Does Bacon Make Everything Taste Better?
Valentine’s day is a great opportunity to test the theory that bacon makes everything taste better. Even chocolate covered strawberries? Let’s test the theory again by sprinkling crumbled bacon atop the ubiquitous chocolate covered strawberry. Some may ask, how do you improve upon perfection? To that we simply answer: Bacon!
- 8 ounces dark or milk chocolate chips
- 1 Tbs shortening
- 4 slices of gourmet bacon , cooked and then crumbled
- Wax paper lined baking sheet
Wash and dry the strawberries. Of utmost importance is that all the strawberries are completely dry, including the leaves. If the berries are not dry the melted chocolate will not stick. If water is introduced to the chocolate mixture the consistency will be off.
Cook the bacon and be careful not to burn it. Allow to cool then chop it into small crumbles. We used Bacon Freak's Boss Hog Hickory Smoked Country Bacon for its distinctive smoky and salty flavor.
Melt the chocolate in a hot water bath by putting a heat-safe bowl in a pan with water. The water should rise about halfway up the bowl. Add the chocolate and shortening, and begin heating the water and stirring the chocolate and shortening frequently until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
Holding the dry strawberry by the green leaves, dip the berry into the chocolate until the berry is about halfway immersed in the melted chocolate, then remove the berry and allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the melted chocolate mixture. Place the chocolate covered berry onto the wax paper lined baking sheet and sprinkle with the crumbled bacon. Allow chocolate to set, about 30 minutes, then place berries in airtight container and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Our conclusion is that we’ve proven the theory, yet again. Adding crunch to the chocolate covered berry is good, most noteworthy, however, is the salty tempering of the sweet berry and chocolate. The slightly smoky aroma gives a hint of what’s to come. Being a fan of the chocolate covered anything, I was skeptical that this chocolate covered delight could be better. The mixing of the salty, sweet and crunchy simply adds a new dimension to this old favorite. I can’t wait to try different bacon flavors as the crumbles, like Orville’s Apple Pie Bacon or Maple Cinnamon Smoked Bacon.
Try it this Valentine’s Day, we think you’ll agree. Leave a comment and let us know your opinion after tasting.