When it comes to food in the saddle, most of us tend to stick with what we know. Early on, we find something we can get down (and hold down) and we stick with with because there’s nothing worse than food you can’t eat.
Bonk Breaker Energy Bars claim to be “The World’s Best Energy Bars” right on the package; I was a little skeptical. As soon as I opened the first package I started to believe. The bars smelled fresh and, while a little dense (like all energy bars I’ve ever tasted) Bonk Breakers looked and felt moist. By the time I finished my first bite (Peanut Butter & Jelly) I was pretty sure I’d found my energy bar of choice. Sam was riding next to me as he munched on his sample of the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, “I’d eat this just as a snack.”
In the mouth Bonk Breakers feel more like a sandwich than a traditional energy bar. The bar itself is dense but it feels much lighter as you eat it-likely because, as I was informed by the owner of the company, all Bonk Breakers are shipped within a week of baking. The samples I was sent included the four flavors currently available: Peanut Butter & Jelly, Peanut Butter & Banana, Almond Butter & Honey and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Each flavor tasted how I imagined it would with the Peanut Butter, as a rule, being the strongest flavor. The bars seemed fresh, something difficult to achieve when a product is foil wrapped. Bonk Breakers are made with things that sound like real food:
Organic rolled oats, B-Breaker (Brown rice syrup, Natural crunchy peanut butter [peanuts, salt] Honey), Brown rice flour, Blackberry Jam…
And, as a result Bonk Breakers taste like real food.
I’m not prepared to make any claims about an additional energy boost during my rides or feeling stronger than when I eat a Cliff Bar. Instead, I’ll just say that when I felt a bit hungry during a ride, I’d eat a Bonk Breaker and feel better. I never had to force one down or make that face I usually make when eating an energy bar. I recommended tossing one in your jersey pocket.