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Energy Gel Review: Clif Shot – Chocolate

Clif Shot – Chocolate is the famous Clif Bar’s offering in the running energy gel market. Keep reading for more info. Everything is ranked according to my evaluation criteria.

Clif Shot Chocolate Total Energy Gel Review: Clif Shot – Chocolate

Energy Gel Performance 

  1. Clif Shot makes it a point to note that studies show that amino acids and vitamins are good for general health, but not necessarily for performance, which is why they don’t include any. In my opinion, that means it’s lacking as a complete energy gel because there’s nothing to prevent muscle cannibalization during extended exercise.
  2. They don’t state their sugar profile percentages. However, they use maltodextrin and cane syrup (i.e. sugar). The chemical composition of maltodextrin is glucose, while cane syrup is a glucose/fructose mix. That’s the long way to say it seems that they more or less follow the glucose/fructose formula.


Energy Gel Experience

  1. Taste: legitimately good taste, and not just compared to energy gels. Tastes like chocolate pudding.
  2. Consistency (see video): fairly thick caramel.
  3. Sweetness: medium to sweet.
  4. Texture: smooth caramel.
  5. Aftertaste: standard.
  6. Ease of use (see video): Medium. I love and hate this package. It’s great because it’s designed to keep the tear-top with the package, thereby reducing litter. That being said, you have to concentrate not to rip the whole thing off, which becomes a huge distraction. Personally, I got to the point where I just ripped off the top. If it stayed connected, great. If not, oh well.


Energy Gel Health

  1.  Quality of Ingredients/ Artificial ingredients: another love/hate with Clif. It’s great that 90% of the ingredients are organic, but I care about 100% of my body. They only have one ingredient with a scientific name (Potassium citrate). They use whole foods for everything else.
  2. Flavorings: “natural” flavors.
  3. Preservatives: None!
  4. Allergens: may contain traces of milk (probably in the chocolate)


Energy Gel Value

$1.25. This is one of the cheapest gels on the market, and for a minimalist, great-tasting product, it seems like a good deal.


Energy Gel Bottom Line

Great taste, rates high on health, good price. Check out more running energy gel Clif Shot – Chocolate reviews and prices over at Amazon.



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