I first learned of Bonk Breakers a couple of months ago. They are gluten, soy, and dairy free and aren’t over laden with preservatives or other garbage. They are currently offered in 10 flavors, including two “high protein” options, and are the official energy bar for Ironman. I wanted to test them for MCM but I wasn’t keen on the price – over $2.50 each! When Active GearUp ran a special of almost half off (seriously, have you joined yet?), I decided to grab a couple of boxes at almost 40% off.
I chose the Peanut Butter and Jelly and the Almond Butter and Honey. The Peanut Butter and Banana sounded like a bad case of heartburn waiting to happen but the Espresso Chip was a serious contender.
At 2.2 oz. these are pretty big bars! Fun fact, they weigh half as much as the new baby panda.
I decided to try my first bar, Peanut Butter and Jelly, on Sunday’s long run. I wasn’t too worried about stomach problems and I wanted to see how it would last during my slow slog. I personally found it to be too big to eat in one serving. I ate half around mile 6 and the other half around mile 8. Normally I like to walk when I eat but my running partner kept moving so I had to gobble the bar as quickly as possible. The taste was good – I could clearly taste both the PB and the J. It wasn’t too sticky or sweet and it was filling without being a lead weight in my stomach. I did find it on the dry side and I had to drink a good amount of water but that could have been because I was eating too fast.
Overall, I was happy with the bar. It didn’t upset my stomach at all and my only (little) complaint is the size of the bars. Next time I plan to cut it in half (maybe even quarters) and stick it in a baggie so I can eat just a small portion at a time and not fuss with the wrapper. They also make a 1.1 oz Bonk Bites in four of the flavors but I’m okay with the baggie option. I plan to walk and chew more thoroughly in the future and better space the timing. I think that I ate the two portions too closely together as I wound up needing a teaspoon or so of the raw honey packet that I had with me at mile 16. I was in the full sun at that point and was seriously feeling the end of my run. I think better timing will help improve the bar’s staying power.
Overall: Solid A. I know I will need more calories as a back-of-the-packer come MCM and I plan to use these with my Huma Chia Gels as my two fuel sources.