These guys know how to market (see photo above)! I was searching for kale, but found these instead…. The Hemplers have been in the meat stick business since the 1800s in Germany and the 1920s in Washington. They know meat, as evidenced by their classic pepperoni stick. Thicker (3/4 to 7/8 of an inch) and spicier than your average stick, all wrapped tightly by a chestnut-colored collagen skin suit that looks like an elder redwood trunk. I could taste the meat, beef and pork, and the predominant spices, paprika and garlic, as opposed to the gelatinous meat goo of many sticks. The purest stick I’ve yet to taste. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for them the next time I’m hunting for kale in the supermarket.