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May 20, 2011

Product Review – An AG Athlete’s (Not Scientist's) Perspective

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews




I must admit I was curious to see if Honey Stinger could change my mind about the chew format of nutritional racing/training aids. I had a poor experience a few years back in the Muskoka Chase Duathlon when I tried another brand’s chew style product. As I reached into my jersey pocket, to start my run, the once jube jube like texture had melted away and I was left with a sticky mess of slim on my hand. It was a frustrating experience that killed my focus until I was able to reach the next water station to clean off the liquefied, jelly substance.

This memory was still very lasting in my mind when I was asked to try a few Honey Stinger versions recently. I was heading out for a training ride with the Falcons and decided to pack one of the flavours (Cherry Blossom) for an extra little kick around the hour marker. Reading the package, they suggested 5 to 10 of these Chews per hour. With 10 per pack, I thought I would test a few before the ride and still have more than enough energy left in the package for later.

They were very delicious and the product was very easy to consumer, similar to a cherry gummy candy. Satisfied with the taste and chewability test, I was now wondering how they would hold up under a bit of heat stored away in my pocket. As we pushed close to an hour into the ride, we came to a stop to regroup where I took the opportunity to pop back the rest of the Honey Stinger Chews. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had held their form and consistency so there was no mess in my hand or my clothing.

As we continued on our way, for another 30 to 40 minutes, I remained solid in the saddle and felt strong along the entire ride. For me, I look for a product that keeps me feeling powerful for the duration of the effort. If I bonk out on one of these rides, I know my training product has failed. Wishing to add some variety to my workouts (I have been in a gel only rut for a while), I was more than happy to see these pass with flying colours.

During the same week, I tested out the Pomegranate Passion Fruit (a nice dark fruit flavour with a hint of citrus/pineapple on my palette), Orange (a traditional orange taste) and Fruit Smoothie (I experienced a red grape/cherry taste from this flavour) on a mix of rides and runs and had great results with each sample.

My most solid workouts came when I consumed 4 or 5 chews pre-ride/run and left 5 or 6 chews to eat just before the hour mark of the training session. This gave me a little pep to start and kept me energized through cool down.

With a limited number of products trusted enough to carry along for the longer rides and runs, I am pleased to say Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews will always be welcome to tag along!

To try some of these yourself please see http://www.endlessendurace.com/ . They offer free shipping on any order within Canada so you cannot go wrong!



For more detailed information about the product visit http://www.honeystinger.com/ .


Product Details from the Endless Endurance Site-
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews are formulated specifically for health-conscious individuals and athletes seeking a great tasting energy snack. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews are unique as they are the first to include naturally occurring fiber and protein derived from 100% organic tapioca syrup and honey. Smaller and softer than other chews.

Made with USDA certified Organic ingredients. 160 calories per package Gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO ingredients. 0g Trans Fats and no partially hydrogenated oils. 100% RDA Vitamin C along with 1g protein and 1g fibre per package. Adults and kids love them!

Flavors: Cherry Blossom (CHERRY) Fruit Smoothie Mix (FRUIT) Orange (ORANGE) Pomegranate (POMEGRANATE)

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