For years now I have been telling people the joys that bacon and ice cream can bring and every time I mention it I am greeted with looks of disgust. For some reason people have a hard time wrapping their brains around the concept of sweet bacon but every time one of these nonbelievers throws caution to the wind and downs a strip of chocolate covered bacon or ice cream infused with bacon their eyes light up with a shock that they have been missing out on one of the wonders of the world for all these years.
Up until now if you wanted bacon ice cream you only had a few options. You could go to a bacon festival, seek out mom and pop specialty ice cream stores, or make it yourself. No longer is bacon ice cream a hard to get item because Denny’s has included it on their Baconalia menu!
It comes with two scoops of vanilla ice cream drizzled with maple syrup and topped with crispy bits of Hickory Smocked Bacon. Just a warning once you start eating them you can’t stop. You might find images of bacon sundaes haunting your dreams. The lure of the maple bacon sundae is so powerful I’ve heard a rumor that the DEA is thinking of outlawing it and starting school programs teaching kids about the dangers of bacon ice cream but we all know that will just make the kids want it more.
At the Denny’s Test Kitchen
The sundaes were brought out and placed in front of us and at first I was taken a back. I didn’t know if I was suppose to eat it or just sit back and admire its beauty. Then I snapped out of my daze and dug in.
There was a ton of bacon crumbled on top and I could see the maple syrup pooling up around the ice cream. I found the key to eating this is to dig straight down. That allows for the bacon bits to mix into the rest of the sundae giving you bacon goodness in every bite.
The flavor can only be described as one thing, heaven. The ice cream itself is one of the highest graded vanillas I’ve ever had and the syrup adds just the right amount of maple flavor and then just as you think you’ve experienced all it has to offer you bite down into a crispy bit of bacon that instantly slaps a smile on your face.
One of the best parts about this sundae besides the taste it that it only costs $2.99!! The only downside I can find it that your doctor might be a little upset with you when you admit to him just how many of them you ate.
On Location at a Pittsburgh Denny’s
After having this in the test kitchen I couldn’t get it out of my head so on Sunday I went to Denny’s and got another one but the experience I had there left me a little concerned.
I placed the order for two sundaes, (one was for my wife, but if she wasn’t there I would have ate them both) and the waitress said, “Oh boy I haven’t had to make on of those yet.” That kind of made my heart sink a little bit because at that time the Maple Bacon Sundae had been available for 6 days. In my mind I kept telling myself that this waitress just came back from a week long vacation and I was her first customer because I couldn’t believe that no one was ordering it.
When she brought them out she asked me to let her know if they’re any good. What? I can’t imagine working in a restaurant and not tasting everything on the menu. I told her that I have already had one and they are wonderful. To that she asked me if she made them correctly. I like people looking for contrastive criticism to improve their craft so I let her know that the bacon on top of the sundae was too big.
It needed to be crumbled so that it can mix into the sundae as you eat it giving you a bit of bacon in every bite. She thanked me for the input and then said something that made my heart sink again. She said the reason the bacon was in big chunks was because the kitchen didn’t know how to make it either and just gave her the large pieces to use. That means people aren’t ordering it as much as I would have thought.
So I have now made it my life’s mission to tell every single person I encounter over the next 9 weeks to try the Maple Bacon Sundae.
As for the flavor the sundae was just as good as it was in the test kitchen and you seriously need to go get one of these now before they are gone.