New. Change. Sometimes in life, when we experience something “new”, we realize that “change” is part of the scenario. Often though, as humans, we have a hard time accepting “new”, it is challenging to make a change! The interesting thing is though, once we try, once we actually explore and learn about the “new”, we find that it is not so bad. In fact, we often find that it might even be better! In some cases, we actually realize that the new is the way to go!
The food world is a little bit less intimidating yet at the same time, new creations sometimes seem very scary! Like the article a few weeks ago about “chocolate covered insects”! Creepy! Yet, there are cultures that eat insects everyday. Todays feature is something new, that most of us would have never thought of. We all have probably tried by now a chocolate covered something. Everything from potato chips, pretzels, grasshoppers to cheesecake on a stick. Chocolate has not only found its way into our hearts, it has now found its way onto almost every kind of food! Well the latest chocolate dipped creation that has been discovered, makes “Homer” have tears of joy! Now, you might be asking, what makes “Homer” cry tears of joy, well, hold on to your hats… it is “chocolate covered BACON”! That’s right folks, chocolate covered bacon!
Being that today is “National chocolate covered anything”, this just sounded to good not to make! After buying some nice, thick bacon and some dark chocolate, I went back to the kitchen and whipped some up some for my family to try out. Chocolate covered bacon, in all seriousness, is kind of healthy for you. Nowadays, certain diets call for eating fats like bacon and cheese. Chocolate, especially if you use a higher cocoa content, is very good for your body and mind (and sexual appetite too)!
By the way, it was a hit over at my parent’s household and all of the neighbors that got to try it too! So get ready to share and you know what is going to happen? That is right, it is time for a “Homer style Mouthgasm”!
First off, you want to buy a thick sliced bacon. Most butchers have a thick sliced bacon in the butchers case. Next buy a high quality chocolate,with a higher cocoa content.
Chocolate covered bacon
1/2 pound bacon, cut in half
2 – 3 bars, 3.5 oz. bittersweet chocolate or 12 oz. dark chocolate chips(60 % to 70% cocoa)
1 Tablespoon of butter, cold
1 sheet pan lined with wax or parchment paper, with a cooling rack on top
Cook your bacon on a sheet pan in the oven @ 350 degrees. This keeps your bacon flat and it cooks evenly. Once cooked, remove from the oven and place on paper towels to drain the fat. You want the bacon to be crisp but not overcooked. That is why the thicker the cut of bacon the better, because it still retains that nice meaty, juiciness, that you like with bacon. Reserve the bacon on a paper plate or towels.
Next take your chocolate and butter and melt it. You can do this on the stove top in a double boiler. Once the chocolate is melted stir together very well until smooth and creamy. Next, take your bacon and dip one end into the chocolate, if you only want 2/3 of the bacon covered or drop the pieces into the chocolate, gently coat and with tongs remove the bacon and set onto your cooling rack set inside the sheet pan. Repeat with the pieces until finished then place the sheet pan into the refrigerator. It will take about an hour or so until the chocolate is totally set.
You know what time it is? That’s right, it is time for a “Homer style Mouthgasm”! This is definitely something that you want to make a bunch of. Then go out and pass them out to everyone you meet! They will have a smile on their face and that puzzled look of, what? Chocolate covered bacon? Then, Mmmmmm whoa, that is goooood! See you have just made someone else’s day a little brighter and that my friends, is what LIFE is all about! Be safe out there, life seems to be getting crazier! Watch out for the other drivers, be careful where you go and travel with a group if possible. Be kind to all you pass and try not to cause confrontation. To many are on “edge” right now and are looking for anything to react too! Don’t give anyone a reason to react towards you! Life is a journey, be kind, be loving to all you pass! Peace
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