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Bacon Novelties and Gifts

Updated on September 23, 2013

Bacon is the New Black

Move over, eggs, because the plate's getting crowded! Bacon has taken the lead, and not just in catchy commercials for dog treats like the one I borrowed from!

It seems everyone's noticing, like photographer Ed Yourdon who captured this image of baconmania.

Bacon has captured America's imagination, and it's showing. Where fashionistas claim black goes with everything, gourmands say, "So does bacon, only better!" New recipes feature the salty meat in tasty, bizarre ways. Trendy gifts are sizzling right off the shelves. Fans are wearing bacon in creative ways. Check out these fun and crazy ways to celebrate your favorite treat.

Photo by Rachel Weill
Photo by Rachel Weill

Bacon Recipes & Appetizers

I first came across a bacon-wrapped hot dog a few months ago, and as a bit of a bacon fanatic myself, I had to try it. It was horrible! The weiner it wrapped was saltier than the bacon, and the bacon was dry and bland. Yuck. I might try the Crif Dogs Good Morning version, a bacon-wrapped hot dog served on a bun lined with a fried egg and cheese if I'm ever in New York, but I'm certainly not in a hurry.

Besides, I can get the BBQ Addicts Bacon Explosion right here at home in Kansas City for about $20. Italian sausage stuffed (and then wrapped) with bacon and flavored with genuine K.C. barbecue sauce. Luckily for bacon lovers elsewhere, it can be ordered online, too.

For a taste of east meets west, try this simple appetizer recipe first published in Sunset magazine:

Dates with Bacon

6 strips bacon, sliced into 4-inch pieces

18 Medjool dates

Just wrap a strip of bacon around each date, overlapping the ends, and place seam-side down in a skillet. Cook over medium heat until bacon is browned and crisp on all sides. (You may have to work in batches to get 'em all done.)

How easy is that for creating a mouth-watering potluck dish? Find nutritional info by clicking on the photo above or right here.

How about some bacon jam? Bacon, onions, and seasonings rendered down to produce a flavorful jam that goes well with ... (c'mon, say it with me...) everything! Skillet Bacon Jam Bacon Spread - One 7 Ounce Jar.

Did You Know...?

In the United States, a slab of bacon, known as a "side," was once called a "fitch."

I Love Bacon - (And so do your friends!)

If you're not up for using real bacon in your recipes, these items will flavorize your favorite foods without breaking out the skillet. They can make great gifts, too. Think about a "gift basket o' bacon" for your pork-loving pals: These five items, a loaf of french or sourdough bread, a pound of bacon, and a quarter pound each of ham, turkey, and roast beef. They'll be in cholesterol heaven as they "pig out" for the next week!

101 Things to Do with Bacon
101 Things to Do with Bacon

Bacon recipes for appetizers, salads, dinners, and desserts. Yes, I said desserts!

 
Norpro Cast Iron Pig Shaped Bacon Press with Wood Handle
Norpro Cast Iron Pig Shaped Bacon Press with Wood Handle

For a cleaner kitchen and bacon that's evenly cooked.

 
Bacon Flavored Hot Sauce, 5 Ounce
Bacon Flavored Hot Sauce, 5 Ounce

The creators argued over whether bacon or hot sauce makes everything better. They found a solution.

 
J&D Baconnaise Regular Mayonnaise, Bacon, 15 Ounce
J&D Baconnaise Regular Mayonnaise, Bacon, 15 Ounce

I might not use it on peanut butter and jelly, but everything else is a go!

 

Bacon Snacks for Non-Cooks

Then again, if they don't like to cook, these bacon candy items make interesting standalone gifts (the Crick-ettes might truly be a "gag" gift!) or can be used as an accessory for another gift instead of a nametag.

Man Bait - Bacon and Maple Syrup Lollipop (1 lollipop)
Man Bait - Bacon and Maple Syrup Lollipop (1 lollipop)

At this price, you'll want to order a dozen!

 

Bacon Jelly Beans? - And more...

If you really want to overdose on bacomania, I've gathered still more items for your gift basket (or mailbox, if you prefer.) They're pretty self-explanatory, aren't they? But if you like the look of bacon and want to torment yourself or a friend by keeping it calorie free, stay tuned, because there's more to come! I've dug deep to find the very best collection of baconabilia ever.

Love bacon treats? - Which would you try?

Which item is highest on your "buy it to try it" list?

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Bacon in the Bathroom

You'll need to make yourself presentable again. Maybe. Or not. Who cares, as long as there's still bacon to be had! My stepdaughter loves the bacon bandages for decorating her school notebooks.

Holly Conway
Holly Conway

Sex in a Skillet

Writers have called bacon "sex in a skillet," and "America's national meat," but scientists say it's actually addictive. In fact, it has so much appeal that the restaurant industry has an informal guideline: When in doubt, put bacon and cheese on it.

Because of its high fat content and nitrites that can harm healthy hearts, it's safest to limit our intake of bacon. But that won't stop anyone from showing their continued love affair with it. Here are some ways to wear it instead of eating it.

Or Wear it as the Main Entree

Accoutrements Bacon Wallet
Accoutrements Bacon Wallet

It goes with almost everything!

 
Men's Bacon Meat Tie / Necktie, Novelty Gag Gift, 54 Inches
Men's Bacon Meat Tie / Necktie, Novelty Gag Gift, 54 Inches

Ok, maybe not this one. You'll be trying to eat your tie instead of getting work done. Not good for your next performance review... tsk tsk!

 

Thank You

Thank you to everyone for reading and sharing. I owe an extra thanks to these folks, who've sent a little extra bacon my way:

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If Bacon's Not Your Favorite Food, What Is?

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      KathyBatesel 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That sounds so tasty, doesn't it? I don't know if it'd death by chocolate, or death by bacon, but I might be willing to go by that method!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      An extra order of bacon is! :)

      I think I'll make Chocolate covered bacon soon!

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      KathyBatesel 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That's a good question! ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is there another food?