Since when did this become Pokemon and you gotta catch 'em all? And this isn't even all of the flavors Fleet Feet had on display.
Even though the Gu gels had the most diversity with their flavors, I just can't stomach them. Though I know plenty of people who have no problem with this product, I used one last fall while on a longer run and it was miserable. I had the blueberry pomegranate flavor, and it just sat in my throat, trickling down like molasses. Granted, I didn't have water to wash it down, as is suggested, but I've taken Gu Chomps without water and have felt fine. They definitely didn't get stuck in my throat. So unfortunately, Jon and I completely bypassed the shelf of Gu gels.
The friendly Fleet Feet associate pointed us in the direction of Bonk Breakers, which he said he liked to eat post-run. I grabbed two different flavors to try: peanut butter chocolate chip and espresso chip. We also grabbed some Honey Stinger chews; they had some new flavors out, like grapefruit, so I was all about trying that. We left with a few new things that could be hit or miss and with some we were fairly confident we would like.
Results so far: I can speak only for myself, so Jon will have to chime in with his reviews of the products he ate, but overall, my experience was good. The grapefruit Honey Stinger chews were delicious and I would eat them as fruit snacks in my lunches if I could. The first Bonk Breaker tasted like a typical energy bar: kind of cardboard-y and a little lacking in flavor. It had that "peanut butter" flavor that most peanut butter energy bars have. It wasn't terrible, just typical. But that's why I saved the espresso chip for last! I had high hopes for this one. Sadly, I couldn't get over the espresso flavor. Not to discourage anyone from trying this or other Bonk Breaker flavors, but to me, it tasted like the smell of used coffee grounds. The texture was fine; it wasn't gritty like coffee grounds or anything. And the chocolate chips were good. But the overall, permeating flavor of wet coffee grounds stuck with me. In short, I probably won't buy that flavor again. It won't stop me from trying all the other flavors, though! Next up will be key lime!