Thursday, February 16, 2012

Honey Stinger

A while back (I'm way behind), a rep for Honey Stinger sent me an assortment of products to try.

I have seen this brand at the running store and wondered what it was all about.  Basically, the quick energy from honey is supposed to keep you going strong.

I tried the Ginsting gel first (pictured in the center), on one of my long runs.  The consistency is a quite thin compared to other gels and, as the name implies, tastes much like eating honey straight up.  This might be a treat for some, but since I don't ever take honey with my biscuits, I had to remind myself of the benefits of the gel (B vitamins, electrolytes, etc.) as I ingested it.

The second item I tried was the waffle.  It was kind of like a thin, bendy waffle and was a bit crumbly.  It was not as sweet as the gel and is probably better suited toward cyclists than runners.  I tried eating this during a long run and found it hard to eat because of the dryness.  However, this probably means it's good pre-run fuel.  I had a small bite before running once, and it did not bother me during the run.

Finally, the chews.  I've mostly been eating Clif Shot Bloks up until this point, so the softer texture was a little bothersome at first.  However, after starting a few races with these in my stomach, I can definitely!!! endorse these, as I felt they gave me some steady energy (for maybe the first 40 minutes or so).  My flavor preference is this Pink Lemonade over the lime one.  I think I'll be using these from now on.

If you're looking for some more natural forms of race/long run fuel, these are a good solution.  They are a bit higher in calories than others, but I don't think that's too much of a concern if you legitimately need to use these for an endurance feat. ;)  Also, even though I don't like to eat honey by itself, the only one that had a really strong honey flavor was the gel.

FTC Disclaimer: I was sent samples of this product to review but was not compensated to provide any particular type of opinion.


  1. I've always been hesitant to even try these because I really don't like honey either. Are the pink lemonade gummies very honey-ey?

  2. Hello, I am Gabriel, an Italian student in Lecce (Salento), and I am working on a project concerning the Italian style food programme. May you please tell me your email address? I'd like to invite you to a food festival we are organizing in late may 2012. Thank you very much.

  3. Thanks for the reminder about these products. I have used the gels and the chews in the past and loved them, but I had kind of forgotten about them. I will definitely be seeking out some Honey Stinger for the long runs this spring!