(my bar had slightly different packaging)
EPIC 100% GRASS FED BISON USED
UNCURED BACON + CRANBERRY
11 G. of PROTEIN
Net Wt. 1.5OZ. (43G)
LIVE EPIC. EAT EPIC.
AND PASSED BY
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
*made with 100% grass fed bison
eaten February 26, 2015
Upon opening the wrapper, I found myself impressed with the juiciness of this bar. Upon first bite, I was startled by how dry it was---the word that came to mind was "powdery", but only metaphorically.
Of course, bison is a very lean meat, and I've never had it served this way before so, this being the first bar, I can't say if this is necessarily the nature of a bison bar.
What I can say is that the last few bites were much juicier than the top. Not sure what the explanation is.
This was meat, folks. I ate meat here. It didn't seem like anything else. And I even got a few big chunks of sinew to emphasize this. And although I love all things cran and do not believe in Enough Cran, I did appreciate how the cran here was a usually subtle undernote. When I hit an actual berry, sure, cran!, but most of the time it was deep in the distance. Same with the bacon---it took the back seat. This just tasted like straight meat for the most part.
Did I like it? Yes. Would I buy it again? Mm. I don't remember how much it cost... It would really depend on how much it cost. But did I like it? You bet.
(my bar didn't have that Amazon thing on it but did have a best-by date)
Serving Size: 1 bar (28g)
Calories from fat 25
*Percent Daily Values are based
on a 2,000 calorie dieet
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 4%
Trans Fat 0g 0%
Cholestoral 15 mg 6%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Total Carb 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
INGREDIENTS: Buffalo, dried cranberries (cranberries, sugar) sea salt, encapsulated lactic acid, celery juice, black pepper, spices, garlic, onion powder, red pepper.
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eaten May 20, 2016
Hopefully the long delay between these purchased-the-same-day bars doesn't result in an unfair comparison. And I certainly hope it doesn't explain the unpleasant gray tint.
On first bite, I'm amazed by the overwhelming umami. Past the halfway point this one two begins to seem dry. The cranberries have very little noticeable affect on the eating experience. The pepper and garlic and onion are much more present.
For meat, this is a surprisingly light eat. At one ounce, it's just not enough. I'm not in love. I wouldn't buy it again, but if you gave me one I would enjoy it.
It's been waaay too long for a clear comparison, the original point, but I think it's safe to say I'm still looking for my favorite bison-based energy bar.