About a month ago I bought a box of the Sour Apple flavored Quick Sticks at my local Walmart. I had been looking for them for a while and it was the first time I was able to actually find them. I’ve been using them to correct lows lately and I really like them! Here’s my assessment:
Pros: These are compact and fit in my wallet/purse/backpack/where ever very very easily. Also, I like that they are 10g of carbs. I don’t follow the ‘Rule of 15’ (treat with 15g of carb, wait 15 minutes, retest) because 15g of carbs is often more than I need if I am at home or in class. (The only time I need 15g or more is if I am at work, which is often physically demanding (at work I default to juice boxes for my lows)). I also appreciate that they are completely water-free, so they can’t freeze or get weird in cold weather (let me tell you….the jelly beans I left in my car over the winter got really bizarre and were hard to eat….).
Cons: The only con for me is the price point. I paid $4.98 for a box at Walmart, and that was marked as a ‘special’ or sale price. I haven’t checked the price since I bought them, so I’m not sure if that truly was a sale price or if that is the everyday price. However, this is far too expensive for me to use Quick Sticks as my long-term hypoglycemia solution. I am on a really tight budget, and it makes a lot more fiscal sense for me to defer to other methods of correcting lows. One box of Quick Sticks will correct 12 lows, for a cost of 41.5 cents per low BG….while I can buy Hi-C juice boxes and correct a low BG for 28 cents apiece. Or I can buy Target’s brand of jelly beans and correct a low BG for about 8 cents!
Final assessment……..you should definitely try these. They are a great way to correct lows without OVERcorrecting, taste good, are a convenient size, etc. The price is just too high for me (and, I suspect, for many in the DOC) to use them as the primary means of correcting lows.