Basically Tanka products are a modern take on the ancient traveling food, pemmican. Historically this was dried and pounded buffalo meat, mixed with fat and dried berries like choke cherries. The resulting `mass' was packed in rawhide bags and could be kept for months without spoiling. This was the stuff that literally fueled the fur trade and was a major item of exchange between the native people and the fur companies. Great stuff but making your own is even better.
You might suggest to the folks at Marmot that they make their promo video a little more Leave No Trace. I'm sure their marketing people think the huge, blazing fires are romantic but they are something less than responsible in the backcountry. Perhaps not the ethic Backpacker wants to promote. Just a thought and something that the LNT staff in Boulder would likely be very happy to assist with.
Update: After my last review I tried the spicy Tanka bar. It was good and I will buy more. I may try the original again, possibly the recipe was changed.
We were given a sample through my partner's work and loved them. We ordered a case last summer direct from the web site. http://www.tankabar.com/cgi-bin/nanf/public/main.cvw They lasted through several trips. We just saw them a month ago at our local REI store and a food co-op.
get 'em at REI
Well, better than a Slim Jim, but not by a long shot. Less greasy, less flavor but better flavor, but has an unusual texture that doesn't seem anything like meat. Jerky please.
Glad to hear your in Switzerland,kinda but its a good ad. Now is there a distributer in Canada.
I love Tanka bars, the big brother to Tanka bites. Everything described in the video is so true. They really hit the spot when you need a snack on the go!
Tanka bars are just the best thing ever!
Have to agree! My favorites are the Tanka Bars -- same protein and spicy flavorful goodness in a bar instead of bites. It's hard to beat this modern take on an ancient American Indian food.
I discovered the Tanka Bars a while ago and since have been hooked. They are the best energy bar in my opinion. I always take them with me when I go for a bike ride, backpacking or just for a day hike.
Nothing makes me feel more complete then the energy I get from the Tanka Bars. I get physical energy, spiritual energy and I know that my money is well spent because the Native American Natural Foods company is not a corner cutting money hungry corporation. I would encourage everyone to try one of the Tanka Bars or one of their other snacks.
I'm going to get some for my summer hike on the Appalachian Trail. McKafee's Knob here I come!!!
Sun dried Buffalo meet is extremely tasty and good for you
I ate the bar form of these during Aug's TransRockies 6 day race. It was absolutely delicious and prevented me from bonking. I craved sweet and salty at the same time when I really couldn't hold anything down in my stomach. After slowly eating a bar my stomach ceased to be queasy and I continued my run for a good finish. I agree with the "thanksgiving" comment.
I had a few packs sent to me as part of a trial. I gave pieces to more than a dozen people. The consensus was that they are terrible. They are moister and chewier than most jerky but they had a flavor that I can only describe as funky. Not one person wanted a second piece. I live and work on an Indian reservation and we wanted to support a Native American business. This stuff is not good.
I love this site, but many of the things you recommend are not easy to find! Is it possible to get links to the best reseller?
where is the trail chef?
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