Occasionally this cheapskate gets the hankering for something new to complement all this running. For my last 20-miler, I wanted something besides Jolly Ranchers to keep me going, so I picked up a package of black cherry flavored Clif Shot Bloks. Here's what I thought.
Item: One package contains six gummy blocks for two servings worth 100 calories, 70 milligrams of sodium, 20 milligrams of potassium, 24 grams of carbohydrates and 50 milligrams of caffeine. The website says Clif Shot Bloks are "easy to handle" and "easy to chew."
Taste: I like the gummy style of electrolyte replacements on the market because they remind me of the fruit snacks from packed lunches in grade school. The black cherry is agreeable enough, and I would get them again.
Gut Reaction: No problems with digestion, and I didn't feel like I needed water to wash them down like I sometimes do with gels. I walked while I consumed each serving. I was able to start running again immediately.
Packaging: I like the serving of three cubes. It's relatively quick to eat, but I don't feel like I have to get it all down in one go. However, I don't like the wrapping. The package comes as one long tube with the six blocks all in a row. It won't fit in a pants/shorts key pocket, and I had to split it in half to fit in the pocket of my handheld water bottle. I could have worn my shorts with full side pockets, but I probably still would have split the package to make it feel more secure and less awkward against my leg. I would prefer if each serving were individually packaged and connected with perforation.
Overallness: The eating experience was favorable. The flavor was enjoyable without being overwhelming. However, the packaging is a little unwieldy on the run. So, easy to chew, yes, but easy to handle, I've seen better. A single serving size would make it easier to handle one-handed, which I find important on the go. As a bonus, the size and shape of Clif Shot Bloks is reminiscent of ice cubes, which would be a fine addition to a post-run cocktail.
Booze Hound Rating: 4 fingers, on the rocks
[Drunkard's note: The Booze Hound rating system is based on a good pour. Up to five fingers, either "on the rocks" or "neat." If you can't figure out what's good and what's bad, you need to spend more time drinking.]