I’m a big fan of beef jerky. (In fact, I once taste-tested the most popular brands sold at truck stops for a trucking magazine.) So I was particularly excited about a new buffalo-based product called the Tanka Bar.
The more I found out about it, the better it looked. This energy bar is made of buffalo and cranberries, and smoked for nine hours. Each bar has only 70 calories, yet with 7 grams of protein, and only 1.5 grams of fat. Even better, the bars are made by Native American Natural Foods, a company on the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Lakota tribe in South Dakota. It’s based on a traditional Native American food called wasna, which is a mix of meat and berries that Plains Indians ate to sustain themselves on long journeys.
The best news is how the Tanka Bar tastes: better than jerky, with a softer chew and delightful tartness from the cranberries.
I ordered my bars online from the company’s Web site (they offer a trial package of two bars for $5.99, which includes shipping). Even if I can’t find a local retail source, I’m thinking of making a bulk purchase. The bars last up to a year, and have no nitrites, unlike most jerky.