Bacon desserts made their way into the restaurant scene back in 2009. Everyone from The Los Angeles Times to NPR were talking about the ultimate combination of sweet and salty treats that chefs were serving up after the meal ended. Fast forward five years and people are still ordering bacon for dessert – in ways you might never have imagined.
Drink a bacon spice latte
One of the latest and greatest creations is the Bacon Spice Latte, a pork spin off of Starbuck's fall cups, like Chai and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The drink was recently featured on Bacon Today after contributors stumbled upon it from "The Bacon Baron," otherwise known as Barrett Schwalenberg, who wrote about it in Bacon Freak's Fall Recipe Collection magazine. As Baron put it:
"Cool, autumn weather is the perfect season for comfort food favorites."
The folks over at Bacon Today agreed with this philosophy and therefore decided to give it a shot by making their very own "BSL". Rather than using actual pieces of bacon, they used a maple bacon coffee, sugar, milk and pumpkin spices to bring it all together. The publication asserted that any bacon lover would go gaga for the hot and steamy beverage. If these guys can generate a latte out of bacon-brewed coffee, then just about any derivative of the salty meat is possible.
Make your own beer-bacon bars
That could be how Lindsay, blogger and sweet lover at Lifeloveandsugar.com, thought to incorporate beer, potato chips, bacon, pretzels, caramel, chocolate chips, peanuts and peanut butter chips into a "cray" combo, as she worded it. Whether you're looking for a fun holiday treat to give someone or you're gearing up to watch the game, these snack bars might just do the trick.
To make them, Lindsay started by gathering her materials. If you're making these at home, you'll need the following:
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup chocolate chunks or chips
- 2 pieces of chopped bacon
- 2 tsp beer (she used Yuengling)
Once you have everything you need, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and start combining your ingredients. Place the butter and sugar in a mixer for about 3 minutes on high and then add the egg, vanilla extract, flour and baking soda. Lastly, incorporate beer, chocolate chips and, of course, the bacon.
Pop those bad boys in the oven on a baking sheet and bake them for about 20 minutes. Lindsay added a homemade chocolate topping to the bars but since they're so versatile, you can drizzle just about anything you'd like over the top once they're done. If you're not in the mood for a kitchen experiment, you can always head to your local bakery to request a bacon dessert.
Visit The Baconery bakery
If you live in New York City, then you're in luck. There's a place that specializes in anything and everything bacon. The Baconery came to fruition after the owner had an epiphany while eating breakfast one morning. As explained on the bakery's website, Wesley Klein realized his and the rest of the world's affinity for something savory yet sweet as he used his bacon to mop up a puddle of syrup off his plate. From that moment, he knew what had to be done.
He assembled the right team of bacon-loving chefs with whom he spent endless hours in the kitchen, and eventually Klein opened the doors to The Baconery. The establishment has since come up with a number of original creations. From red velvet bacon brownies to chocolate peanut butter bacon cookies, there's something for everyone who's got a hankering for bacon-laced treats.
What makes it special from other trends?
From bacon coffee to bakeries and blogs, people have their sights set on bacon desserts and by the looks of it, they'll be around for the long haul. As Live Science pointed out, Americans can access just about any pork-product their hearts desire whether it be in a liquid or solid form – which may be what urged the publication to take a look into what makes bacon products so addicting.
As Live Science summed it up, the three main cravings that people get are all in bacon – sugar, salt and fat. When you top it with syrup or something else sweet, it becomes a force that can't be reckoned with. This fact combined with America's love affair with bacon could mean that these once-trendy desserts are here to stay.
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