffee).The flavor is Siberian Wintergreen, highlighting the dubious herbal secret add-on of the mints, Siberian Eleuthero root. According to Catalyst, Eleuthero isn’t an energy source or enhancer-like taurine or B vitamins, but instead, softens the impact of caffeine to limit crashes and jitters. Besides Eleuthero root and caffeine, the mints have taurine and vitamins B2, B6, and B12. Actually, an absurd amount of B6 and B12, at 400% and 1,670% recommended daily value. Don’t worry about overdoing it on them, though; B vitamins are water-soluble, so anything your body can’t absorb will get flushed out.The mints themselves look like chalky, gray-pink Altoids with curved sides. Catalyst Mints don’t use artificial colors, which explains the odd color and slightly speckled finish. They’re also kosher, gluten-free, and vegan, and are made in the United States.Now, the taste. It isn’t great. Catalyst Mints taste minty, but it’s a somewhat underwhelming mintiness that lacks the sharp, breath-clearing hit of Altoids and leaves a slightly chalky aftertaste. It isn’t awful, but I’m not a fan. Of course, if the taste were more important than the caffeine, Red Bull wouldn’t be the most popular energy drink.The actual energy from the energy mints is hard to nail down because everyone reacts to different caffeine sources different. I had three mints before my coffee this morning, which remains untouched while I write this and wait for it to cool. I’m not wired, but I’m certainly more perked and alert than I was an hour ago, after getting relatively little sleep and then napping on the subway heading into work. I have some leg twitches, but that’s more my involuntary shpilkes than the mints. On the energy front, the mints work pretty well for me. Well enough that I don’t mind chewing them and dealing with the aftertaste when I need a small boost while writing.That’s our take on Catalyst Mints, which you can order directly for $10 per tin, or $20 for three tins. Each tin has 20 mints, so that’s the equivalent of six energy drinks, which helps blunt the high price. They also have an Omega Case of 25 tins in a metal briefcase for $165, which is absurd and hilarious.If you haven’t made up your mind with our look at Catalyst Mints, here’s T-Pain’s review video. Well, “review,” because he endorses the mints and it’s on Catalyst’s YouTube channel. But hey, T-Pain! And he isn’t Autotuned at all. I’m not sure about the dreadlock beehive he’s rocking, though. Considering he’s in a t-shirt, he’s got a lot of things going on with his look.But who are we to judge…try them for yourself here.