Friday, August 14, 2009 me...!?

okay...let me just state for the fact...

lately, i'll admit, i've become a bit preoccupied with bacon. can't seem to get enough of it. i keep putting it in stuff or think about what i can add it to. i'd probably consider wearing eau de bacon if Kiehl's would come out with a new scent. stange, but i don't think my friends and taste testers are feeli' my obsession.

i think this idea started when i heard there was chocolate dipped bacon at the orange county fair. i was dying to go fight the traffic and parking JUST to try the darn bacon, but, alas, i couldn't get anyone to go with me so i thought i'd try my hand at it. of course, i had to one up the i came up with this...

i love that it accidently turned out looking like bacon


there's no real need for a recipe here. i mean, what you see is what you get. but i do have a few suggestions.

1st...start with good thick bacon. i like to trim some of the big chunks of fat off. (you know, like the ends sometimes have about an inch of plain fat). don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with bacon fat, but for this i like the meaty crispy parts.'s important to get your bacon good and crispy. i prefer the microwave method. it takes a while, but if tended to, it will come out nice and pretty with all the grease soaked up in the paper towels.
next, choose your favorite caramel recipe. i'm definitly a novice at this candy making so i have no pointers for this step. dip your bacon and let it cool and set on a silpat or buttered wax paper or what ever you recipe calls for.

now for the FUDGE...i have a new (new to me, but old school) quick recipe for chocolate fudge and i got it from the Eagle Brand recipe site for their fool proof chocolate fudge. i know there's all kinds of better fudge rcipes out there also known as fool proof (marshmallow cream is a good one), BUT THIS ONE IS NO FAIL !!! EASY and QUICK.
it kinda comes out like putty, so don't be alarmed AND don't try to continue melting it to ain't gonna happen...just make sure everything is incorperated. now would be a good time to add some HEAT...i forgot to add the red pepper flakes i wanted. a bit bummed about that but YOU try it. anyway...i lined my dish with foil instead of wax paper...i just find it easier to work with.
spread 1/2 the fudge in your dish. layer your caramel bacon down in pieces or chunks (whatever you have left....if you haven't eaten it all). press it down lightly so you think there will be no air between. then spead remainder of fudge. again making sure there's no air trapped. smooth out the top or make it however you want it to look, cuz, trust ain't gonna budge fudge...
okay...let's wrap this up...i don't know if my pieced together instructions help, but like i said...just try with this combo you'll love it.... however you put it together will be fabulous...


Justin said...

this is kind of insane... in a good way

test it comm said...

That looks so decadently good!

Laurel said...

Guess you could go for the decadent gold and have a marshmallow creme dip...!

Anonymous said...

That actually looks gross.. Very gross.

Anonymous said...

I think your "bacon" fudge looks very fun! What kind of caramel did you use for the bacon? Just cooked sugar to a certain temperature?

jules said...

hi Anonymous...i made this quite a while ago, but i'm sure i made real caramel like the recipe i used for the Black Salt Peanut Caramels. i dipped the bacon and let it set. hope that helps. thanks for stopping by.

Ardith Goodwin said...

Can I share your post and image on my google+ page? My followers would LOvE it! I can't imagine how good this was.
Here is my profile so you know I am not spam, :)

Jules and Ruby said...

Ardith. Thanks so much for the comment. Certainly you can use the post. I trust anyone who loves bacon and chocolate. I hope you see this. I'll try to contact you through google if needed.

Becki Alfrey said...

I can't wait to try this! I think adding a layer of pecans before the second half of fudge would just take it over the top! My colleagues are dying for me to make this!

Jules and Ruby said...

becki...i think the pecans would be a Fabulous addition. i hope i get to hear how it turns out. can't go wrong with chocolate, BACAON, caramel AND toasty pecans

Dyskalkulie said...

This is crazy, completely crazy! But I want to try it... crazy.... :-)

Holly J. said...

Omg. I had something like this at a renn fest last year and I've been dreaming about it since then. The booth wasn't even there this year! I was so disappointed. Then I see this... *sigh* i think i'm in love.

Jules and Ruby said...

hello Holly J...i love fair/fest-food...yummm ! i might try to make this one again for the holidays. it was a hit

Kim Rickey said...

Gee thanks alot, I just gained five pounds looking at it.
A keeper for sure!

Jules and Ruby said...

hi Kim Rickey...thanks, hope you have some great holidays...and bacon is involved

Unknown said...

Jules- I have to say that I am in awe of your taste buds! I stumbled across your blog and have been back several times since.
I just caramel dipped my bacon and am about to start my fudge!

*a couple of months ago I had a Bacon Sundae...I kept seeing it advertised and I couldn't stand it anymore, I had to have it. Brilliant. It was a vanilla dish with caramel and chocolate sauce with really good bacon crumbled over it, and two strips of bacon sticking right out of the top. Mmmmmm! Recently there was a coffee creamer that caught my eye, Salted Mocha Caramel, so I bought it. Well a couple of days ago, here I sit, sipping my Dark Magic topped off with Salted Mocha Caramel and I began to think about that I googled those 3 magic words, BACON, CHOCOLATE and CARAMEL....lo and behold- there is your blog.
Thank you Jules. Heaven awaits me in the kitchen.

Jules and Ruby said...

Christy...i love that whole story. i'll have to look for the salted mocha caramel creamer i like to refer to those three words as "The Holy Trinity"...bacon, chocolate and there is another word hanging in the wings...PEANUT BUTTER. maybe when your fudge is done you'll give a report? i hope it turns out delicious. you can't really go wrong. thanks for the great comment.

Unknown said...

Yes!! ...the fudge turned out delicious. I did use a suggestion from a previous blog entry, sprinkling chopped pecans over it before adding the last layer of fudge. Decadent. Delicious.
I have a feeling I will be trying a few more of your fabulous recipes too.
Have a wonderful holiday!

Oh and my daughter just adores Ruby!!

Anonymous said...

Please help me! I'm new to this and I want to print some of these recipes but there is no print icon and if I try to copy and paste I get the black background with white type - am I missing something??

Jules and Ruby said...

Hi. So sorry I haven't figured out a print button yet. I cut and paste as if I'm going to email someone. Then Change the type color to black. Then print that. I'm on my iPhone so if you have Anymore questions ill be happy to help if I can. Thanks. Jules.
Ps. Sometimes you can only cut and paste the type. Not the pictures

Manci said...

Did it today, added chopped red chilly and crushed walnuts..
Will let result once set, may post pics, too..

BTW had loads of fun doing this, especially sampling of mixture and bacon, etc..

Jules and Ruby said...

hi Manci...totally great flavor add-ins. what kind of red red pepper flakes? i'm all in on adding spice to everything. thanks and i'd love to see or hear how it turns out

SunE said...

Oh boy, I stumbled across this and my oldest son is going to love me. I just hope it ships well. I have some salted caramel from TJ's I may try and just purchased some 'famous fudge' from carnation to make(was super discounted)...don't think it can get any easier. Will be making this this weekend with a lil heat added of course.

Jules and Ruby said...

hi SunE...sounds great, let me know how those ingredients work out. all i know can't go wrong with bacon, caramel and fudge, right?

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