The Bacon Trend is Here to Stay

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I think it’s safe to say that the whole bacon craze is going to stick around whether you like it or not. Five years ago, GrubStreet was one of the first (at the time) to complain about the whole bacon madness. Here we are, years later, still moaning and groaning about our favorite breakfast meat when it shows up in on a plate with scallops or something. It’s time to accept the fact that bacon isn’t just bacon anymore. It’s bacon with _____.  If that concept is hard to grasp, think about people who get hitched. A married woman isn’t just Sally anymore. She becomes a “we.” A pair. A unit.

This has all just been a long introduction to say that the rumors are true. Burger King has added a new bacon sundae to its summer-special menu, and it’s only a whopping 510-calories, which is really nothing compared to those bacon milkshakes from Jack in the Box. The sundae comes with a bacon slice with bacon crumbles on top of fudge, caramel, and vanilla ice cream. People who call themselves foodies might be tempted to stick their noses up in the air at this announcement, but NPR published a really intelligent piece on how the Internet buzz over this trendy meat is shaping the bacon narrative.

“I come not to praise the Burger King bacon sundae, nor to bury it. I come merely to point out that sometimes, the particular flavor of contempt with which you choose to address something is as important as the contempt itself,” writes Linda Holmes.

She makes a good point. Who cares whether the bacon trend is so 2007 or not? What matters is whether or not food tastes good. Trends be darned.


  • Brandon

    Saying the bacon trend is dead is like saying Rock ‘n Roll is dead. Neither will never not be awesome. Long live bacon.

  • Bruce

    Bacon will ALWAYS be the gateway meat

  • van

    Broccoli is the new bacon. This is from a former bacon lover. Haven’t touched bacon in over 2 years, but the first few months converting to broccoli, brussel sprouts and califlower are the toughest. Now, I don’t have the slightest craving for bacon.

  • Bruce

    I like bacon with brussel sprouts. Pancetta preferably

  • FarmerGirl

    Brilliant piece , Carol.

  • I am offended that there are online publications saying that the whole bacon trend is over. There are new bacon products coming out every day. There continues to be legion of bacon devotees everywhere, they have not gone underground yet.

  • Carol, I’ve teamed up with Henry Gentry of Henry’s Ice Cream to do a Jalapeno Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream to be featured on the new FnG Eats Menu in a “Taste Coaster in the Amazement Park” banana split along side Henry’s Girl Scout Cookie Ice Creams. Of course the cookie had to come before the ice cream and it is AWESOME!