I don't love the taste of the drink, but I like the effects, so I choke it down, and the gel is pretty much the same, just harder to choke down because it is so much thicker. I only tried it because BC.com stopped selling GU. Whats up with that!? Please bring back the GU packs I am a climber and marathon runner and if you don't have a LOT of water these are tough to swallow. When I am climbing I like to keep them in my pocket and not have to dig out a water bottle while I am on the go and can pop a GU pack, and lots of time when I am running I like to just slip one of these in my pocket and not carry water, so I will not buy them again. I did not have any trouble cutting my mouth, but the size of the packet was much bigger than the GU and did not fit as well in my little "change pocket" in my running shorts.