Recently I tried Skratch Lab Energy Chews. I’ve been looking for various foods to eat while running and hiking. I don’t love gels while hiking, so I thought the chews would be my style more. While they ended up being great, they are a lot more sticky than I imagined.
About Skratch Labs:
According to the website: “Skratch labs makes sports nutrition designed to help you perform better without offending your gut or your taste buds because they use real food, starting from scratch.”
Skratch Labs began in professional cycling. While working as a sports scientist and coach, Dr. Allen Lim started to make his training food and sports drinks from scratch. He was tired of the artificial ingredients that made many cyclists sick to their stomachs.
His first creation was the “secret drink mix.” He also began diluting sports drinks to lower the sugar concentration while adding extra salt and electrolytes. His “secret drink mix” used a recipe with less sugar, more sodium, and no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. It even used real fruit!
As word got out about the “secret drink mix,” it was clear that there was a demand for it. To meet the demand, Dr. Allen Lim put together a team and created the company Skratch Labs.
About Skratch Labs Energy Chews:
The Skratch Labs Energy Chews are candy gumdrops made from sugar and pectin. They were created as an energy supplement when you are working out that is a steady source of carbohydrates. The chew differs from other forms of gel because when they are digested, they provide fast energy. If you find yourself sick from sweet gels, you might find more success with the Energy Chews. Each flavor is sweet but not overly sweet and sugary like its gel counterparts.
What makes Skratch Labs Energy Chews different?
Skratch Labs has removed excess ingredients and uses all-natural flavors. They use real fruit and granulated sugar, and sour powder for taste.
- Use two different types of carbohydrates: glucose and fructose
- Zero preservatives, coloring, or waxes.
- Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
My Experience with Skratch Labs Energy Chews:
I was excited to try the Skratch Labs Energy Chews. While I don’t have many stomach problems, I don’t love consuming gels while hiking. I’ll do so for running, but long trail hikes or trail runs, I prefer something I can chew.
The flavors I tried were:
Orange was the first of the Energy Chews I tried. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the container, and it was a lot more sticky than many other types of chews. I found it to be a little sticky for my own personal preference. Later on, I figured out all of the Skratch Labs Energy Chews are just sticky. The orange flavor tasted good. It doesn’t have any weird aftertaste, and it is easy to consume. I felt more energy within a few minutes.
I was excited to try the Skratch Labs Energy Chews Sour Cherry. It actually has caffeine as well, so I was mindful of when I should consume it. Like the orange, it was sticky and made a little mess trying to clean up. The sour flavor wasn’t overpowering in a way I was worried it might be. As a cherry fan, I liked the sour cherry flavor the most.
Raspberry was the last Energy Chews that I tried, and it was as good as the rest. You could taste the raspberry without it being too overpowering or tart. As far as flavor goes, it tied for me in my favorite, and it’s my choice when I don’t need caffeine.
Each flavor tasted good. Sometimes when brands say, “our flavors are the best,” I talk it with a grain of salt, but the Skratch Labs Energy Chews does taste fairly good, and I do enjoy using them. I would be curious to see how I enjoyed using them while out for a longer trail run.
Skratch Lab Energy Chews Price: $2.45
Each Skratch Labs Energy Chews packet costs $2.45. Technically there are two servings in each packet, so it’s about the same price as standard fueling. I found myself consuming both servings at once.
I like Skratch Labs Energy Chews, and I think they are a great option. I do think I prefer them for “slower running and hiking” versus racing a marathon, and I can see them being a staple for me while out hiking. My only real complaint, which is somewhat nitpicking, is how sticky they are. Unlike many other similar products, they stick to everything and leave a little residue behind.
You can purchase Skratch Labs Energy Chews here and see all gear reviews and nutrition here.
Questions for you:
Have you tried Skratch Labs Energy Chews?
What is your favorite nutrition while working out? Do you prefer gels, liquid, or something else?