Sir Francis Bacon Peanut Brittle
OK, so is there anything in the world that bacon doesn’t make better? I’ve been thinking about this, and all I can come up with is sorbet and water. Possibly Jell-o, but the jury’s still out. Down in Georgia, a couple of guys came up with an idea—how about mixing bacon into peanut brittle? Sweet and salty, crunchy and smoky, rich—the flavors go so well together, it’s hard to imagine that it’s taken so long for someone to come up with the idea.
Even without the bacon this product would be great. Made with Georgia peanuts, butter and sugar, it’s formed into thick planks, not flat tiles. It isn’t easy on the fillings, but once you get a chunk free, let your molars do the work, and suddenly this seemingly simple treat is surprisingly complex. First you taste the smokiness of the bacon, and then the saltiness kicks in, with all the joyful contrast that brings. Consider the rise in popularity of salted caramels, and you’ll see that this is just another riff on that melody.
Meanwhile, there’s texture going on: hard-crunchy caramel, crisp-crunchy peanuts, and chewy little bits of bacon, all at the same time or taking turns. This is one serious confection, and one serious obsession for the porketarians among us. Everything we love about bacon, and everything we love about candy is here—except for the chocolate element (but never fear: Chocolate Bacon Peanut Butter is the next product to be launched by Sir Francis Bacon, early next year!) The 3 oz box is my pick for Best Stocking Stuffer 2009, while the 8 oz box has my vote for Best Gift for the Person Who Has Everything.