I Paid: $4.99 for 2 ounces of jerky (prices may vary by region)
Does it, well, perk? The product boasts about 150 milligrams of caffeine, which makes it roughly equivalent to a strong cup of coffee. Sure, I felt invigorated after eating a couple ounces of the stuff. Not necessarily “rave till dawn” invigorated, but “stay awake for the entire afternoon” invigorated, certainly.
The jerky itself is reasonably tasty: It has a strong beefy, brown sugar kick, is salty but not overly so, and is reasonably chewy, if a bit too moist. The inclusion of a packet of desiccant among the jerky bits is a little scary—make sure you chew your Perky Jerky at a deliberate pace lest you desiccate yourself into a coma. Ultimately, if you’re ever in a situation where you can’t just have a cup of coffee along with your beef jerky (hanging out in the deer stand, perhaps?), Perky Jerky seems to be your go-to product.