Festival Food at Home: Chocolate Covered Bacon

Let the festivals begin.

Ferris Wheel

We are dazzled by the bright lights and flashy colors. Carnival rides and games keep the kids darting from one side of the midway to the other. There are music acts and all kinds of food.

Fun at the fair collage

My favorite thing about a festival or a fair is always the food. I look forward to a sticky, sweet caramel apple and a crispy fried corn dog covered in mustard. Or a large freshly squeezed lemonade to wash down the funnel cake and cotton candy. And each year there seems to be some new, crazy food they have managed to put on a stick to pique my interest.

The newest is chocolate-covered bacon. I admit upon first hearing of this new and unusual food combination I was skeptical. But being a big fan of crispy pork fat, I was intrigued. And my curiosity did not lead me astray. The salty, savory flavor of the crispy bacon balances perfectly with the smooth sweet chocolate. But why wait for a festival to enjoy this treat? Chocolate-covered bacon is really easy to make and great for a quick treat or to surprise you guest at your next get together.

CHOCOLATE-COVERED BACON

30 minutes

Ingredients

  • bacon
  • chocolate spread
  • bamboo skewers

Instructions

  1. Thread one slice of bacon onto a bamboo skewer. Make sure that the folds of the bacon are not touching. Place the skewers on a baking rack on a cooking sheet. Put the cooking sheet into a cold oven and turn it to 400°F. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until brown and very crispy. Remove from oven, gently blot any excess grease, and let cool.
  2. Use approximately 1 tablespoon of chocolate spread for each skewer of bacon. Spoon chocolate spread into a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 15-second intervals until the spread is shiny and runny.
  3. Spoon the melted chocolate spread onto the bacon. For a smoother texture, use a small brush to smooth the chocolate over the bacon.