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These Honey Stinger Gingersnap Waffles are very moreish, delivering a dose of energy without the sickly sweetness you get with some more dense energy bars. They are a bit pricey compared with other energy products, though, and they're way more expensive than waffles you can buy in the supermarket which deliver a similar amount of carbs for a lot less money.
The Honey Stingers are basically two thin waffles sandwiching a thin layer of honey, with this Gingersnap flavour having some ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg thrown into the mix. You can get other flavours – Caven tried the lemon flavour a few years ago.
The Gingersnap's flavour is subtle, with just enough sweetness to make the taste pleasant without being sickly, which should make them ideal for those who have sensitive stomachs when it comes to energy foods.
They're quite chewy, which can make them a little tricky to eat on the bike unless you've got a bottle of water to help wash it down, but as these are aimed more as a snack before or after riding it's not really a huge issue.
Each 30g waffle delivers 151 calories and 21g of carbohydrates, so not a massive hit of energy per serving compared to many other bars, but it's enough to keep you topped up.
Cost is the sticking point. They work out at £1.50 each (16 waffles for £24) which is pricier than many energy bars. You can get something like the OTE Dried Cherry Anytime bar for £1.30 each, and that's a 66g bar as well, so double the weight of the Honey Stinger and double the carbs too. They don't look so bad compared with Skratch Labs energy bars, which are £2.50 a throw for a 52g weight, but their biggest challenge comes from supermarket brands – you can buy a pack of 10 Daelmans Stroopwafels from Sainsbury's for £1.50...
On the whole, I really like these waffles – mostly because of the subtle taste and how easy they are to digest. But you are paying a premium.
Great tasting, pleasant-to-eat energy snack but not cheap
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Honey Stinger Gingersnap Waffle 16 x 30g
Size tested: 16 x 30g
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?
Honey Stinger says, "A thin layer of honey infused with variety of spices including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of molasses sandwiched between two thin waffles. The subtle ginger flavour and honey will satisfy your taste buds and keep you going as an afternoon snack, during your favourite activity or go great with your cup of coffee or tea."
That pretty much sums up the waffles – they are a great snack without being a full-on energy bar.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
From Honey Stinger:
Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Palm Oil, Rice Syrup, Cane Sugar, Soya Flour, Honey 1%, Molasses, Ginger, Cinnamon, Sea Salt, Nutmeg, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin; Raising Agent: Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate. May contain Traces of Egg and Milk.
Nutrition Information (Typical Values) Per 100g
Energy 2108kJ / 503kcal
of which Saturates 10g
of which Sugar 36.7g
£24 for a box of 16, or £1.50 each, is a bit pricey compared with many energy products out there, and super-pricey against similar supermarket offerings.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
There are other bars on the market that'll deliver more energy per portion, but these are great for a little top up.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not that easy to eat while riding.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
A bit more than some energy bars on the market, though worth the outlay for the flavour in my opinion – but way more expensive than waffles you can get from Tesco, Sainsbury's...
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A palatable alternative to cereal-based energy bars, but very expensive compared with supermarket waffles.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!