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Bacon Sundae: Horror Or Hurray?

The newest product of the bacon craze comes from Burger King, but it has nothing to do with burgers.


Photo: Taco R. (Flickr)

Just add bacon.

It wasn’t long ago the Burger King teamed up with Quaker Oats man to project a healthier vibe, but now the chain is test-marketing a bacon sundae, you have to wonder if all that’s gone right out the window.

Not surprisingly, reactions to the sweet and salty fusion desert have been mixed. While die-hard cured meat aficionados are celebrating, many health and nutrition buffs are a little horrified to see so much fat, cholesterol and sugar all in one place.

Not The First, And Probably Not The Last

Of course, Burger King isn’t the first fast-food restaurant to introduce a bacon-related desert. Jack in the Box began selling a bacon-flavored milkshake using artificial bacon flavoring earlier this year.

The Burger King sundae, however, boasts real strips of bacon alongside vanilla ice cream and chocolate and caramel syrups.

In other taste-bud pleasing but artery-clogging news, Pizza Hut has introduced a pizza with a hot dog in the crust. (Unfortunately for U.S. hot doggers, the pizza is only available in the U.K.)

Coming Up:

Having serious bacon cravings? Read the next installment in our three-part series on the crispy delicacy to see why giving in to temptation might not be such a good idea.

Read More:

  • The Bacon Sundae: Brilliant Or Tragic? (NPR)
  • A Glutton’s Delight: Burger King Testing New Bacon Sundae (TIME)
  • First it was Pizza Hut’s hot dog-stuffed crust. now there’s Burger King’s Bacon Sundae: How many calories can fast food lovers take? (The Daily Mail)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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