Review: Salted Caramel GU

So good you'll want to go on a long run every day. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

So good you’ll want to go on a long run every day. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN

Do you like caramel?( I’m no fool, caramel makes life worth living)

Would you like some salt added to that caramel? (Yup)

Are you gearing up for a fall half or full marathon, running mindlessly for hours on end? (What else is there to do Saturday mornings?)

Then you’ve got to try GU’s new Salted Caramel flavored gel.

If you’re running for more than an hour, your body needs fuel to keep you going strong. And if you’ve ever had a bad experience with a gel or sports drink, you know how important it is to find something you like. ( My last marathon I had the worst gel ever at mile 19, and it came right out at mile 20. Not pretty.)

I’ve had mixed feelings about GU in the past. Their fruit flavors are not for me. I think it’s the disconnect between flavor and consistency. If you’ve never had it, GU’s consistency is kind of a mix between frosting and peanut butter. This is why their more desserty flavors sit better with me.  I like their chocolate outrage, and love their peanut butter flavor. But salted caramel tops them all. It doesn’t taste like an energy product, it tastes like something I want to put on ice cream.

The consistency is exactly what you’d expect of caramel. Not too gooey, not too liquidy. The salt flavor is there, but not overpowering. I tried this on a 17 mile run this weekend. I had one around mile 6 and could barely wait another 6 miles for the next. It tasted like an indulgent reward, which I kind of felt that I deserved by mile 12 of my run.

Some people might find that more than one of these is too much on a long run because it is so sweet. I think it would go well alternating with GU peanut butter. It was also pretty hot out when I tested it and I still loved it, but I can tell it will taste even better in the cooler months (probably why it is labeled mid-winter).

I haven’t been able to find this in stores yet, and I believe they are only being sold in 8-packs or larger, no singles. I ordered an 8-pack from guenergy.com to try, and will definitely be ordering a 24-pack next.

If you’re dabbling into higher miles for the first time, shopping around for a new mid-run fuel, or just love caramel, I highly recommend this. Plus, there’s a yeti on the label. How can you not get behind that?

About Kate Penn

I've been a staff photographer at YDR for about 7 years. I'm into visual media, running, and food. Reach me @k8penn
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