Kendal mint cake

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It's like biting solid sugar! I think these days that just the prospect of chewing some would have my teeth hurting.

I like something chewier and a little less sweet, like a peanut butter Clif bar.
 
We took a load of Kendal mint cake on a caving expedition to Morocco, since the more common caving snacks Mars bars and chocolate would melt in the hot climate (above ground before getting to any caves). It turns out that Kendal mint cake also melts into liquid sugar goo in a hot climate and is equally useless.
 
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Wobbling

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Love Kendal mint cake will guarantee a sugar rush no good for endurance but great for moral .The post on Graham Obree I agree with every word in the new world of quick and slow release carbs for short time trials and the complicated compounds of nutrition to give best results I found his recommendation of a jam sandwich to be the most effective and relatively inexpensive
 

Globalti

Legendary Member
I ate an energy bar that was exactly the same as Kendal Mint Cake (although my friend who makes them rolled his eyes and said it was different) and I had a very rapid bathroom event the next morning, same as you get after eating a bag of jelly babies or Haribos. It's the corn syrup.
 
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London
Marzipan. Graeme Obree swears by it, and having taken some on many long distance rides I agree with him :-)
What's the best source of it?
Do you buy battenburg and stuff like that or do you buy it in some sort of raw form from the cookery section?
For ride energy food i generally use my homemade stuff, mix of syrup, oats, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sometimes some ground or chopped nuts. The theory is that it's a mix of slow and fast release stuff. Seems to work.
When younger i did have a sort of reverence for kendal mint cake as if it was somehow magical, a brit gift to the world, probably because a primary school teacher was taking product placement bungs. But, yes, years later i realised that it's just sugar.
 
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Twilkes

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What's the best source of it?
Do you buy battenburg and stuff like that or do you buy it in some sort of raw form from the cookery section?
For ride energy food i generally use my homemade stuff, mix of syrup, oats, oeanut butter, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sometimes some ground or chopped nuts. The theory is that it's a mix of slow and fast release stuff. Seems to work.
When younger i did have a sort of reverence for kendal mint cake as if it was somehow magical, a brit gift to the world, probably because a primary school teacher was taking product placement bungs. But, yes, years later i realised that it's just sugar.
Yes you can buy marzipan blocks in the cookery section - I stumbled upon 500g for 88p so I bought four (!) but it's usually a bit more expensive than that. Ironically you do want the cheap stuff, this one was about 25% almonds and the rest sugars, whereas top quality marzipan is 70% almonds, which might not be enough sugar to make it worthwhile for cycling.
 
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London
Yes you can buy marzipan blocks in the cookery section - I stumbled upon 500g for 88p so I bought four (!) but it's usually a bit more expensive than that. Ironically you do want the cheap stuff, this one was about 25% almonds and the rest sugars, whereas top quality marzipan is 70% almonds, which might not be enough sugar to make it worthwhile for cycling.
Many thanks.
Useful info. Happy that amidst some blathering in some parts of cchat this morning i have discovered something useful. Will check out the cookery section of local sainsburys aldi lidl. Last two and last one in particular are the source of most of my homemade snack ingredients.
 
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London
I ate an energy bar that was exactly the same as Kendal Mint Cake (although my friend who makes them rolled his eyes and said it was different) and I had a very rapid bathroom event the next morning, same as you get after eating a bag of jelly babies or Haribos. It's the corn syrup.
Did he eat any or was it just stuff he gave to others who he'd decided were eye rolling material? Did you dare ask if it had the same effect on him?
Am always wary of eating stuff which may cause the bowels to kick into life on long bike rides.
 
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London
I found his recommendation of a jam sandwich to be the most effective and relatively inexpensive
Have often thought that if i run out of snack on tour the simplest thing would be to pop into a lidl or aldi for some bread and one of their neat small plastic tubs of peanut butter. Easily stored on the bike, far less potentially messy than a jar of jam. Have the idea that if need be i could keep going on this for a couple of days or so as long as i periodically corrected/expanded my diet.
 

Globalti

Legendary Member
Did he eat any or was it just stuff he gave to others who he'd decided were eye rolling material? Did you dare ask if it had the same effect on him?
Am always wary of eating stuff which may cause the bowels to kick into life on long bike rides.
He makes the brand so of course his is far better than Kendal Mint Cake even though it looked and tasted exactly the same!
 
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