Cheryl Brown

Chocolate-Dipped Bacon on a Stick: Iowa State Fair Food

chocolate-dipped bacon on a stickAs my colleague and I wandered the streets of the Iowa State Fair in a fried-food delirium, she suddenly grabbed my arm and pointed.


There is was, the sign for “Bacon on a Stick.” Oh yes. And not only was it touting bacon (which, let’s face it, would be pretty fabulous on its own), but bacon that had been dipped in chocolate or hot sauce.


We decided to go for the chocolate. The verdict? Thumbs down. This is one of those combos that sounds awesome in theory but ends up being not so hot in practice. The bacon itself was fantastic — no doubt — thick cut, perfect crispy-chewy balance, high-quality meat. (Pork, cheese, and corn are really the things Iowa does well.)


The problem was the chocolate — a cheap, thin syrup, the generic supermarket kind that you use to make chocolate milk. It was sickly sweet, runny, and had none of the depth of flavor or nuance of real chocolate. It did zero to enhance or balance the bacon.


I have to say, however, this concept could totally work if real chocolate were used — a fine-quality bittersweet variety. In fact, it might even be a little piece of pork heaven that I ought to try making myself. (Fat chance.)




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6 Responses to “Chocolate-Dipped Bacon on a Stick: Iowa State Fair Food”

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  • Cheryl Mallie says:

    Since thick cut, smoked bacon and GOOD chocolate, (not just any chocolate) are 2 of my all-time favorite foods, I would definitely try this! Until now, I never dreamed of combining the two. I’m surprised this is not a “staple” of the South, like “sweet tea” and “black-eyed peas and cornbread”!!

  • Brenda says:

    yes i sure would i bet it is awesome

  • Erin Maffit says:

    ABSOLUTELY WOULD TRY IT!!!!!! Sounds delicious!!!

  • Jen says:

    I make chocolate covered bacon on a stick as a response to a request from my daughter. We like the good quality chocolate drizzled on crisp good quality bacon versus dunked.

  • Johni says:

    Bacon and chocolate is fantastic. Try the bacon corn dog is really good also.

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