'Toddlers & Tiaras' Mom to Market 'Tinker Tea' Energy Drink to Children Everywhere

OMG 27

Tori and Alexa HensleyHold on to your flippers, Tinker Tea may be coming to a store near you soon. If you've never heard of it, then you're probably not a fan (or someone who watches out of sheer horror) of Toddlers & Tiaras where this ghastly energy drink for children got its start. 

Yes, an energy drink for toddlers who never sit still for a second anyway. It's the creation of Tori Hensley, mom of 2-year-old pageant princess, Alexa, and the ingredients are enough to make your teeth ache and your heart race at the thought of what such a concoction would do to your average child.

It's made up of Mountain Dew, sweet tea, and the kicker -- Pixie Stix. So it's caffeine, sugar, and more sugar. Tori told Radar Online that she came up with it to keep her daughter energetic for pageants.

We tried everything else to pep her up and it wasn’t working. So we came up with the mix.

Apparently getting her more sleep and spending less time on pageants didn't occur to her. As bad as it is that she's doing this to her own child, it gets even worse, because she's now in the process of marketing the drink to the masses so that other parents across the country can hop their children up on this crap. According to the site, she's in negotiations right now.

It's so bad it should almost be illegal. Of course, parents don't have to buy it, but just putting it on the shelves is unconscionable. Tori, of course, touts its benefits:

We’re gonna gear it for pageant kids and dance. And for hyperactive children, to help them. A lot of studies show that caffeine reverses the effects of hyperactive children. Instead of medications and pills and nasty chemicals, why not give them caffeine?

There are studies that say this indeed, but they do not say that massive amounts of sugar alongside it help (in fact, there are studies that show the opposite), and people should be talking to the doctor, not picking up a can of this crap in the grocery store and giving it to an already hyper child. Not to mention the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics has said energy drinks pose health risks to kids.

I don't completely ban my children from junk food by any means and feel like occasional treats are just fine, but this isn't a treat. This is a can of cavities, diabetes, and obesity with a side of hyperactivity. There's really no justification for this junk.

Can you believe this stuff may land on store shelves? Would you ever let your kids drink it?


Image via TLC

a mom's life, in the news, toddler health


To add a comment, please log in with

Use Your CafeMom Profile

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Comment As a Guest

Guest comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.

Green... GreenEyesMom

Wow and her dumbass calls herself a mom. This is horrifying, and for a company to even think of putting that shit on a shelf... This woman makes me sick. Plain and simple.

lulou lulou

This may date me, but when I was running a summer program, there was a 6 year old, who came to the talent show practice, doing a dance routine to Reba MacEntires "Fancy"  This article made me think of that.

Rootbear Rootbear

Yeah, this is just what society needs.....another chemical filled, tooth rotting, sugar riddled drink marketed towards kids.

This broad should be sterilized and have her kids taken away. They probably don't even know what a carrot looks like. What does the kid's dad think about all this?

JS0512 JS0512

"Instead of medications and pills and nasty chemicals, why not give them caffeine?" I haven't looked at the ingredients on Mt. Dew lately but I'd wager that there are some nasty chemicals in that.  She is a totally irresponsible parent.  No way in hell my kids will be ever be drinking this.

twili... twilightsbella

I dnt see nothing wrong with letting ur kids have a little bit of soda once in a while. I let my kids have sodas sometimes. I would have to read the label first to see whats all in it before i say i would buy it or not. Btw my kids teeth are just fine they have their regular checkups all the time

lulou lulou

I read the label on vanilla ice cream once, it said it had natural ingredients.  

nonmember avatar P. Ghómez

Oh, yeah! 'Cause that´s exactly what we need: little kids on cr@ck... She should be in jail!

Todd Vrancic

You definitely would not be drinking that through a straw--it's syrup!

Bob192 Bob192


1-10 of 27 comments 123 Last