Our lovely friends at Baconery are having a Tax Day Sale, just for us bacon lovers! So take those refund dollars and treat yourself to something special. Or, if you’re like me, drown your Tax Day sorrows in salty, chocolately bliss. Go to their website now and check out all the wonderous creations!

sale!

Looking for the zaniest of bacon products this lovely spring weekend? We’ve got you covered, and then some. This year is even better than last. Let’s begin with our friends at Green Works, a product I personally use and love. (This is not a paid endorsement, I’m just a fan.) I didn’t think their cleaners could get more delightful, but oh how wrong I was.

 

Dammit all, I want to jump on a trampoline with a piglet. For more information, check out the Green Works blog. Big ups to reader Elizabeth for this one!

Next we have a product for our faithful friend, the cat. Fresh Step is a trusted name in kitty litter, so of course they’re thinking of its users’ happiness and sensory pleasure. Litter is, after all, about covering the worst of odors. But why not go a step further, and make the litter box a boon to the whole household?

 

Want to learn more? Check out their website and find out how you can get involved in the campaign to make kitty litter tasty again. I know Naseem and her feline overlords have already placed their order.

And finally, no product round-up would be complete without a big surprise from our friends J&D at Bacon Salt. I love those guys. And this time they’ve really outdone themselves. For the person who wants to say, “Dear Bacon, you may have killed me, but I still love you,” we present the Bacon Coffin:

bacon coffin

This is the end all, be all. Literally. Couldn’t you just die? Okay, enough of that. Check out the full story at their blog. And thanks to my good friend and bacon enthusiast Genna for always being on the lookout.

We hope everyone is having a great weekend, full of fun surprises!

In case you were looking for something to do this weekend, and in case you happen to love motorcycles and bacon, we have an event for you! The First (and hopefully not last) Annual Bacon Run starts in San Diego and ends up right here in Santa Barbara’s backyard at the beautiful El Capitan campsite. If the Level 12 Biker Wizards are to be believed – and what could be more trustworthy than motorcycle nerds? - this event will have prizes, bacon, a jacuzzi, and biker dudes in skimpy thongs. Or something like that. I’ll probably have to go up there just to see what a real ‘olde tyme vintage motorbike clube’ looks like.

Thanks to the Chop Cult Forum for this important announcement.

This absolutely blows my mind. My good friends Chrissy and Smiley went to a taping of The Price is Right for their 4-year anniversary, because they are awesome like that. To my utter delight, Smiley was picked and yes, he was wearing the Bacon Freak shirt he won at Bacon Day 2008. Because we all know that a great t-shirt is the way to get picked on The Price is Right, and what could make better TV than a pig and a pithy phrase about bacon? Drew, of course, had plenty to say about it and, well, I won’t give away the end…

Blogging is hard work, you know? Eating bacon. Writing about eating bacon. Thinking about eating and writing about bacon. It wears on a girl.

We recently got a beautiful package in the mail from Leigh at Naughty Bits Brownies. And then we had to EAT BROWNIES. Geez. What more do you people want from us? And keep in mind that these were no ordinary brownies. These were Shiksa Bars, topped with maple-smoked bacon and bits of toffee. There was a lot of arm-twisting involved, but finally Naseem, Husband and I gathered round the table to fight over share these fudgy treats. All for your benefit, The Internet. You’re welcome.

The first thing we noticed about the individually wrapped brownies was their weight. These are some hefty squares; we were a little intimidated. The very next thing that drew us in was the amazing, chocolatey aroma. This is what you want your whole house to smell like all day, every day. Our taste buds started screaming for their turn. We decided, based on what we’d experienced so far, that we better split one. It turned out to be a smart decision.

I’ll start with our favorite thing, which was the incredibly rich, almost fudge-like density. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to brownies, but all three of us loved this one. Moist, super-chocolatey…better than eating my favorite candy bar. What’s not to love? And now here’s where our tastes diverge. I’m not a huge fan of frosting or extraneous toppings on my cookies, cakes, brownies, etc. (Ice cream doesn’t count as a topping, Husband! Ice cream lives on the side.) So as I was saying, I probably would have preferred the basic Man Catcher (a la mode). Naseem and Husband, on the other hand, loved the toffee and thought it enhanced the brownie experience. Who are we kidding…I didn’t exactly scrape it off mine.

Now for the thing we’re all here for: the bacon. Unfortunately, this was our least favorite feature. It had the extra-chewy consistency of bacon jerky, which hasn’t scored high marks with us either. I thought it also lacked the saltiness I was looking for. I completely get it; crispy cooked bacon doesn’t exactly have a long shelf-life. Finding just the right bacon product for retail sweets is no easy task. That said, the toffee pretty well dominated the topping region, keeping the bacon from being too troublesome. And it certainly didn’t stop us from completely devouring that baby. By the following mid-morning, all three brownies were gone. I’m not saying who ate them? I’m just saying…

Naughty Bits Brownies come in six different, unique flavors, and you can order them in cutely packaged boxes of 6 ($21) or 12 ($41). You can get all one style or mix and match…heck, try them all! I’m imagining each would fit just perfectly in the toe of a stocking.

Don’t forget to check out the Bacon Store for more stocking-stuffer ideas. It’s December 1st people! Those presents aren’t going to buy themselves!

We’ve recently updated the Royal Bacon Society Bacon Store with all kinds of new and awesome bacon products.  Here’s our top 10 picks for this holiday gift giving season.

Be sure to check out our Gifts and Stocking Stuffers sections for more ideas!


1. Bacon Unisex Rock Socks

$10.00 – Buy it now!
Everyone wears socks, and everyone knows SOMEONE who LOVES bacon, so… Show your friends you know what they care about by giving them a pair of premium BACON socks! Rock Sock BACON socks have a bold red leg and foot, bright pink toe and heel, and BACON spelled in big, white block letters down each calf. It’s a strong color combo that evokes the tastiest meat treat on the planet.

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2. Marini’s Candies Chocolate Covered Bacon Gift Box

$12.95 – Buy it now!
Hickory smoked bacon is cooked in the oven until golden & crisp then it’s smothered in milk chocolate. Comes in a 8 oz. gift box

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3. Bacon Candy

$7.70 – Buy it now!
These red and white striped hard candies look just like the ones that grandma used to put in her fancy candy dish for the holidays. But, my oh my, would grandma be in for a surprise if she popped one in her mouth! Instead of a standard candy flavor she’d discover a sweet and smoky bacon flavor. Truly one of our finest swine confections. Each 3-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ x 2″ (8.3 cm x 6.4 cm x 5.1 cm) tin contains about twelve individually wrapped candies

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4. Invader Zim Bacon Soap T-Shirt

$19.50 – Buy it now!
Aw, look at how helpful Gir is, he made you some bacon soap. I’d wash with real soap afterwards though.

Lots more bacon tees


5. Vintage Bacon is Meat Candy

$27.00 – Buy it now!
A humorous faded vintage style Bacon is Meat Candy design for fans of bacon Funny Tee, TShirt, Shirt. About our Dark T-Shirt: Look cool without breaking the bank. Our durable, high-quality, pre-shrunk 100% cotton t-shirt is what to wear when you want to go comfortably casual. Preshrunk, durable and guaranteed.5.6 oz. 100% cotton. Standard fit.

Lots more bacon tees


6. Mr. Bacon’s Bacon Flavored Toothpaste

$6.94 – Buy it now!
Brushing your teeth with a strip of fried bacon is tricky. If it’s too crisp it will break apart as you brush and if it’s too limp you won’t be able to remove any of the plaque. So when it’s time to brush your teeth, leave the bacon strips for breakfast and try this Bacon Toothpaste. It’s the perfect way to keep your teeth and gums healthy while coating your mouth with the delicious flavor of smoky meat!

Bacon stuff for your home and office


7. I Love Bacon! [Hardcover]

$19.99 – Buy it now!
Legendary chef and food writer James Beard wrote of bacon, “There are few sights that appeal to me more than the streaks of lean and fat in a good side of bacon, or the lovely round of pinkish meat framed in delicate white fat that is Canadian bacon.” Whether you crave its flavorful crunch in the morning, the salty taste it lends to a Mediterranean BLT, or the way it transforms Spaghetti Carbonara, you’ll never be disappointed by bacon.

In I Love Bacon, Jayne Rockmill presents more than 50 bacon-themed recipes from some of America’s hottest chefs–from Cat Cora to Rick Tramonto, Ming Tsai, Jasper White, Andy Husbands and Joe Yonan, Pichet Ong, Bradford Thompson, John Besh, and many others–along with mouthwatering photography.

With instructions on how to make bacon from scratch and how to feature bacon in brunch dishes, small bites, soups, salads, sides, entrees, and even cocktails and desserts, this full-color cookbook proves that bacon isn’t just for breakfast anymore.

More bacon books


8. Ginch Gonch Men’s I Love Bacon – Sports Brief

$32.00 – Buy it now!
Sink your teeth into these I Love Bacon Sports Briefs with NEW crispy strip waistband.

There’s a girl’s version too!


9. Bacon Ornament

$6.48 – Buy it now!
From the glittery meat to the shiny metallic fat, this Bacon Ornament is totally blinged out. Each 4-1/2″ (11.4 cm) tall plastic ornament looks fantastic hanging from a backpack or rearview mirror but for even more fun try wearing one as a necklace to your next backyard barbecue! Also great for adding some meaty dazzle to a Christmas tree, especially if it’s one of those gaudy aluminum trees. Comes with a string for hanging.

Lots of stocking stuffers


10. Mr. Bacon – A handmade friend

Mr. Bacon is handmade with love in the USA using bacon-related techniques. It’s also important to know where your food comes from! Full nutrition facts included!
Bacon for the kiddos


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Okay, my husband is officially the best. He’s a diver and a spearfisherman, and I’m extremely fortunate to be the beneficiary of those skills. While he’s very selective and judicious about how much he takes, I have certainly had my fair share of seafood in 2011. Most recently, he brought home a beautiful haul of scallops. And you know what they say about the person who brings home the bacon…

So last night he decided to make us a “light” supper of salad and (over-the-top, super rich) scallops with bacon cream sauce. Here is his recipe, as told to (and hopefully remembered by) me: Start by frying a few slices of bacon until super crisp. Removed the bacon to a paper towel, pour off the grease (to be used on Thursday’s turkey), and then add 1 cup heavy whipping cream to the pan along with a few good cranks of black pepper. Reduce by about 1/4. Chop the bacon to desired size and add to the cream. Reduce further until cream totals about 1/2 cup.

Meanwhile, lightly season scallops with salt and white pepper. Grill until browned on the outside and just slightly pink in the center. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of sauce onto a plate and top with scallops. The sauce is quite rich and, given the richness of scallops, this amount will be plenty.

Serve with a nice big salad; believe me, you won’t want any starch. Bon appetit!