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10 Best Honey Stinger Chews Reviewed & Compared

last updated Dec 01, 2018
Honey Stinger’s Organic Energy Chews are consistently the best-rated natural endurance fuel sources on the market. They score high in the areas of portability, ease of consumption, usability in hot and cold environments, and are less likely to cause nausea commonly reported with other products. The appeal of Honey Stinger chews is that they are very easy to carry, have light and durable packaging, and are offered in an incredibly broad range of delightful tasting options. Honey Stinger uses natural ingredients while still offering a chew packed with energy and flavor.
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For this update we added a kid friendly option and reordered the list based on the most current reviews. Honey Stinger offers a wide variety of energy chews and gels for everyone to enjoy. We have ensured there are both caffeinated and non-caffeinated options.

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Fruit Smoothie
  • Energy Gel
  • Caffeinated Cherry Cola
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Limeade
  • Orange Blossom
  • Pomegranate Passionfruit
  • Grapefruit
  • Kids Organic Mixed Berry
  • Cherry Blossom
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sources

10 Best Honey Stinger Chews

1. Fruit Smoothie

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.3
Fruit Smoothie
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94
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Pros:

Easy to eat, even in cold weather and humidity/heat

Multiple flavors in each pack

No water needed to chase them down

Quite an affordable price

Cons:

Packaging may be difficult to remove with one hand while on a bike

Can’t decide on one flavor? Fruit Smoothie may be for you! This version packs the same fueling benefits as the other chews by Honey Stinger, but with multiple flavors.

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Nutrition

Fifty-gram serving size (10 chews) has 160 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 80mg of sodium, and 27 grams of sugar. Top 3 ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, and Organic Honey. Multiple carbohydrate sources include fructose, glucose, sucrose, and maltose. It is also gluten-free.

Taste

This flavor is a blend of Cherry Blossom, Orange Blossom, and Mixed Berry. Three delicious flavor options make for one great combination package.

Cost and Value

Honey Stinger’s Fruit Smoothie Organic Chew is one of the top sellers and boasts three different flavors in each package. It also comes at a pretty affordable price range.

2. Energy Gel

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94.3
Energy Gel
Application
95
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94
Potency
94
Product Purity
94
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$20.98
Pros:

Caffeinated

6 different flavors

All natural

An affordable brand

Cons:

Some may not like the texture

These Energy gels come in 6 different flavors and are much easier to swallow than many other energy gels out there.

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Nutrition

These have 100 calories each and feature honey as their main ingredient. They have 25 grams of Carbs and 27 grams of sugar--so they will definitely boost your energy.

Taste

These are pretty sweet due to all the honey in them and have a bit of a different texture than the chews.

Cost and Value

These are a great alternative to traditional energy gels. They taste great and use organic ingredients that work well with sensitive stomachs at an affordable price too.

3. Caffeinated Cherry Cola

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93.3
Caffeinated Cherry Cola
Application
92
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92
Product Purity
94
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Pros:

A tasty flavor

Has the right level of caffeine to boost your runs

Organic ingredients

Quite affordable

Cons:

Limited to one flavor

Cherry Cola is one of two caffeinated choices made by Honey Stinger. White tea extract packs an extra kick into this product to help prevent you from bonking.

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Nutrition

The caffeine comes from 32mg of white tea extract (per serving). Fifty-gram serving size (10 chews) has 160 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 80mg of sodium, and 27 grams of sugar. Top 3 ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, and Organic Honey. Multiple carbohydrate sources include fructose, glucose, sucrose, and maltose. Gluten-free.

Taste

This version combines the tasty tried-and-true cherry flavor with a hint of soda. Some claim that this flavor has a mild taste leaning more toward cherry than cola. Most agree that it’s not too sweet, but is sweeter than the caffeinated Limeade.

Cost and Value

The Cherry Cola Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chew is a great option for those seeking a caffeinated boost during their workout. You can also find this brand at an affordable price.

4. Pink Lemonade

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92.3
Pink Lemonade
Application
90
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Potency
92
Product Purity
95
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Pros:

Refreshing flavor

Good energy boost

Comes in a beautiful package

Organic components as ingredients

Cons:

Packaging can be bulky

Like the other flavors, Pink Lemonade provides the caloric and carbohydrate content ideal for higher intensity, longer duration workouts, and events.

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Nutrition

Fifty-gram serving size (10 chews) has 160 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 80mg of sodium, and 27 grams of sugar. Top 3 ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, and Organic Honey. Multiple carbohydrate sources include fructose, glucose, sucrose, and maltose. Gluten-free.

Taste

This flavor may take one back in time to the thirst-quenching summer lemonade stand on the corner. Pink lemonade delivers a nice balance of sweetness with a tangy zip.

Cost and Value

Honey Stringer Pink Lemonade Organic Energy Chew has a unique flavor and boosts energy for pre, during or post-exercise activity. you can get it at an affordable price, depending on the shop you are buying them from.

5. Limeade

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91.8
Limeade
Application
92
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90
Potency
93
Product Purity
92
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Pros:

Gluten free

Natural white tea caffeine source

Great energy boost

100% Organic

Cons:

No extra sodium added when compared to other brands

Limeade is one of two caffeinated choices made by Honey Stinger. Right in the sweet spot between excess sweetness and tartness, this flavor is a refreshing option for those who want an extra pick-me-up.

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Nutrition

The caffeine comes from 32mg of white tea extract (per serving). Fifty-gram serving size (10 chews) has 160 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 80mg of sodium, and 27 grams of sugar. Top 3 ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, and Organic Honey. Multiple carbohydrate sources include: fructose, glucose, sucrose and maltose.

Taste

The limeade flavor is refreshing and delicious. Don’t expect it to taste like a Margarita: this chew does not have extra salt added, compared to the Margarita flavor of Shot Bloks (which has nearly double the salt, at 150mg per serving).

Cost and Value

The limeade version of Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews is the milder (less sweet) flavor out of the two caffeinated options. Like the others, this one too is quite affordable.

6. Orange Blossom

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89.3
Orange Blossom
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89
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Pros:

Gluten free

Help to avoid dry mouth during runs

Great fit into a running belt or water bottle pouch

Easy to tear package and consume with one hand

Cons:

Slight stickiness factor

May be too sweet for some

The Orange version boasts a classic flavor that which consist of the first Honey Stinger Organic Chew options. Use before, during or after sporting activity.

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Nutrition

Fifty-gram serving size (10 chews) has 160 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 80mg of sodium, and 27 grams of sugar. Top 3 ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, and Organic Honey. Multiple carbohydrate sources include fructose, glucose, sucrose, and maltose.

Taste

Orange is characteristically a refreshing combination of citrus with a touch of sweetness, but some may find this product flavor too strong and sweet. This flavor has been compared to an orange Crush soda.

Cost and Value

At an affordable price, the Orange Blossom is reviewed as one of the sweeter of the Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chew options. It’s applauded for its ease of consumption and digestion.

7. Pomegranate Passionfruit

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88.3
Pomegranate Passionfruit
Application
90
Features
87
Potency
86
Product Purity
90
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Pros:

Gluten-free

Great taste and flavor

Made of organic ingredients

Guaranteed to boost performance

Cons:

Some may not like the flavor and it has no other options to choose from

Considered a match made in heaven! This honey stinger chew combines Pomegranate and passionfruit to bring you a winning flavor.

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Nutrition

Fifty-gram serving size (10 chews) has 160 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 80mg of sodium, and 27 grams of sugar. Top 3 ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, and Organic Honey. Multiple carbohydrate sources include fructose, glucose, sucrose, and maltose.

Taste

The current most popular option is a fantastic combination of the superfood pomegranate and the tropical passion fruit. Honey Stinger has melded the tartness and sweetness of the two fruits into a unique flavor.

Bottom Line

This taste is a hit! Pomegranate Passion Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chew is a nicely balanced flavor option with plenty of energy potential packed into each chew.

8. Grapefruit

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.3
Grapefruit
Application
88
Features
89
Potency
87
Product Purity
85
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$21.24
Pros:

Glutten free

Not too sweet or sticky

No water chaser needed

Works quickly

Doesn’t upset stomach

Easy to pack and consume while on the go

Cons:

Some felt the product was expensive

Some experienced a “sugar crash”

The size and soft texture of these Grapefruit bite-sized snacks are a hit for athletes and also double as a good option for snacks to stash in the car, bike jersey pocket or gym bag.

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Nutrition

Fifty-gram serving size (10 chews) has 160 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 80mg of sodium, and 27 grams of sugar. Top 3 ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Sugar, and Organic Honey. Multiple carbohydrate sources include fructose, glucose, sucrose, and maltose.

Taste

The grapefruit flavor is more tart than other Honey Stinger Chew options and provides a nice change from the traditionally sweet flavors.

Cost and Value

The Grapefruit Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chew is a nice option for those looking for an energy boost during activity and recovery, without providing as much sweetness when compared to other flavors from this brand.

9. Kids Organic Mixed Berry

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.5
Kids Organic Mixed Berry
Application
84
Features
86
Potency
87
Product Purity
89
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$54.00
Pros:

Gluten free

No sugar crash

Smaller bite-sized portions and smaller serving size

Chews melt in your mouth

Great pre-practice snack option

Cons:

Expensive when compared to typical kids fruit snack

Expensive when compared to “adult” chews

This flavor has no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, no trans-fat or hydrogenated oils, and no artificial colors or flavors! Just like the Sour Citrus, this snack is similar to the “adult” Honey Stinger Organic Chew, but has a smaller portion size and contains fewer calories, carbohydrates, and grams of sugar per serving.

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Nutrition

Twenty-three-gram serving size has 70 calories, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 30mg of sodium, and 13 grams of sugar. Top 3 ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Sugar, and Organic Honey.

Taste

This version includes a mix of three flavors in each packet: natural orange, strawberry and grape.

Cost and Value

Honey Stinger Kids Chews are a healthier gluten-free alternative to typical kids snacks, but with a higher price tag. Mixed Berry is a nice combination of three flavors. Adults also enjoy these as training fuel.

10. Cherry Blossom

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84.5
Cherry Blossom
Application
85
Features
83
Potency
85
Product Purity
85
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Pros:

Great flavor – not too sweet!

Chews don’t stick to your teeth

Simple to consume without water

No problems in cold environments

Cons:

Easy to eat these like candy!

The popular Cherry Blossom flavor is easy to consume while on the move and the soft pieces don’t stick to your teeth.

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Nutrition

Fifty-gram serving size (10 chews) has 160 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 80mg of sodium, and 27 grams of sugar. Top 3 ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, and Organic Honey. Multiple carbohydrate sources include: fructose, glucose, sucrose and maltose.

Taste

This cherry flavor is not too overbearing or strong. Most agree that this chew has an ideal amount of sweetness.

Cost and Value

The Cherry Blossom Organic Energy Chew is another well-liked Honey Stinger flavor option. They come at an affordable price and you will get a gluten-free stinger

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Application

As a reliable energy source, the Honey Stinger chew has the following packaging composition: each packet weighing 50g has approximately 20 chews, that provide 39g of carbohydrates and a calories amount of 160. There is 1 gram of protein and a pint of potassium and sodium to prevent cramps. The different energy chews have varieties of ingredients used as components of the energy chew. It is very crucial that you check the labeling on the packet and look at the amounts and quantities of the ingredient used. Other energy chews are made with artificial sweeteners that can wreak havoc on your gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, it’s very important to check the ingredients especially if you have issues with sugar and glutton.

Features

The energy chews come in several great flavors. The company currently puts out 8 different flavor options, plus 2 additional products that are kid-specific. Flavors in these chews are the Orange, Cherry Blossom, Pomegranate Passion, and the Pink Lemonade. Though the chews may have a wine taste, they are really made using honey as the number 1 ingredient.

Potency

Whether or not these Honey Stingers chews provide you with a sufficient amount of energy was one of the important criteria we considered when assembling this buying guide. Although these products are very similar, some of them will offer a greater "kick" due to the presence of ingredients like caffeine, while others will offer a weaker effect if they're intended for consumption by children. Keep these things in mind when making a purchasing decision.

Product Purity

Fortified gels and energy chews are perfect for athletes that are deficient in certain minerals and vitamins. The major challenge that comes with these chews is that continuous consumption of them may lead to excessive usage and consumption of the nutrients. This, in turn, leads to a condition of over supplementation of the body. For this reason, if you take supplements that are fortified, make sure that your whole diet has a healthy variety of other nutritious foods in it.

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Trial and Error

Like any other supplement, it’s important to make sure you take into consideration your stomach’s reaction to energy chews. Before consuming them, take a look at the ingredients–paying specific attention to the sugar content. Note, that labels that say low sugar tend to have sugar alcohols in them, which can upset your digestive system. Everyone reacts to chews differently, so it might take a bit of trial and error to determine what works best for you.

Watch for Sugar

Sometimes, companies selling foodstuffs that are high in sugar will attempt to disguise this fact by claiming the ingredient under a different name. Be careful of any product that lists "evaporated cane juice" as a key ingredient; this is just another way of saying that it contains sugar that makes it sound healthier than it really is.

Other Factors to Consider

Power Source

If you are a runner, distance athlete, or any athlete for that matter then you know how effective energy supplements can be. While some of them may not taste the best or have a strange consistency, they are worth every sent. These supplements provide runners with the energy they need during their runs and prevent fatigue from creeping up.

Value

Energy chews are typically packaged in small packets that have around 6 chews. The packets are easy to carry–just like energy gels. They can be accessed easily during the workout sessions and the serving size is ten small, soft gummies that provide 100% of your recommended daily value of Vitamin C. The company currently puts out 8 different flavor options, plus 2 additional products that are kid-specific. The chews have different prices depending on flavors and ingredients, and quantities.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Do the energy chews from Honey Stinger use GMO ingredients?
a:

All the ingredients in Honey Stinger chews are non-GMO.

q: Will the energy chews cause me to have an upset stomach?
a:

Everyone reacts to gels and chews differently, so it might take a bit of trial and error to determine what works best for you (what doesn’t upset your stomach or what goes into effect the quickest). Everyone has a different absorption rate and sensitivity, and these are all made with varying carb sources and amounts. Honey is used as the major sweetening ingredient in the energy chews, and honey has a compound ratio of fructose to glucose ratio ( 1:1). If you can eat fruit without any stomach issues then you should be fine with these chews.

q: Will the energy chews cause me to have an upset stomach?
a:

Everyone reacts to gels and chews differently, so it might take a bit of trial and error to determine what works best for you (what doesn’t upset your stomach or what goes into effect the quickest). Everyone has a different absorption rate and sensitivity, and these are all made with varying carb sources and amounts. Honey is used as the major sweetening ingredient in the energy chews, and honey has a compound ratio of fructose to glucose ratio ( 1:1). If you can eat fruit without any stomach issues then you should be fine with these chews.

q: Why do I need to use energy chews?
a:

The carbohydrates stored in the blood and the muscles of the body play an important role in your performance. Glycogen needs to reach your muscles in a digested form so it can move in the body’s intestinal wall, after which it is absorbed into the muscles. The whole process takes quite some time and may at times prove to be very inefficient. In the end, this means that they provide you with an energy boost during your runs–which is necessary since you are constantly burning energy when you are active.

q: Can the chews be considered a snack?
a:

Yes, you can have them as a snack–especially if you are looking for a little energy boost during the day.

q: Are the energy chews made exclusively for athletes or they can be used by anyone?
a:

The Honey Stinger energy chews are meant for everyone. They are meant to boost your energy levels so many athletes love to use them. However, they can be used as a general pick me up for everyone.

q: Is it safe for children to consume the energy chews from Honey Stinger?
a:

Yes, kids can also eat the honey stinger energy chews since honey is used as their main ingredient. Honey stinger also has energy snacks for specifically for kids–which are a better option than other caffeine or products

q: Why do the energy chews contain a large amount of sugar in them?
a:

Honey is used as the core ingredient in making the energy chews. It’s also the main sweetening ingredient. Honey, is compound comprised of several types of sugars like glucose, sucrose, fructose, trisaccharides, and maltose. The human body has the capability of utilizing sugar that is in their simple form.

q: Are there energy chews for vegans?
a:

The honey stinger chews are not vegan. Though honey is used as the main ingredients and some vegans may consume it as an exception, they cannot be marketed as vega since honey is a bee by-product.

q: Which ingredient in the energy chews provides you with energy?
a:

The energy provided by these chews come from the sugar and carbs it provides–mainly from the honey.

q: Why is there sodium, magnesium, and potassium in the energy chews?
a:

These ingredients keep your body running normally and help replenish electrolytes.

The following guidelines will help you choose a healthier energy chew.
Read the ingredient list to find an energy chew that’s made with minimally processed natural ingredients.
Stay clear of artificial sweeteners and artificial preservatives.
Limit refined sugars and syrups. Check the ingredient list to find out the source of sugar.

Sources

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  3. Jennifer DeCurtins , Charlotte Observer, Consumer Website,
  4. Eric Charette, Fleet Feet Racing Huntsville, Sporting Website,