FAQ

Basics

Who should eat these bars?

Open tab

EPIC is for everyone! Long lasting satiety comes easily with EPIC's nutrient-dense protein content and the absence of grains. This makes EPIC a great option for on-the-go healthy snacking.
 
EPIC offers 11 different animal species proteins to choose from, all ranging in different macro levels to satisfy a range of dietary needs.

Lastly EPIC creates the perfect snacking options for those on various diets such as the Paleo Diet, Whole30, AIP, and the ketogenic diet.

How do EPIC Bars differ from other protein bars?

Open tab

EPIC is 100% animal-based whole protein. It is minimally processed and contains all essential amino acids. Additionally, EPIC bars are much easier for your body to digest when compared to other bars. This results in superior protein utilization.
 
Other protein bars typically source either soy or whey protein isolates. These highly processed ingredients undergo toxic chemical treatments to create a protein source that is difficult for your body to recognize. Additionally, other bars have to rely on syrups and/or sweeteners to counterbalance the chalky flavor of protein powders. This results in an unavoidable and often unfavorable high sugar/carbohydrate load that is seen in every other protein bar on the market.

Are these EPIC Products Paleo?

Open tab

The large majority of EPIC products are considered strict paleo compliant. Visit our products page and read the ingredient labels to discover which EPIC snacks best suit your lifestyle.

What are your shipping terms & conditions?

Open tab

RETURN & REFUND POLICY
No returns. Food items are not eligible for returns or exchanges. All sales are final.

No refunds. All sales are final.

CANCELLATION POLICY
You must contact us at epicness@epicbar.com within 12 hours of online purchase for us to cancel your transaction. After 12 hours no cancellations are allowed.

CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover

SHIPPING POLICY
Shipping is limited to the USA at this point in time. We will not ship out of the country. We process all orders within 12 hours of receiving them and they are put in the mail within 24-48 hours after. We mail USPS and FedEx depending on the number of boxes ordered.

NEW SHIPPING NOTIFICATION
We have transitioned to weight-based shipping:
In true EPIC fashion, we are always looking for ways to make our customer's experience as seamless as possible. That's why, for efficiency purposes, we have transitioned over to weight-based shipping. Here's how it works:

0.0 lb - 10.99 lb = $8.50 (covers sample pack orders + 1 parcel shipments)
11.0 lb - 15.99 lb = $14.95 (Covers master case orders & 2 case Broth orders)
16.0 lb - 20.99 lb = $19.95 (Covers 2 parcel shipments including 3 case Broth orders)
21.0 lb - 29.99 lb = $24.95 (Covers 4 case Broth orders)
30.0 lb - 39.99 lb = $29.95 (Covers 3 parcel shipments)

*Shipping rate increases by $10 with every 10 lbs. above Level 5.
As always, if you have questions regarding our new policy, don't hesitate to reach out to us: eatepic@epicbar.com; 512-944-8502

Philosophy & Values

What is more important to buy 100% grass fed or 100% animals?

Open tab

We believe that 100% grass-fed animals are beyond organic.

We know all EPIC's ruminant species are free to roam, what about the poultry lines? How are the ducks, chicken, and turkeys raised?

Open tab

Staying true to our commitment to sourcing from only the best suppliers, our poultry products are sourced from suppliers who allow the animals to live in environments meant to mimic that of their natural habitat. The animals have plenty of room to roam and are allowed to express natural behaviors with other birds inside the flock. For further information please visit the Animals section of our website. 

How can I support the EPIC movement?

Open tab

If you enjoy this product that features pasture raised, grass finished meats, please join us in proudly supporting the Savory Institute’s mission to heal the land using properly managed livestock. Go to the Savory Institute's website for more information and to make a donation.  Help us ensure that future generations can eat Epically!
 
For an explanation of the remarkable results achieved by the Savory Institute, watch Allan Savory’s TED Talk here.

Does EPIC make donations?

Open tab

Yes. Our primary mission at EPIC is to see the proliferation of holistic land and animal management. We are committed to positively impacting animal welfare and healing the land with properly managed livestock through both our sourcing and charity efforts. Our key allies in achieving this are The Savory Institute, The Global Animal Partnership, The Certified Humane Project, and The Marine Stewardship Council. Learn more HERE on our website.

How can I request a donation?

Open tab

Donation requests that support animal welfare and holistic land management efforts are a priority over others. For consideration, please submit your request 8 weeks in advance of your need to eatepic@epicbar.com

What does humanely raised mean?

Open tab

Great question! These standards are determined by a third-party nonprofit organization. Check them out here

What does free-range chicken mean?

Open tab

Free-range chickens are a step above cage-free in that they get some outdoor access. Check out this blog post to learn more.

Product

Where was the animal raised?

Open tab

Currently EPIC sources 11 different species!!  We now have an entire section of our website dedicated to all things related to the animals we source.  This Honesty Pledge is a great resource for those looking beyond the ingredient label, and who truly care about voting with their dollar responsibly, as we do.  Please check out the “Animals” section of epicbar.com.

What are EPIC products?

Open tab

Bars: EPIC Bar, the original meat, fruit, and nut bar, is a savory high protein snack designed to inspire your most EPIC adventures. Consistent with the simple yet powerful diets consumed by our ancestors, the EPIC Bar is packed with the highest quality animal meat available. Each bar is rich in protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy. Live EPIC, Eat EPIC!
 
Snack Strips: An upgraded version of the snack stick, our premium meat strips are created using high quality animal protein, clean seasonings, and simple dehydration. The end product is a tender and flavorful snack guaranteed to satisfy your inner carnivore. Loaded with nourishing protein, EPIC Snack Strips are inspired by the wild and free spirit of the majestic animals they are sourced from.
 
EPIC Bites are better for you, shareable, snacks that fit into a category of their own. More similar to jerky, EPIC Bites are created by combining whole animal muscle meat with flavor forward spice combinations. We take it to the next level by adding superfood seeds and fruit. These savory bite sized energy bombs are a perfect option for those looking for high quality animal protein on the go.
 
Pork Skins: A wholesome version of an iconic American snack food, our pork skins are created using traditional methods inspired by our grandparents generation. High quality pork and simple seasonings are the foundation for this simple, yet nourishing approach to creating enchanting food that is both time tested and trusted by consumers. This product is another example of our “nose to tail” commitment to honoring the whole animal as well as making EPIC tasting food and represents our commitment to growing supply chains of pork raised without antibiotics.
 
EPIC Bone Broth is the first Ready to Heat beverage of its kind! We take great pride in slow cooking our bones to extract maximum amounts of nutritious collagen, minerals, and gelatin. Our broth is bottled fresh and never exposed to extreme heat. By doing so, we preserve all the goodness of traditional bone broth. The end product is a wholesome sipping broth that is time honored and convenient.
 
Animal Oils: From nose to tail, EPIC Provisions is committed to honoring and utilizing all aspects of the animal. With the addition of our animal cooking oils, we are furthering our commitment to what we call the “EPIC Whole Animal Project.” Time-tested by our great-great-great grandparents, we are bringing animal oils back into the kitchen where they belong!
 
Bits: By using real whole foods ingredients, we proudly introduce the worlds first “clean” bacon bits! EPIC Bits are created from non-GMO fed chicken and heritage breed Berkshire pork bellies. Designed to upgrade any salad, EPIC Bits have the perfect versatility to enhance baked sweet potatoes, eggs, trail mix and even ice cream! EPIC Bits are rich in protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy.

What is the Savory Institute and what is your relationship?

Open tab

The Savory Institute is a treasured partner with EPIC as both companies are committed to holistic land management practices. While "grass fed" and "organic" is generally synonymous with healthy and humanely raised animals, the EPIC team believes that these standards are only the beginning to a greater and more encompassing system that can create value and restore the land. Learn more about EPIC's partnership with The Savory Institute here.

I have specific food allergies to ingredients found in some of your products. Are there allergen cross-contamination processes in place for the manufacturing of your products?

Open tab

Yes, Any EPIC product that contains any of the top 8 allergens or has any chance of contact with these allergens is labeled as such. Please know that we take allergens very seriously, and have made certain that our manufacturing facilities follow a stringent allergen management policy. This includes specific controls for raw materials and the manufacturing process, line scheduling, and sanitation to manage the risk of allergen introduction and the potential risk of cross-contact.

Are these fat deposits on my EPIC bar?

Open tab

Some EPIC products commonly show visible fat deposits.  Our Lamb Currant Mint Bar, Wagyu Strips, and Venison Strips are just a few examples.  These fat deposits are an off-white color, and are perfectly fine to eat.  Just think of it as visible pre-workout fuel!

Why do you sell a "100% grass-fed" bison bacon cranberry bar as well as a "100% natural" bison bacon cranberry bar? Did you guys sell out?

Open tab

EPIC is committed to sourcing as much 100% Grass Fed Bison as the market can provide. To learn more, read our blog.

Why is the turkey bar "100% natural" instead of "100% grass-fed"?

Open tab

It is our goal to sell 100% grass fed animal protein, however, at this point in time we are unable to find a reliable and high quality supplier of 100% pastured turkey. As a result, we sourced a 100% natural turkey rancher that exceeds our high standards for animal welfare. We will continue to search for 100% pastured turkey, which will eventually become the norm once society acknowledges it’s value for humans and animals alike. Additionally, turkeys are omnivores and thereby should not be labeled “100%“ grass-fed. They love eating insects and worms!

Why is it every so often I bite into a rough piece in my EPIC bar?

Open tab

At EPIC we purchase whole animal muscle meat to use in our bars. All animal muscle meat is enveloped within a thin tendinous sheath (connective tissue) that is removed prior to cooking. We cut excess tendon by hand to ensure a lean and clean bite. Occasionally, a small piece of tendon might sneak past us. Once cooked, this tissue can turn into a hard or chewy piece inside your bar. The texture is similar to a chewy strip of beef jerky.

Why should I use animal fats vs other oils when cooking?

Open tab

Animal oils are time tested and have complex and flavorful profiles that can take your cooking to the next level. The oils are incredibly stable under high heat and as a result have a high smoke point. Animal oils are diverse in their functions and used by some of the finest chefs across the world. This nose to tail approach for consuming meat honors the entire animal by creating nourishing and flavorful food while reducing our waste!

Do I need to refrigerate any of the EPIC animal oils?

Open tab

High quality rendered animal fat is shelf stable at room temperature, but we do recommend refrigeration after opening.  We find that refrigerating the product improves the texture and usability. Also, moisture and other food items that may come in contact with the product during use put the product at risk for contamination and spoilage.  For this reason, refrigeration is best.

What is the rendering process for the animal oils?

Open tab

Our animal oils are slow cooked using low temperatures in large kettles. These time tested methods are similar to how your grandma would have rendered fat.

Why is there "dark stuff" in the duck fat?

Open tab

This "dark stuff" is the most glorious part of the duck fat! The culprit of the discoloration is nourishing collagen naturally contained in duck skin. It is the most flavorful part of the duck oil and should be savored for maximum enjoyment.

Why is there separation in some of the oils?

Open tab

Separation is naturally occurring and is a result of the unique makeup of each animal. Duck for example has a similar ratio of saturated to unsaturated fats, as a result, there can be "cloudiness" inside the jar. Simply shake or stir the oil prior to using. When you refrigerate the product, all the fats solidify and the separation disappears.

How do I consume bone broth?

Open tab

Bone broth can be sipped either hot or cold. 

What is a sipping broth?

Open tab

A sipping broth is a ready to drink, single-serving, and portable beverage that is meant to be sipped as you would a coffee or tea. Bone broth can also be used to cook with as an alternative use.

Can I use bone broth to cook with?

Open tab

Of course! While EPIC Bone Broth was made ready to drink, you can also use it to cook with. Use it in recipes that call for broth or as a base for your favorite soup.

Once I open the bone broth and place it in my fridge, how long will it last?

Open tab

Our recommendation is to consume within 7-10 days from opening and storing in your refrigerator for the best quality and experience with this product.  

Why should I drink bone broth?

Open tab

Why shouldn't you?! Bone broth has EPIC benefits. But don't take our word for it:
 
Eat this: Bone Broth
How Bone Broths Support Your Adrenals, Bones and Teeth
Is Bone Broth the New Super Food?

Do I need to refrigerate bone broth?

Open tab

EPIC Bone Broth is now shelf stable and only needs to be refrigerated after opening.

Why doesn't your bone broth solidify when refrigerated? are the nutritional benefits found in collagen still present?

Open tab

We actually produce EPIC Bone Broth in this manner on purpose due to the fact that our broth is intended to be consumed either hot or cold.  Rest assured, our broth contains all the nutrient density contained within any good broth which absolutely includes the benefits of the collagen extracted during our traditional rendering process.

Are the animal oils safe to eat uncooked?

Open tab

Absolutely. The oils can actually be used as butter replacement!

Are your bars and bites fully cooked?

Open tab

Yes!  All EPIC Bars and Bites are fully cooked.

What cuts of meat do you use?

Open tab

This is actually proprietary information, and part of what makes EPIC, well EPIC!  Rest assured, there’s no funny business with the parts of the animal we use to make our meat based provisions.  We use only 100% muscle meat.  The only exception here would be our Beef Liver Bites in which we do include a combination of muscle meat and organ meat to make the most nutrient dense EPIC Bite to date!

Okay, so you combine organ meat and muscle meat to make the EPIC beef liver and beef bites. What's the ratio of liver to beef in these?

Open tab

While the ratio is proprietary, we can tell you that 2.5oz of liver goes into each individual bag of Beef Liver and Beef Bites before the cook process.

Are EPIC products safe to eat while pregnant?

Open tab

Absolutely.  The healthiest EPIC wolf pups start reaping the benefits of real protein while still in the womb.  Mommy’s to-be can enjoy any EPIC products worry free.  EPIC is not going to give medical advice to anyone, pregnant or not, so please check in with your physician if you are uncertain.

What do the pigs eat? Is any supplemental feed GMO free?

Open tab

Please check out our all new Honesty Pledge page – you can learn about what all of animal species consume. 

What does GAP certified mean?

Open tab

GAP stands for “Global Animal Partnership”. It is a third-party program focused on providing transparency into how animals are raised. The GAP program uses a 5-step scoring system to provide easy to digest traceability to a spectrum of animal welfare practices. Learn more at: www.globalanimalpartnership.org

What type of vinegar is used in your products?

Open tab

We use both Apple Cider Vinegar, and vinegar which is cane based, and NOT derived from corn.ies.

I left my EPIC bar in a hot pantry/backpack/vehicle for an extended period of time. Can I still eat it?

Open tab

As long as the product has not reached the best by date and there are no signs of a compromised vacuum seal or apparent spoilage, the bar should be completely fine.

Is the bacon you use in your products pork bacon?

Open tab

Yes.  All bacon used in EPIC is pork bacon.  The turkeys and chickens refused our offer when we approached them about being included as bacon in the Bison bar.es.

What is the solid formation in my broth?

Open tab

This is the collagen and fat content appearing and accumulating within the product.  Just one of the many benefits of bone broth that will dissolve once heated.

How long is your rendering process of the bone broth?

Open tab

While the exact time is proprietary, we can tell you that our rendering process is completed over a length of time in order to extract the maximum amount of nutrients from the bones.  Once the process is completed, you can literally mush the bones between your fingers!.

I saw your bone broth at my local retailer unrefrigerated. Is the broth still good?

Open tab

Yes.  All EPIC Bone Broth is stable at room temperature.  However, we do recommend our retailers keep in the refrigerated section, and of course the product should be refrigerated upon opening.

What are the pork skins fried in?

Open tab

Pork lard. 

What is the source of the lactic acid in your bone broth?

Open tab

The lactic acid in the Bone Broth is derived from beets.

What is the source of the lactic acid in your bars?

Open tab

The lactic acid in the bars is derived from tapioca starch.

Are you products organic?

Open tab

Some ingredients in the EPIC products are organic and are identified in the ingredient list.  Those that aren’t are not labeled as such on the ingredient list.

Can I get your products in Canada and abroad?

Open tab

We made it to Canada!!  Currently you can find us at Costco!  Check out www.epicprovisions.ca to see which products are available.

How long are the animal oils good for once opened?

Open tab

They are good until their expiration date but we do recommend refrigerating after opening.  Keep in mind, this is another EPIC product that is likely to come into contact with other food items.  We recommend keeping the oils refrigerated and using a clean utensil during every use.

Why do you reccomend regrigerating the oils? I thought they were shelf stable?

Open tab

They are shelf stable, however, we recommend refrigerating in order to avoid any spoilage due to cross contamination.

What is unique about the EPIC performance bar?

Open tab

EPIC Performance is a whole food protein bar made from a handful of simple, non-GMO ingredients. Between cage-free egg whites and nuts, each bar packs 12g of clean protein. And with no more than 6 ingredients total, each bar is gluten free, soy free, non-GMO, Kosher, and contains no added sugar. EPIC Performance Bar is an ideal snack for athletes, adventurers, and anyone seeking to eat more closely to the way our ancestors did.

Where can I buy EPIC performance bars?

Open tab

EPIC Performance Bars can be found at natural and organic stores as well as traditional groceries. Keep an eye out, as different stores tend to carry different flavors. All our products can also be found in our online store.

Do you cook the egg whites in the performance bar?

Open tab

The egg whites are pasteurized prior to going in our bar, thus making them safe for consumption.
 

What can you tell me about your egg farmers for the performance bar?

Open tab

We converted ten farms (about 500K hens) from conventional to cage free and converted all the hens’ feed to Non-GMO feed. We made sure all hens were fed non-GMO feed for 6 months before harvesting their eggs.

Is the sea salt in the performance bar treated with iodine (iodized)?

Open tab

No. The sea salt is not iodized. 

Will the performance bar products be non-GMO project verified?

Open tab

We’re in the process of securing Non-GMO Project Verification.

What is the shelf life of the performance bar?

Open tab

The shelf life from prodcution date is 6 months. 

Why do some of my pork rinds/cracklings have a blue/green color?

Open tab

No worries here! This coloring that shows up from time to time on our pork rinds is simply from the food grade stamp on the pig skin. While there is no food safety issue here, if you are really bothered by the coloring please reach out to customer support, (eatepic@epicbar.com) and we’ll make things right.

How is your traditional jerky different from your existing bites?

Open tab

The specific cut used to make the jerky, along with the texture that cut provides, are different from the bites. When you order a steak at a restaurant, your choice dictates the cut of meat and texture of that specific cut. This is no different! Our traditional jerky is sourced solely from the lean muscle meat of the animals, which provides a texture reminiscent of the more common jerky you might have first tried as a kid.

Whoa that's a lot of sodium! It is 45% of my daily intake per bag (for sweet & savory jerky)?!

Open tab

We’re a meat snack product and do use plenty of natural sea salt to flavor our products. Eat according to your own nutritional principles.

Nutrition & Fitness

How do athletes use EPIC?

Open tab

The high protein and CLA content of EPIC makes our bars the perfect post-workout recovery meal for athletes. However, it is worth noting that a growing number of endurance athletes are experimenting and thriving with low carbohydrate fuel sources. Because our products are naturally lower in carbohydrates and sugar they will have less impact on insulin levels compared with other products. Healthy insulin sensitivity  promotes fat oxidation (your bodies ability to burn fat as fuel). As a result, EPIC is a great fuel source when doing low to moderate level exercise (>70% VO2max). Additionally, EPIC can be consumed pre-workout to top off energy stores and avoid a spike in blood insulin levels!

 
Venables MC, Achten J: Determinants of fat oxidation during exercise in healthy men and women: a cross-sectional study. J Appl Physiol 2005, 98 (1):160-167.
 
Goedecke JH, St Clair Givson A, Grobler L: Determinants of the variability in respiratory exchange ratio at rest and during exercise in trained athletes. Am J Physiol Endorinol Metab 2000, 279 (6):E1325-1334.
 
Achten J, Gleeson M: Determination of the exercise intensity that elicits maximal fat oxidation. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2002, 34 (1):92-97.

If athletes do a low-carbohydrate diet, how do they fuel their exercise?

Open tab

Fat is the ideal energy source for life's daily activities; whether walking, working, or running a 100-mile trail race, our bodies prefer to utilize fat as an energy source. Carbohydrates only come into play when you're doing repeated bouts of high intensity exercise like sprints or intervals. In those situations, it is helpful to supplement with a high carbohydrate drink or bar.
 
If interested in learning more about fat oxidation and low carbohydrate exercise we suggest reading the following book:
 
Volek, J. Phinney, S. (2012) The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance. Lexington, KY: Beyond Obesity LLC

Why do the beef and bison bars have so much fat? I thought fat was bad for you

Open tab

Contrary to popular belief, fats are vital for optimal health. The fats present in EPIC bars are dense in omega-3 fatty acids, which are arguably some of the most nutritious foods in existence. Without fat in your meals, your body tends to avoid absorbing all the nutrients found present in other foods. Fats get a bad wrap, but are essential elements to our diets.
 
Taubes, G: Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It: Alfred A. Knopf; 2011.
 
Taubes, G: Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, And The Controversial Science Of Diet And Health: First Anchor Books; Sept 2008.
 
Volek JS, Phinney SD: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: Beyond Obesity; May 2011.

What is the connection between saturated fat intake and heart disease?

Open tab

This is yet another myth that is often propagated by outdated medical dogma. In fact, most recent studies have concluded that saturated fat intake likely has no relation to heart disease! Here are some peer reviewed medical journals to reference:
 
Kuipers RS, de Graaf DJ, Luxwolda MF. (2011.) Saturated fat, carbohydrates and cardiovascular disease. Netherland Journal of Medicine, 9;11.
 
Kazumasa Yamagishi, Hiroyasu Iso, Hiroshi Yatsuya. (2010.) Dietary intake of saturated fatty acids and mortality from cardiovascular disease in Japanese: the Japan Collaborative Cohort Study for Evaluation of Cancer Risk Study. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 8; 10.
 
Patty W Siri-Tarino, Qi Sun, Frank B Hu. (2010.) Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1;10.

Doesn't eating dietary fat makes us fat?

Open tab

NO. Fat is very satiating, especially when paired with other low carbohydrate foods. By staying full longer, we inadvertently eat less without sacrificing satiation or satisfaction! Additionally, when fat is consumed together with a low carbohydrate source, similar to EPIC, your body improves its own ability to access stored body fat and burn it as fuel. This actually aides in fat loss.
 
Volek JS, Phinney SD: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: Beyond Obesity; May 2011.
 
Forsythe CE, Phinney SD: Comparison of low fat and low carbohydrate diets on circulating fatty acid composition and markers of inflammation. Lipids 2008, 43 (1):65-77.
 
VoledkJS, Quann EE: Low carbohydrate diets promote a more favorable body composition than low fat diets. Strenth and Conditioning Journal2010, 32 (1):42-47.

Do you have any scientific support as to the benefits of grass-fed animal protein?

Open tab

There are numerous high quality peer reviewed research articles that confirm the health benefits of grass-fed animals vs. grain-fed animals. Here is an all-encompassing study from California State University that we enjoy referencing:
 
C.A.Daley, K.Harrison, P. Doyle, A. Abbott . (2010.) A review of fatty acid profiles and antioxidant content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef. Nutrition Journal, 9:10.