Bacon Pixie Stix (Pixie Sticks)

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Bacon Pixie Stix are the perfect combination of insanely awesome, and totally wrong.  They are, as advertised, pixie sticks - with bacon.  Make these award-winning treats for your next social occasion, and surprise your friends with a sweet, tart, bacon-flavored boot to the head.

And you don't just have to eat them in pixie stick form - sprinkle this amazing powder on top of fruit, salads, chocolate, ice cream, or anything else in need of a sweet bacon-citric-acid kick.

Award-winning?  Yes indeedy!  
These bacon pixie stix took 4th prize in the 2012 SF Bacon Takedown!  It was super-fun blowing people's minds with inappropriate uses of bacon, though people actually liked the bacon pixie stix, and came back for more - you can see judge Josh's review here.  

Also check out the other Takedown entries from Team Instructables, my Bacon Jello and Scoochmaroo's fantastic Bourbon Bacon Caramels1, and my Bacon Fruit Cups 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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Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

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150g well-fried thin-sliced bacon (just cook the whole pound and make BLTs with the extra)
310g dextrose powder (about 2 cups)
40g cornstarch (about 5 teaspoons)
25g tapioca maltodextrin
7.5g citric acid

food processor
frying pan and splatter screen
plate covered in paper towels
kitchen scale
paper or plastic straws (optional but totally good for the proper pixie stick look - plastic avoids grease issues)
funnel and poking stick for filling straws (also optional - I made my own from a piece of plastic and a wooden skewer)

Step 2: Fry bacon

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Fry up your bacon until it's quite crisp and dry, though not burned.  Be sure you're using thinly-sliced bacon - this is important, as you want to make sure to drive all the water off, and that won't happen with thick-cut bacon.

When done, remove from the pan (or oven, or microwave) and drain on paper towels.  Pat dry to remove any excess fat.

sonicrz1 year ago
I am going to make this at some point for Christmas. Awesome!!!
DeeRilee2 years ago
Plastic straws don't HAVE to be stapled!

With some needle-nosed pliers, squeeze one end closed, melt with a lighter. Fill the straws, then close the other end the same way.

I use small sections of plastic straws to make small 'single use' packets of antibiotic creams (like neosporin) for camping, canoeing, backpacking, etc. You can also use them for single dose "vials" of medicines, BP meds, BC powders, etc. As long as you carefully seal the ends they are quite waterproof!

Love bacon...can't wait to try this!
Could probably even use the plain sealing portion of a vacuum sealer (with out doing the vacuum portion) to heat seal them too. ^_^
rickyd10132 years ago
This is great, I'm going to make some for Christmas gifts.
sunshiine2 years ago
Loved it! Congrats on 4th place! I will share this with my son when he gets here for the holidays, he might want to try it. I will help pack the straws if he makes them!
caitlinsdad2 years ago
You could have made bacon strip straws too, just like cannolis except with bacon...wait, bacon cannolis...
canida (author)  caitlinsdad2 years ago
Ooooh. Please tell me you'll make these soon.