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Can You Freeze Energy Drinks?

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By Olivia Sheppard

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Energy drinks are a popular, convenient item for many people to grab when they need a pick me up or a burst of energy. You can often find them in large bulk packs, so one may wonder if you can stick them in the freezer for the long term.

Can You Freeze Energy Drinks?

No, you cannot freeze energy drinks. It is actually dangerous to freeze energy drinks or any drink that resembles a soda. When frozen, they are likely to actually explode which is not only a safety hazard for you, but will also make a huge mess of your freezer.

Do Energy Drinks Freeze Well? No

Can You Refreeze Energy Drinks? No

Why You Shouldn’t Freeze Energy Drinks

Since water will expand when it begins to freeze, the liquid in a can of energy drink will also expand when frozen. This pressure causes the can to become strained and eventually explode when left in the freezer for too long!

This is also why you cannot freeze cans of fizzy drinks.

It is also very unlikely that energy drinks would freeze into a solid block before they explode – this can be as quick as 25 minutes.

The reason why energy drinks won’t freeze well is due to their sugar content. Sugary water has a lower freezing point than plain water, and standard home freezers will not allow the can and liquid inside to get cold enough to freeze. 

How to Store Energy Drinks

There are a couple of ways to store energy drinks.

The best way to store unopened cans or bottles of energy drinks is in a cool, dark area, like in a kitchen cupboard or pantry. To extend the shelf life of unopened energy drinks, keep the cans unopened and away from direct sources of heat or light.

If they are exposed to heat or light, they can have the tendency to go flat or lose their taste. 

When stored like this, unopened energy drinks will generally stay at best quality for at least 6 to 9 months after the date on the package when stored at room temperature, although they will usually remain safe to drink after that.

For a really refreshing energy drink, you can store some cans in the fridge so that they are chilled when consumed.

They will keep in the fridge for a number of months unopened, but once the can seal has been opened, it is best to consume the drink within 2-4 days before it goes flat. 

Do Energy Drinks Freeze Well?

Unfortunately, freezing energy drinks such as Red Bull simply is not possible due to the high likelihood that the cans will explode in the freezer.

If you are not a regular energy drink drinker, then it is potentially best to buy cans individually and consume them as and when needed. If you have bought packets of energy drinks in bulk, it is best to store them in a kitchen cupboard and maybe pop a few in the fridge to cool before you drink them. 

If you’ve still got questions about freezing energy drinks or energy drinks in general, then these may help:

Do Energy Drinks Explode in the Freezer?

Yes, they do. Energy drinks are often stored in cans. The water content of the drink will expand when frozen causing pressure to build up in the can which eventually results in the can exploding.

Could You Freeze Energy Drinks in a Plastic Bottle?

Pouring an energy drink into a plastic bottle will prevent it from exploding. However, due to the high-sugar content of most energy drinks, you’ll find that the drink still won’t freeze and is likely to only turn to slush, unfortunately.

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