Stuff Fatty Loves: Nearly Everything by Honey Stinger

07.28.2011 | 11:44 am

Cast your mind back. Way back. Think about PowerBars. No, not the 12 different kinds of PowerBars you can buy today (ProteinPlus, ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar, ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar With Extra Calcium, ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar With Extra Calcium and Caffeine and Just a Hint of Cheez Wiz, among others).

The original PowerBar. The PowerBar that required a full-body workout to tear a piece off, and resulted in aching jaw muscles if you tried to chew it. The PowerBar that you could use, in a pinch, to repair a broken bike frame.

I don’t know if those kind of PowerBars were where energy food started, but they’re the first energy food I remember.

Then Clif Bars came along, and I was hugely relieved, because here was something I could stuff in a jersey pocket, but which didn’t — and I am not exaggerating here — hurt to eat.

And then PowerBar came out with PowerGel: 100 calories you could choke down nearly instantly, provided you didn’t mind consuming something with the consistency of toothpaste and the sweetness of concentrated stevia.

At which point Clif came out with the original Clif Shot, which came in what looked like toothpaste tubes and came in several flavors, all of which tasted exactly like molasses straight from the bottle.


Those were the dark years. But they were necessary; you’ve got to start at a trailhead if you’re going to go down a trail.

And somewhere on that trail, maybe someone had a crucial epiphany: It doesn’t matter how many nutrients an energy food has if, while riding, the thought of eating said energy food triggers your gag reflex.

Or maybe the epiphany was more succinct: People like food that tastes good.

And that’s where Honey Stinger — a little energy food company in Steamboat Springs, CO — comes in.

And I shall now spend the rest of the post talking about how much I love — yes, love — what they make.

Full Disclosure

OK, actually, before I talk about how much I love Honey Stinger, I’d better do the full disclosure thing: Honey Stinger sends me food for free.

However, this full disclosure should come with an explanation.

Honey Stinger sends me food for free because I contacted them and told them how much I love them and that more than anything else in the world, I would love to have an ongoing supply of Honey Stinger food, both for myself and to hand out to other riders, acting as a kind of “First Hit’s Free” kind of sales guy for them.

In other words, I’m not shamelessly plugging Honey Stinger because they give me free stuff. Rather, Honey Stinger gives me free stuff because I begged them to and happen to be an award-winning superstar cycling ultra-megablogger.

Or more to the point: I’m not selling out; I was already sold.

201107280950.jpg OK, Now On With the Honey Stinger Love Fest

The most important thing you can do today is to find where you can buy Honey Stinger Waffles (you can also get them online), then pick some up, and then go out on a ride and try one.

And it’s very important you try it while you are on a ride or you will mistakenly think you have just had a really delicious treat, and that — hey, why not? — you’ll have another. And so forth, until you’ve eaten all of them.

So you’ve been warned.

Here’s what Honey Stinger Waffles have got going for them:

  • They taste good. Seriously, like eat-them-recreationally good. Not as in “This is OK for on a bike but I wouldn’t eat it otherwise” good.
  • Texture-licious. Crisp waffle on the outside. Honey on the inside. Yum.
  • They are flat. There’s something to be said for energy food that goes into the back of your jersey without bulging it out. Stylie.
  • They actually give you energy. I’ve been eating these while riding and they work. The Hammer and The IT Guy and Kenny and Heather have all been riding using these too. All agree: these are the real deal. Sadly for me, since everyone’s been snarfing my Honey Stinger Waffles, my supply has run low much sooner than I told the Honey Stinger guys it would, and now I’m going to have to give them a call and ask for more about a month early.

Are the Vanilla or Honey Waffles better? I don’t know. I like both the same. Which is a lot. In fact I’ll say this very quotable thing which I’m sure the Honey Stinger people will find eminently suitable for their marketing materials:

At 160 calories-worth of deliciousness, Honey Stinger Waffles are the best energy food in the whole world.

Elden “Fatty” Nelson
Award-Winning Blogger

I like the Honey Stinger Waffles so much, I am now going to spontaneously write a free-verse ode to them:

O Waffle!
Honey Stinger Waffle!
I look at you from afar
Across the room
I would eat you
Right here
Right now
‘Cept I have promised myself
That I would forebear
And not snitch
And otherwise try to be good
So that I do not run out of you
Before my next bike ride.
I remain tempted!
And find myself making
Rationalizations and justifications
And well, you know, maybe it’s a good idea
To carbo-load a little
Before I go out riding
In a couple hours

O Waffle,
Honey Stinger Waffle
You were just as delicious
As I remember
And maybe I will have just one more.

Thank you.

201107281100.jpg Honey Stinger Energy Chews

First off, major props must be given to Clif for inventing (as far as I know; I don’t actually do research or anything) energy chews in the first place. For years, Shot Bloks have been my go-to energy source for long bike rides.

But not anymore.

Honey Stinger Energy Chews are easier to chew, taste better, and are easier to get from the package into your mouth than Shot Bloks.

The Honey Stinger Energy Chews are, in fact, the thing that got me interested in other Honey Stinger stuff in the first place.

They open easily — just tear the package open in one tug with your teeth — and then squeeze the package so that the chews slide into your mouth.

A crude — but easy to learn and master — technique to be sure. But on-bike eating has never been a proper affair.

They’re delicious and soft — they go down quickly and easily, so you can get back to mouth-breathing ASAP.

These come in lots of flavors: Pink Lemonade, Lime-Ade, Fruit Smoothie, Cherry Blossom, Pomegranate Passion Fruit, and Orange Blossom.

My favorite flavor is Orange Blossom. Honestly, I don’t know what the “blossom” part of the name is about, and have to say I avoided these for a while because I thought they would taste like a flower. In reality, they taste like Orange Crush. As they should.

The Hammer’s favorite flavor is Lime-Ade. I suspect this is because she is a caffeine freak.

201107281125.jpg Protein Bars

I’ve really ramped up my protein intake in the past couple of months, and I’m finding that I’m down in weight and riding stronger than I ever have. I dropped fourteen pounds between the beginning of May and the beginning of June. Well, the Honey Stinger Peanut Butta Pro Protein Bar was an important part of that. Specifically, it’s loaded with protein and it tastes pretty much like a giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

I eat one of these (when I don’t have time or access for the egg whites and avocados) and I stop being hungry.

For smaller snacks, I’ve been eating the Dark Chocolate Mint Almond Protein Bar — if you like mint-chocolate (and I do), you will love it.

201107281135.jpg Energy Bars and Gels

I know that Honey Stinger actually got their start with honey-based Energy Gels, but you know what? That’s the one thing of theirs I just have not been able to get into. Is that ironic? I don’t know.

Anyway, my ambivalence toward Honey Stinger Gels has to do with a couple of things:

  1. Honey-ness: These really are pretty much honey, with a little bit of flavoring (except the “Gold” flavor, which is just straight-up honey-flavor). It’s too strong/sweet for me. So sweet they feel like they’re burning the back of my throat. If you love the taste of honey, you’ll be fine with Honey Stinger gels. Otherwise, maybe buy one and try it on a ride before you buy a whole box of them.
  2. Stickiness: Since these are honey, they’re sticky like honey. Which means that if you don’t execute a perfect open-eat-dispose sequence, you’re going to get honey on your gloves or mouth or in your jersey. So far, I have never executed a perfect open-eat-dispose sequence.

As to the Honey Stinger Energy Bars, well — they’re really good. But they have the “Great defeating the Good” problem: any time I could have one of the bars, I’d rather have one of the Waffles, or a packet of Energy Chews.

And in fact, I believe I will.



  1. Comment by Roger Whitney | 07.28.2011 | 11:55 am

    I too am totally in love with Stinger products.

    BTW did you see the Fatty Jersey on the back page of the new Bicycling Mag????

    Too bad it was after the pre-order

    I haven’t seen it! Could you take a pic and send it my way? – FC

  2. Comment by Scott R | 07.28.2011 | 12:06 pm

    I really loved the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif Bars you pimped a while back, so it sounds like this stuff is worth a try.

    I would like Strawberry flavored chews though – those are my go-to Clif Shots.

    The Hammer still loves that flavor of Clif Bar, and I still like it too. – FC

  3. Comment by Susie H | 07.28.2011 | 12:21 pm

    Might I mention that these are also most excellent when on a lonely post in the middle of nowhere directing cyclists, because they (loosely defined as lunch bringers) forgot you, and you are starving? 2 of these sustained me for 8 hours! :)

  4. Comment by Ken Hurd | 07.28.2011 | 12:27 pm

    Couldn’t agree more.

    I find the gels too sweet/sticky as well… Over the course of a day they’ve really got my stomach turned into knots in the past.

    But, please let me add to the waffle love fest!

    The waffles definitely border on “movie-night-candy” good and are terribly addictive, but you forgot one of the best properties of them when compared to bars or gels:

    They are pretty much temperature resistant!!

    Where bars (esp. ones covered in chocolate) tend to melt and get mushy in the heat and in turn soil your hands/jersey/face, the waffles stay crunchy and delicious (if anything it just softens the honey interior making it even more mouthwatering). Conversely when the mercury dips, the waffle stays easily palatable, whereas most bars turn into concrete blocks.

    Mmm… Waffles.

  5. Comment by Nick (now sydney) | 07.28.2011 | 12:28 pm

    I think Honey Stinger taste great – but they have a un necessary effect on my lower instestine (TMI?)

    Remember the emergency pit stop at Fall Moab, St George….

    Seems there is one ingredient that does not agree with me, but i can’t figure out which it is (or what combination).

  6. Comment by Tyler G | 07.28.2011 | 12:35 pm

    Where can we pick these up locally? I have looked at REI…Out, or they don’t have them? LBS? no go. Anyone here is SLC area have a good place to get the waffles? I have been jonesing to try them! Thanks!

    I’ve seen ‘em at Mad Dog in Orem. Also saw them at Runner’s Corner by the University Mall. Both those are UT County, though. – FC

  7. Comment by CLB | 07.28.2011 | 12:39 pm

    LOL Those old Powerbars could only be eaten if it was *exactly* 75 degrees out. Any colder and you had to sacrifice some teeth. Any warmer and they melted and you had to lick them off the wrapper.

  8. Comment by The Flyin' Ute | 07.28.2011 | 12:44 pm

    The Protein bars are actually pretty good. I eat one for lunch. They are kinda creamy. The more I eat the more I like them.

    I find the waffles hard to eat while actually riding. But that is mainly because a piece might break off and fall in the dirt and then I would be sad. So, I have to stop to ensure I get every little morsel. Therefore, I’m not sure they are making me faster.

    They are so good that they will make your ride a little longer. I’d better not eat them at Leadville.

    Yep, I have used the protein bars as lunch, too. Big fan.

    Hey, I’m thinking of doing a Bratwurst BBQ in Leadville on Thursday eve before the race. You going to be there? – FC

  9. Comment by David | 07.28.2011 | 12:46 pm

    Couldn’t agree more Fatty. I live on the energy chews; they don’t get stuck in your teeth like Clif Shots do. The Waffles are freakin’ amazing.

    Full disclosure: I don’t get these for free, but I love them just the same. I buy mine through Amazon. With a Prime account I can usually get them very quickly.

  10. Comment by trader | 07.28.2011 | 12:51 pm

    Tyler – I’ve seen them at Whole Foods and Harmons Grocery in SLC area. The Pink Lemonade Chews are crazy good.

  11. Comment by Erin | 07.28.2011 | 1:01 pm

    I KNOW.

    The honey waffle is like crack. The vanilla however… ball dropped.

  12. Comment by Leigh Anne | 07.28.2011 | 1:08 pm

    I too am a waffle lover, in fact original waffle with nutella no better way to start a ride day! I do have to admit that while riding yesterday and trying to perfect my eating while riding technique I cut my lip while tearing open the waffle wrapper. I guess I just need more practice!

  13. Comment by blair | 07.28.2011 | 1:12 pm

    the waffles are really really good, but if HS ever break down and make an authentic stroopwaffel (caramel-flavored filling) i’d probably have to quit my job and take up randonneuring to burn off the resulting intake

  14. Comment by Jason F | 07.28.2011 | 1:28 pm

    I do love waffles, and I do love packages that are perfectly sized to eat before a ride. Just picked up a box of 16 honey waffles on amazon for 13 and change (thank you amazon prime)

  15. Comment by Mikeonhisbike | 07.28.2011 | 1:34 pm

    The only thing I’ve tried from honey stinger is their gel and it was the sweetest gel I’ve ever had. Way to sweet for a ride but I’m sure it would make a great topping for ice cream. I’ll have to try their other products though. You’ve intrigued me.

  16. Comment by TomE | 07.28.2011 | 1:40 pm

    Thanks Fatty…heading out to do the Laramie Enduro on Saturday and I think I will pick up some Honey Stinger products!

    As much as I love Honey Stinger stuff, I wouldn’t recommend trying something new during a long race. Find out whether you’re good with it before you go big with it. Just my opinion. – FC

  17. Comment by Haven-KT | 07.28.2011 | 1:48 pm

    Shoot, looks like I’m going to have to get some. David, thanks for the comparison vis a vis shot blocks and sticking to teeth. That’s the one thing I really HATE about those things.

  18. Comment by boomn | 07.28.2011 | 1:56 pm

    Hmm, I need to try these HS waffles, but I’m afraid that my existing love of and genetic predisposition towards real, caramelly stroopwafels will leave me disappointed. Only real eating experience can decide this, and I’m good at that part

    I’ve never tried real stroopwafels. I will probably try to avoid them now, because I am sure I would fall in love and gain 40 pounds from eating them nonstop for seven days. – FC

  19. Comment by BZ | 07.28.2011 | 2:05 pm

    Just tried the Honey Waffles on Sunday…. oh my! Definitely going to be something I keep in stock now. I’ll have to give the chews a try next.

  20. Comment by Jason | 07.28.2011 | 2:07 pm

    For what it’s worth…I am now addicted to Honey Stinger Waffles based only on your ride description of the relay you recently did. It has proven successful to give you freebies.

  21. Comment by Bike Nazi | 07.28.2011 | 2:11 pm

    Honey Stingers are so good, I could eat them for dessert!

  22. Comment by Up North | 07.28.2011 | 2:21 pm

    I will have to be the dissenting voice here. I tried the waffles & didn’t love them. They were okay I guess, but not worth the price.

    The chews are good – I could go either way between those & shot blocks.

  23. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 07.28.2011 | 2:34 pm

    The line “it tastes pretty much like a giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup” is all I needed to hear. I’ve got a box on my list for my next bike store trip.

  24. Comment by Sansauto | 07.28.2011 | 2:44 pm

    I have always gone with Payday candy bars. 400+ calories for just over $1.00 can’t be beat.

    Yesterday Fatty posted about calories. Who takes advice from a guy named ‘Fatty’ on calories?

    Today’s post is more appropriate. A guy named Fatty should certainly be comparing foods and telling us what to eat.

  25. Comment by Jacob | 07.28.2011 | 3:01 pm

    I hate energy bars. In fact, I’d probably still be doing without that (and shots and the like) except for the fact that Larabar was doing a free sample thing at the Macon Classic Criterium back in the spring. I tried one. it was awesome. I now take these backpacking with me because they actually taste good. I haven’t done a ride longer than 21 miles so I don’t take anything but water with me on my rides, but I’ll definitely give these a try (except the gel, I hate the gels I’ve tried and this wasn’t a positive review) as I work my way up to the century I’m riding in September.

  26. Comment by Joe | 07.28.2011 | 3:10 pm

    “Seriously, like eat-them-recreationally good.”

    I had gone out and purchased some of the waffles after reading your race report on the relay and made my girlfriend try one. She insisted that it was a cookie and demanded I explain the reason I was giving her candy.

    I gave another to a coworker and the next day he made time to go to store to buy a box or two of them.

    I decided to try their chews based on the success of the waffle and the clerk at the store said that if I liked the Clif Shot Bloks (which I do), then I’d love these because they’re even better. And he was right.

    After reading this I’m going to need to get some of those protein bars.

    Yay Honey Stinger!

  27. Comment by Paul Guyot | 07.28.2011 | 3:12 pm

    I came across Honey Stinger Waffles at Mellow Johnny’s and thought they were just a “Had-To-Be-At-MJ’s” kind of thing. So I bought one and ate it.

    A week later I had called Mellow Johnny’s and ordered 2 cases of them to be sent to me. It was only after that, that I discovered you can buy Honey Stingers in most cool bike shops.

    I can’t ride without having me some Stinger products stuffed into my pockets.

    Attention Team Fatty: It has been confirmed that COMMON is going to record Fatty’s free-verse ode.

  28. Comment by TomE | 07.28.2011 | 3:26 pm

    Whoah..I just picked up some Honey Stinger products. Had a honey waffle – I’m in trouble as I ate all of the ones I bought for the race on the way home….

  29. Comment by Michelle | 07.28.2011 | 3:26 pm

    You had me at “required a full body workout” :)
    I’m definitely going to chase some down, the way you describe gels is so on point and I do gag just thinking about them!

  30. Comment by Eric | 07.28.2011 | 3:27 pm

    Darn it… your sales pitch worked! 2 cases of waffles en-route via amazon prime now.

  31. Comment by 2Slo4U | 07.28.2011 | 3:28 pm

    You should try Dutch Belgium Waffles ( . A small business ran by some local Utah County folks. You can pick them up for much cheaper than Stinger waffles at Timpanogos Cyclery in American Fork, UT. 8 of them for $4. Same calories just packaged together. Ask for them at the counter. Money stays locals, need I say more? (I am not affiliated with Dutch Waffles in any manner!)

  32. Comment by rich | 07.28.2011 | 3:32 pm

    Ok, so I’ve never tried them but just ordered a box of waffles and chews based on your recommendation.
    I’d be curious to see the sales chart from Honey Stinger for today to see what kind of spike your blog generated….
    Sending you free stuff is definitely a good move on their part and I’m pretty sure getting your next order early won’t be an issue afer we’ve all logged on and purchased a bunch of product.
    Thanks for the recommendation – can’t wait to try them!

  33. Comment by Julie | 07.28.2011 | 3:43 pm

    It seems to me that when I’m on my bike, as in regular non-bike time, I find it better to get my energy from actual, real food. Dried figs, dried mango, dried cherries. Almonds, cashews, brazil nuts. Tons of other real foods that are unprocessed and easy to eat.

  34. Comment by Justin L. | 07.28.2011 | 3:53 pm

    Love the vanilla waffles. Both waffles have been my go to product for a long time. Even though Lance on the cover motivates me, i hope for a box with Fatty’s picture on the waffle package. A custom fatty box of waffles, hell yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Comment by Jenni | 07.28.2011 | 4:11 pm

    Wait, did you just in full disclosure tell us that you get them for free so you can pass them out to people and follow that immediately with a link to where we can buy them?

  36. Comment by Silvio | 07.28.2011 | 4:17 pm

    Baaa, Baaa, Baaa…run little sheep, follow your shepherd.

  37. Comment by Laurie | 07.28.2011 | 5:08 pm

    For the past few weeks, I’ve been having a new love affair on the bike: Honey Stinger Vanilla waffle topped with one of those single serving packets of Justin’s Chocolate-Almond Butter. Heaven. I think I now ride solely so I can consume this deliciousness.

  38. Comment by Sharon | 07.28.2011 | 5:11 pm

    I *love* the waffles too! I bought a whole mess of them at my local running store a few weeks ago, figured I’d try one before I used them while riding, and ended up eating them all like cookies. Freaking really expensive cookies! But, they’re awesome! I need to figure out if ordering them online is cheaper than buying them locally. I’m actually not crazy about the chews. For some reason, they don’t sit well on my stomach, so I’m stuck with Shot Bloks for now.

  39. Comment by Miles Archer | 07.28.2011 | 5:46 pm

    Man, when you sell out, you really sell out. ;-)

    I got a package of some honey stinger product at one of the rest stops of the Davis ride. I didn’t try it that day and put it on the counter. It’s disappeared, probably eaten by my wife or daughter. I can say this, my Cliff bars never disappear.

  40. Comment by Terry | 07.28.2011 | 6:57 pm

    I think I will give them a try! Maybe they will give you a secret discount code so your readers can give the products a try!

  41. Comment by Jojo88 | 07.28.2011 | 7:21 pm

    I love Honey Stinger! Bought 4 boxes of the chews in different flavors 2 months ago and has 1 box left. (Hubby eats them like candies, my mistake for giving some to him to try). They are so much better tasting and doesn’t stick to my teeth like Clif Bloks. Last week I received 2 boxes of the honey waffles from Amazon. Got others in my biking club hooked on them too and one of them regularly eats it for breakfast with his morning coffee. I’m saving mine for bike rides only and good thing hubby hasn’t tried the waffles yet so they are all for me :-) Fav protein bar is the chocolate rocket. Love love love!

  42. Comment by Kevin | 07.28.2011 | 8:04 pm

    Stinger, espresso gu, Soulor, and me.


  43. Comment by JamesinDallas | 07.28.2011 | 9:08 pm

    Took several of the Honey Stinger Chocolate gels on a ride a month ago. Did 50 miles and didn’t blink, was ready for another 50. They are very sweet and sticky but that is fine with me. Gonna have to try the other products now. Going shopping tomorrow for the Goatneck ride in Cleburne on Saturday.

  44. Comment by Mark B | 07.28.2011 | 10:27 pm

    I’m still partial to Bonk Breakers but HS Apple-Cinnamon bars are getting stuffed in my jersey pockets more and more often, especially for longer rides. I tried the chocolate versions of the bars…man, what a mess in 95 degree heat.

  45. Comment by skippy | 07.28.2011 | 10:40 pm

    Honey Stinger are going to start a production run with the ” FAT CYCLIST Logo ” ALL profits to LIVESTRONG !
    If the company has not already had a bump in sales THEN this would surely make certain that they will !

    Only problem i forsee will be setting up the “online delivery system “!

  46. Comment by Nic Grillo | 07.28.2011 | 10:46 pm

    I loaded up in Davis because they were selling them for only $1! Which is good because the waffles don’t make me fart as bad as the original power bars and Clif bars did.

  47. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 07.28.2011 | 10:50 pm

    Take me home country road…. “First Hit’s Free” talk about Dejevu all over again!

    “Honey Stinger sends me food for free because I contacted them and told them how much I love them and that more than anything else in the world, I would love to have an ongoing supply of Honey Stinger food, both for myself and to hand out to other riders, acting as a kind of “First Hit’s Free” kind of sales guy for them.”

    I’m just curious, under full disclosure. Did you tell them how BIG Fatty’s Family is?
    Look forward to seeing you and your trailer(of goodies) on the road at Levis Ride in October. You’ll be like the neutral service motorcycle from the TDF…but with waffles.

  48. Comment by Julie | 07.29.2011 | 8:04 am

    @Nic – the Power bars and Clif bars make you fart because they’re loaded with soy, an unfortunate but common side effect of products loaded with such unneccessary items in an attempt at making something resembling a “food”. Next time try the real thing, aka “real food” and I bet you’ll be able to say “HEY, I didn’t fart AT ALL.”

  49. Comment by Susan | 07.29.2011 | 8:33 am

    Hey there – these look an awful lot like a non-energy food I was introduced to back in 2002. Heck if I can remember their actual name, but they were made by this unbelievably good bakery (yes, I said that) in Des Moines, IA. Apparently these folks have been selling them for decades as a coffee/tea accompaniment: place the perfectly sized discus of waffley-honey-y-goodness over the cup of hot beverage of choice and enjoy. The honey melts to a gooey goodness that melts in your mouth.
    Where did they get their inspiration, I wonder?

  50. Comment by tyler | 07.29.2011 | 10:04 am

    Hilarious reference to the first PowerBars…I remember reading a gear tip somewhere that you could them to repair a blown out sidewall. Never doubted that claim.

  51. Comment by MattC | 07.29.2011 | 10:04 am

    But will they make ones that taste like PIE? Fatty…get on it!

  52. Comment by rabidrunner | 07.29.2011 | 10:57 am

    I’m a big fan of anything honey stingers. I’m also a big fan of your comma usage.

  53. Comment by Scott Richardson | 07.29.2011 | 11:21 am

    Stinger products rule. Also, the orders arrive fast and in great condition.

  54. Comment by Curt | 07.29.2011 | 11:53 am

    I enjoyed my HS Vanilla Waffle this morning on top of John’s Peak!

  55. Comment by Patrick Mitchell | 07.29.2011 | 12:30 pm

    1 note. If you cant handle the gels then mix two of them in a bottle with 1/2 orange juice and 1/2 water. Add 1/8 tsp lite salt and shake thoroughly. Best sports drink yet. Don’t worry, they will remain mixed together for the most part, a quick shake during the ride will keep the excess suspended.

  56. Comment by Burnt | 07.29.2011 | 1:27 pm

    I gotta give Clif some props here. I’ve been vegan for 16 years and not only do I appreciate the taste of Clif products and how they go down easy on the trail (or in the 7-11 parking lot), they sometimes work in organic ingredients AND are usually dairy-free. It would be nice if the Honey Stinger bars didn’t leave us dairy allergy people out in the cold.

    BTW, re: farts. It’s all about the chewing. Get lots of saliva in there and the farts subside. Take it from a guy who eats lots of beans and lentils (which are “real food” but also very fartilicious).

    Clif deserves all kinds of props. I still love their white chocolate / macadamia nut bar.

    Since you’re vegan, I also recommend you look at Pro Bars. Vegan. Delicious. Great at fueling you over a long ride. Actually, I HIGHLY recommend Pro Bars whether you’re vegan or not (I’m not). In fact, I will probably do a “Stuff Fatty” loves on the Cran-Lemon Twister Pro Bar in particular sometime in the near future. – FC

  57. Comment by Gillian | 07.29.2011 | 2:38 pm

    Dear FC -

    Would you consider doing a series for cycling newbies? I thought of this the other day as I was riding a few miles, towing my toddler sons in a trailer, and my shoulder muscles were twitching and having painful spasms. I thought that maybe I could sit with a better posture, or get a better fit of bike, or something, in order to avoid this weird muscular issue – clearly not “good” pain. And then I thought you might know! It also hit me when I read about the newbie rider who didn’t know how drafting works. Anyway, I (the newbie rider) may not be your target audience . . . but it could be an idea. I’d eat it up.

    Anyway, thanks! And I plan on trying Honey Stingers when I run a half marathon this October!

    I like the idea of doing a beginner series. I’ll start thinking about it. Thanks for the idea! – FC


  58. Comment by Dan O | 07.29.2011 | 2:50 pm

    Never tried a Honey Stinger – but have been stung by one – in the ass, right through my shorts…

    I’m sticking with my Clif Bars, the Cool Mint Chocolate flavor. I could live on those and even eat ‘em “recreationally” quite often. Mmm mmm good.

  59. Comment by Justin L. | 07.29.2011 | 8:22 pm

    Hey Fatty,

    THis month in bicycle magazine you got two shout outs. One on you being a famous rider at King Ridge this year and the last page shows the fatcyclist jerseys. Looks like you are kind of a big deal, huh. Too bad we could not get them to mention the africa bicycle fundraiser.

  60. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 07.29.2011 | 11:56 pm

    @ Comment by Gillian | 07.29.2011 | 2:38 pm

    I’m pretty sure Fatty would say that anyone who wants to be part of Team Fatty is his target audience. We may say we know how to ‘draft’ but it’s not always pretty.

    I like the idea of of a Fatty Refresher Checklist. He can go back and retell some of those early ‘return to biking’ stories from his earliest blogs. Tease us with some of those chapters from his coming book.

  61. Comment by bikemike | 07.30.2011 | 12:03 pm

    i like to take one honey stinger and crumble another honey stinger on top. put them in the nuclear heating device and smash another honey stinger on top. honey stinger goodness. i only take one on a ride, otherwise, i’d eat everyone i’d take.

    best selling food type item we’ve ever had in the bike shop.

    if they ever do a peanut butter and jelly version, i will ask for their hand in marriage.

  62. Comment by Ben | 07.30.2011 | 8:58 pm

    Hey fatty! I know you get the delicious HS waffles for free but for us non-famous folk who have to pay for them, where can you find them for the best price? Just a poor teacher wanting a good hookup on honestly the best tasting cycling “food” I have ever had. I ate my first one while suffering up Weber canyon here in Washington state on my first century. If they distracted me while my quads were cramping that speaks well of their product. Thanks for the help!

    I’d say check your local bike shop first. If they have them, go with that. If not, check; their price is very good, and if you have already subscribed to their “Prime” shipping service, you don’t have to pay add’l shipping. – FC

  63. Comment by Marsha Monson | 07.31.2011 | 9:55 pm

    Hi Fatty! I discovered the Honey Stinger Waffle at Infinite Cycles. I have to look at the package because it tastes so good it can’t be good for me. Great write up!

  64. Comment by Mike@Squirrelhead | 08.1.2011 | 7:28 am

    I finished the WAM300 ride yesterday and the Honey Waffles were a big help on that 300 mile journey. I had a lot of question about what Team Fatty was since I wore my Team Fatty gear so hopefully some of those people will find their way here to your blog. I am also in need to a Honey Stinger refuel when I get home. Fantastically delicious treats…..uh….I mean fuel.

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  66. Comment by Bacmapei | 08.1.2011 | 10:23 pm

    Found these today while on vacation. I imagined something the size of an Eggo frozen waffle, so I almost walked past the rack until the brand name caught my attention. Bought 2 waffles to try. Skipped the protein bar thinking my spouse would think I was overloading the shopping basket.
    I regret that decision now as only 1 of my 4 Halo s’mores (never tried these before today) made it to the airport uneaten. I managed a small taste and my son begged the rest.
    A waffle is coming on my next ride – my son is not!

  67. Comment by Pattie Dunn | 08.3.2011 | 6:21 pm

    Got a box of honey waffle stingers and a box of the protein bars for my birthday from my husband. Absolutely love them! I’ve been passing them out to ride buddies. Can’t find them in Hawaii so my husband ordered them online.

    I’m going to have to guard my stash.

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  69. Comment by Heather H | 08.18.2011 | 2:02 pm

    I LOVE me some Honey Stinger waffles! Sometimes I eat one for breakfast as if it were a real waffle. Haven’t tried the protein bars, but if it tastes like a Reese’s pb cup, I’m going to have to! Thanks Fatty!

  70. Comment by Sam | 08.25.2011 | 1:36 pm

    For those of you asking where to buy Honey Stinger. This website seems to have the best prices, shipping cost/speed, and service:

    Well, that’s my experience anyway! They’re called Wishing U Well and I have been buying from them for some time now.


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