Today, I am reviewing one of the new flavors of Perky Jerky - Sweet & Spicy. It comes in both the Beef and Turkey varieties. This is the first review I've written in almost two years. I took some time to focus on getting a job, and now that I've had one for a little over a year now I haven't had much time to do reviews. I am trying to get back to doing some more reviews on new products I find. Forgive me for being out of the blogosphere for a while. Back to the more important stuff - The review of Perky Jerky Sweet & Spicy!
Both packages are an almost metallic, shiny deep-orange on the borders. The logo colors for Beef and Turkey are consistent with the brand colors. Can I just say I really like their depictions of the animals the meat comes from on the labels? I like the glowing minimalist outlines. It's just cool. On the bottom left corner you'll see a little circle indicating that it's been inspected (and passed) by the Dept. of Agriculture. On the back you'll find the usual Nutrition Facts and Ingredients section, and a little notation to indicate for allergies that it contains soy. You'll also find the description of the flavor. My favorite part about it is the tagline at the bottom that says: "If you are holding this, you are one of the lucky ones." It just makes you feel good.
The flavor, for both the Beef Perky Jerky Sweet & Spicy and the Turkey Perky Jerky Sweet & Spicy, starts out sweet, then becomes a little bit warmer the longer you chew it. The meat is marinates in a jalapeno mixture overnight, which is where some of the heat comes in. The rest, it seems, comes from the cracked black peppercorns. While I'm not a fan of the peppercorns, I can tolerate it because it's Perky Jerky, and I really enjoy Perky Jerky! I just don't like black pepper in any shape or form. I couldn't really taste the jalapeno flavor, but I could definitely feel the jalapeno heat. To me, different hot things produce different heat when eaten. I'm a little sensitive to hot flavors, but this wasn't enough to make me not want to eat it. It was just the right amount of heat that it enhanced the flavors, instead of overwhelming them.
In specifics, I could not really tell that I was eating turkey with the Turkey Perky Jerky (I'm just going to keep writing that out, so you have to keep reading the rhyming awesomeness). Yes, the texture was a little different than the Beef Perky Jerky. The Turkey Perky Jerky was not quite as soft, and was more chewy, or jerk-ey than the Beef Perky Jerky, which wasn't a bad thing. It was just a difference in how the meats dry. The flavor is just as delicious as the Beef Perky Jerky. The Beef Perky Jerky seems to need a little less oomph to bite off a piece, but still just as chewy as you would want jerky to be. In terms of texture and chewy-ness they're both exactly what you would want in a jerky.
EnergyI am definitely more perky after eating Perky Jerky! Although I can't sit and consume a whole bag of it at once, as is the serving suggestion. However, one bite in the evening kept me awake until almost 1am. If you did eat one bag at a time, it would definitely give you the energy that you need to do whatever.
This is something I've talked about in a separate section before. However I did want to go over some of the ingredients they have, and some they don't, in Perky Jerky.
Perky Jerky does not contain Gluten, Preservatives, Nitrates, or any extra MSG outside of what is in the soy sauce. To me, this makes it superior to all the other jerky brands out there that include those things just to make a fast buck because it's cheaper to add ingredients than to work on a quality product that doesn't have them.
One thing it does have, that I've already stated that I'm not a huge fan of, but can overlook, is black pepper. I suppose it might be integral to the flavor of Perky Jerky. However, I could do without it, or at least in smaller doses. Personally, I dislike biting down on a black peppercorn and having my mouth flooded with the flavor and heat. I tried to pick the cracked peppercorns off the outside of the jerky before I would eat it. However, I also know people who enjoy black peppercorn, and would probably love having the little bits of pepper clinging to their jerky.
Perky Jerky, in general, is one of the best jerky's on the market. Their flavors are solid, they perform well energy-wise. As far as I know, they're the only energy jerky out there (maybe I haven't Googled enough to know otherwise?). So they have their corner of the jerky market, and I think that corner is getting larger every day. Jerk Man obviously helps with the brand awareness giving jerky to people in select cities they go to. Perky Jerky is just plain good. The fact they also donate some of their proceeds to support Muscular Dystrophy and Down Syndrome Research is also cool. Back to my point: Sweet & Spicy is a great flavor that provides solid energy. Another WIN for Perky Jerky!
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