Beyond Bacos: Bacon Toothpaste, Bacon Cupcakes, Bacon Vodka and Other Bacon Bastardizations
What's the Deal with bacon?
These days, bacon is popping up everywhere — even in popcorn.
Wherever I turn, it seems, some clever soul has created some new sort of bacon product. Or gimmick. You see, none of these bacony places or products is what you would call expected. That is to say, I've not been spending unusual amounts of time in greasy spoon diners, in sandwich shops, at breakfast buffets or Denny's. Rather, I'm leading a pretty normal San Francisco life — a life I find myself sharing with a cured pork product.
I have no beef with bacon. I like it just fine fried up crisp (with just a few fatty bits) on a plate alongside scrambled eggs or in an egg sandwich. I'm something of a bacon purist, but I'll happily allow a slice or two to grace a B.L.T.
Call me old fashioned, because these days it seems bacon is the most flexible food product out there, showing up on menus for every meal from breakfast straight through to dessert. After your meal, why not enjoy a digestif made with a bacon infused vodka? And when you get home, don't forget to use your bacon dental floss and to brush with a bacon flavored toothpaste. And a surprising number of these bacon flavored treats are not, in fact, gimmicks.
Here are some shots of bacon as I have recently encountered it:
Some Untraditional Ways To Bring Home the Bacon
Here's a list of some of the seemingly endless food products that have nothing to do with breakfast, and which nevertheless are all about the bacon.
- Bacon vodka (evidently it's award-winning)
- Bacon toothpaste
- Bacon flavor ice cream (et tu, Ben and Jerry?)
- Bacon dental floss
- Bacon cupcakes (try this recipe)
- Bacon martinis
- Bacon breath mints
- Bacon flavored water
- Bacon dog treats
- Bacon flavor popcorn
- Bacon hot sauce
Note: I've decided to focus on food here, or at least things you put in your mouth, lest I be truly lost to bacon overload by trying to catalog all the bacon novelties out there, from bacon bandaids to wallets that look like bacon to bacon-scented lubricant and even a Gumby-like rubber bacon bendy doll.
Please contribute any bacon food products I may have missed in the comments section!