Now, for a review! I, like most of us, have been searching for the right refueling system for me while I run. I heard about Chocolate #9 and decided to ask them for some samples. They were very friendly and sent me a box of 20 samples, some of which will be added to the next giveaway I host. My biggest reason for being interested in Chocolate #9 was the ingredient list: agave and cocoa. Two ingredients, both of which I can pronounce and that I currently have in my house; that is awesome!
I didn't have a long run planned when they arrived, but I did have a long day with a bunch of multiple hour meetings. I took one knowing that I would leave the last one hungry, burnt out and looking for a pick-me-up. I had it before I went into the 2 hour meeting, hoping it would keep me keep me from getting impatient and sleepy. It worked! I never felt jittery or as if I had had any caffeine, and I didn't crash after the meeting. I was still hungry when I got home, but my blood sugar hadn't dropped so all was good.
How'd it taste? It tasted like it belonged on vanilla ice cream. Really. With only 2 ingredients there is no weird after taste or funky consistency. It is just wonderful chocolate.
Any complaints? My only complaint is the package, which is for the gel products across the board. They are easy to open, but I find myself prone to getting little cuts on the sides of my mouth from trying to get the product out. I wish it had a different delivery system.
I decided to try to make some of this at home, with peanut butter. I was thinking it would be a great snack option. I mixed 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with 1 tablespoon of agave and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. It needed a little bit more agave to make it easier to spread, but the flavor was great!
Overall, I have no complaints and definitely recommend it to folks looking for a more natural, less processed alternative for fueling during runs. I don't think it replaces any electrolytes, and I haven't tried it mixed with an electrolyte replacement. I know I can make it myself, but given that I haven't figured out a packaging solution on my end, I might as well voice my support for their product by purchasing it.
Like I said, I will be including samples of Chocolate #9 in my next giveaway. It will likely be after my 1/2 at the end of the month, so keep an eye out for that post.