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Bison, Uncured Bacon- No Nitrites or Nitrates Added* (Pork, Water, Brown Sugar, Salt, Vinegar, Celery Powder, Sea Salt), Dried Cranberries (Cranberries, Apple Juice Concentrate), Lactic Acid**, Celery Powder, Sea Salt.
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Why You’ll Love Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars
Bison, bacon, and cranberries are quite the combination! EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars combines two savory meats and tart cranberries for an impressive taste that will delight the tastebuds. With 100% natural buffalo and humanely certified uncured bacon, this isn’t a typical afternoon snack bar. It’s also a contemporary take on pemmican, which is a concentrated mixture of fat and protein used as an energizing food that was created by the Plains Indians.
The word pemmican comes from the Cree word pimîhkân, which translates to “fat” or “grease.” Because it comes from a time when resources came from only what was available, it was comprised of a variety of different meats and fruit ingredients. The meat would often be bison, deer, elk, or moose, and fruits like cranberries, blueberries, cherries, or currants would be added. It’s traditionally prepared from lean meat that is cut into thin slices and then dried over a slow fire until it’s hard or brittle. It would then be crushed into small pieces, almost to the consistency of a powder, using stones to act as a mortar and pestle. This finely ground meat was then mixed with melted fat and any berries, and would then be packed in rawhide bags for safe storage.
Although this might not sound like a traditional snack, EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars are truly delicious and based off of this old traditional recipe. It takes all of the wholesome, savory flavors and gives it a modern twist that you’re sure to love for its taste and health benefits.
The nutrition of EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars
While traditional pemmican had a variety of ingredients depending on what was accessible, EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars always contain the same wholesome and tasty ingredients:
- Uncured bacon (without nitrates or nitrites added, and comprised from pork, water, brown sugar, salt, vinegar, celery powder, and sea salt)
- Dried cranberries (made from cranberries and apple juice concentrate)
- Lactic acid
- Sea salt
- Celery powder
These mouthwatering ingredients combine for a treat that’s a trifecta of savory, sweet, and salty. But it serves as more than just a delicious snack bar—EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars also include fiber, protein, iron, and vitamin B6.
Fiber is famed for what it can do for colon health. It not only contributes to regular bowel movements, but it also helps slow digestion and allows you to feel full for longer. This is why many people won’t be craving food for a while after chowing down on one of these hearty EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars, which makes it a great option for those who are interested in losing weight or managing weight.
Protein is simply amazing for your health—it’s not called the building block of the body for nothing, after all. It also helps to make up the hair, skin, nails, ligaments, muscles, and other tissues, as well as repair them. Additionally, protein gives energy, so instead of opting for an energy bar with a bunch of ambiguous ingredients, reach for an EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry Bar instead.
Iron contributes to overall health because it provides oxygen to the organs through aiding red blood cell production. Optimal blood health is important because that’s how oxygen gets from the lungs to the rest of the body, which gives you energy. People who suffer from iron deficiency often experience constant fatigue, which can eventually lead to anemia—a condition that is associated with lethargy and chronic tiredness.
Vitamin B6 is one of the most popular forms of the B vitamins family, and it’s especially useful for its immunity and energy boosting properties. It also plays a vital role in forming antibodies to fight infection and disease. Maintaining a stable blood-glucose level and breaking down protein from foods is impossible without vitamin B6—not to mention it does a lot of work to keep the blood healthy.
Triglycerides exist as fat in the blood, which gives the body energy. When excess triglycerides go unused they stay in the body and end up stored as fat, leading to weight gain. If this goes ignored, high triglyceride levels can put one at the risk for heart disease, but consuming Omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods like EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars can lower those levels and improve heart health.
Take one bite of these tasty bars and notice some intense, amazingly delicious flavors going on. Because they don’t use beef, you don’t get the high carb and sugar content that would exist in a comparable option. Bison is a more savory option than beef and is also less fatty, and bacon gives it a tender flavor that’s packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, serving as an excellent fat option that is actually good to incorporate into a healthy diet. It’s definitely a good idea to stay away from saturated fats like the ones found in lard, butter, cheese, dairy products, or beef. But by consuming healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, you’re able to lower triglycerides—something a meat like beef cannot do.
EPIC recognizes that foods must start with a living animal, so they set industry standards for the humane treatment of their livestock. Meat is sourced from ranchers who give their animals fair treatment and lives that are focused around a pasture, instead of a factory. For EPIC, turkeys forage, pigs wallow, and buffalos roam because that’s how nature intended life to be for them.
Reviews For Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars
Based on 86 Reviews
Best of all flavors
I have tried all the Epic bars and this is my favorite. The uncured pork and bacon bar comes in a close second though.
Super delicious and super satisfying. Not to mention AIP compliant.
Not a fan
I like the texture of the bar, but it is just a bit too greasy and strange-tasting. I wish there was a variety pack available so I could try all the varieties without having to buy a whole case. I do like the other type of Epic bar I've tried (Chicken Sriracha).
Best of the lot
Of all the Epic bars this is far and away the best tasting and texture. We load up on these for hikes, camping and snacks at work, school and play. Also, this is a better deal than any of the health food stores in our area by a couple of bucks per box.
Protein bar with real meat? And bacon? #winning
These bars are a great alternative to the typical, heavy, dense protein bars you'd buy at the supplement store. I keep a few in my car in case I end up skipping or delaying a meal. And they taste great too.
Better than Jerky
I was a bit skeptical when I looked at the bar. It was moist and smelled like bacon. One bite and I was hooked. It has all the qualities you want in a processed product and none of the bad stuff. You can taste the bison, bacon and soft chewy cranberries. I am a fan for life.
Amazing Natural Snack!
Really, really good paleo snack. Delicious, juicy, and tastes great!
I'm probably the only one, but I have a hard time eating these bars. I was hoping for drier, chewier texture. Instead it's kind of slimy. I will eat them all because I hate waste but I will not be reordering.
LOVE these - my favorite epic bar
Perfect combination of sweet and savory. I've tried them all, and this is definitely my favorite!
These are my favorite bars. I'm not a big meat eater either but the flavor from the bacon and cranberry make this bar an awesome snack/meal. Great source of protein!
These bars are great. Unfortunately, this is the only edible product in the Epic line. But I love what the company stands for, and the bars are great.
Nutritious and Portable.
I use meat bars for protein as I forget to eat. Epic Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars are okay. I've been eating the Beef bars for sometime and I thought I would try something new, but the leaner Bison seems to give these bars a sawdusty feel on the tongue.
Very nice flavors
I have tried 3 different Epic bars and this one is the BEST!
My husband loves this and uses it as a mid morning breakfast bar.
Better than Beef!
Delicious and great on the golf course!
- John Longeway
Love these bars. I try to keep some in my purse just In case I am caught somewhere without viable food options
I love the taste!
I am moving from vegetarian to paleo. After not eating meat for a year, a lot of meat is gross. These are very not gross. Salty & sweet with the cranberries. Yum. And based on what they say, I like this brand's food philosophy. Will be buying more from them in the future.
Great portable protein
Tasty, satisfying, and much easier to eat than jerky. These nutritious bars have just enough sweet/sour flavor from the cranberries to be interesting, and of course they have bacon. They don't have the preservatives of other portable meats, and they are one of the few pre-packaged, non-refrigerated meat products free from nightshades like paprika. They're also tasty when lightly browned over a campfire!
Great meat bar, not like spam at all.
I'm almost 58 years old and have had more than my fair share of spam. I totally disagree with other reviewers that it has a texture likened to spam. IF you have had spam and try this, you'll agree with me that others are exaggerating this claim. I will agree, however, that at a quick glance, it looks spam'ish. But when you bite into this little beauty, it has zero spam qualities and is very much like a thick piece of jerky.
I am not a big meat eater but I love these bars as a snack or a great pick me up when I'm on the go! I was surprised at how great they taste because of the bacon in cranberry...YUM!!
Bison bacon cranberrybar
So very good sharing with everyone!!
Probably the most delicious snack I have ever consumed!! Bravo!
Love the taste and texture....great stuff!
Pretty darn good.
These sounded good but I had tried the pork bites and those were like doggie treats to me so I was weary. We came across them at 7-11 of all places and decided to try them out. Very very tasty and interesting. They are inexpensive if you need a high protein meal replacement on the go.
So after reading the reviews I wasn't sure what to expect. It tasted a lot like a slim jim but different. It had the smell of a dog treat and the consistency of a dog treat, but it really does taste pretty okay if you can get through the first two bites. A little greasy but not that bad.
Would make a good hiking bar.
These bars sound like they might be weird, but I was pleasantly surprised! The cranberries add a sweet and tangy flavor to the meat that enhances the overall taste. My only complaint is that they are a little greasy from the bacon, but if you eat them carefully and hold them using the wrapper to protect your hands, no problem!
Finally, Epic makes a bar that tastes good and doesn't feel like greasy food-on-a-dare. These bison bacon bars are fantastic - pick up a box!
- Ron S
The idea of a meat snack bar took a little getting used to, but this one has good flavor.
I wanted a meal replacement or good on-the-go protein punch for my husband and myself. He's active duty and I'm a nursing mom. He recently took these into the field for training and loved them! He shared with a colleague who loves them, too. I think they're perfect as a nursing station snack or for the diaper bag. Will definitely order again.
Bison, Check, Bacon, Check, Amazing, CHECK! From the first bite, I was addicted. When you want a snack, what do you want? Chips? Candy? Or are you like me, Meat! Satisfies all cravings and is Paleo. AND Made in the USA!
I enjoyed these bars and they seem to be a lot healthier option than a lot of other jerky's out there. The only downside is every bar I have yet to eat (about 4) has had quite a few chunks of gristly meat that is hard and not chew-able. I could play that off as me being a non-primale being who is sensitive to the true nature of meat. There will be a few gristle pieces that can't be avoided, and perhaps it's even good for me?
Our whole family loves these! I have to hide them so they don't go to quick! Excellent snack to have in your purse for low blood sugar!
These are the best deal for a well-rounded snack or meal replacement (with some veggies on the side, of course) when you're on-the-go. I never leave home without one of these, especially when traveling. If you don't love gamey-types of meat or the idea of jerky generally, you won't love these, but if you eat Paleo or Primal these are worth having around for sure (goes for all EPIC bars).
Full of goodness
Very tasty and nutritious bars
The cranberry bison bars are DELICIOUS! They are an excellent snack to keep for times when it's tough to get a healthy meal in. They fill me up and give me great energy and keep me full.
I have been eating these since they came on the market. I love them! Great Paleo option for me while at work or traveling!
I really like these bars even though they are a tad bit sweet for my liking (I don't eat much sugar of any type), but the balance of sweet and savory is just about right.
Delicious and Filling!
I am a huge fan of the EPIC bars; no surprise that I love this flavor as well! It tastes delicious, is filling, and so convenient while remaining a healthier alternative! (Not to mention an amazing price here on the market)
It's the perfect marriage of sweet and savory.
My partner loves these! By far one of his favorite jerky snacks. They have whole cranberries in them (which I don't particularly fancy. I prefer solid meat jerky). But we can't wait to try out their other flavors!
Convenient, healthy protein
These are a very convenient, on the go source of protein. They aren't chewy and dry like most jerky, very tender and pretty tasty.
This is my favorite flavor so far. Awesome!!
- Kara Lifka
I liked the Bison Bacon Cranberry Bar. It had a good balance of savory meaty goodness with a little sweet sour cranberry tang.
The bacon cranberry bison bars are delicious. (I prefer them to the beef habanero cherry which was not spicy at all and kind of bland.) Somewhere between jerky and a burger, the consistency is chewy but firm. Great flavor. Meaty, not too sweet, and the bacon gives good smoky flavor. Buying from Thrivemarket is significantly cheaper than my grocery store.
Awesome protein bar!
Great concept of on the go nutrition. Packs a substantial amount of protein and it's full of omegas!
My first impression was that the texture would be like jerky. However, it was more dry and less chewy. Was not a fan of that. Nonetheless, the combination of salty and sweet gave off a balanced taste.
The dryness will take some getting use to but will definitely be buying more in a variety of flavors.
- Emma Miles
Tasty and Convenient
I do a lot of backpacking and I have to say, these bars are such a treat when you're on the trail. These little meat bars are thick and hearty, more satisfying than jerky (although their jerky is delicious too). I eat one of these at our midday stops to add a protein boost before we hike on for the second half of the day. They're also perfect for when I'm at home and haven't planned my meals for the day. I munch on one of these to tide me over while I make something healthy instead of getting some fast food or settling for some sugary snack. They have no preservatives and are very filling. The way they can be so satisfying while being smaller than most bars is because it's made from pure, nutritious ingredients instead of just fillers. These nourish your body so that you don't just feel full but your body has what it needs and what it's been craving. These are chock full of protein and omega 3s that keep me full and focused throughout whatever I'm doing. I crave these hardcore when I'm on my period and they're almost as satisfying as dark chocolate.
Best Bison Bar!
I live in the middle of no where so being able to buy food like this online is awesome! I am not a fan of chalky protein bars and was very happy when I saw these. I can't eat gluten or dairy so these are the bars for me.
The taste is great and the sat well in my stomach. The sweetness and texture just push this product over the top. The spice is right and the chewiness is right. Biggest downside is that they get stuck in my teeth. I would buy these again!
- C. Cohen
These bars are real food and not packed with fillers! I love the flavor and texture. My grandsons and friends think like me too!
I'm reordering for myself and a nurse friend is ordering also.
One reason I tried them is because I'm allergic to many ingredients in regular energy bars ( seeds, soy, peanuts, flax).
Finding these bars solved my nutrition on the go problem.
Will be an asset traveling by plane!
Great grab-n-go bar!
These are great bars for just about everything whether its post-workout, camping, or just a snack around the house. I highly recommend. They are very similar to jerky but not as tough or chewy. These bars are full of omegas, gluten-free, and grass-fed! All around awesome bars.
A soft moist texture and a perfect mix between salt/sweet and meat makes this our perfect snack for post bicycle riding, or anytime really =)
Unlike some meat based bars, this one is soft and retains some moisture. It's a love/hate thing from what I see, but I love it =)
Once I got past the different texture, I really enjoyed these. They are a great and tasty snack that I keep at work for when I accidentally miss lunch or just need a pick me up. I just wish they didn't have brown sugar in the bacon. But seriously, that is my only complaint. I can't wait to try other flavored
It's wet. it's pink meat. it's kind of sweet. Not sure about the flavor i had, but it's a nice bit of nutrition to go. Wouldn't buy again.
Winner, winner, winner.....delicious. Already a big fan of Bison meat...clean, tasty and wholesome. Sending a box back to college with both kids. Great snack on the go to stop rumbling tummies.
- Susie Rpsen
Great to Go!
I love Epic bars. The bison cranberry and beef habanero are my favorite. If you have not had them before they are not like jerky as they are moist. I keep one of these in my purse and in my desk at all times.
So first of all, Bison is my favorite meat
Now that we have that out of the way, Epic Bar put together a great combo - way better than a regular protein bar hands down
These were a great option for our road trip to be able to get some protein in the morning, when we didn't want to have a full meal before driving all day. The taste was nice and I will keep a couple of these in my desk, at work, for the days where lunch isn't an option. We tried another flavor from another brand and these were so much better!!!
I am just wondering how you put these under Paleo when they contain brown sugar.
- Thrive User
More like salami than jerky
I expected these to be a little drier, like jerky, but they are have a consistency more like salami, soft and moist, and quite sweet.
I have a strict AIP diet because of multiple severe food allergens, and this meets the criteria. Simple, quality ingredients, sustains for a long period of time and boosts energy. I bring them with me everywhere on the go, especially biking and hiking. My husband and I were on a road trip and had not eaten in a while after emptying our cooler, I gave him a bison bar and it held him over several more hours, I was amazed. I only hope that Epic makes more allergen friendly bars as this is the only one that Thrive offers that is; the rest have peppers and spices and so forth. Great find, will continue to purchase!
Something different and quite special
I've never tried anything quite like these, but i am so happy i went for it and bought the box.
I shared one with my 6 year old son today, and later in the evening he specifically asked for one in his school lunch :)
These are super yummy. The cranberries are a little heavy, but they aren't bad! Think of this as a healthy slin Jim
I tried this product with great hesitation because it didn't sound appealing but the flavor was great! Even the kiddos love taking these as their snacks.
Super yummy, just wish the bacon didn't have brown sugar.
I love these, sooooo tasty! I have one right after a sprint or a hike and it's like a treat! Never upsets my stomach, good balance of fruit to meat.
I love these bars. It's great quick protien for when I am in need at work. I like that it's not your typical protien bar or food bar. A little bit jerky like in smell but soft in texture. I like this flavor best.
- Thrive User
What a great price and a great treat - i would buy a couple now and again, but now with this price i bought a whole box. Delicious.
I was pleasantly surprised! I got a box of these, and they make a tasty meal in a pinch!
Quick PALEO on the go!
These tasted pretty good! I wouldn't consider them a meal replacement, of course, but they are an excellent way to get some healthy food into your body when you are short on time or energy.
- Kristin Camper
Dry and Gamey
Tanka Bars are a little more expensive but way tastier. These are very dry and somewhat odd in flavor. Never completely happy to be biting into one of these unless I am really hungry.
I prefer Tanka bars
The flavor is very metallic with a bit too much coriander, and the texture is gritty (the nuts would be better either coarser--sliced, maybe--or finer. They aren't as meaty or as tasty as Tanka bars. I won't buy them again.
Not quite jerky
These are an interesting thing and I thought they were weird the first time I tried them. They are not quite jerky, not quite energy bar.
I didn't hate them and I will definitely have them again. I like bacon, I like cranberry and I like bison, but I am still getting used to eating them together.
- Crissy Show
Super protein snack
This is one of my favorite protein packed snacks. I have tried many of the Epic bars and this is one of the best. I love the feeling you get after eating them and they taste great.
I have so much energy, and these keep me going after long workouts!
These bars are magnificent. Protein packed. They only use the best meat possible. If you need energy you need one of these.
I like the blend of bacon and cranberry together. What a creative taste. These are surely a must have for anyone that needs an energy bar.
- Silas Arrow
Hard to wrap my head around it
I've eaten jerky for years, but I'd never ventured into the meat bar world and couldn't fathom how it worked.
It was strange eating a bar of meat that wasn't dry or chewy, but moist and easy to swallow. The bison has a strong flavor, which is a bit much for me. The bacon worked, and I liked the way the cranberries kind of undercut the meat. It wasn't bad, but my head just can't from jerky to meat bar overnight, so we'll see.
Eat like a caveman!
It's kind of cliche now to say that you've gone paleo, but I have and I need food that meets the requirements.
EPIC meat bars are perfect. No wheat, no sugar, no soy. Just grass fed bison, organic cranberries and uncured bacon. The meat bars are packed with flavor, and trust me, one is enough to set you up for a few hours.
- Kaya Aleem
Athlete's power food
I play rugby on weekends, and it's a sport where you need lots of energy. Before a game, I eat one of the EPIC bison bars to load up on protein.
I like the rich bison taste, and the uncured bacon is a great touch. I could take or leave the cranberries, I've always found them to be sour, but it does add sweetness to a meat bar that could be too savory.
Bacon wrapped goodness
It really is true that just about anything can be improved with some bacon.
EPIC has found a way to put bacon around bison meat with cranberries for good measure. It's a combination that shouldn't work, but does, thanks to the way the meat, bacon and fruit all complement rather than overwhelm each other.
- K. Adora
Big meaty taste
I've tried the EPIC turkey bar before, and liked it a lot. So the bison/bacon combo was next.
I've never tried bison, and I have to admit it's different. It's got a strong flavor, stronger than beef, but nicely cut by the cranberry sweetness and tartness. This a big, outdoor kind of meat bar.
- Kent Alvarez
These bison bars had me ready for greatness. Epic? What a neat product name. They live up to their reputation too. I needed a paleo protein bar, and I was having problems finding one until this. It has a meaty taste with a delicious hint of spice. It kinda tastes like some of my favorite spiced fresh meats. I love that it has 13 grams of protein because it makes it easy to have a simple snack that's still paleo. I don't have to worry about running out of food when I'm out and about. Definitely useful.
These are pretty interesting bars. They taste good, and they pack a lot of energy.
I don't usually like cranberries, but they taste really good with the bison and bacon mix.
Pretty much anything with bacon is better, so this healthy snack is a good one to keep around.
I only use them when I am hiking. It's a great protein snack that works well to replenish energy during and after a long hike.
- Isaac Spurrier
I wasn't too sure about these bars, but since my husband loves wild game we thought we would give them a try. It was interesting, to say the least. He isn't a fan, since he doesn't like cranberry that much. He did like the meat flavors and said he'd eat them again if there were some in the house.
Although I generally like bison, it was a little overwhelming this time. I did, however, like the way the meat flavors meshed with the cranberry. I am looking forward to trying some other Epic bars in the future.
- Mrs. Ryland
Best Bison Bacon Bar Ever!
This is the best bison bacon bar I've ever tried, and I've tried many. These are a delicious snack with a combination of bacon, bison, and cranberries. As a personal trainer, I'm always looking for energy packed snacks I can throw in my bag and go. I recommend them to all my clients.
The fact that these snacks are from humanely treated animals and 100% organic, grass-fed buffalo, I feel better about eating them.
- Natalie Crawford
I love Epic bars, particularly the turkey cranberry. I saw these and decided to mix things up a bit. I had had bison in Colorado a few years ago, and I know it's very lean. The gamey bison and cranberry go very well together. It's a delicious bar, and my new 2nd favorite Epic bar. I'm buying more of these and the turkey to keep on hand for quick and filling snacks.
- Clay Bishop
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