I discovered these while training for IM Canada a few years back, when I found out they'd be on the course. These are easy on my stomach and pack 150-160 cals per package, which fit in my top-tube carrier or back pocket pretty easily.
I had enjoyed Honey Stingers a year ago, but the new organic version is really disappointing. Hard - no, impossible - to open while moving, so I rip the package open before the ride. No big deal, but these wafers are dry and they crumble when I try to eat them. I guess I lose one-third of each wafer as it falls apart and onto the asphalt. I really miss the honey-like consistency of the original, and won't get these again.
I find these waffles a lot more satisfying than your typical gels (and even most bars), but they are a bit bulky in the jersey pocket. If you're only going to carry one or two, they're a nice change from gels and chews, but if you're doing a long ride, it's hard to carry enough to get the calories needed.
I'd definitely recommend them as a nice option to other products.
i rate the value lower because in belgium, these are better AND less expensive. the overall is good, fits jersey pockets well and eats easily and tastes good. the only negative is that the packaging either comes open easily 25% of the time or it's difficult to open 75% of the time. when eating on the bike, a wrapper should tear easily and stay in 1 piece...this fails to do that well.
These are great on the bike, quick energy gels... they are tasty but not so sugary that you feel like you are going to go into convulsions like some of the other energy blocky-gelly things can do. Since trying these, I haven't used any other brand, except in an extreme bonk emergency.
Plus, if act now you might get the limited edition box with a picture of the world's best doper on it!
these honey stingers are excellent. great quick energy, not all sticky, easily digested and go down fast with a little sip of water.
and given Lance's current troubles purchase of these likely contributes to him staying off unemployment!