Bacon Jello

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Bacon jello.  Yes, it's bacon-flavored jello that looks like you're slicing into a nice, thick slab of home-cured bacon.  Think of it less as dessert, and more as a surprisingly edible piece of concept art.  This jello has a dairy base flavored with bacon (of course!), a mix of maple syrup and flamed and reduced Calvados, and applewood smoke.

Want to get fancy?  Do this again, but change up the flavorings: breakfast (bacon, eggs, and toast layers), a BLT (obvious), or your own favorite bacon-based flavor combination.

I made this for the 2012 SF Bacon Takedown, and greatly enjoyed the double-takes of unsuspecting bacon-tasters who were suddenly confronted with bacon jello.  While this wasn't a crowd or judge favorite (see judge Josh's reaction here), I was primarily interested in the mechanics of making my jello a) actually contain a strong bacon flavor, b) actually look like bacon in cross-section, and c) actually be edible.  Despite ewilhelm's contention that "that's never going to work!", it was a success on all fronts.  Win!

You can also check out my 4th-place Bacon Pixie Stix recipe and Scoochmaroo's incredible burbon bacon caramels1, as well as the Bacon Fruit Cups I made for a previous Bacon Camp. 

1 D'oh, Sarah didn't document the recipe!  If you want it, ask her to make them again and take some pictures.  
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hamraddude8 months ago

Wow. There should be an alcoholized version of this... like bacon jello shots.

Capital g GROSS!!!!!!!!
Very Clever
Cholesterol … Here I come !!!!…
I'm afraid it looks like to morrow's food : when the country and farms is overtaken by megacities and population growth counts to zillions !…
sunshiine1 year ago
This looks amazing! I noticed these a few days ago and finally have a break to make a comment! So clever and amusing!
canida (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks sunshiine!
What kind of unholy thing have you unleased on the world!?
canida (author)  singingcrys1 year ago
Unclear, but it should taste baconlicious. :)
ehudwill1 year ago
My mind is blown! Great job.
canida (author)  ehudwill1 year ago
Thank you!
On the one hand, I will confess there is a moment of pulled back mental blinking (I think my brain keeps inserting "Texturally, this must be like a mouthful of raw bacon" and as I'm the youngest in the family... let's just say I got some pretty miserable "Let's see what we can make her eat" experiences as a kid) I have to confess it is lovely on the art level, as well as incredibly creative. For those reasons alone I think I'm going to have to give this a try at least. But, um. I DO think I'll let my bacon loving spouse play taste tester first! But really excellent sideways thinking to figuring out how to make it look/smell/seem so much like the real thing!
canida (author)  JennaWrites1 year ago
And the mouthfeel is actually that of Jello jigglers, so not that bad. :)
canida (author)  JennaWrites1 year ago
Try a BLT or bacon & eggs! If you go with this recipe, definitely add more maple syrup to the base mixture.
canida (author)  CementTruck1 year ago
danny61141 year ago
Now you need to make some gelatin lettuce leaves and tomato slices for a dessert salad.
Gelatin tomatoes, we've got that too!
canida (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
I like this idea!
I must try this! seems awesome.
canida (author)  oscarfalcon1 year ago
Excellent! Let me know how it goes.
What does this taste like? Is it good?
canida (author)  britMonster1 year ago
It tastes interesting, certainly not bad! I think using more maple syrup in the base mix would make it actually good.
blkhawk1 year ago
My cholesterol level is going up just looking at this recipe but what the heck! It looks good! I also voted for you! :-P
I thought I'd point out just for the heck of it that cholesterol in the human body does not come from eating bacon or any other meat. That is a common misconception in the USA recited incorrectly even by US medical doctors and many websites. So feel free to eat the real thing if that is what is preventing you :) (it comes from carbohydrates and refined sugars that your body converts into cholesterol)
canida (author)  RogueOne1 year ago
Thanks! And while I'm in complete agreement with RogueOne, this recipe also has enough refined carbs to be a true cholesterol concern.
bennelson1 year ago
You had me at "bacon".
Five Stars!
canida (author)  bennelson1 year ago
Thank you! Bacon is one of my favorites too.
bajablue1 year ago
Bacon Jello: Priceless!!!

Almost nothing gives me more joy than proving "It can be done!" to those of little faith. ;-D
canida (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Yes, exactly! I like to think of it as proof-of-concept art.
Xixfas1 year ago
sounds good!!!
canida (author)  Xixfas1 year ago
It was surprisingly edible!
HollyMann1 year ago
That looks disgusting - yet very creative and great for this contest! Good luck with the contest!
canida (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Yay, exactly the goal!
And thanks, but I can't win contests. :)
poofrabbit1 year ago
This is both the most interesting and funny instructable I've seen in a while, well done! I'm trying to wrap my head around how this would taste, oh grand idea I totally voted for you!
canida (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
It tastes a bit strange, as you may imagine. Have you ever dipped bacon into the whipped cream on pancakes/waffles? Not exactly like that, but similar. Somewhere between OK/interesting/good, depending on exactly how you adjust the seasonings.

And thanks! Though I can't win contests here. :)
rimar20001 year ago
Next Canida's instructable: DIY liver remedy...

Good instructable, anyway.
canida (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Thank you!
Actual next Instructable was DIY Bacon pixie sticks candy, so maybe the health remedies are even more important. :)
mygibzone1 year ago
HAHAHA. AWESOME! Thanks for the good laugh!
canida (author)  mygibzone1 year ago
Thanks. :) And you're welcome!
HollyMann1 year ago
and I'm giving you 5 stars!!!