Maui~Licious is distributed by Maui~Licious, Inc., and located in San Juan Capistrano, California. The company was founded in 2000. Maui~Licious, Inc. was contacted by a jerky maker seeking to purchase a 5 gallon bucket of their trademark Teri-Licious sauce created 75 years ago. Instead Dr. Chuck started making his own jerky using this Teri-Licious sauce as the marinade.
Ingredients: Beef, Teriyaki Sauce (Soy Sauce, (Water, Wheat, Soybeans and Salt) Granulated Sugar, Garlic, Ginger, Sesame Seed Oil, Minced Onion, Lavender Spice, Bourbon Flavor (Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Carmel Color, Water, Artificial Flavors, contains Sulfites), Black Pepper. Allergen Warnings: Sesame, Soy, Wheat
The beef used is not guaranteed to be free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. Also, the beef is not guaranteed to have at least partial free range access to graze on grass. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Good (8/10) rating.
The most interesting ingredient is lavender spice. The scent of lavender, a flower, is said to be soothing to the human spirit, and has been used as a culinary herb for centuries. No other spice smells like lavender, and it has multiple health benefits.
Easily the worst ingredient is the bourbon flavor. Bourbon is one of the more expensive alcohols out there, where it would be much cheaper to use some sort of unhealthy, artificial flavor. Using artificial flavors is terrible, and especially propylene glycol, which is a derivative of oil.
The sugar level is extremely high at 13 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 3 grams of sugar or less. The salt level is somewhat high at 350mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
All the strips are mostly small in size, cut with just barely a medium thickness. The texture is soft and tender, and as a result, easy to chew. In part, that has to be credited with this bag being vacuum sealed, a major plus. There are no visible signs of fat on this jerky, and there is a slight residue left on your fingers after handling this jerky.
The bag does exude a strong odor that might be construed as bourbon, but smells more like red wine. There is a fair amount of sweetness in this jerky. The salt is not strong tasting. This jerky does manage to capture some of that classic teriyaki taste. The soy taste is light, as is the sesame taste.
You can purchase this 3.65 ounce/103 gram bag for $7.99, which works out to $2.18 an ounce. That would rate as an average price. This jerky is worth your money, and promises not to be boring, plus easy chewing, having a soft and tender texture.
This bag certainly has some color. No labels on this bag, everything is imprinted directly on the bag. There are colorful plants and flowers, with a body of water in the background, presumably the ocean. Above the water, the sky in the background gradually gets bluer the higher it gets, quite clever.
Slogans printed on the bag are “Gourmet”, “Tender & Juicy” and “Deliciously Flavorful”. The Teri-Licious™ trademark name is printed on both the front and back.
Almost all bag categories are covered. Missing are allergen alerts, and the jerky weight is not stated in grams. As stated earlier, this 3.65 ounce/103 gram bag was admirably vacuum sealed. There is a nice blurb about Maui~Licious printed on the bag. To the credit of Maui~Licious, they provide a toll free number for any customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.maui-licious.com