When I had the chance to introduce Honey Stinger energy products here about 6 months ago, I pointed out that of the four products I sampled, only three of them were worth recommending.
One of them in particular – the stroopwafel-inspired Stinger Waffle – was through the roof awesome, both from a taste standpoint, and for being unlike pretty much any other energy product on the market. They came in three flavors, and they were clearly the favorite of my family on a long day of hiking and taste testing.
At the other end of the spectrum was the company’s energy gels, which were so bad that I couldn’t even finish a single pack: every flavor that I tested ended up squeezed out onto the ground. Needless to say, it wasn’t exactly a high point of my product testing career.
On that note, this summer I have a few points of good news. The first is that Honey Stinger has reinvented its gel formula to debut a product line of organic energy gels in three new flavors. The better news is that they’ve recently introduced a new flavor of the delicious waffles that my kids and I got to sample.
And the best news is that a few readers will get to try each of these new products for themselves. That’s right – it’s giveaway time again! But before we get to that, we should probably promote the products a little more.
Like last time, the standout in this product bunch is the Stinger Waffle, this time in a new lemon flavor. In my previous review post I explained how the classic stroopwafel originated in the Netherlands over 200 years ago, and are popular with European cyclists looking for a quick burst of energy on long bike rides.
|It even looks like a waffle|
The old-school version is made with syrup filling between two layers of baked batter, but Honey Stinger’s version is a certified USADA organic product, using organic honey and other organic ingredients for a 160-calorie energy shot that’s easy to carry with you for a long day on the road or trail.
The new lemon flavor is quite mild, and not nearly as tart as I anticipated. It joins the existing Honey Stinger lineup of original (honey), vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate – and from a taste standpoint, I’d rank them somewhere in the middle: just behind strawberry and vanilla, and better than the original or chocolate. Of course, that’s my personal preference, and yours may vary – which is why it would be cool to try them, right?
Our other giveaway product represents something of an improvement, but I have to say I’m not completely fired up about them yet. Honey Stinger’s new organic energy gels are certainly better tasting than the previous gel products – which, incidentally, are still available if you’re one who happened to like them – but to my liking, they’re not quite on par with my favorites from GU and CLIF Shot.
The new gels are each USADA certified organic (as are CLIF’s), and are available in Vanilla, Fruit Smoothie and Acai Pomegranate flavors. They combine organic tapioca syrup, organic honey and electrolytes, and each packet provides 100 calories of quick energy.
Honey Stinger’s gels have a very thin consistency to begin with, and the new organic varieties seem even thinner than the others – they’re so thin as to drip out of the pack almost like a liquid. My favorite flavor of this bunch is the acai pomegranate, possibly because it’s such a unique offering in the gel category. The vanilla flavor is extremely sweet, and I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the vanilla flavors from … honestly, from pretty much everybody else.
When I complained about the taste of honey-based gels last time, a number of readers responded with comments about how much they like them, so I’m open to the possibility that this is just an individual aversion of mine. Which is yet another reason that it’s good to have other opinions involved … and have I mentioned that we’re doing a giveaway?
So here we go: three winners selected at random below will receive the same sample packet of lemon waffles and organic energy gels that I tested. But since I’m in the midst of Olympic mania, I’m adding an additional twist to earn extra entries.
Remember yesterday when I suggested that slacklining might be considered an Olympic sport someday? If you come up with another suggested sport, you get an additional entry in the hat. Be creative. Be funny. And who knows, you may prove to be clairvoyant someday. However, you can’t use a sport that someone else has suggested, so enter early, or scroll through the previous entries so you don’t disqualify yourself.
Winners will be announced this Sunday night, August 5th. Special thanks to Honey Stinger for sponsoring this contest, and good luck to everybody!Click here to subscribe to Running and Rambling.
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