EPIC Protein Bars: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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Keto snacks… yummmm! 😋

Busy lifestyles often mean you need an easy and healthy snack to take with you when you hit the road! That’s why when I discovered these keto-friendly EPIC protein bars I knew I had to give them a try – especially with a hectic sports season approaching in our family!

After testing out their keto flavors, I’m sharing what some of us on the team really think about them.

I started with the variety pack to get a full range of what they have to offer –

hand holding a chicken sriracha epic protein bar

I assumed since all of their bars are packed full of all-natural meats and nutrient-rich ingredients that they’d all be a great keto snack. But come to find out, only two of the bars in my box are actually keto-friendly… whoops! 😬 (Keto-newbie here 🙋‍♀️ don’t judge me.)

Obviously, we’re here for keto snacks, so I tested out their Chicken Sriracha and Venison with Sea Salt and Pepper. They’re low in carbs, high in fat, gluten-free (a huge bonus for me), have zero sugar, and are supposed to provide sustainable energy for your most EPIC adventures! The venison bar even has 15 grams of protein in just ONE bar! 😱

hand holding a protein bar in packaging

Not ever seeing an EPIC bar out of the box, I’m not really sure what I expected. I guess since I had previously spotted them in the grocery store next to other brands that taste like chocolate, peanut butter, and brownies I imagined these bars would magically taste the same? 🤷‍♀️Hah! (I’m only kind of joking). 😉

Needless to say, I was pretty shocked when I opened a box of jerky bars that basically look like dog food. 😅

woman eating an epic chicken protein bar making weird face

And as much as I wanted to love these bars… I just could not get past the texture of them – I also don’t care for jerky, in general, so I had that working against me as well. I actually felt like I was eating dog food. Disclaimer: I’ve never eaten dog food, but if I had to guess, I would imagine the texture and flavor would be spot on. 😂

Hip Tip: Speaking of dogs… check out this yummy keto puppy chow that Ashley made! It’s super delicious and the main ingredient will totally shock you!

If jerky is your thing though, I think you may really enjoy these bars!

Collin definitely enjoys these bars, and usually has a few in her purse for an easy and satisfying snack when she’s on the go! Here’s what she had to say –

woman eating Epic protein bar

Oh Sara! I can’t believe you’re not a fan of these. 😉 I love that these bars are made with 100% meat and just a few seasonings. I actually am not a huge fan of most beef jerky products on the market as they often are filled with loads of ingredients I can’t pronounce and added sugar. I also love that these bars are easier to chew and not hard like jerky. My favorite Epic bar is definitely the Chicken Sriracha. It’s so flavorful, and has a nice kick to it!

And Jenna R. on our team is totally swooning for these Chicken Sriracha protein bars too… here’s what she said:

“I LOVE the Epic Protein Bars! I have a tried quite a few of the flavors and I have yet to find one I don’t like, however, the Chicken Sriracha is my go to, plus it’s keto-friendly! When I see a good deal on Amazon Subscribe & Save, I am sure to stock up on these babies! The kids love them, too. Especially my 2-year-old… he and I eat these on the go all the time and I make sure to keep a couple on-hand in my purse pretty much always now that I’m giving keto a go.”

Ingredients: Chicken, Sea Salt, Dried Garlic, Encapsulated Lactic Acid, Crushed Red Pepper, Paprika, Cultured Celery Powder, Dried Onion, Red Pepper, Black Pepper, Cumin, Oregano.

Serving Size: 1 bar
Calories: 120, Total Fat: 6g, Total Carb: 2g (Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 0g), Protein: 13g

hand holding a venison epic protein bar

The venison bar brought me back to the old days of grade school when everyone would bring venison for lunch during deer season (#countrylife) – however, those cafeteria smells aren’t my best high school memories. LOL! 🤣 Jenna P. on our team totally loves them though! Here’s what she said about them:

“My mom got me hooked on the Epic venison bars, they’re so delicious! I also have tried the venison strips, but they’re a bit spicy for me, so I stick to the bars instead.”

Ingredients: Venison, Lactic Acid, Sea Salt, Water, Black Pepper, Cultured Celery Powder, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder

Serving Size: 1 bar
Calories: 120, Total Fat: 5g, Total Carb: 2g (Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 2g), Protein: 15g

So there you have it…the good…and the not so good… 🤣

hand holding a box of epic chicken sriracha protein bars in store

Want to try out the keto-friendly EPIC bars for yourself? Here are the retailers where you can find them:

Here are the best keto snacks you’ll definitely want to buy and try!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 13

  1. calhasin

    I purchased the chicken at Target the day before this post. It was filling and tasted like a premium jerky. Only issue was it was a bit salty and I love salt.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks for letting us know what you thought of the chicken!

  2. Jennifer

    I wanted to like these but I don’t like these bars at all. The taste puts me off and my kids won’t eat them either and we eat a lot of jerky in our house (including venison). And I agree they have sort of a dog food texture.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m sorry to hear that. I love the bison cranberry ones, but not the other flavors. Thanks for your honest opinion, Jennifer!

    • Drew

      Have you eaten dog food ? Serious question

      Because if you say it has the texture of dog food that means you have tried eating dog food

      Which is fine – but be factually objective

  3. Andy

    So the chicken siracha and venison are the only keto friendly ones? What is in the other varieties that make them not keto friendly? Just need some clarification please and thanks πŸ™‚

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Andy! There are some varieties that have added sugars, so they’re higher in carbs than the two options we suggest above. Hope this helps!

  4. Susan

    I bought the chicken one this morning because I was rushing and forgot my lunch at home and only had time to stop at Walgreens where keto options are limited.
    The texture was so odd. I love jerky. I home make jerky often. The flavor was so odd as well. I didn’t think jerky could go so bad. It’s really just not good. I’m sad.

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Susan! Darn I’m so sorry you didn’t like these. πŸ’”


    I purchased a variety pack from Amazon…The idea is great but the sodium content is not good…I could not eat them….but my dog loves them. I will not be buying again.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Darn! Thanks a bunch for your honest review, Carolyn!

  6. Paul Cwynar

    I bought a bag of Bison Bits early this year. I have been purchasing Epic for years. This purchase was different. Every piece in the bag was moldy. MOLDY. I contacted the company on February 10, 2022, and Aldrin Mabe, Consumer Care Representative, told me I would be receiving some sort of voucher or reimbursement. I have not received anything. Don’t buy this product. If you get a bag of mold, don’t expect the company to compensate you for the money you spent.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh no! I’m so very sorry to hear this, Paul. Thanks a bunch for letting us know about your experience. Maybe try reaching out once more. Hoping you might still receive reimbursement soon! πŸ€žπŸ’–

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