Epic Protein Bars

Product by:
Thunderbird Energetica
Turkey Almond Cranberry, Bison Bacon Cranberry, Beef Habanero Cherry
$2.83 per bar

Reviewed by:
On September 12, 2013
Last modified:February 15, 2017


This is a great option for dairy-free paleo / primal snackers. Like a cross between jerky and a protein bar, but there is no funny business - just all natural, organic, and grass-fed ingredients. The Turkey and Beef varieties met with approval, though the Bison needed to be a little more on the savory side.

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.

Epic Protein Bars Review - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo

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.

Tasting Notes for Epic Protein Bars

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 Review - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo

Epic Protein Bars are from the makers of Thunderbird Energetica bars, but since those bars are vegan, they are reportedly produced in separate facilities.

The Facts on Epic Protein Bars

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.

Epic Protein Bars Review - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo

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