Colombia is renowned for a certain type of stimulant, but one that is unlikely to be that good whilst out on the trail or for a run in with the authorities.
Team Wideopenmag’s Chris Hutchens tests some Colombian energy food, without the illegalities, in the Lucho Dillitos Bocadillo.
When the guys at Lucho Dillitos contacted me I was intrigued by the product and concept.
Honestly though, when I think of a Columbian foodstuff I don’t think performance. Maybe energy and a go get it feeling! Bocadillo is Columbia’s original energy bar and I was excited to try them. Built on tradition and the use of an environmentally friendly wrapper there was real potential.
Individually packed using leaf the Bocadillo energy blocks are a perfect for throwing in your pack or jersey
In Columbia cyclists have been using the Bocadillo for years. Stuffing 1 or 2 into their jerseys before going for a ride. This is a bar and gel wrapped into one and are made from solid blocks of guava paste.
These come neatly wrapped in a biodegradable leaf wrapper so you can technically eat, dispose of the wrapper, and let mother nature decompose it. I took mine home but how many times have you been riding along and a wrapper drops from your pocket and gets blown away. This is a superb element of the product.
A number of flavours are available from the Classic Bocadillos to those with coffee and another with raspberry in. Over the past few months I’ve tried this out with a few different people and the guava with coffee Bocadillos seemed to come out on top. I was a big fan of the raspberry, sweet and powerful but not too overpowering. You’ll just need to try some of this for yourself to make a decision but they sell a trilogy pack giving you a fantastic discounted price for the 3 flavours.
On the trail they packed away neatly and definitely gave you a superb energy boost when you needed it. They stomached nicely but it’s not for everyone. Some people found it a little sweet and the consistency a little uniform. It’s neither soft or hard but a sugary, grainy consistency. I was a fan and it got me home after a few hard road rides. If you need a pick up then Lucho Dillitos is a winner. It also hits the environmental credentials!