These chews are softer than Shot Bloks which is great in nearbelow freezing temperatures. The flavors are sick (lemonade, grapefruit, pomegranate passion fruit) but wont make you sick. Cons no caffeine. So I just wash em down with an espresso.
The first time I went out with these chews, I hurriedly chomped some down in anticipation of a big climb up ahead. I did NOT chew them carefully and actually aspirated a tiny fragment into my upper trachea! It was a combination of full mouth and heavy breathing. One giant coughing fit later, I expelled the chew-bit onto the back of my front teeth. Still tasted lemon-limey good. Laughing inside, I made a note to self don't cram mouth full, chew completely, wash down with water, and don't eat them during raggedy breathing. I like em and now I respect em.
I bring these along for my 60 mile rides. When breathing hard it can sometimes be hard to chew and swallow some energy chews. But these are so soft and because they taste so good they go down easy. I use them as I do a gel but they are way better for taste.
The Honey Stinger stuff is the best! It's not too sugary or overly sweet, which is almost bizarre for a gelgu type product. Other brands have so much sugar in them that it feels like you have little sweaters on your teeth after you've eaten them. This is far less the case with the Honey Stinger Energy Chews yet you get just as much instant energy as brand X.
I use the chews on my runs 18 miles or shorter. I like that they are not sticky and taste great. The only negative is they are short on calories, and you have to eat too many to try and keep up. That is why I don't sure them for more than 18 miles.