Today, I am going to review Jelly Belly's Sport Beans. I am doing an ultra next month so I am testing out different energy bars, gels, beans, etc.
Packaging: I really don't like the packaging on these. It is hard to get the beans out of the package and that is without closing and re-opening the package like you are able to do.
Taste: The ones with caffeine have a strong and almost bitter side taste to them. All the regular flavors taste like jelly beans with a little extra salt in them. I was fond of the lemon-lime and fruit punch flavors.
Stomach: These never seem to sit well with me. I always have some kind of issue that is similar to feelings I have if I run after eating candy or drinking too much sports drink. It seems like this is an attempt by a candy company to get into sports nutrition while relying more on their name than on science.
Energy: These usually upset my stomach enough to have to stop. I wonder if they might have a crash and burn effect if I ever felt good enough to get there. Maybe we will see someday. I might be willing to use these if out for a hike when I am less likely to be sick to the stomach (as compared to running) and when the packaging might not be as big of a hassle.
As far as I'm concerned, I would have just as good of results if I was using regular jelly beans or fruit snacks for this purpose as a lower price. With all things energy related I recommend trying as many options as you can. Everybody is different! Sport beans didn't work well for me but they might work well for you.