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HONEY STINGER ORGANIC WAFFLES
TEST SERIES BY FRANCES PENN
LONG-TERM REPORT
February 27, 2013

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TESTER INFORMATION

NAME: Frances Penn
EMAIL: fpenn AT sbcglobal DOT net
AGE: 56
LOCATION: Santa Ana, California
GENDER: F
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 135 lb (61.20 kg)

I have been backpacking for five years mostly on long weekends in Southern California with one or two 5-day trips per year in the Sierras. My total daypack weight is usually 15 lb (7 kg) and my total backpack weight is usually 28-30 lb (13-14 kg). I am a tent camper and have experienced all night rain, heavy winds, camping in snow once, but mostly fair weather.


INITIAL REPORT

PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Honey Stinger
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Manufacturer's Website: www.honeystinger.com
MSRP: US $22.24 for a box of 16 waffles, $1.39 for a single waffle
Listed Weight: 1 oz (30 g) per waffle
Measured Weight: 1 oz (30 g) per waffle
Flavors available: Honey, Lemon, Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry
Flavors tested: Honey, Lemon, and Chocolate
Size of waffle in package: 3.5 wide X 4.75 tall X 1/8 in thick (8 X 12 X .3 cm)
Size of waffle: 3.25 in (8 cm) circle

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3 waffles


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The Honey Stinger Waffles are a sweet snack that is easy to eat while hiking. They can be consumed in four bites. The waffles are flat and can easily fit in a shirt or pants pocket or a hip belt zipper pocket. The three waffle flavors are made with the same organic ingredients, including organic honey. Natural flavorings have been added to the lemon and chocolate flavors. Most of the calories are from the high fat and sugar content, making them an excellent quick energy boost.

This is the nutrition information from the Honey Stinger website for the Honey and Lemon flavors.

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nutrition facts for honey and lemon courtesy website


This is the nutrition informationfor the Chocolate flavor from the package.

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nutrition facts for chocolate


Honey flavor ingredients: Organic wheat flour, organic palm fruit oil, organic rice syrup, organic cane sugar, organic honey, organic whole wheat flour, organic soy flour, sea salt, organic soy lecithin, organic spices, baking soda.

Lemon flavor ingredients: Organic wheat flour, organic palm fruit oil, organic rice syrup, organic cane sugar, organic honey, organic whole wheat flour, organic soy flour, sea salt, natural flavor, organic soy lecithin, organic spices, baking soda.

Chocolate flavor ingredients: Organic wheat flour, organic palm fruit oil, organic rice syrup, organic cane sugar, organic honey, organic cocoa, organic whole wheat flour, organic soy flour, sea salt, natural flavor, organic soy lecithin, baking soda.

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waffle


All of the waffles are 160 calories. The chocolate waffle has more fat and sodium and less fiber and carbs than the lemon and honey flavors. I find it interesting that the chocolate waffle has more protein and less sugar than the honey and lemon flavors. These waffles may not work well as a meal replacement energy bar. The waffles are a quick energy snack sweetened with honey.

The honey flavor tastes just like a breakfast waffle with syrup. The lemon flavor has a slight lemon taste. The chocolate flavor definitely has a chocolate flavor but is not overpowering. They were easy to retrieve from my pocket and consume while hiking. They tasted good and were a pleasant alternative to the traditional trail mix. They left no chalky or unpleasant aftertaste. I took a small drink of water after eating the waffle. The package is small and easy to stuff back into the pocket where the waffle was stored.


LONG-TERM REPORT

LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS

Trip #1:
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California USA
Elevation: 3,000 ft (914 M)
Trip duration: 2 days, 1 night
Conditions: sandy desert terrain
Temperatures: 70 F (21 C)
Weather: windy

Trip #2:
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California USA
Elevation: 3,000 ft (914 M)
Trip duration: 2 days, 1 night
Conditions: sandy desert terrain
Temperatures: 50-70 F (10-21 C)
Weather: windy

Trip #3:
Location: Big Bear area, California USA
Elevation: 7,000 ft (2,134 M)
Trip duration: 2 days, 1 night
Conditions: off trail forest
Temperatures: 30-60 F (-1 -15C)
Weather: cold trip hiking in the forest on about 3 inches of snow pack

Trip #4:
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California USA
Elevation: 3,000 ft (914 M)
Trip duration: 2 days, 1 night
Conditions: sandy desert terrain
Temperatures: 30-60 F (-1 -15C)

Trip #5:
Location: Big Bear area, California USA
Elevation: 7,000 ft (2,134 M)
Trip duration: 2 days, 1 night
Conditions: off trail forest
Temperature: 30 F (-1 C)
Weather: cold trip snowshoeing in the forest on about 6 inches of snow pack

Trip #6:
Location: Big Bear area, California USA
Elevation: 7,000 ft (2,134 M)
Trip duration: 2 days, 1 night
Conditions: off trail forest
Temperature: 30 F (-1 C)
Weather: snowing lightly in the forest on about 8 inches of snow pack

Trip #7:
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California USA
Elevation: 3,000 ft (914 M)
Trip duration: 2 days, 1 night
Conditions: sandy desert terrain
Temperature: 30 F (-1 C)
Weather: cool and slightly breezy

Trip #8:
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California USA
Elevation: 3,000 ft (914 M)
Trip duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Conditions: sandy desert terrain
Temperatures: 50-70 F (10-21 C)
Weather: windy

Trip #9:
Location: San Jacinto Wilderness, California USA
Elevation: 7,000 ft (2,134 M)
Trip duration: showshoe day hike
Conditions: 12 in (30 CM) of hard pack snow on and off trail
Temperatures: 40 F (4 C)
Weather: beautiful sunny day

Trip #10:
Location: Big Bear area, California USA
Elevation: 7,000 ft (2,134 m)
Trip duration: 2 days, 1 night
Conditions: off trail forest
Temperatures: 30-60 F (-1 -15 C)
Weather: cold snowshoe hiking in the forest on about 6 inches of snow pack

PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD

The waffles continued to be an enjoyable and tasty snack between meals and for dessert. I especially liked the chocolate flavor which was a special treat after a long day on the trail. I usually carried one waffle in my pocket so it was warm and soft. The waffles held up well during transit in a pocket or in my food bag. They became crumbly and broken when I carried them for three or more days on the longer trips, but they still tasted good.

I saved a chocolate waffle for the last day of the 5-day Joshua Tree trip after we returned to the car. It was warm and soft from being in my pocket all day. I think the filling was a little more gooey than usual or maybe I was just a little more tired than usual.

I found the waffles to be hard and chewy in the colder temperatures. The change in temperature did not affect the taste. I enjoyed the waffles as an afternoon snack on a showshoe hike in the Big Bear mountains.

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snowshoe hike


SUMMARY

I really enjoyed this test. I had been looking at the waffles in my local outdoor gear store and was curious about them. While the chocolate was my favorite, the honey and lemon flavors were nice alternatives.

This test series is now concluded. Thank you to Honey Stinger Waffles and BackpackGeartest.org for allowing me to participate in this testing opportunity.

This report was created with the BackpackGearTest.org Report Writer Version 1. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

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