Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Ultimate Salty-Sweet Combination

Like every bacon enthusiast, I fantasized about tasting the ultimate salty-sweet combination of bacon and chocolate. So, instead of jumping into a car and heading to a specialty food vendor at the Boca Raton Mall that makes the pork-chocolate treat, I decided to experiment with my own variation. 

The process is reasonably uncomplicated; and, most importantly, it involves simple ingredients and an even a simpler cooking method. The result is an extraordinarily delicious dessert with a rich, delicate balance of sugar, butter and smoke: scrumptious, homemade chocolate-covered bacon is the ultimate eats!


8-10 slices thick cut, best-quality bacon
16 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 TSP of sweet butter
1 TSP of pure vanilla extract
(combine all ingredients)

  1. Preheat the oven to 355°F.
  2. Place the bacon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven, until bacon is cooked to your liking: about 20 minutes for crispy bacon.
  3. Let bacon cool on the parchment paper for 10 minutes then transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. Meanwhile set up a double boiler. Heat a large saucepan filled with water over high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  5. Set a heat-proof bowl over the simmering water. Add the chocolate chips and stir with a fork until smooth and completely melted.
  6. Cover another baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Using tongs, carefully dip the bacon into the melted chocolate turning to coat all sides in chocolate. Transfer to the clean sheet of waiting parchment paper. Repeat with remaining slices of bacon.
  8. Refrigerate until chocolate is hard. ENJOY!