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11 Already Great Foods That Get Infinitely Better With Bacon

Bacon is everywhere, and we couldn’t be happier. From donuts to mac and cheese, the best meat in the whole wide world has become a staple in certain recipes. But we’ve decided to switch our focus to the bizarre and unusual bacon combos that will have you scratching your head before you start licking your lips.


Bacon Cup Salads


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I mean, if you’re going to punish your taste buds by eating something green, you’ll need to augment that flavor with bacon bits, anyway. Weaving bacon together to form handy cups, you can portion out miniature salads into handheld, half-healthy, half-delicious morsels.


Bacon Taco Shells


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If there’s one major area of the hard taco that needed improvement, it was definitely the shell. Using the same weaving technique described above, you’ll essentially have a deconstructed bacon cheeseburger at the ready.


Bacon Brownies


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Sweet and savory is a classic combo, and it works best if the savory component is bacon. With a caramel brownie center that’s also overflowing with bacon shards, you’ll have breakfast for dessert with this tasty tandem.


Chocolate Dipped Bacon


Photo: Sweet Jumbles

What was I just saying about sweet and savory? This is the most elemental version of the equation, and works especially well with a dark chocolate. Bite into the bacon a little bit, let the chocolate melt in your mouth, and then cry because life is beautiful.


Bacon Mozzarella Sticks


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We already love cheese sticks, but this goes the extra mile by encasing them in bacon instead of breadcrumbs. The end result is all of your ooey-gooey, crispy-crunchy dreams coming true. We just don’t know if you’re supposed to dip it in marinara, maple syrup or inhale them like fresh air after being underwater for too long.


Apple Pie w/ Bacon Lattice


Photo: Loveless Cafe

Back to bacon weaving. Add a crunchy dynamic to your grandmother’s apple pie by putting a crispy bacon lattice on top of that bad boy. A healthy dose of brown sugar will candy the bacon and make for another dessert-breakfast mashup masterpiece.


Maple Bacon Kettle Corn


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Popcorn is one of the few foods that remains relatively un-bacon-ified because, well, where do you put it? Thankfully, someone realized you could make kettle corn with maple instead of corn syrup and this bacon bits crossbreed followed shortly thereafter.


Bacon S’mores


Photo: Farmland Bacon Club

If you really want to win over the campfire crowd, add a little pig to your pow-wow. Using a bacon-chocolate bar (or just a couple bacon slices if you’ve got them handy) and get ready for your new camping tradition.


Bacon and Granny Smith Apple Grilled Cheese


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This is really more about the realization that granny smith apples and cheddar cheese are a super classic combo, and it’s a shame that more people aren’t offering this grilled cheese variant. But, of course, bacon makes this tandem even better.


Bacon Wrapped Dates


Photo: Diane A. Broad

No, we’re not talking about cannibalizing someone you’re going out with. Pit some dates (everyone’s favorite Mediterranean fruit), stuff it with a sweet goat cheese or an almond, wrap in a half a slice of bacon and bake. You’re welcome, you heartless monster.


Bacon-flavored Vodka


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If you’re looking for a saltier, smokier way to get your drink on, why not try bacon infused vodka? Try using this pork-flavored spirit to cut your maple syrup, which will help you suffer through your horrible family breakfast time. You’ll squeal like a pig as they drain your liver.

By Zack Hillman

Zack Hillman considers Liz Lemon to be his spirit animal, since he also waits until they throw out yesterday's donuts. After graduting with a creative writing degree, he began writing professionally, sometimes for money. He is composed of anywhere between 0-35% chili cheese fries, depending on the day.

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