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Thursday, August 09, 2007

And now they've thought of everything

Once upon a time, I couldn't resist a good piece of bacon. It's the hardest meat for me to resist.
I once (and only once) made a recipe that my co-workers labeled "bacon pie." A French dish, it was quite simple: bacon layered in a spiral in a cast-iron skillet, topped with thinly sliced, buttery Yukon Gold potatoes and topped with nutty Gruyere cheese. A heart attack in a skillet.
Rich, crispy, smoky... bacon is just so decadent. The flavors meld so well with just about anything: lettuce, tomato and avocado on a sandwich; eggs and pancakes at breakfast; deep milk chocolate! Deep milk chocolate? With bacon?
This little blurb appeared in my inbox this morning, in a
Daily Candy newsletter.

Bacon Exotic Candy Bar
What: The idyllic combination of savory and
sweet as
Applewood smoked bacon meets milk chocolate.
Why: Bring home the
Where: Online at
I checked out the Web site. It's no joke: Applewood smoked bacon + Alder smoked salt + deep milk chocolate, the site boasts.
There are some other fun, exotic bars, too: ginger + wasabi + black sesame seeds + dark chocolate; Tibetan goji berries + pink Himalayan salt + deep milk chocolate; sweet Indian curry powder + coconut flakes + deep milk chocolate; Mexican ancho and chipotle chili peppers + Ceylon cinnamon + dark chocolate.
They sound rather interesting, and they cost about $7 each. As far as I can tell, you can only buy
online. (Blogger is being persnickety, and I can't load a pic this morning. I'll try later.)


at 11:14 AM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Bacon-not kosher. Bacon combined with dairy--I can't even begin to tell you what is wrong with this. Crazy goyim!

at 2:32 PM Blogger Julie Gaw said...

I'm pretty sure you can get them at Marble Hill in O'Bryonville.
I picked up one of the spicy chocs there last year. Very interesting!!!

at 2:55 PM Blogger Matt Morris said...

at the tapas bar called Tia Pol on the edge of Chelsea in new york, they have these little bites of chorizo with hazlenut chocolate spread across it. i actually found the combination really thrilling, and this reminds me of it.

on a recent summer evening over at Honey on northside, i had a dish that featured new york strip with a coffee/cocoa reduction across it.

i think i might try this bacon/choc. bar...
thanks for sharing about it.

at 3:00 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Chocolate really does pair quite well with rich, salty and savory flavors. And if you add a bit of heat to the equation - like some chilies - you've won me over...

So you're digging the chorizo and Nutella, huh, Matt? Sounds sinful. And by sinful I mean delish!

at 2:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

my sister brought me the bacon/choc bar from chicago. it totally works. it's heavenly and a dream for those who love/need the salty and sweet combo.

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