I decided to try and make my own packets of energy gel with store bought ingredients. The results were quite satisfying!! Although, I must admit that sugar alone doesn't do a lot for me. I tend to get the sugar-crash thing going during my hikes, so I prefer nut butters over straight sugar gel packets. Regardless, the idea is the same, and I love to play around in my kitchen.
Here is my video of homemade energy gel. Please comment if you have any packet-worthy recipes!