Honey Stinger is an American brand making various bars and gels, as well as these energy chews. Even though the look and taste like wine gums, they really are made of honey - along with cane juice and tapioca syrup and grape juice - which means they're more healthy than real wine gums. They're also gluten free, dairy free and 90% organic.
As a source of energy, the Honey Stinger chews do the job: each 50g packet contains about 20 chews, providing a total of 39g of carb and 160 calories. There's also 1g of protein (probably not enough to make any impact) and a dash of sodium and potassium to help prevent cramps.
I've carried a few packets on some recent long bike rides, and eaten the chews instead of gels, and noticed no major difference in performance. This is not surprising, as the chews provide about the same, or a tad less, carb than a 50g gel.
Some riders find chews easier - and more pleasant - to eat than gels. They're also ideal if you prefer to drip-feed in your energy, enjoying a couple of chews every ten minutes or so, rather than a gel or bar once every hour.
However, on a practical level, packets of chews are not so handy to eat when actually riding your bike. I find that whenever I get a chance to grab the packet from my back pocket, open it and pull out a chew, while still keeping up with the group I'm riding with, I tend to neck the lot in one go, in which case I might as well have a gel or bar anyway. But that's a personal choice, and applies to all energy chews - not just these Honey Stingers.
Flavours include Orange Blossom, Cherry Blossom, Pomegranate Passion Fruit, and Pink Lemonade. On cost, packets retail at about £1.75 which isn't a bargain, though you can find them on-line for about £1.50, with further discounts if you buy a box of 12.
A tasty way to take on board energy during a ride, but not especially convenient if you want to eat on the go.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Honey Stinger Organic energy chews
Size tested: Various
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Honey Stinger US website says: '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....Adults and kids love them!'
There's no denying the great taste, and they certainly keep you going, but some cyclists will find that 20 chews in a packet is simply not the most convenient way of taking on board energy.
Did you enjoy using the product? yes
Would you consider buying the product? personally, no, but only because I didn't find it a convenient way to get energy while riding a bike
Would you recommend the product to a friend? not for cycling - but yes for running or another activity where eating chews on the go isn't an issue
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
There's nothing wrong with these chews. They definitely do the job. My quibbles about convenience won't be shared by all cyclists.
About the tester
Age: 50 Height: 5ft 10 / 178cm Weight: 11 stone / 70kg
I usually ride: an old Marin Alp My best bike is: an old Giant Cadex
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, club rides, sportives, mtb,