Tips To Cover Bacon With Chocolate
It’s really difficult to imagine that any one could actually eat savory fatty bacon strips covered with chocolate. You could be surprised though; as chocolate bacon is hugely popular as a snack all over the US. In the last decade, a bacon - popularity wave has swept the US and a range of innovative bacon-based products have become famous. Bacon salt, bacon sauce, baconnaise are a few conventional but unique products that anyone can use but chocolate bacon is completely different. Let just take a look at how to make it at home.
Making Chocolate Bacon in a Few Simple Steps
1. Selecting the Chocolate
We recommend low sugar, dark chocolate or bitter, unsweetened chocolate for this dish. This chocolate contains 35% chocolate liquor and forms the ideal coating for the fatty bacon but you can also use milk chocolate which has 10% chocolate and 12% milk content. Another alternative is the use of sweet chocolate which contains 15% chocolate liquor. Please note that the chocolate will taste different according to the region it is grown in and the brand you are using.
2. Selecting the Bacon
Any variety of bacon will do but we do suggest that you use streaky bacon which is high in fat. Some chefs do prefer to use center-cut bacon which is balanced in meat and fat content. For those who want a leaner version, turkey bacon may be used or Canadian bacon will do.
3. Preparing and Serving
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a microwave till melted. Sauté the bacon gently for 10 minutes till cooked and set aside to drain. Dip each strip into the melted chocolate and set them aside to cool on a sheet of butter paper. You can sprinkle the cooled bacon with sea salt or colored sprinkles.
- Be very careful while melting the chocolate as overheating the chocolate will cause it to clump.
- Do not add water to the chocolate. If required, use butter or cream to thin down the chocolate.
- A very simple version of bacon covered chocolate is famous in the UK. It is perpared by wrapping chocolate chunks with bacon. You can buy high quality dark chocolate and break it into chunks. Each chunk has to be wrapped completely with bacon and roasted in the oven. This results in a hot parcel with a liquidy center of chocolate.
Bacon actually makes everything taste better but we’ve finally found an ingredient that can actually make bacon taste better. Oddly enough, the cocoa butter in chocolate seems to marry well with the bacon fat creating a smoky dessert/ appetizer that is hard to beat.
Have you eaten chocolate bacon? What did you think? Let us know your loves and peeves about this unique dish. We would love to hear from you.