Sunshine Hippo Review - The Happy "Morning" Gold Maeng Da

Good Morning Sunshine!

Are you not a morning person?

We'll make you Rise and Shine.

Happy Hippos Agree: The 1st  serving of the day will set the tone for all that will follow. 

Even on a cloudy or rainy morning, you can forecast a Productive and Motivated day with Sunshine Hippo.

"Gold Maeng Da", or better known as Yellow or 'The Forgotten Maeng Da', is the least-purchased of the four Maeng Da Strains we have available.

Yet, somehow, Sunshine Hippo is consistently in our monthly Top 10 most-purchased strains. 

We'll tell you why that is and what you can expect from Sunshine Hippo.

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Yellow Maeng Da Kratom is Commonly Used in the Morning 

Kratom veterans often choose to kick their day with a "Fast Strain".

We like Sunshine Hippo for Energy but also to amplify Mood.

The first minutes of your morning tend to showcase the "cleanest" mood you'll be in all day.

While Coffee is arguably the most necessary beverage to start your day, many use Fast Strains to augment or even replace their Coffee-intake. 

Puddles' Fun Fact
Sunshine Hippo is best taken prior to sunrise, and it's not commonly used after sunset. Just like Coffee! 

Puddles' Reverse Fun Fact
Night-owls, or Humans with graveyard-shifts, prefer a serving-size of Sunshine Hippo just as the sun fades into darkness.

Unless you have a major project or obligation, the need for a productive-mindset wanes as the day goes on.

Cue the Moderate or Slow Strains to wrap up your day!

Moderate and Slow Leaf tend to provide superior support for Sense of Well-Being, reduced Discomfort, and a subtler boost to Energy.

Why is Sunshine Hippo the Least-Purchased Maeng Da Leaf?

(but Always in the Top 10!?)


Simply put, "Maeng Da" is heralded as being the best-quality or most-potent Kratom Leaf.
(this isn't actually true - everyone responds differently to different varieties and the quality is usually based on your vendor, not the variety of Leaf)

Maeng Da is one of the most common topics whenever "Kratom" is searched.

New Friends stumble upon Happy Hippo with the expectation that Maeng Da is the Must Have ~ ! 

No matter the color, even Yellow.  

Yellow Kratom Strains simply tend to be less available than the Red, Green, and White varieties.

But not because Yellow Kratom Leaf produces a lower quality experience. 

Rather - this is largely due to the fact that Yellow Strains are simply harder to find.

Fewer humans have tried the Yellow varieties.  

Happy Hippo History shows that Sunshine Hippo was the last Maeng Da placed on our shelf and it arrived well after other classics such as Top Shelf Bali.

Despite this, Yellow Maeng Da is purchased more often than 22 of 32 Hippo Brands resulting in a declaration of #Top10.

What You Can Expect from Sunshine Hippo

(Yellow Maeng Da Kratom Effects)

Energy. Enthusiasm. Motivation.

With a Happy Afterglow. 

When available, Sunshine Hippo is the #1 Happy Hippo Yellow Kratom Leaf. 

Similar to other Fast Strains — Sunshine Hippo can activate Energy, Productivity, and an overall higher State-of-Awareness.

If you are not prone to experiencing Jitters/Nerves from Fast Strains, you can also experience a Pro-Social glow from Sunshine Hippo. 

Adam, one of our most vocal Ohioan Hippos, voiced similar sentiments: 

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Adam included Maeng Da Elite Gold in his most recent Hippo Package, early-June. 

It must still be a winner! 

Puddles "Sunny" Routine
Puddles absorbs at least fifteen minutes of real Sunlight each day. This helps to promote a healthy mind and a beautifully hued Hippo-shaped body. 

If you want to compare how Sunshine Hippo compares to the other Happy Hippo Maeng Da strains, check out our 'Leaf Speed' chart.

Closing Thoughts

Even though Sunshine Hippo is inherently popular due to its' "Maeng Da" name, this Leaf has proven itself worthy of the hype.

Sunshine Hippo has generated loyalty from Hippo Clients due to its consistency, effectiveness, and more scarce availability. 

For those who lean on daily Fast Leaf for the productive and invigorating benefits, it is critical to get a Yellow Leaf into the mix.

Yellow Leaf is rare and it has different alkaloids than the more common Green, Red and Whites. 


Regardless of what is popularized as being "The Best Kratom", it will always remain in your interest to try as many different Kratom varieties and colors as possible.

Especially if you are just getting started with your Kratom Lifestyle -or- if you've come across a brand-new Leaf.

You never know what will be best for You, based on others' conscience and reported experiences.

You must experience each Leaf for yourself.

If Maeng Da Elite Gold is unexplored territory, you may just find it helps you to Rise and Shine.

Your Friend,

Good Morning Sunshine Puddles Hippo

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Indo Red
Indo Green
Maeng Da Green

Jason Delardo
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Howdy Jason,

Thanks for tossing in your hat, first!

Though, it is a miss.


We will say that HH2 "Happy Hippo 2" or Red Indo: It used to be Puddles all-time favorite.

It's still a really good strain, but it went on a couple-year run between 2014-2016 in which it always stood-out to us.

Puddles Hippo
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Top three would probably be:

3. Hyper Hippo
2. Happy hippo 1
1. Magic Hippo

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Close! Happy Hippo 1 is pretty high on our list, but it's not our current all-time favorite.

However, Magic Hippo is the winner for the Slow Strains.

We've always been keen on the Sumatra's, but specifically Magic Hippo (Red Sumatra).

Puddles Hippo
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Fire, ghost, and sunshine?

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Hey Ryan,

Thanks for reading and writing us!

Fire Hippo is pretty underrated, we'd say. Fire Hippo and White Horned Rhino are likely the two most underrated Slow Strains.

Ghost Hippo is in our Top 3 for Moderate Strains. It was the Hippo Office's #1 Moderate strain in Summer 2018.

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Hyper Hippo, Thunder Hippo and Magic Hippo?

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Magic Hippo is our #1 favorite Slow Strain!

Thunder Hippo is our #2 Fast Strain at the Hippo Office.

Puddles Hippo
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We wanted to Thank everyone whom had a moment to read our thoughts on Sunshine Hippo!

We hope it was entertaining & useful.

We have always wanted to write and share more of our thoughts.

Perhaps more importantly, for there to be some ability for there to be an open discussion about whatever topic is at-hand.

The Hippo Blog is proving to be a lot of fun! We look forward to being more active on our Social Media super soon, too!

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