Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bacon Makes Everything Better...............Now I Believe it!

I stumbled upon a recipe for fudge with bacon and immediately KNEW I had to make it.  I mean it has BACON, CHOCOLATE, and they could be eaten at the same time!  This is so delicious, even my preschooler asks for more. 
I tweaked this recipe just a bit.  Plus, I'm stubborn and don't own a candy thermometer so by default I had to guess how long the cooking time should be, but it worked.  It can for you, too.
You'll need:
1/2 pound of good smoked bacon
1 tbsp real maple syrup
2 1 oz squares of unsweetened chocolate (I like Baker's brand)
3/4 cup milk
2 cups of white sugar
3 tbsp butter, sliced
2 tbsp vanilla extract
  1. Cook bacon until crisp, crumble into a small bowl, add the maple syrup, and toss to glaze the bacon.  Set aside.
  2. Stir milk and chocolate in a large saucepan over low heat until chocolate melts and mixture is thoroughly combined, 2 to 3 minutes; stir in sugar all at once. Whisk mixture, trying to clean the sides of pan as much as possible.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer inserted into the middle of the fudge reads 236 to 238 degrees F (110 to 115 degrees C), or candy forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water. *This process could take 30-40 minutes.  Remove from heat as soon as candy hits the correct temperature and stir in glazed bacon, reserving 1/8 cup for the top (optional).
  4. Place butter squares onto fudge mixture and pour vanilla extract over the top. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and coat with butter or vegetable oil spray. When fudge has cooled for 10 minutes, stir in the butter and vanilla extract thoroughly & pour into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle the reserved bacon on top and gently press it into the fudge.
  6. Refrigerate for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Cut into small bite-sized pieces to serve.
You won't believe how good this is. 

If you're a fan of salty & sweet food combinations, do not hesitate and make this immediately.  It might become your newest favorite, and this would make a fantastic addition to Christmas trays.  It's not too early to think about it!





  1. I keep seeing bacon & chocolate recipes. I've never tried it but I think you just convinced me to give it a whirl!


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