What an interesting divergence from your typically protein powder-enhanced bar. Epic Protein Bars are a unique cross between jerky and energy bars that get their protein exclusively from all-natural and grass-fed meat.
All of the Epic Protein Bars are dairy-free, gluten-free, and almost Paleo (I don’t think our ancient ancestors were chowing on brown sugar-sweetened bacon), and they were a hit with me, since I follow a dairy-free, gluten-free and mostly grain-free diet. My wife liked that they use 100% grass-fed organic bison and beef and all-natural turkey (no antibiotics, fillers, etc.), and that the bars are free of nitrates or other funny ingredients.
Now on to our tasting notes:
Turkey Almond Cranberry – Thicker and more tender than jerky, but still similar in taste and texture. It was smoky, meaty, and just a little sweet, but in a good way. We liked that this one was low fat and the lowest in sugar.
Bison Bacon Cranberry – I had high hopes for this variety, but it only met my taste buds halfway. The cranberries add brightness, it has a nice light jerky flavor, and the texture is meaty, but not overly chewy. But, the bar was much sweeter than it needed to be. If they cut the sweetness in half, it might be a top contender.
Grass-Fed Beef Habanero Cherry – This was the smokiest of the bunch with a nice spicy kick. The cherries compliment, and the flavor is spot on – not too sweet.
Epic Protein Bars are from the makers of Thunderbird Energetica bars, but since those bars are vegan, they are reportedly produced in separate facilities.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Epic Protein Bars are dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, and soy-free – and they are pretty darn close to paleo. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Epic website at www.epicbar.com.