Bar and drink samples around the show is pretty much what keeps us fueled at Interbike (and Eurobike, and Sea Otter), and there’s always new flavors to try from the big boys. Fortunately, there’s usually some treats from new and smaller brands, too, and Phil’s Power Pancake was one of the better ones I found.
It’s basically a muffin top, baked from real ingredients and available in a few flavors. Toast it, nuke it or just warm it in your jersey pocket for a delicious little snack. Chomp on through for plenty more to make you hungry…
All good stuff.
Clif’s cornucopia of bar types continues to see new flavors added to the line. For the traditional Clif Bar, there’s Nuts & Seeds and Berry Pomegranate Chia. The standard Builder’s Bar adds Chocolate Hazelnut.
Builder’s Max is bigger and gets a new Caramel Peanut flavor.
Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bars add Dark Chocolate Chili Almond, Dark Chocolate Peanut and Dark Chocolate Walnut.
The Luna line adds Chocolate Cupcake, and the Mojo gets –wait for it– Dark Chocolate Pom Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter. See a trend here? Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate.
PowerBar has come up with Fruit & Nut versions of their traditional bar, adding Nutty Berry and PB’n’J.
The ProteinPlus bars get new Chocolate Brownie, Peanut Butter Cookie and Salted Caramel flavors.
The Triple Threat bars, which are a combo protein and energy bar (think meal replacement), get four new ones: Caramel Apple, Vanilla Caramel Nut, Peanut Butter Caramel and Caramel Nut Brownie. Caramel, Caramel, Caramel, Caramel, Caramel, Caramel!
The Wafer Bars, which are delicious but absolutely will not fill you up no matter how many you eat, now come in Chocolate Peanut Butter and Berry Yogurt flavors.
PRO Bar, which I don’t think is capable of making anything I don’t like, now has snack sized Bite bars, coming in Mixed Berry and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and four other flavors not shown.
I haven’t tried these yet, but I have a packet sitting at the ready next time I know I’ll finish a ride too far from home to get a timely recovery drink. Packed with 20g of Whey Protein Isolate, the RAP (Rapid Acting Protein) gummies look pretty decent from an ingredients standpoint.
Nice to see the primary source of protein is Whey Isolate.
Rip van Wafels is a newer brand that uses simple syrup in place of Honey Stinger’s bee-based sweetener. They say this makes them taste more like traditional Belgian street waffles (stroopwafel), and they are indeed quite tasty.
The ingredients are refreshingly simple, almost all stuff you have at home.
Jelly Belly’s Sport Beans add Green Apple and Juicy Pear to their lineup.
To wash it all down, Skratch Labs has they new Matcha w/ Lemons flavor sports drink. It’s their first with a little caffeine, which comes from the matcha green tea. To the right is their new Rescue Hydration Mix, which is similar to Pedialyte in theory, offering a much higher concentration of electrolytes (750mg sodium, 250mg potassium), but with all natural fruit flavors and nothing artificial. The sugar content is almost as high as the sports drink, and much higher than their daily electrolyte drink. Basically, it’s for when you or your kids are really dehydrated. In Vegas, that came in quite handy.