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:February 23, 2017


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!

Tasting Notes for Tanka Buffalo Snacks

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. I really 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. As well as the surprisingly sweet, spicy, and smoky flavors all rolled up into 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 dried cranberries are very fresh tasting, nearly squirting out juices with every bite!

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

The Facts on Tanka Buffalo Bars and Sticks

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, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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