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Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are Testing New Candied Bacon Menu Items

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are tapping into the legendary flavor duo of sweet and savory this holiday season with a lineup of test menu items centered around candied bacon.

The Candied Bacon Lineup features the following new menu items:

  • Candied Bacon Biscuit with Fried Egg: A buttermilk biscuit topped with Applewood-smoked candied bacon — made in-house and coated with caramelized brown sugar and pepper — American cheese, and a freshly cracked fried egg.   
  • Candied Bacon Angus Thickburger: A 1/3 lb. 100% Angus charbroiled beef patty topped with four strips of crispy candied bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and mild garlic mayo served on a toasted potato bun. 
  • Candied Bacon Snack Pack: Applewood-smoked candied bacon made in-house, coated with caramelized brown sugar and pepper, loaded into a portable pack for on-the-go snacking.

Bacon fiends can descend upon select Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s locations in Bakersfield, California, Champaign-Springfield, Illinois and Dothan, Alabama.


Watch This Chef Turn Pumpkins And Cinnamon Rolls Into Thanksgiving Magic

Food always seems to bring people together in wonderful ways, whether they be via tasty recipe exchanges, choice dining recommendations, or helpful cooking tips—the global food community grows every single day! One of the latest and greatest additions to this community is the TODAY Food Club (TFC), an online network on that unites the TODAY family, chefs, and home cooks everywhere by sharing creative meal ideas and plans, recipes, “hacks,” and beyond, all for the sake of great eating.

To celebrate the launch, they’ve posed two open challenges for members—and you know Foodbeast loves a good challenge. That’s why our very own Foodbeast Chef Ashley “Guzie” Guzman has taken her mother’s recipe for sticky buns and added her own personal touch for TFC’s Family Favorites challenge.

Growing up, Guzie’s family would enjoy sweet and sticky cinnamon rolls every year around the holidays like Thanksgiving. Now as a pastry chef, she was inspired to combine the family favorite with flavors of pumpkin purée and glorious, brown sugar-coated bacon bits to create amazingly delicious Pumpkin And Candied Bacon Sticky Buns! You bet she’s made her mama proud. See the recipe below.

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Ashley Guzman’s Pumpkin & Candied Bacon Sticky Buns

1 can pre-made cinnamon roll dough

1 medium pumpkin

Vegetable oil

Pumpkin spices (Nutmeg, Allspice, Cinnamon, Ginger)

Whole milk


Brown sugar

Powdered sugar


1)   Preheat oven to 350F.

2)   Slice pumpkin in half. Remove seeds and pulp and reserve for another use.  Coat inside and outside of pumpkin lightly with vegetable oil. Place pumpkin halves on sheet tray, with the hollow sides face-down. Oven bake in 15-minute increments, rotating pan at each interval. When pumpkin can easily be pierced with a fork, remove and let cool.

3)   While pumpkin is cooling, line bacon on a sheet tray and sprinkle brown sugar evenly on each slice. Bake in oven until bacon is crispy and sugar has caramelized.  

4)   Remove bacon from oven, reserve fat drippings, and set aside.  Allow bacon to cool. Once bacon has cooled, chop into bite-size pieces (about 1cm wide).

5)   Once pumpkin is cool to touch, use a spoon to scoop the flesh away from the outer skin. Season with pumpkin spices and purée in a food processor.  To loosen the flesh, add milk to the purée ¼ cup at a time until it is loose enough to move within the food processor, but still thick enough to hold shape.

6)  Release cinnamon roll dough from its can and roll out onto a clean surface.

7)  Using a spoon or offset spatula, spread pumpkin purée evenly onto the dough.

8)  Sprinkle a portion of the candied bacon on top of the pumpkin purée, but make sure to reserve enough to top the finished rolls.

9)   Re-roll the cinnamon dough to make the buns, and line them up side by side in a baking dish. Bake as directed in the packaging instructions.

10)   While sticky buns are baking, whisk together the powdered sugar and enough milk in a bowl to make a thick paste, which will be a frosting to top the sticky buns.  Add enough bacon fat to make the mixture the texture of glue and whisk until shiny and smooth. Reserve.

11)   Once buns are finished baking, remove from oven and cover with the bacon frosting mixture while they are still warm. Top with reserved bacon pieces.

12)   Allow to cool. When ready to serve, warm in oven or microwave and enjoy!


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How to Make Your Own Fast Food Waffle Tacos with Egg Icing and Candied Bacon

This post comes from our partner site, Popsugar

While Taco Bell’s new waffle taco’s have been knocked for being too limp and soggy (surprise!), it still packs that addicting fast food flavor the deep recesses of our hearts secretly enjoy. For those wanting to bring that taste at home — because yes you do, you know you do — we teamed up with Pop Sugar to find three different ways to upgrade Taco Bell’s sausage and bacon waffle taco.

Think egg icing, candied bacon and sage rosemary sausage. Egg. Icing. On your waffle taco. We just can’t right now. Seriously, give us a moment.


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Candied Bacon Cayenne Snickerdoodles

Do you sit around with your friends and have conversations about bacon? I do. And it was during one of these riveting chats that I realized I couldn’t remember the last time I had baked something with the beloved pig byproduct. Now that’s shameful.

I already had plans to bake some Cayenne Snickerdoodles (using an ATK recipe and adding cayenne) and decided that they would be a perfect vehicle in which to house the hog.

Bacon makes everything better. But what makes bacon better? Brown sugar. So it was only natural for these cookies to evolve into the awesomeness that I’m about to lay before you.

Candied Bacon Cayenne Snickerdoodles


– 1 3/4c sugar, divided
– 1T cinnamon
– 1/4t cayenne, heaping
– 2 1/2c flour
– 2t cream of tarter
– 1t baking soda
– 1/2t salt
– 8T ( 1 stick) butter, softened
– 1/2c shortening
– 2 eggs
– 8oz+ candied bacon (dredge bacon in brown sugar and cook)


1. Cook, cool and crumble your bacon.
2. Preheat oven to 375F and line parchment paper.
3. Combine 1/4c sugar, cinnamon and cayenne in a small bowl. Set aside.
4. Whisk together flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt.
5. Beat butter, shortening and remaining 1 1/2c sugar on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy (2 to 3 min).
6. Add in eggs on low speed.
7. Also at low speed, mix in flour mixture. Then stir in your candied bacon crumbs by hand.
8. Roll 2T of dough into a ball and roll in that spicy cinnamon sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Concept: Awesome! (I think one of my friends consumed four in a matter of minutes.) Execution: Could use a slight adjustment, which I’ve already included in the recipe.

Personally, I don’t think the cayenne was pronounced enough. I only used 1/4t, which is why I say in the recipe to “heap.” I don’t know if 1/2t would ratchet up the heat too much, but 1/4t of cayenne didn’t pack the punch I was looking for. Also, I only used 8oz of candied bacon; feel free to use more!

Food Trucks

Chunk-n-Chip Cookie Truck Reveals an “Elvis” Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

The gourmet traveling cookie slangers of the Chunk-N-Chip cookie truck recently unveiled their Elvis Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich, an award winning food porn piece of art. The sandwich features two exquisite peanut butter cookies as the bread, filled with banana foster ice cream and a serious dosage of warm candied applewood smoked bacon.

Chunk-N-Chip won the Best of the Fest award in the Sweets category at yesterday’s OC Foodie Fest for this crazy recipe. Claudia Gonzalez from the Chunk-N-Chip team tells us that, “the bacon has a bit of a kick to it.

Look for it on their truck in the coming weeks, and here’s a few more looks:




Candied Bacon Sticky Toffee Puddings

Inspired by Denny’s Bacon Menu, food blogger Lindsey put her best foot forward to make a dessert with her own style and flair, resulting in these amazing looking Candied Bacon Sticky Toffee Pudding treats. Made with candied bacon stuck in a sticky toffee pudding batter, drenched in toffee sauce and topped with more chopped candied bacon, bacon foodbeasts across the world are rejoicing. Seriously.

Cravings Recipes Sweets

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Ganache and Candied Bacon

My mouth is salivating at the mere sight of these glorious cupcakes. A mixture of dark and white chocolate alongside candied bacon will definitely not disappoint! The base of these cupcakes starts off with a dark chocolate cupcake which is then topped with a white chocolate ganache (both melt in your mouth). As if that wasn’t enough, they are then topped with cinnamon sugared bacon. Get a better look at this masterpiece after the jump!


Candied Bacon Fudge

Anything thing with the word bacon and some kind of chocolate concoction always sound good to me. And this is not an exception to that! Check out this recipe and make some bacon fudge for yourself.