11. Freshpet Dog Joy Turkey Bacon
You can argue about whether or not bacon can be made of turkey (though there are certainly plenty of examples of it out there), but at least these dog treats are made from real wood-smoked turkey. One reviewer on the manufacturer’s website thought they smelled so good he/she was tempted to tear off a bite. Real bacon wouldn’t have been better?
12. Funky Buddha Brewery Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
Pumpkin spice, chocolate, coconut, coffee, cinnamon, chiles, maple syrup… Sometimes it seems as if there’s no food craft brewers won’t toss into their ales, stouts, and porters. Funky Buddha’s Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, released once a year by the Florida-based brewery, seems like it’s trying to put actual breakfast into the suds. If you’re going this route, why stop with just maple bacon and coffee? Why not add eggs and toast, maybe sausage, maybe a couple of Eggos?
13. Lester’s Fixins Bacon Soda
Lester’s Fixins is a house brand for Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, a chain with some 90 locations around the country plus one in Canada — and 50 more U.S. outposts in the works. Rocket Fizz, which launched in California in 2008 with the promise to stock some 1,400 different sodas, obviously likes to have fun with its own bottlings. Other Lester’s flavors include sweet corn, peanut butter and jelly, Buffalo wing, and ranch dressing. There are also bacon variations with chocolate and with maple syrup. Sorry, but carbonated bacon doesn’t do it for us. At least Rocket Fizz hasn’t duplicated the Thanksgiving-themed soft drink released in 2009 by another company, Jones Soda: Tofurkey and Gravy Flavor.
14. Melville Candy Company BBQ Bacon Strip Lollipops
With its wavy indentations and protruding round-ended wooden stick, these lollipops look more like some sort of miniature futuristic guitar than the strip of fried bacon they’re supposed to resemble. If the idea of licking a bacon-flavored length of candy flavored with sticky-sweet barbecue sauce appeals to you, well…they say there’s a sucker born every minute.
15. Pig Out Pigless Bacon Chips
There are mushrooms that actually taste like bacon. Arizona’s Sonoran Mushroom Co., for instance, grows a kind of pink oyster mushrooms that have such smoky flavor that the company markets them as “bacon mushrooms.” These, on the other hand, are paper-thin slices of a related species, the king oyster mushroom, fried and seasoned to give them a faux-bacony identity. Then they’re sold not just plain but also in versions enhanced with chipotle, cheddar, and Kansas City BBQ sauce — just in case straight bacon isn’t flavorful enough for you.
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