Bacon LIVE: Non-Bacon Bacon Related News

Last night was the Christmas Bacon LIVE show. We had Christmas music, last second gift ideas, and Sean brought back a popular segment, Non-Bacon Bacon Related News.

The hour went by so fast this week that we didn’t get a chance to get to everything we wanted too. Maybe the new sound board is a little to distracting. All I know is I need some better sounds for it. Maybe next year.

Tune in next week to find out if we got any bacon goodies for Christmas. If you happen to get a few make sure to join us live in the chatroom and tell us about it! See you next week.

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The Sticky Pig, Handmade Candied Bacon Review

When Tara Simon, aka Bacon Vixen, told me about her bacon candy (The Sticky Pig) I was excited to try some. Loving candied bacon, I wanted to see how someone called the Bacon Vixen could take it to the next level. Tara was nice enough to send me a few samples to try and review.

When the box arrived I quickly opened it and was greeted with four little pieces of art. A little confused, I closed the box and placed them in the fridge (Tara told me that’s what I was supposed to do). I wanted to try and eat one to see if they really were candy but I promised Sean I would save them to review on Bacon LIVE.

On the show, Sean and I ate each one and gave our thoughts on each of them. I was going to do the same thing with this written version of the review but decided to review the candies as a whole. Since the enjoyment of the different flavor combinations can be subjective (as seen on the live show). I wanted to review the quality and flavor of all the candies. If you want a flavor by flavor break down, just watch or listen to the Bacon LIVE review (starts at 30min).

Quality: You get a sense of the quality as soon as you see the box the candies come in and the candies themselves. The box was made of a thick cardboard that felt like it could be drop-kicked across the room and still look ok. It had a nice finish and the name The Sticky Pig was printed on it with a glossy black ink. It looked classy and expensive, which is a good thing since they are expensive candies!

The handmade candied bacon look like little pieces of art. When you go on Tara’s site and look at them you never expect that’s how they would look in real life, but they do! Honestly, they looked so good that you almost just wanted to save them and sit them out as decoration, but then you remember they’re made with candied bacon and all bets are off. You’re eating them!

It’s also worth noting that the bacon used to make the candied bacon is thick cut bacon that is lean and flavorful. I don’t know the brand, but I am sure Tara will let us know after she sees this review.

Flavor: Each candy had a great flavor and the candied bacon was not overpowering in any of the combinations. It seemed like each one enhanced the bacon flavor in a different way.

Even with some of the stranger combinations we tried you could tell what she was trying to do and was successful.

Overall: The Sticky Pig Candied Bacon is an amazing accomplishment. Tara the Bacon Vixen has turned bacon into a gourmet candy that anyone would love to receive as a gift. Chocolate-covered cherries for Valentine’s Day is dead! Long live candied bacon! They are a little pricey, which makes them perfect for gifts. I don’t know about you, but I would have trouble paying $15 for candy for myself.

If you forgot someone on your shopping list this year, Sticky Pig Candied Bacon would be a great way to make it up to them. By the time they finish the last bite they will forgive you.

Bacon LIVE: Bacon Candy and Book Reviews

Wow, I haven’t done a blog post since last the last Bacon LIVE! But don’t worry Sean and I talk about this on the show and it should take care of any concerns you have about Mr. Baconpants and the future of the show/blog. Its the holidays so things get a little crazy.

Speaking of holidays if you have a bacon lover on your shopping list you must watch/listen this show. Sean and I got to review two hot bacon items; bacon candy and a bacon book.

The candy was from The Sticky Pig. They were nice enough to send us a few samples to try out. Sean and I were both impressed with the presentation and flavor of the candy. If you looking to impress a lucky lady or guy this is a great gift to get. The candy look like little pieces of bacon art and there’re tasty too! I plan to do a full written review soon.

Our second review was for the Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon. Since Sean and I didn’t have a chance to read it yet this review was only skin deep. We just talked about the layout and look of the book. Once we get a chance to read it we will let you know what we truly think.

Make sure you tune in next week when Sean and I give you some super last minuet bacon lover gift ideas.

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Bacon LIVE: The Express Show

Sean was back on Bacon LIVE last night but sadly (for Sean fans) the show had to be a short one. Before the show I had some technical problems so the show started late. When your doing a show in two different formats (podcast and live stream) things will tend to go wrong.

Even with the short show we manage to pack a lot of bacon content in to it. We talked about a few bacon burgers we tried and the new Papa John’s bacon pizzia thing.

Next week we should be back to a normal show. We will have Bacon Candy to review live next week so you will not want to miss this one.

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The 4th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Gains a National Sponsor

Every year I make pilgrimage to Des Monies, Iowa to attend the Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. This year the guys that are putting it on told me some exciting news. They got a national sponsor, Beggin’ Strips! Yes, the dog treat. Don’t worry the event isn’t going to be just for dogs.

In just 4 years they have turned a small gathering of bacon lovers in to America’s premier bacon festival. With the support of Nestlé Purina Pet Care I can only imagine its going to get better.

They told me that the day of the event is not going to be for dog bacon lovers. But, in the days leading up to the festival they will have dog friendly events. The goal of Purina is to reminds us, while we calibrate, that dogs love bacon too!

I can’t wait to find out what other surprises next years bacon fest holds.

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Bacon LIVE: Turkey Hangover

Wow so its been like seven days since I posted something on Mr. Baconpants. Well I guess thats because I have been trying to recover from turkey hangover. Looks like I might have recovered a little faster then Sean.

Last night Matt Gondek filled in as co-host. We talked about our Thanksgiving dinners and a bunch of other bacon goodness. I would even go as far to say, this is one of the few shows we stayed on the topic of bacon for the most part.

The biggest news was the fact that Sean and I may have to stop hating Canadian bacon. It turns out the stuff we call Canadian is far from it. So I might not hate “real” Canadian bacon. I will be writing about full post about this soon and hope to get my hands on some.

Hopefully Sean will be back and I kick in to gear on posting next week! Stay tuned.

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Jones Bacon Flavored Soda Review

It seems like every Thanksgiving Jones Soda comes out with a strange new flavor, this year it’s bacon.

When I first heard about it I was excited to hear that Justin and Dave from Bacon Salt had something to do with it. Knowing that all their other bacon products tasted relatively good, I had high hopes for this soda.

Sean and I did a review of it live on Bacon LIVE last week. If you haven’t seen it yet you should defiantly put it on your list of things to watch. Now on to the written review.

When you first look at a bottle of Jones Bacon flavored Soda, you will notice that it has a slight reddish color to it. It might remind you of what bacon would look like if you liquefied it. Other than that, the outside of the soda bottle looks like your typical Jones soda. With a photo and funny description of what’s inside. (For the life of me I can remember what the description was.)

As soon as you open the bottle you will get a whiff of something bacon-ish and something unexplainable. The bacon smell had a surprisingly meaty smell to it and not just a smoke smell like other bacon novelty items. I couldn’t figure out what the other mystery smell was.

For the first second this stuff hits your mouth you’re greeted with the flavor of bacon. Then what follows that second of bliss is an after taste from hell. The bacon flavor is gone far too quickly and what’s left is the flavor of vomit after a night of eating bacon and drinking Jack and cokes.

The after taste is so unpleasant that it makes you not want to take another sip. Then to top it all off, the burp that follows a rather large gulp of the stuff is an even more potent flavor explosion of bacon vomit.

If they could only fix the after taste that could have a hit on there hands.

With that being said, I am happy that Justin and Dave teamed up with Jones to make this soda. Somebody was going to make it anyway, so I rather it be made by two companies I enjoy. Also, it wasn’t meant to be good, it was created be one hell of a novelty item, for which is exceeds all expectations.

Also if you have a bacon lover on your holiday shopping list I would get them “Bring Home the Bacon” gift set. With it you get two bottles of Jones Bacon Soda, 1 Tube of Bacon Lip Balm, 1 Package of Bacon Popcorn, 1 Package of Bacon Gravy Mix. The other products in the package are good and the soda is a great party/office gag (pun intended).