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Chocolate and Bacon Dessert Recipes
How to make chocolate taste even better? Just add bacon!
If you love both chocolate and bacon, why not eat them together? No, I am not kidding. Bacon and chocolate lovers have found a way to combine their two favorite food items together, as you will see in the following featured recipes on this page.
To be honest, I was not surprised the first time I heard about this sweet-and-salty pairing. We've been putting sweet stuff on home cooked breakfast bacon for years -- I know I've drizzled maple syrup on my husband's bacon countless times (he loves it) and Elvis himself swore by the peanut-butter and bacon combination. So why not mix chocolate with bacon, two of the greatest indulgences known to man?
Please read on if you'd like to learn ways in which you can partake of this sinfully delicious combo.
Note: While chocolate, mainly the dark variety is heart-healthy, most bacons are not. A little indulgence once in a while is all right but as with everything, moderation is key.
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Care for a bite? Chocolate-covered-bacon at the Minnesota State Fair (image courtesy of Flickr user twistermc)
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Will you eat chocolate with bacon?
How the chocolate+bacon fad began - A short history of this interesting sweet and salty combination.
Chocolate-covered bacon eventually started appearing at the Minnesota State Fair under the name "Pig Lickers". It is also sold at Marini's on the Beach at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk in California, and also under the name "Pig Candy" by Roni-Sue's Chocolates in New York City. Word of mouth then made the bacon-chocolate tandem popular.
Chicago-based luxury chocolate company Vosges Haut-Chocolat joined in and launched a chocolate bacon bar known as "Mo's Bacon Bar". It contains smoked applewood bacon, alderwood smoked salt, and milk chocolate. According to the company, "Sweet and smoky and salty is the perfect trifecta."
Through the years, chocolate and bacon has become an accepted combination and chocolate dessert recipes featuring the smoky strip of pork belly have surfaced online in recent years.
Image courtesy of Marini's Chocolates
The following are shops in the US where you can find chocolate-coated bacon:
- Marini's Chocolate Covered Bacon
Marini's Famous Chocolate Coverd Bacon is made with hickory smoked bacon and our special blend of chocolate
- Roni-Sue's Chocolates - Collections
With over twenty years of experience making handmade chocolates, Chocolatiere Rhonda Kave (a.k.a. Roni-Sue) will win you over with her unique and deeply flavorful treats! Roni-Sue's Chocolates feature only the finest and freshest ingredients (and the
Mo's Chocolate and Bacon Candy Bar by Vosges Haut-Chocolat - Combines smoky bacon and sweet milk chocolate in one luxurious bar.
A new flavor from Vosges is the highly popular Mo's Chocolate and Bacon Candy Bar which combines smoky bacon and sweet milk chocolate. Vosges creator Katrina explains that the crisp, buttery, compulsively irresistible bacon and milk chocolate combination has long been a favorite of hers. See why it's become the favorite of many a chocoholic and bacon lover too.
How to make Chocolate-Covered Bacon - In five easy steps
Let's start with the most basic chocolate + bacon recipe of all:
1 bag (12oz) of Semi-Sweet Chocolate morsels
1 1lb of uncooked bacon
1. Fry the bacon; drain on paper towels
2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (see directions on package)
3. Coat the bacon with the melted chocolate
4. Place the coated bacon strips on wax paper
5. Chill in the fridge
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You may also watch the video below if you'd like to see it being done on the spot.
Melt your chocolate in a good quality double-boiler.
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How to make Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes - Dark chocolate and bacon... what's not to love?
The smokiness of the bacon combined with rich, dark chocolate and a moist crumb will make you wonder why you've never thought of mixing all these wonderful flavors before.
Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes
12 slices bacon
2 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and oil. Stir just until blended. Mix in 3/4 of the bacon, reserving the rest for garnish. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting and sprinkle reserved bacon crumbles on top. Dust with additional cocoa powder.
Image courtesy of mkecupcakequeen on Flickr
Watch the video below to see how it's done in real time:
Display your cupcakes beautifully with this 3-Tier Platter Set
Anchor Hocking, a Global Home Products company, is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of high quality glass products. Amazon reviewer Fred back says Because the three platters in this set stack or stand on their own they provide plenty of options for serving hors d'oeuvres, sweets, or fruit or for creating a dramatic centerpiece. Each platter has its own pedestal attached so the three can be arrayed singly or in combinations. Their clean lines coordinate with any dinnerware. Made of durable pressed glass, the platters measure 13, 10, and 8 inches in diameter, and when stacked, they are 12-3/4 inches high. They are dishwasher-safe.
How to make Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies - An unexpected twist to a classic cookie recipe.
Tired of the regular chocolate chip cookie? It's quite easy to put a new and sinfully delicious spin on it: just add bacon!
Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon hazelnut extract or almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 lbs bacon, cooked and crumbled (about 2 cups)
1/2 lb bacon, cooked in whole strips
1. In a Mixing bowl, mix butter, sugars, extracts and eggs. Mix till creamy.
2. Sift dry ingredients in a 2nd large bowl. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix. Mix in chocolate chips and bacon pieces.
3. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour (30 mins in freezer works too)
4. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place dough balls (approx 1 - 1.5 inches) on un-greased cookie sheet approx 1.5 - 2 inches apart.
5. Bake for 10 mins or until golden brown. Allow to cool before serving.
Image courtesy of Cooking With Kat
Check out the following 2-part video for precise directions in actual time.
Mix your cookie batter in this bacon-red KitchenAid 5-Quart Stand Mixer
The 90th Anniversary 5-Quart Stand Mixer has a strong 325-watt motor that delivers the power to handle the heaviest mixtures, and mix large batches easily. The 5-quart glass bowl features a pouring spout and measurement markings, making it more assessable in the kitchen. The unique mixing action eliminates the need to rotate the bowl by spinning the beater clockwise and the shaft counterclockwise, moving the beater to the edge of the bowl at 67 different points. This ensures a quick and complete mixing action. The 90th Anniversary Stand Mixer includes a flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip which will add to the versatility of the mixer.
"Mmmm. Move over, eggs. Bacon just got a new best friend -- fudge!"
~ Homer Simpson
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