Better with Bacon – Dina’s Candied Bacon Edition!

After the “all Charlie” post yesterday, I can across a series of Facespace messages from another long time FoTDB Dina (SHOUT OUT!).  Dina’s been a BIG supporter of this little blog and just after the New Year she sent not one but five, FIVE, recipes that included candied bacon.

Candied Bacon Ice Cream

Candied Bacon Green Salad

Candied Bacon Maple Popcorn

Chocolate Chip Candied Bacon Pancakes

Candied Bacon Butter!

See something you like?  Of course you do!

Thanks for all the bacon love Dina and for being a loyal TDBer!

Photos via davidlebovitz, jaimeoliver, pinterest, evilshenanigans and tablespoon

Originally posted 2012-01-12 21:24:25.

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Originally posted 2013-05-11 01:18:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Ultimate Bacon Treats

As you may know, desserts are one of our favourite meals, and they are even better with the addition of bacon. Last year we created a list of the top 25 Bacon Dessert Recipes and this year we decided to follow through and create a list of the top 2012 bacon dessert recipes. This list […]

Originally posted 2012-11-26 17:03:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Maple Bacon Caramel Corn…

I am TOTALLY making this over the weekend…

Maple Bacon Caramel Corn

Ingredients:

5 slices bacon
6-8 cups air popped popcorn
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup or corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla or maple extract
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup pecan pieces or halves (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250° F. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer to a plate, crumble or chop into chunky pieces and reserve 1-2 tablespoons of the drippings.
Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray and put the popcorn in it, along with the pecans if you’re using them.
Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and reserved bacon drippings in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil without stirring, swirling the pan occasionally, for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda. It will foam up at first.
Quickly pour over the popcorn and stir to coat well, adding the reserved bacon. Tongs work really well for this! Spread onto a cookie sheet or roasting pan and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Cool.

Makes about 7 cups.

via babble

Originally posted 2011-10-25 20:44:17.

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Originally posted 2014-02-15 08:53:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

REVIEW – Bacon Salt…

So finally I tried that little shaker of faux flavor…Bacon Salt.

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Bacon Salt was developed by two guys who had a dream to make everything taste like bacon.  From humble beginnings, they have turned their product and company into a million dollar business with multiple flavors of Bacon Salt, Baconnaise and recently Bacon Lip Balm.  It’s a true American entrepreneurial success story and I for one applaud them!

So anywho, back to the review…I figured for this taste test, I just do something basic, so I popped up some corn. 

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I figured I would be able to get a good enough idea of it’s taste on something that’s typically flavor neutral.

Next, on with the Bacon Salt

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The first thing I noticed was it’s smell.  I got a big whiff of paprika, which was really sweet, and a hint of hickory but nothing that real denoted bacon.

So I grabbed a kernel covered in salt and took it in.  I got salt, paprika, slight hickory but again, nothing that was telling my taste buds this was bacon. 

Hmmmmmm…

Not to be detoured, I grabbed a handful and stuffed it in my mouth.  Now I started to pick up some of the smokiness, but it was still not connecting to bacon. 

Better Half even joined in this taste experiment.  She wasn’t getting anything that was like bacon either, but we both agreed that it was a tasty spice.

The closest I got to bacon was the smell of my hands after handfuls of popcorn were consumed.  They really smelled of hickory smoke.  But through consuming the whole bowl and even adding some more salt to some of the remaining kernels, neither of us ever got the sense we were eating bacon.

Here’s the rub, there is no actual bacon in Bacon Salt

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I applaud their use of natural ingredients and can even see how this flavor profile is trying to be bacon (the sweet, the salt, the smoke) but there  is a reason bacon taste so good…because it is bacon!

Oh Bacon Salt, I really wanted to like you!!! There are other flavors and other food to try this on – so I will continue to give it the college try (I do have a whole bottle of this stuff) but out of the gate while a nice general spice, if you want bacon taste my advice is to cook up some actual bacon.

We’ll let you know what we find.

PS: A few minutes after we finished eating the popcorn, we both had a real strong aftertaste in our mouths from the salt that neither of us cared for.  It took to bottles of water to get rid of mine.  UGH….

Originally posted 2009-06-24 11:53:34.

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Better with Bacon – Candied Bacon Popcorn…

I think this is just going to be an all “Better with Bacon” week.  Everywhere I look, a tasty new bacon treat is there to great me.

Like this wonderful item passed along by FoTDB Tiffany (SHOUT OUT)…

Seriously, mouthwatering!

Candied Bacon Popcorn

Ingredients:

10 cups air popped popcorn
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 TBSP bacon grease (or butter)
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon

Directions:

Want the directions – check out Funky Foodgasm on the Facespace. While you are there, like the page..he’s coming up on 10,000 so lets help him out.

Originally posted 2011-01-11 20:57:15.

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Bacon Popcorn is way better than popcorn

Ok, I admit it.. popcorn kinda rules. Being a truest to form (of a junk food lover), I am a big fan of Jiffy Pop. There is something about fire and the machine gun popping sounds that make my psyche jump with glee (and the captured hooker in my basement run for cover).
Now, check this out.. the team of nerds over at thinkgeek are offering up bacon pop, obviously uses fancy modern microwave technology and graciously enhanced with good bacon flavoring. Buy some, get a good movie, sit there… make your day worth living.

Originally posted 2009-12-22 18:41:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Bacon & Cashew Caramel Corn…

So I came across this recipe over at Bon Appetite and noticed that it was originally posted in 2010.  What?!? How could I,  the (self-described) arbiter of bacon related goodness, not  have published this before?

Sure enough, after an exhausting examination of my previous posts (typing caramel corn in my search), I must say that I have been negligent in bringing the greatness of this caramel corn to you.  Well today, we rectify that situation. I give you…

Bacon & Cashew Caramel Corn

Ingredients

1/2 cup popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 ounces bacon, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted raw cashews (one 2.5-ounce package)
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt or coarse sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 oolong tea bag
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Directions

Preheat oven to 300°F. Heat popcorn and oil in covered heavy large pot over medium-high heat until kernels begin to pop. Using oven mitts, hold lid on pot and shake pot until popping stops. Pour popcorn into very large bowl.
Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until almost crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain; cool. Add bacon and cashews to bowl with popcorn. Sprinkle with coarse salt and cayenne; toss to coat.
Bring cream and tea bag just to boil over medium heat. Remove from heat; let steep 15 minutes, occasionally pressing on tea bag with back of spoon to release flavor. Discard tea bag.
Line rimmed baking sheet with foil; coat with nonstick spray. Coat 2 wooden spoons or heat-resistant spatulas with nonstick spray; set aside.
Stir sugar, 1/4 cup water, and corn syrup in large saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high; boil without stirring until syrup turns deep amber, occasionally swirling pan and brushing down sides with wet pastry brush, about 13 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately add cream (mixture will bubble up). Stir until blended. Immediately drizzle caramel over popcorn mixture; toss with sprayed spoons until evenly coated. Transfer to sheet.
Place caramel corn in oven and bake until caramel is shiny and coats popcorn, tossing mixture occasionally, about 20 minutes. Cool completely on sheet on rack, tossing occasionally to break up large clumps. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight in refrigerator.

via Bon Appettit

Originally posted 2012-11-29 20:55:00.

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