If that sounds like a terrible idea, you’re not completely wrong, but rest assured we only sampled a tiny amount of each product.
These included the standard bars, gels, protein bars and Bloks, which are small cubes of chewable energy, not unlike normal sweets.
This wasn’t in any way a scientific test but rather an opportunity to give you live, unfiltered impressions of the product and, hopefully, entertain you along the way.
We should also note that this video was not in any way sponsored. We’re immensely grateful to Extra for supplying the product, but neither it nor Clif itself had any input on the content of this video.
Clif Bar taste test: the results are in
You’ll need to watch the video for full tasting notes, but here are some key takeaways from this unique experience.
1. The old favourites are the best
Our favourites in the range were the more conventional, simple flavours of the bars, such as peanut butter, and we greatly preferred the straightforward fruit options for the gels and Bloks.
2. Clif makes some good stuff
Energy products can be pretty awful, but the nicer options in the Clif range actually taste like real food and we’d happily take them on our rides.
3. You shouldn’t eat 26 energy products in a single sitting
Even trying very small amounts of each product did prove a bit of a gastric challenge. We got on well with the bars, but the caffeine content of some of the Bloks and gels certainly took its toll.
Both Jack and I spent the rest of the day feeling jittery and anxious, and not just because we were pushing back the boundaries of Western art with this content.
We hope you enjoy the video and please do let us know what brand you’d like us to try next.
Matthew Loveridge (formerly Allen) is an experienced mechanic and an expert on bike tech who appreciates practical, beautifully-engineered things. Originally a roadie, he likes bikes and kit of every stripe, and he's tested a huge variety of both over the years for BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and others. For a long time Matthew's heart belonged to the Scott Addict, but he's currently enjoying Specialized's sublime Roubaix Expert and having a torrid affair with a Giant Trance e-MTB. At 174cm tall and 53kg, he looks like he should be better at cycling than he actually is, and he's ok with that.