Tanka Buffalo Snacks: Real Food Bars and Sticks

Product by:
Native American Natural Foods
$2.50 to $4.95 per 1- to 2-ounce meat snack

Reviewed by:
On September 10, 2014
Last modified:September 17, 2014


Sweet, spicy, smokey, meaty - Tanka is quite possibly the ultimate collection of buffalo snacks. Their classic blend with cranberries has a fresh, unique taste and tender texture that propels these gluten-, dairy-, nitrate, hormone-, and antibiotic-free bars and sticks to a class beyond jerky.

Tanka is a neat brand that should definitely be explored by anyone who loves jerky, buffalo meat, and has concerns about the additives in, and quality of, their food.

Tanka Bars - Gluten-Free, Nitrite-Free, and Made with Buffalo Meat #dairyfree

Tanka offers an assortment of buffalo bars, sticks and jerky, all labeled as gluten-, nitrate-, hormone-, and antibiotic-free, and made with Native American grass-fed buffalo. And yes, from what we noted on our last check, all seem to be dairy-free, too! We sampled just a small handful of their offerings to get a taste for the general selection.

Tanka Bars and Sticks - Gluten-Free, Nitrite-Free, and Made with Buffalo Meat #dairyfree

Slow Smoked Original Tanka Bar

Their traditional flavor was my introduction to this interesting combination of buffalo meat and cranberries. It looks like jerky, but is a tender meat bar dotted with lightly sweetened cranberries. The overall bar has a nice balance of sweet, savory and smoky, and I love that the whole thing is just 70 calories! It’s about the size of an ordinary snack or energy bar, but with 1/3 to 1/2 the calories and no funny business.

Tanka Bars - Gluten-Free, Nitrite-Free, and Made with Buffalo Meat #dairyfree

Apple Orange Peel Tanka Stick

Delicious! I loved the lean but tender texture and surprisingly sweet, spicy, and smoky flavors all rolled up into one. all in one. I think they could omit the touch of sugar cane (still only 3 grams of sugar per stick), as it was unnecessarily a little sweeter than the Original Bar. The sticks are a good alternative for a meaty snack that is still somewhat soft and forgiving.

Warrior Bar

The Warrior Bar was a joint creation between Tanka and Onnit, but it still had that strong Tanka vibe. Each bite of this generously sized snack (see below) was a little sweet, a little spicy (thanks to the pepper blend), and very meaty. Interestingly enough, the craberries are very fresh tasting (even thought they are dried), nearly squirting out juices with every bite!

Tanka Warrior Bars - Gluten-Free, Nitrite-Free, and Made with Buffalo Meat #dairyfree

Certifications: Tanka Buffalo Bars and Sticks are Certified Gluten Free.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Tanka Buffalo Bars and Sticks are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and close to paleo. Nonetheless, check the ingredients prior to consumption and contact the company about manufacturing processes 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 Tanka website at www.tankabar.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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