What better occasion for the second installment of Communal Table’s Better With Bacon feature than National Junk Food Day, which just happens to be today. Not that bacon could ever be considered “junk food,” of course (not here, at least!). But bacon in candy form, which we’re focusing on today, fits comfortably into the junk food category.
When I discovered Das Foods’ Manbait Maple Bacon Lollipops a while back, I was intrigued. Das Foods is a Chicago-based company started in 2006 by Katie Das to sell a selection of gourmet salts. Since then, the Das line has been expanded to include gourmet caramels topped with their fleur de sel, as well as a selection of gourmet lollipops: Salty Caramel, Ginger Lemon, Orange Pomegranate, and Maple Bacon.
I’m definitely a fan of sweet-salty combinations involving bacon, including bacon with chocolate, bacon with caramel and – as you’ll read in an upcoming Better With Bacon post – bacon with baked goods. What I’m not a fan of is artificial bacon flavouring. So imagine my joy when I ripped the wrapper off my first Maple Bacon Lollipop and saw real pieces of bacon suspended in the maple-flavoured candy. They’re tiny flecks, but they’re there.
But while appearances are important, the taste is what counts. And man, are these lollipops bacon-y! Das Foods lollipops are all-natural, which in this case means real bacon pieces, and real maple syrup. And it shows in the taste, which is equal parts smoky and sweet, similar to dipping a slice of really good bacon into a pool of pure maple syrup.
The downside of these being so good is that my sample stash is now gone and I’m hooked, which means I’m going to have to track some more Maple Bacon Lollipops, stat. Fortunately, Das Foods’ lollipops are distributed in Canada through Gourmet Depot. Or for those who aren’t near a retailer, products can be ordered directly from the Das Foods website (though the company tells me Canadian customers will have to provide their address by email or phone).