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Savory Bar Review: Epic Bison Bacon Cranberry bar

This is part of a multi-part series reviewing the State of the Hiker Food Market highlighting the new trend of savory food bars. To see other savory bar reviews, check out the savory bar series.

This weekend, I climbed Goat Mountain with four other thru-hikers: Steven Shattuck (trail name: Twinkle), Brian  Davidson (trail name: Mr. Gorbachev), Bill Murphy (Pi) John McNeedy (Cactus)—representing 40,000 miles of trail experience. We taste tasted the Epic Bison and Cranberry Bar as part of our summit snack.


Weight: 1.5 oz (45g) Calories: 200 Protein: 11 g.

Interesting notes: Grass-fed bison, Paleo, Gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free with no artificial ingredients. High in Vitamin B12.

Ingredients I’m intrigued by: grass-fed bison, uncured bacon-no nitrites or no nitrates, dried cranberries (that’s pretty much it for ingredients)

Price: $2.50 a piece, which is pretty standard for jerky and other preserved trail meats.

Overall thoughts: Despite the bro-ly name of this bar, we all were blown away by this bar’s incredible taste. It had a great, moist texture that made it far superior to any jerky or other meat-based trail food I’ve had. The bar is pretty tiny, but an incredible treat. Pi was all but using his phone to order a case from the summit.

Where to get: Amazon, Epic’s website, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocer’s, Vitamin Shoppes, Coops, REI, local natural food stores, local gear outfitters, and Crossfit gyms. Available in all 50 states and online.

 Nothing like watching 5 experienced long distance hikers try a bacon bar….

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas

Liz Thomas is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail in 2011. She has completed the Triple Crown of Hiking–the Appalachian Trail, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail–and has backpacked over 15,000 miles across the United States. While not on trail, Liz lives in Denver, Colorado.



This was delicious! Great posts, Snorkel 😉


Great to have you on the hike, Twinkle!


I love these bars! I discovered them in Montana and they are definitely tasty.


Is there a place that sells them in Montana along the CDT? That would be amazing to pick up a bunch on a hike.