You can't escape bacon. You can't even contain it.
J&D Foods, the company behind Bacon Salt and Baconnaise, is back with two new pork-inspired creations: Bacon Ranch dressing and Bacon popcorn.
Yum Sugar found the ranch dressing to be dip-worthy, while the flavor of the BaconPOP was neutralized by the microwave.
A recent interview with J&D Foods founders Justin Esch and Dave Lefkow showed that bacon is a booming business -- the start-up had $1.4 million in revenue in 2008. When asked what's next, Esch jokingly suggested bacon body spray or cologne. Considering the frenzy over Burger King's Flame promotional cologne, which smelled like a Whopper, that might not be that far off the mark.
If you're trying to lay off the ranch, you might want some bacon jam. Seattle's Skillet Street Food sells what is apparently a salty-sweet mix of bacon, carmellized onions and a healthy splash of vinegar, leaving you with the pleasant mouth feeling similar to the heat and sweet of chutney.
Although the idea of products with a bacon essence is clearly here to stay -- I'm thinking of Eddie Crane at The Drop developing bacon-infused vodka (here's a guide to making it on your own) -- I think we might start to see a push towards changing the bacon itself in 2010.
As to whether that manifests in the form of artisanal bacon or lower fat, genetically modified bacon, I have no doubt you'll hear about it as the bacon trend is now turning the corner on its third year.
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