I apologize. I made a mistake.
I originally articulated that 2012 was the year of the delightfully delicious hazlenut spread called “Nutella”, but I reserve the right to autocorrect that statement and revise it with the following: 2012 (and most definitely 2013) has been and will continue to be, the year of “bacon”.
I cannot believe that I misspoke. Of course bacon is the new little black dress of Foodies everywhere! Bacon cupcakes, bacon butter, bacon cake! There are even television programs completely dedicated to specialty dishes created using bacon.
I thought I would do a little research into this salty subject.
Bacon Vodka – Yes folks, there is something called Bakon Vodka (I didn’t spell it wrong, it is actually called Bakon). Apparently you can make the most delicious Bloody Mary using the “smokey” flavoured vodka.
Bacon Toothpaste – One half hygiene product, the other half food item, bacon toothpaste will leave your breath, well, I guess it will leave your breath “bacon fresh”.
Bacon Popcorn – (courtesy of the Food Network) This treat is made by drizzling bacon drippings onto your freshly popped popcorn and then tossing with some crumbled crispy bacon and shredded cheese. P.S. Your arteries will not thank you
Bacon Ice Cream – Yes, you can even put bacon on top of your ice cream – mixing salty and sweet!
Bacon flavoured water? – Apparently so, transform your plain ol’ water with a bacon flavoured drink tablet! Plop, plop, fizz, fizz?
Bacon Soda Pop – A company in the United States creates a bottled pop called, “Lester’s Fixins Bacon Soda”. They also make Buffalo Wing Soda. The Jones Soda Company also markets limited edition unusual pop taste sensations. Past flavours include: Turkey and Gravy.
Bacon Beer: Of course there is.
Bacon Pie: Two-ingredient pie created with a pound of bacon and shredded cheese
Chocolate Bacon Pudding: Sprinkle chocolate pudding with smoked salt and serve with a crispy strip of bacon
Bacon Milk: Sorry, I just gagged a little – this one is too gross to share.
Bacon Jam: Created by Skillet, a popular Seattle food truck, bacon jam is fairly easy to make and sounds delicious. Martha Stewart has posted her variation of the recipe online and it might be worth a try. Martha’s recipe contains bacon, onions, cloves, cider vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup and coffee – sounds like a winner.
Bacon Doughnut: Voodoo Doughnut in Portland makes something called the Bacon Maple Bar© and I stood in line for 2 hours (in the rain) one Sunday to buy one. Was it worth it? The doughnut was pretty great, but the conversation with the folks around me (who were from all over the world) was priceless.
Maple Bacon Cookie Dough Truffles (food.com recipe): Cookie dough with crumbled bacon, rolled into balls and then dipped in chocolate.
Did I make you hungry? Are you willing to try a glass of bacon-flavoured water with your next meal? Not me, but I am intrigued with the bacon mania sweeping North America.
These variations are just a small, insignificant sampling of the recipes featuring the smoky, salty pork product. If you have a recipe that showcases bacon in a new and unusual way, tweet me @judylaine – unfortunately you won’t win anything, but I will share it with everyone.
Judy Kucharuk is owner of Footprint Management Systems Inc. and specializes in Green Meetings and Event Innovation. Currently President of GMIC Canada Chapter in Formation. For more info log onto her blog www.managefootprint.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter @judylaine