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Verdict: 
Great tasting, pleasant-to-eat energy snack but not cheap
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480g
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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.

  • Pros: Easy on the stomach, taste great
  • Cons: A bit chewy to eat on the go, expensive

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.

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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.

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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.

Verdict

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

Fat 23.3g

of which Saturates 10g

Carbohydrate 70g

of which Sugar 36.7g

Protein 3.3g

Salt 0.5g

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
3/10

£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

Subtle flavour.

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.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

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

Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.

2 comments

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Dr_Lex [493 posts] 1 month ago
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Since you fellows like recycling old content, perhaps you could copy over all the comments from the review of the lemon-flavoured waffle? 

Whatever their price, the main issue I have with these snacks for mid-ride consumption is that they’re best when rested over a hot beverage to melt the filling, which means risking upsetting the owners at a café stop.

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peted76 [1320 posts] 1 month ago
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Kids, this.. ^^... is what happens if you don't keep your eat regularly.. I'm sending @Dr_Lex a virtual Snickers. 

 

Stroopwaffles (a thoroughly Dutch and therefore cycling related creation) are foods from the gods own table! I'm sure these are lovely, but I'd expect so at five times the price of supermarket stroopwaffles. Also, I suspect you'll get more carbs and less sugar from fig rolls.