Introduction: Chocolate Bacon!

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Since we all know that bacon is the new cupcake, I decided to see what sort of mayhem I could wreak on my dear friend's chocolate party. Hopefully tasty, tasty mayhem and adventure!

Step 1: Prep and Cook the Bacon, Also Facon

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This is where you cook up ungodly quantities of bacon.

This is one case where better quality bacon may be ideal... I purchased the sale stuff and it was sub-optimal.

Large Frying pan and oven baking tray are good methods for real bacon.

The Microwave method was used for cooking the Facon. Resist the urge to dip facon in bacon grease. It does little good.

Cut up the bacon/ facon into pieces a couple inches long, and set aside.

Step 2: Prepare and Fill Double Boiler

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Unless you have a double boiler, you will need to rig one up. This keeps the chocolate from burning, and heating unevenly.

Put a smaller pan inside a larger pan of water, if your pans have handles, place a suitable spoon, shot glass, or other riser in the water under the smaller pan to help keep the contraption level.

Break up your chocolate and put some in the smaller pan, and turn the heat on to medium (avoid rolling boils, as it will spit water into your chocolate)

(NB: at this point we used Hershey's baking bar... which was described as "slightly sweet" -- we used the Ghiradelli to dip the Spam into later)

Step 3: Add/Prepare Additional Ingredients

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While the chocolate is melting, be sure to stir it often.

Place finely chopped nuts (both walnuts and pecans were used), on a foil-lined tray to be toasted -- we used the toaster oven for this.

When slightly bittersweet chocolate is almost melted, add some maple syrup and some brown sugar.

Stir until homogeneous.

Step 4: It Puts the Bacon in the Chocolate...

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If you have vegetarian friends, do the facon first.... or set up two double boilers. (and for the record, the facon isn't too bad!)

Facon is notoriously fragile, so, I would recomend laying the piece on the chocolate, and then flipping it over gently.

Bacon is a little more resilient, if not cooked to an uber crisp. You can more emphatically dip these pieces vertically.

I've found that it was received well to leave a bit of the meat sticking out of the chocolate, just so people know what they were getting into. It was also easier and quicker... but a full dip preserves mystery -- which may be a desirable quality.


Step 5: Awww, NUTS!

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Remove each piece from the chocolate and place it in a bowl of nuts, and roll it around before transferring it to a foil lined plate.

Step 6: Freeze!

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We labeled ours, since we did both bacon and facon.

Then move the whole plate to the freezer for about an hour. This hardens the chocolate -- otherwise it would remain gooey at room temperature.

Step 7: Chocolate Dipped Spam!

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We had a *ton* of chocolate left, so we had to find other things to dip.

We found a can of spam up in the upper cupboards, and cooked that up... the thinner sliced, and crispier the better! in fact if it is cut as show, it will taste like chocolate dipped cat-food. Then thin and crispy, its not so bad.

The Spam was fragile, so we spooned the chocolate onto it and handled it delicately. If it were thin and crisp, it would be very resilient.

Step 8: Dregs Bacon Brittle!

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In addition to still having more chocolate, we also had a lot of bacon, but a limited amount of time, so we
-baked the bacon to an uber crisp into a "brick" on a foil covered cookie-tray.

-cooled it on paper towels, to wick away extra grease.

-poured all the remaining chocolate over it.

-sprinkled all the remaining nuts over it.

-froze the tray and then cut into squares to serve.

Step 9: Find Guinea Pigs...

...I mean tasters.

Roommates work well. He was suitably horrified. But his palate is not sophisticated.

I tasted each one, the quality of the chocolate *really* does matter here. Also white sugar and molasses is not as tasty as brown sugar.

Then bring to a party and foist the chocolate bacon off on your friends and foist the chocolate spam off on your enemies! voila!

Comments

Very Keri (author)2008-03-06

I'm going to go on record and say that while I like a lot of Morning Star's products, I absolutely will not ever again eat those dog biscuits they call bacon strips. (not even covered in chocolate) As for the whole thing, I wouldn't touch this with a ten foot pole, but I would be a negligent wife if I didn't show this recipe to my husband. It's nothing personal, I wouldn't eat his deep fried Oreos either. :P A+ for creativity!

rtanner (author)Very Keri2011-05-01

I love Morning Star too, but man I feel ya. They're bacon just isn't as good. Now their chicken nuggets are pretty good, you know, for being fake. Nothing beats the real meat though. XD

Batness (author)Very Keri2010-10-12

I absolutely LOVE Morning Star "bacon" strips as well as Worthington's "Stripples." These are delicious when crisped! They don't taste like BACON from pig, but they are so tasty. I especially like them crumbled in salads.

golden snake (author)Very Keri2008-03-27

deep fried oreo's?!?! BLEUGH!!!!

Very Keri (author)golden snake2008-03-27

lol! yeah. they're dipped in pancake batter, then deep fried. it doesn't smell bad, but I won' t touch them. i prefer my arteries unclogged. :P

Whiplash girlchild (author)2008-04-02

On a slow day at the library what else is there to do but torture ourselves with gross food and so yes my supervisor had some chocolate bacon that a friend gave him and yes we all ate it and I had that horrible taste in my mouth for the rest of the day. Such travesty on chocolate. I don't even like bacon!

Maybe you didn't like chocolate-dipped bacon because you don't like bacon. :) People have different tastes and palates, so maybe it's delicious to some people.

Phoghat (author)2010-08-25

In the mega mart by me, they not only have real slab bacon cut to order, but also packaged slab bacon in 1 1/2 lb packages cut a little less than a quarter inch thick. These are the only two types I buy (the real slab bacon is slightly better). When I want to make a lot it goes on a rack on a cookie sheet into the oven at 400 F. After about 8-10 minutes watch closely for your desired degree of doneness.

Punkguyta (author)2008-05-08

Let me guess..you eat raw ground hamburgar?

haptotrope (author)Punkguyta2008-05-08

oh geezis no. I put cooked bacon in chocolate. way different than evoking the "undercooked foods warning" in my kitchen.

Punkguyta (author)haptotrope2008-05-18

I know someone who's father used to eat raw or nearly raw liver, like he'd sear it in the pan for like 2 minutes.

Phoghat (author)Punkguyta2010-08-25

With some fava beans and a nice Chianti

Tobita (author)Punkguyta2008-05-23

i eat steamed lamb liver with bread sometimes:)

Punkguyta (author)Tobita2008-06-21

Eck.. Steamed? I barely even like lamb to begin with, I'm not sure if that's how it's sposed to taste or if it's actually lamb fur I taste (I know it's all in my head, but it has a different taste to it doesn't it?)

Tobita (author)Punkguyta2008-06-22

yeah, lamb tastes differently than erm... what's the baby lamb?

The KNex Weasel (author)2010-03-27

Can this work with turkey bacon as well as pork?

I don't see why not?  The goal is greasy-salty +sweet -- which pork bacon excels at.... but we had decent luck with veggie bacon and spam... if it is in your ethics/budget to compare/contrast, I'd love to hear your field report. :-)

cm4bleenmb64 (author)2010-02-25

Bacon is meat candy. :)

IdahoDavid (author)2008-03-05

Strangely appealing.

haptotrope (author)IdahoDavid2008-03-05

it Is actually tasty... especially for the afficionados of the "sweet+ salty" combination.

Very Keri (author)haptotrope2008-03-06

mmm chocolate covered potato chips...

HI! (author)Very Keri2010-01-11

Those are okay...but much better appart

haptotrope (author)Very Keri2008-03-14

I wonder if... witht he suitable brand, you could, theoretically exhcange the "healthful nut" portion of this recipie, and exchange it for an un-subtle rolling in crushed potato chips. hmmm.

Father Christmas (author)2009-02-23

for some unknown reason this has an irresistibly satisfying look about it.

eugene2x (author)2009-02-02

This is like putting ketchup on gelatin... It's disgusting!

Fredrick_chilton (author)2008-08-10

Oh man! I haven't made chocolate covered bacon for over a year! I went vegetarian, and sulked every time I passed bacon in the store. We used to make an event of it, like polish families make perogies. If you start making them you have to make A LOT, and the whole family gets involved. Some things I learned along the way: 1) A closely watched broiler can make 3/4 of a package of bacon at once. 2) Don't forget the the tray of grease in the broiler 3) Waking up from a nap to "THE KITCHEN'S ON FIRE!!!" is not fun 4) You'll never understand why it seems logical to your father to pull the broiler open when there's a raging grease fire occurring in it 5) Don't pour water on a grease fire, because grease floats on top of water. Water on a grease fire makes it splatter and spread wider, and it causes 1st through 3rd degree burns **6) There's one thing better than chocobacon, and that's chocobacon that has sat in the fridge for 4 days, then left out to come to room temp. You could probably play with that 4 day time span ***7) Cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato, and a double helping of that 4 day old chocobacon is dreamy. I'll have to try it with facon, because vegetarianism kind of thwarts the whole bacon thing. Thanks for rekindling my chocolate covered heart attack cravings :D

Lithium Rain (author)2008-05-30

DESGUSTING!!

Adkit (author)2008-03-31

I'm sure this is kind of slightly tasty almost, a bit...but seriously...it's so tempting to make an "only in america" comment on dipping bacon in chocolate. because I dont even think that'd be legal in sweden. x.x

PKM (author)Adkit2008-05-09

You've clearly never been to Scotland. I'm sorry Scotland, I like you as a country but once you deep fry pizza and mars bars we are unlikely to forget. I... I'm not sure words can properly express this, but all the way through reading this Instructable I had a continual sort of low-grade feeling of horror. Like the "you think you've just seen a fatal car accident but aren't quite sure" or "you realised you have to get the last bus home on a saturday night with the drunks and have lots of cash on you" feeling. Perhaps it is one of those odd combinations that really works but sounds like a horrible atrocity, like spinach and milk, but I can't imagine meat and chocolate going well together. Maybe I'm scarred after having to eat a failed dark chocolate and beef stew to appease a friend's parents...

Cheesy.... (author)2008-03-30

Lol. The first thing that popped into my head after reading the first line was "bacon cupcakes". I believe I may try it...

golden snake (author)2008-03-27

hey umm just don't eat a lot eat it in moderation
because think ,bacon+chocolate+nuts=LOTS OF FAT also
LOTS of bacon+LOTS of chocolate+LOTS of nuts=an extra 50 pounds
probably tastes good though

Emankcin (author)2008-03-15

I made this yesterday, and I must say I was quite impressed. So were my family and friends, who I used as guinea pigs, and didn't tell them what it was until after they ate it!!! Next time, I may tweak it by adding a bit of bourbon!!!

haptotrope (author)Emankcin2008-03-17

Woo~ you made it -- and I know it takes some trickery and encouragement to get people to try it... but it *really* does taste good! Bourbon is brilliant... tho it may want to cook off too quickly to be noticeable. Maybe if you "marinade" the bacon in the bourbon? Or soaked the bourbon in brown sugar, and rolled the chocolate dipped bacon in bourbon sugar.

bgugi (author)2008-03-05

it seems nobody has thought of the prayer of homer jay simpson:

"Dear lord, as I think of you dressed in white with your splendid beard, I am reminded of Colonel Sanders, who is now seated at your right hand, shoveling popcorn chicken into thy mouth. Lord, could you come up with a delicious news taste treat like he did? I command you."

electronicfreak22 (author)bgugi2008-03-14

Haha! as soon as I saw this instructables I thought of that episode

rudolph (author)2008-03-06

I can feel my arteries hardening just by looking at the pictures. Hmmm... I just happen to have leftover bacon from dinner tonight...

nuclearscience (author)2008-03-06

Mmmmmm.... that looks tasty good

CementTruck (author)2008-03-06

Bacon Blasphemy!

palager (author)2008-03-05

interesting... i am seeing bacon infused desserts everywhere now; chocolate chip cookies with bacon, banana bread with bacon, etc i may actually try this... though i think for starters i will just use hershey's syrup... and maybe subbing scrapple or black pudding for spam

haptotrope (author)palager2008-03-05

I would avoid hershey syrup... it may be *too* saccharine sweet... as opposed to brown sugar and real maple syrup sweet...

You can probably do a smaller quantity by simply cutting the scrapple/pudding into "chip sized pieces" and then melting some good chocolate (maybe even a 70+%cacao?) in a double boiler/microwave and spooning it over each piece and then freezing... all the bang, not so much production value. :-)

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-05

Yum! That looks delicious! Great job, I really want to try this out, they look good. Nice job!

haptotrope (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-05

Thanks! the nuts really made the handling easier too! Report back with variations!

kiwi20 (author)2008-03-05

next thing you know, there's gonna be bacon ice cream!!!! Nice instructable ("instructabacon" that is!) (okay, "instructabacon" is pretty lame, I just realized.........

haptotrope (author)kiwi202008-03-05

there already is bacon ice cream.. you can even google it! -- like I said, bacon is the new cupcake! :-) tasty ubiquity!

cprocjr (author)2008-03-05

Looks great. i love bacon and chocolate. i once ate 70 pieces of bacon in a day.

Emankcin (author)2008-03-05

A new way to clog my arteries? I'm in!!!

Babyshoes (author)2008-03-05

Hmmmm. I am intrigued, but I don't think I am intrigued enough to actually try it!

haptotrope (author)Babyshoes2008-03-05

have a friend throw a chocolate party... or conversely a bacon party. Then you will have all the motivation you will need!

rickyd! (author)2008-03-05

spam + chocolate = GROSS

haptotrope (author)rickyd!2008-03-05

Cut thinly and fried it to an uber crisp, and its not too bad! Seriously! Though cooked as shown, and you are asking for a world of hurt.... or at least a bad taste in your mouth.

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