Crow’s-Feet Chronicles: Go ahead---pig out on your dessert
By Cindy Baker Burnett
Feb 25, 2019
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There is a deep divide between those who think adding bacon to dessert is a natural, and those who think it's wrong - very wrong.  Maybe it's like having your lover and your husband in the same room. You love them separately, but not together.

Maybe. Maybe not.  Perhaps bacon in dessert is a palate bender.  I’ve tried to keep an open mind about bacon in dessert since I heard that Bacon Toffee Truffles and Chocolate Bacon Baklava were the winners of Journal Sentinel bake-off in 2010.  These decadent twists on bacon beat out 82 other entries that went whole hog with flavor pairings ranging from bacon with apples or peaches to bacon with maple syrup, peanut butter, banana, chocolate and pecans - sometimes a jumble of several.

One of the trendiest flavors of the past decade, bacon is being spotted in everything from cocktails made with bacon-infused liquor or the new Bakon Vodka, to desserts including bacon-and-egg ice cream at the famous Fat Duck in the U.K., a bacon chocolate bar from Vosges Haut-Chocolat, and Lollyphile's maple-bacon lollipop.  It’s a rumor that some of the patrons sleep with their bacon.  Tsk. Tsk.

It makes you want to dip a crispy strip of bacon into chocolate, huh. A few years back, fairgoers at the State Fair of Texas pigged out on 80,000 sticks of bacon dunked in milk chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt.  It’s a southern thing---we like sweet and salty together.  Since bacon has decided to mate with the chocolate brownie, the offspring is so adorably delicious, that most people have the words “Nom Nom Nom” running through their heads.

Remember those salt water taffies wrapped in the clear wax paper that your parents would get for you while you were on vacation as a kid? Well, they have those same taffies in the coolest flavor ever: Maple Bacon! Oh yeah!

Maybe adding bacon to dessert is like gilding the lily.  Bacon drippings added to the recipe of soft molasses cookies hark back to the Great Depression, when nothing was wasted.  But, adding bacon to dessert does require a nod to food safety: A dessert made with bacon could become rancid if not refrigerated.  Right?  Hmmm.

In a wild and crazy moment, I ordered a peanut butter bacon milkshake at Sonic. I just HAD to know. After wrestling with the shake, I wondered why they gave me a straw. I got a hicky in the roof of my mouth from trying to pull the bacon chunks through it. Sheesh. A knife and fork would have been more user friendly. Okay, I've tried it. It's done. It's BEHIND me.