The first review on Chomps will focus on a 1.15 ounce/32 gram bag of their original flavored 100% grass-fed beef stick. This flavor is described as having a savory taste that is slightly smoky, and slightly spicy. The bag was kindly submitted for review by Team Chomps.
Chomps is distributed by Logic Meat Locker LLC, and they are located in Naples, Florida. This Chomps brand name was officially launched in 2012. Chomps is the only beef stick brand that can claim to be certified paleo, certified gluten-free, Whole30 Approved, non-GMO project verified, and sugar free. In Chomps words the beef used is “Grass FED & Grass FINISHED Never GIVEN ANY ANTIBIOTICS OR HORMONES”. There are currently four different flavors for sale, which includes a sea salt & pepper venison stick. Future plans are to add more flavors including a turkey stick in 2018 Q1.
This beef stick uses 100% grass-fed beef, the way nature intended. These cattle imported from Tasmania are raised ethically, meaning they are not fed growth hormones, or additional antibiotics. There is also some free range access for the cattle to roam about.
The casing used is beef collagen casing. A more natural casing such as sheep or lamb is not used because casings are not available in the 17mm size.
A non-GMO encapsulated lactic acid is used to artificially give a fermented taste, instead of using for example lactic acid culture. The reason being is that lactic acid culture requires dextrose, and therefore Chomps would no longer be Whole 30 Approved, and sugar free.
The sugar level is perfect having no sugar per 32 grams of meat stick. The salt level is respectable at 290mg of salt per 32 grams of meat stick.
This meat stick does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservatives used are minimally processed sea salt, and celery juice with its naturally occurring nitrates. Admirably, there is no MSG added.
These Chomps beef sticks are 7.5 inches in length. This Chomps texture qualifies as soft and tender texture, being easy to chew. Handling this Chomps beef stick leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
Initially, there is a sour, acidic taste, which tastes similar to vinegar. Some other flavors that jump out at first are garlic, salt, and black pepper. As advertised, there is no sweetness present. While subtle tasting, the coriander rounds off the flavor very well.
The spiciness is at a faint level. Unlike some beef stick brands, this Chomps brand is not greasy at all. Overall, this high quality original beef stick is flavorful and enjoyable, leaving you wanting more.
Five 1.15 ounce/32 gram meat sticks sells online for $11.25. That works out to $1.96 an ounce, which rates as a cheap price considering that 100% grass-fed beef is used. This Chomps beef stick reaches the trifecta of being recommended on price, ingredient, and taste perspectives.
This Chomps plastic bag has everything imprinted on the front, and nothing on the back. There is an interesting ‘peel here’ to open the bag. This Chomps bag is vacuum sealed, the best way to keep meat sticks fresh tasting.
There is no slogan printed on this bag. Some facts printed on this bag are “Grass Fed Beef Stick”, “Beef Raised Without Antibiotics or Hormones”, “100 Calories”, “0g Sugar”, and “9g Protein”.
Some logos are printed such as “Non-GMO Product”, “Paleo Certified”, “Certified Gluten-Free”, and “Whole 30 Approved”.
Order their beef sticks online: www.chomps.com