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Honey Stinger Blueberry Buzz Bar

Test Series By Erin Foudy

Photo Courtesy of Honey Stinger
  • Initial Report - January 13, 2013                                  

Tester Info

Name:  Erin Foudy
Age:  31
Gender:  Female
Height:  5'11'' (1.8 m)
Weight:  150 lbs (68 kg)
Email address:  erinfoudyATyahooDOTcom
City, State, Country:  Tucson, Arizona, USA


Backpacking Background:
I started backpacking while working for the National Park service ten years ago.  I have been a backcountry ranger/law enforcement ranger and served on search and rescue crews.  I typically take two or more camping trips a month, year round.  I appreciate light weight, but am not obsessed by it.  I often carry a 30 lb (14 kg) pack and stay out from three to nine days at a time.  I also enjoy day trips with only water on my back.  I take trips to Colorado and Montana in the summertime and enjoy the outdoors there as well.



Product Information and Specifications


Manufacturer: Honey Stinger
Product Name: Blueberry Buzz
URL: http://www.honeystinger.com
MSRP: $1.69 US Single Bar

$25.35 US Box of 15

$273.78 US 12 Box Case
Listed Weight: 1.75oz (50g)
Measured Weight: 1.82oz (52g) in wrapper
Year Manufactured: 2012
Best Buy Date: March 18, 2014 as marked on wrapper

Product Description

The Honey Stinger Blueberry Buzz Energy Bar (hereafter referred to as the bar or Blueberry Buzz) is marketed by the manufacturer as their newest energy bar, with a new formula.  The Honey Stinger website claims all of their energy bars are made with over 30% honey, 20% of the daily recommended allowance of protein, 22 vitamins and minerals, calcium, antioxidants, and natural flavors.  The wrapper the bar comes in claims 23 vitamins and minerals as apposed to the 22 vitamins and minerals advertised on the Honey Stinger website.  I am assuming this has to do with the Blueberry Buzz's new formula, all of the other energy bars did in fact have 22 vitamins and minerals listed whereas the Blueberry Buzz listed 23. 

The Blueberry Buzz energy bar is a chewy, dark colored bar with a yogurt coating on the bottom half.  The bar has a sweet, berry flavor, and is intended to be a healthy, natural snack and/or as a way to maintain energy during physical activity. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 bar
Calories 170
Fat Calories 30

Amount/Serving %Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sat Fat 2g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Monosat Fat 0.5g
Sodium 160mg 7%
Potassium 130mg 4%
Total Carb 30g 9%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Fiber 1g 6%
Sugars 20g
Other Carb 8g
Protein 5g 10%

Vitamins and Minerals %Daily Value
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin D 15%
Vitamin E 15%
Vitamin C 25%
Thiamin 35%
Riboflavin 30%
Niacin 45%
Vitamin B6 25%
Folacin 25%
Vitamin B12 5%
Pantothenate 20%
Biotin 15%
Calcium 30%
Phosphorus 30%
Magnesium 15%
Iron 15%
Zinc 25%
Iodide 40%
Copper 25%
Manganese 70%
Selenium 20%
Chromium 10%
Molybdenum 30%

Ingredients
Honey Stinger™ (Honey, Sea Salt, Water), Almonds, Crisped Rice (Sugar, Salt, Malt), Blueberries (Blueberries, Apple Juice, Sunflower Oil), Yogurt Coating (Sugar, Palm Kernel Oil, Yogurt Powder [Cultured Whey Protein Concentrate, Cultured Skim Milk, Yogurt Culture], Non-Fat Dry Milk Solids, Soya Lecithin (an emulsifier)], Soy Protein Isolate, Vitamins and Minerals, Rolled Oats, Natural Flavor
Allergens: Soy, Milk and Tree Nuts
May Contain: Peanut, Wheat and Eggs

Initial Impressions

So far I have tried one of the bars, they are a little sweet for my liking but not bad.  I typically choose salty over sweet when I purchase energy bars.  I did really like how chewy and soft the bar was without being messy.  The yogurt coating offers a nice contrast to the rougher texture of the main bar.  I do wonder though if in the hotter temperatures of southern Arizona if the yogurt coating will melt.  A sticky melted bar can be annoying to eat, especially when it makes your hands sticky and there isn't much water to wash up with.  This is something I will be sure to report back on in my long-term report.  Other than my worry over the possibility of a melted energy bar I don't have any other concerns with this bar.  The ingredient list looks great, there isn't anything that causes me to worry about what I am putting into my body.  In addition, I like the idea of natural energy; yogurt, honey, and almonds are all found in the ingredient list and are all sources of natural energy.

Summary

The Honey Stinger Blueberry Buzz Energy Bar is a sweet berry flavored bar with a yogurt coated bottom.  The bar has 23 minerals and vitamins as well as calcium, protein, and is over 30% honey.  I look forward to testing this bar in the field for how well it keeps me going.

This concludes my Initial Report.  ease check back in a few months for my Long-Term Report.  Many thanks to Honey Stinger and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.



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