In addition to the Labor Day festivities we hope you’ll kick-start this holiday weekend, tomorrow is also International Bacon Day! Mmmmm!
To celebrate, we’re sharing some of the strangest bacon-flavored foods we could find, as well as sharing some trivia about bacon to impress your fellow foodies over brunch.
Bacon has been making people say Mmmm for Millennia.
The Chinese began preserving and salting pork bellies around 1500 BC! The Ancient Greeks and Romans were known to enjoy salted pork, too.
The BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Sandwich took off after WWII.
Supermarkets expanded after the war, allowing more people to get fresh lettuce and tomatoes year-round.
Over 2 billion pounds of bacon are made in the US every year.
The average American consumes 18 pounds of bacon each year. 70% of bacon is eaten at breakfast—a key component of the most important meal of the day.
Thomas Jefferson was a fan of bacon.
He’s quoted as saying, “I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family, and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post.”
Bacon helps promote healthy pregnancies.
Pregnant women who eat bacon can help boost their babies’ brain function thanks to the nutrient choline found in bacon (as well as other foods like eggs and cruciferous veggies) that helps support neurological development.
Here are some of the strangest bacon products you can try for yourself:
Vosges Bacon Chocolate Flying Chocolate Pig
Who says you have to choose between bacon and chocolate? Not the gourmet chocolatiers at Vosges. This 45% cacao milk chocolate pig is filled with fruitwood smoked uncured bacon and Alderwood smoked salt for a smoky, savory intensity in rich, velvety texture.
Baconnaise: Make Everything Taste Like Bacon
This bacon-flavored spread works with anything you’d add mayo to—chicken salad, french fries, veggie dip, or even an extra-bacon-y BLT. Oddly enough, it’s both vegetarian and Kosher!
Bacon-y Freshness: Bacon-Flavored Toothpaste
If you love to start and end each day with the flavor of bacon, look no further than the smoky delight of Mr. Bacon’s Bacon Flavored Toothpaste. Promising to cure meat cravings while keeping your teeth healthy, this may be the perfect antidote to the cavities you risk getting from chowing down on the company’s Pop-Rocks-like sizzling bacon candy.
If your Bloody Mary recipe needs an extra kick of flavor, try using Bakon Vodka, an award-winning bacon-flavored liquor branded with the curious tagline: Pure. Refreshing. Bacon. Not recommended for use in Moscow Mules, Greyhounds, Screwdrivers, or—well, most any vodka cocktails, really.
Merry International Bacon Day to you and yours!
Have a restful Labor Day weekend, and Happy Foodie Friday!
And, of course, for something a little weird…
In a blog post that includes many weird items, we’ve saved perhaps the best for last: a sculpture of Kevin Bacon made out of Bacon (though, let’s be honest—it looks more like the other 80s dance-movie icon, Patrick Swayze). Read about it here.
Also, check out this video of the world youngest bacon enthusiast thoroughly enjoying the crispy pork treat. Maybe his mom took the above advice and ate it while pregnant with him? Gotta start those young foodies on the right path from the start!
(Sources: The Nibble, YumBacon, Mental Floss, Entrepreneur)