Gone are the days when bacon was only served for breakfast or on a sandwich. Now bacon has grown into a phenomenon and people are looking for new and innovative ways to add bacon to every dish – even desserts. It started with doughnuts and cupcakes and migrated to cheesecakes and cookies. Now, some genius figured out how to combine bacon with the delectable taste of bacon and voila! Bacon candy is a hot new treat.
Ever heard of Bacon Peanut Brittle?
It’s a NYC favorite!
According the restaurateurs who make this delicious salty sweet bacon dessert, it’s all about choosing and using the right peanuts. The Redhead is the well-known New York City restaurant located on South 13th street serving this delectable goodness, and they credit the success of their establishment to having the ‘best beer nuts in America’. Using these nuts in every batch of Bacon Peanut Brittle has been key to this East Village gastropub’s rise in popularity.
How to Make Your Own Bacon Peanut Brittle
Even if you are a million miles from New York City, you can enjoy the wonderful flavor of bacon and peanuts infused in sweet syrup. While it won’t be the same as the candy served up north, you will find that this recipe can easily make your mouth very, very happy! Let’s check out this recipe, shared from the food.com website.
Bacon Peanut Brittle Ingredients
- 8slices bacon
- 1 1⁄2cups sugar
- 1⁄2cup pure maple syrup
- 2 1⁄2cups unsalted dry roasted peanuts (if salted, reduce salt to 1/4 teaspoon)
- 8tablespoons unsalted butter(one stick)
- 3⁄4teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 1⁄2teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2teaspoon dry mustard
- 1⁄2teaspoon kosher salt
Bacon Peanut Brittle Directions
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place bacon on a rack over a cookie sheet and cook until crispy, about 15 minutes. Reserve bacon fat. The recipe calls for 8 tablespoons of butter (fat) – replace as much of butter as you have bacon fat. Once bacon is done, drain on paper towels and chop into bits.
- Place the sugar and maple syrup in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar begins to melt. Lower the heat to medium-high and keep stirring just until the sugar is melted. Stop stirring and watch for it to turn a medium caramel color. About 10 minutes total.
- Stir in peanuts, and then bacon fat and butter. Then add Old Bay, cayenne and dry mustard. Allow peanuts to cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the bacon.
- Turn the mixture out onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, and spread it evenly to the desired thickness with a wooden spoon or stiff rubber spatula. Sprinkle salt on top, while brittle is still warm.
- Allow to cool completely–at least one hour–then break the brittle into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature. If your brittle isn’t brittle enough to break into pieces, pop it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, until it hardens enough to snap easily.
Have you ever tasted Bacon Peanut Brittle?
Let us know if you love the recipe!
Wow! The time sure does fly a lot faster than pigs! It seems like yesterday we were talking about hog jowl and celebrating the New Year! Lillian and all of us at the My Pig Me Up blog hope you have a safe and wonderful fourth of July, surrounded by friends, family and pigs …cooked or uncooked – it doesn’t really matter as long as you are happy and safe!
Speaking of staying safe, here are a few tips to help keep your fourth of July celebration running smoothly. After all, we need you here next week, saying yum or awe as you browse through our blog! This time of year, a lot of people get hurt or badly injured so please give this post a quick read before you party it up on the 4th!
Safety Tips for the July Holiday
…if you’re a people. If you’re a pig, well… you are probably better off going into hiding because everyone is going to be grilling or cooking some type of tasty pork fare. Here are some safety tips for our human followers.
Cooking and Grilling Tips
Grilling and cooking seems like a normal and safe activity but many times, there are plenty of children and guests around while cooking out and it is easy to become distracted. One great way to make sure everyone knows their job is to choose one person to be in charge of the grilling process.
1. Once you have chosen one person to be in charge of the grill, he or she should always be near this heat source for constant supervision.
2. You should never grill inside your home as this is a fire and smoke hazard, and can be quite dangerous.
3. If your pet is large enough to upset the barbeque grill, contain him with a leash, lead, cage or crate for his own safety.
4. Use long handled utensils designed for cooking on a barbeque grill to prevent burns.
5. Operate your grill in an open area, away from low hanging branches or other fire hazards. Keep the ground around your grill clear also.
Fireworks Safety Tips
If you can attend a public fireworks display, this is the best option. These large events will have firemen and paramedics on hand and professionals who are trained and have much experience with fireworks. If you cannot attend a public display, please consider taking the following precautions.
1. Always keep water nearby while shooting fireworks.
2. Never allow children or teenagers within 500 feet of fireworks as they are being discharged.
3. Never allow children to hold lit fireworks in their hands to prevent burns.
4. Always wear safety goggles if you are the person lighting the fireworks and only light one firework at a time. Do not try to relight duds.
Holiday Travel Tips
The highways will be filled with people who are anxious to reunite with family and friends or get their 4th of July vacation underway. Before leaving or returning home, always make sure you are joining those masses with plenty of rest under your belt – for your safety and the safety of others traveling along the same highway.
1. Keep your vehicle equipped with necessities such as a spare tire, water (for your car and for consumption) and maps.
2. Stay alert as you travel through construction zones. Don’t assume highway workers are enjoying the 4th of July – they may be working!
3. If you are traveling out of town, never let your gas tank fall below half, just in case there’s no more gas stations for a while.
4. Be respectful of those you share the roadways with and try to be courteous. After all, it’s a holiday.
5. Use your headlights during the day as well as the evening for increased visibility to other drivers. Make sure all of your signals and horn works.
Happy Fourth of July from Lillian and My Pig Me Up!
For those who love pigs, there is never a time when you get enough of those sweet curly tails and short little snouts. Nor do you tire of the darling pink color that covers them from head to toe. It is the swine enthusiast’s wish that in every direction, there should be pigs! Spotted pigs, mud-covered pigs, pink pigs, white pigs and even black pigs …even pigs on your phone!
When You Just Gotta Have Pig Apps…
Wait… not like this! Even better, you can now choose from a large assortment of cell phone apps for your phone that celebrates your love of piggies. Sure, there are some very upset piggies on the hot game, Angry Birds, but there are plenty of other pigs for you to help and appreciate too! Here is our list of pig apps for you to check out and enjoy, in no particular order.
#1 – Ham on the Run
Now who could resist a pig related app with a name like this?! Ham on the Run is available for free from Glu Games, but there are several in-app purchases if you fall head over heels for this pig app. Ham is the name of the little guy you will be helping navigate through the game and keep from danger. He will keep you busy because this little porker likes to run.
#2 – Bad Piggies
Brought to you by Provio Entertainment, here is another great pig app for your cell phone that you are going to love! Currently only .99 cents with available in-app purchases to feed any addition, this game explores a pig’s point of view while building makeshift cars in an effort to get the eggs. While these pigs are smart and tricky, they still need your help to build a functional mode of transportation and get the goods. This is a very popular game with more than two hundred levels so get ready – Bad Piggies may become a good use of time for you!
#3 – Pig Rush
A free pig app from Reign Legacy, Pig Rush is an adorable game that is quite addictive and fun. The pig’s name is Jumpy and your job is to help him run away from the farm where he lives. Escaping isn’t as easy as you might think! You have to help Jumpy get through fire, ravines and even moving platforms by – you guessed it – JUMPING! Both kids and adults seem to love playing Pig Rush because this pig app has been downloaded more than two million times so far – and counting! Let us know if you love it!
#4 – Pig Shot
Start digging out your change because you are going to want this .99 cent pig app called Pig Shot from Nexx Studio! The reviews for this pig app is 4.5 stars which is a great score for any game of this value. A lot like Angry Birds, you will launch your pink piggie off and watch as he rolls and rolls and rolls. You must avoid several different types of pitfalls while collecting power-ups to boost your pig’s performance. There are not one but two adorable pig characters on this pig app, Maggie and Bacon. Your pig can be a super hero if you get good at this game! How awesome is that?!
#5 – Bubble Pig
A lot of great apps are released by Donut Games and Bubble Pig is no different! For a mere .99 pig app purchase, you can enjoy helping Bubble Pig keep those sneaky foxes away. You will help this happy guy save his own tail too, as he lights up the fairy tale world he lives in (inside your smartphone!) and eats his way through danger! If you get addicted to Bubble Pig, don’t worry because there are at least sixty levels you can visit and each level is packed with secrets and food to keep your little pig happy and healthy.
#6 – Hungry Piggy – Donuts Mania Edition
If you love pigs and you love getting things for free, this is one of the best pig apps for you to consider. Hungry Piggy is designed by Big Wood Games and is sure to steal your heart and keep you coming back for more fun! So far, Hungry Pigs is a five star game which is WOW since it is also FREE! In this game, the adorable little pig isn’t angry or upset with anyone; he’s just hungry! Find the best way to feed your little pig by dangling donuts and other tasty delectable goodies in front of him. This cool pig app for your smartphone features great challenges and puzzles for you to contend with. Have fun with Hungry Piggy!
#7 – Money Pig
More than eight hundred reviews and this free pig app from the developers at Blue Wind has an impressive four star review. Money Pig is another pig game app for your smartphone brought to you by FreeAppParty.com, where you can become a member and enjoy some cool benefits. Instead of eating donuts and delectable goodies, this little pig loves to eat money. The controls are easy to use and this app game is easy for any age to enjoy. You can manipulate the money by simply tilting your iPhone left and right. Go through several cool stages with your fortune pig where you will explore pirate ships, fields of flowers, a cemetery and more! As your money pig travels through the game, keep your eyes open! When you find specially placed items such as clocks, magnets, lottery tickets and scissors, the game gets even more exciting!
#8 – Clumsy Pig – Endless Touch
The pig inspired games are never-ending! Check out this colorful pig app from Itch Mania called Clumsy Pig, another FREE app that will keep you or the younguns busy for hours of fun. Clumsy Pig currently boasts a 4.5 star review and with this game, there is no question that these developers know how to keep us happy! First of all, your pig can fly and if that’s not cool enough …he has a mustache! Along the way, your pig will gather coins needed to advance to the next levels as he navigates through all kinds of crazy and colorful obstacles. Get this – as you play, you can even unlock new mustaches for your little pink porker!
#9 – Fly Fly Pig – A Flappy Adventure
Here is a free game from the developers at Thinkcube Incorporated that all pig enthusiasts will love, Fly Fly Pig. It’s a Flappy Adventure you are going to love, complete with a flying pig named Fly that can go high, higher …as high as it takes to beat the level and start a new challenge. Fly the pig can jump on a rocket and beat the odds, and you can share your progress with friends on Facebook and Twitter. If you hold a special fondness in your heart for games from your childhood, you will love the retro feel of Fly Fly Pig.
#10 – A Baby Piggies Bad Day at the Farm
Last on our list (but certainly adorable enough to be at the top) is this darling pig app from M&M App Service called A Baby Piggies Bad Day at the Farm. Available for free with several in-app purchases available, this is the adventure of a baby pig who has gotten loose and is trying to escape from the farm. He needs YOU to help keep him safe from all of the dangers that loom in each of the game’s levels.There are other animals your darling piggie must avoid such as crows, porcupines and more! Choose from a male or female piggie at the start of your game and have some fun with this piggie game app, optimized for iPhone 5.
Do You Have Pig Related Apps on Your Phone?
Teacup Pigs and Why You Should Get One
Having a teacup pig around can be one of the most fulfilling experiences because these pets are a very unique companion to have around, even though it involves a lot of commitment and devotion. Most people who think of getting a teacup pig would probably be better of to consider having a dog, a cat or even a bird instead of a darling teacup pig.
We are not talking about regular pigs of normal size. We are actually talking about teacup pigs… pigs that may initially fit inside your favorite cup! These cute miniature pigs weigh no more than 9 ounces at birth on average but keep in mind these darling pets can grow! These teacup pigs could reach 30 to 60 pounds as a maximum weight. These small pigs are usually referred to as teacup pigs because of their size and they look amazingly cute on a teacup saucer.
Having a teacup pig around is a wonderful idea, not only because of how adorable they look but also because they are very smart animals and learn things quicker than other pets. Teacup pigs come in different colors and they are very peaceful creatures who enjoy running around your house.
Mini pigs love putting their noses in anything that comes in their way, which means you have to be extra careful because they can easily hurt themselves if you don’t properly prepare your house for these extra small animals who will not stop playing around. The below list will give you a clearer idea of why you should get a teacup pig.
Teacup Pigs Live a Long Time
Teacup pigs can be wonderful companions to have around, especially since they have a surprisingly long lifespan. Your teacup pig has a life expectancy that is between 20 to 25 years. For such a small creature, this is a very long life!
Teacup Pigs Don’t Make Lots of Noise
One common drawback about having a teacup pig around the house is the constant noises they make, whether they are grunting and snorting or trying to bark like dogs. Teacup pigs will probably not disturb you or your neighbors in that sense though, because they are so small, they simply don’t make very loud noises.
The Teacup Pig is Remarkably Smart
Pigs are known for their intelligence and they are believed to be smarter than domestic dogs and other animals. Your teacup pig will prove this animal has a higher level of intelligence than other animals. As a pet pig owner, you can easily teach your little teacup baby to use a litter box and to do a lot of tricks.
Pigs Are Very Affectionate House Pets
It might be due to their miniature size but teacup pigs require a lot of affection and love, and they will give this attention back in the cutest ways. A teacup pig will sit in your lap or sleep in the palm of your hand whenever they get a chance, and you will find them always running after you around the house.
These Small Pigs Won’t Get You Sick
Teacup pigs are not like other pets as they will likely not cause you any type of allergy issues.Theses little sweethearts are very safe and harmless around the home, and are not dangerous around small children. It is highly likely that everyone who enters your home will be able to love on your pet pig without incident.
If you don’t mind slightly altering your life routine to include the smallest and cutest pet in the world, teacup pigs are perfect for you.
Don’t Buy a Miniature Pig Yet
If you are a pet owner or pet lover, you know how amazing it feels to have such wonderful companions around. Unlike some human beings, miniature pigs as pets genuinely care for you and will do their best to please you. However, having a pet is not devoid of some significant drawbacks such as the time and effort it takes to train your pig. Over time, you will spend a lot of energy on your pig in an effort to get him used to your life style, and to teach them basic hygiene rules.
Of course, some pets require more attention than others but there are a few animals that really need your full attention and require a great degree of commitment and care …such as miniature pigs! Miniature pigs as pets can be the cutest and most adorable creatures on earth, and unlike other tiny pets, they live up to 25 years and are extremely intelligent. But….
Despite these obvious and unavoidable facts, raising a miniature pig as a pet is not an easy thing to do. The entire process of training miniature pigs as pets is very different from raising other animals. These are the some of the things you should take into consideration before deciding to take a micro pig as your indoor pet.
Miniature Pigs Are Very Curious
These tiny cute creatures can cause you a lot of trouble due to their size and extreme curiosity. They will be running around the house all the time and will want to look inside anything open and interesting. These extra small pets can easily become injured due to their curiosity levels. You will have to keep everything that might hurt them out of their reach and make the necessary accommodations around your place for this very purpose.
Miniature Pigs Can Become Aggressive
All pigs are relatively well-known for their behavioral issues as these animals tend to get aggressive when they are hungry or not well at ease. This same attitude also applies to miniature pigs as well so you might want to be extra careful when taking a pet pig due to their sometimes ornery behavior.
Miniature Pigs Need Much Emotional Attention
Miniature pigs can become great pets but they need a lot of love and care on your part. These small and lovable creatures will want you to be around often in order to pet them and play with them which may not be convenient for most people. If you do not spend too much time away from home, miniature pigs might be the perfect pet but if you work or travel often, these attention-loving animals may not be for you.
Miniature Pigs Not Always Good With Other Pets
If you are a dog or cat owner and are currently thinking of taking a miniature pig as a pet, you will need to think again because these tiny animals don’t always get along with dogs and cats. Many times, miniature pigs will treat your other housepet as a rival even if you manage to separate the two in terms of space.
Miniature Pigs Can Vary in Growth
Certain breeds of miniature pigs will not remain as small as when you first adopted them and can reach the size of a regular pig. You might want to read more about miniature pigs and learn to recognize the types available where you live if you don’t want a big pig running through your house.
If you are okay with everything that has been mentioned in the above list and are still thinking of getting a miniature pig, good luck to you on your journey! Miniature pigs can often be too cute to resist …even though you have been properly warned. If you have adopted a pig baby, please share pics in the comments below.
We hope you are enjoying your new companion!
Whoa! Check out this Bacon Mushroom Ragu Pasta Recipe!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Cooking Italian with Delicious Bacon
If you want something that is easy and fairly quick to make with excellent yumminess, this Bacon Mushroom Ragu is it, seriously. I was a bit apprehensive about what the kids would say about the mushrooms, they’re not fans of the fungus family…yet, though I am determined to develop an appreciation for them in the kids. The original recipe I found calls for a pound of ground turkey, and you can certainly use that as opposed to the lesser amount of Italian sausage, but I mean it’s Italian sausage.
To soothe over the possible apocalypse of mushrooms in their food, I made up a batch of my roasted garlic no-knead bread the night before. It must have worked because not only did they not shoot me with their dagger eyes, they said, “Mom, this is the bomb!” Whew! As those of you with teens will know, there is apparently no higher praise than “being the bomb”. Enough talking, make this, eat this, and fantasize about making it again; I know I am.
2 tbsp. oil
8-10 strips of bacon, chopped in small pieces
1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms, chopped
3 tbsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped (keep 1 tbsp. for garnish)
½ lb of Italian sausage (I used the hot links, they were fantastic)
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
Salt and pepper
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 cups stock
1 lb. penne ziti pasta
2 tbsp. butter, melted
Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
In a large skillet, heat the oil and add the bacon, cooking until the fat melts, about 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and 2 tbsp. of thyme, stirring until the mushrooms are brown, about 5 more minutes.
Add the onion and cook another 5 minutes.
Lastly, add the ground turkey to the skillet with garlic, breaking the meat into tiny pieces as it cooks.
Cook for about 5 minutes until the meat is done.
Add the tomato paste and stir for about 1 minute.
Stir in the stock and bring to a boil; simmer on low while the pasta cooks.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions, minus 1-2 minutes, cooking it al dente.
Drain and place the pasta in a large bowl, adding the melted butter.
Pour the bacon and mushroom ragu sauce over the pasta.
Sprinkle with cheese and fresh thyme; serve.
Watch as everyone devours this bacon Italian inspired goodness!
Adapted from The Reluctant Entertainer
Watermelons! They’re so good to eat! Have you ever wondered just how many watermelons are being consumed each year? Me too …but I couldn’t find an answer. However, I did find out that an average American eats almost 16 pounds of watermelon each year, according to statistics.
Watermelon always tastes great but some are clearly better than others. Have you wondered why? Obviously there are different types of watermelons available beyond the seeded and seedless options, but there are also some great tips you can follow to make sure you’re bringing home one of the tastiest in the produce section or farmer’s market.
How to Choose a Yummy Watermelon
Yes! This is totally important. Here are some of the best characteristics to look for in a watermelon to ensure you and your crew have a tasty and healthy summer snack. Check out these watermelon buying tips and let us know if you have used these methods to choose your watermelons in the past.
#1 – You don’t want a picture perfect watermelon, such as the one above. The truth is, that shiny appearance on the outside of your watermelon means it’s under ripe on the inside. Choose an already developed dull-looking watermelon. The same rule applies to Honeydews …if you’re a fan.
#2 – The side on which your watermelon sat while growing in the field is called the ‘field spot’ or ‘yellow spot’. If your watermelon’s field spot is not a nice creamy shade of yellow such as the one pictured here, keep looking.
#3 – If you love a watermelon that is amazingly sweet, you should remember that the darker this yellow spot is, the sweeter your melon will taste! A white field spot means your watermelon isn’t ripe and hasn’t had a chance to sweeten up yet.
#4 – You have probably seen people in the produce aisle, knocking on watermelons and other fruit and listening to the sound this makes. Are you wondering if there is anything to this old trick? Yes, prepare to join the masses who knock on their fruit in the grocery store because a “dull” thud indicates soft flesh and an under ripe fruit. When you knock on a watermelon, your knuckles should bounce off of the melon, meaning the rind should be hard and firm.
#5 – Don’t buy a watermelon without picking several of them up! You want to find the heaviest watermelon of the particular size you want. The heavier your watermelon, the more water your fruit contains. Note the difference: the heaviest does not necessarily mean the largest.
#6 – While you have that big guy in your arms, feel him up. It’s not like you aren’t already lusting after his tasty goodness anyway. Fell for lumps, bumps and knots to find areas of inconsistency which will mean your watermelon might have gotten inconsistent amounts of sun and water during the growth process which can affect its taste and quality.
Now that you’ve got the information needed to find the absolute best watermelon available in your area, here are some cute ways to incorporate those darling pigs we all love into your next family day, friendly gathering or celebration. All you need is a really sharp knife, a cutting board and a melon baller and you’re ready to create an edible masterpiece from your watermelon.
Expect many compliments and enjoy the faces of children when they first see this amazing carved fruit display. Here are some other variations to consider when creating a festive watermelon pig for your special day.
I would suggest using fruit that you can find in season to save money while making a watermelon pig. As you can see in the next photograph (right), you can opt to serve only its own fruit in your watermelon carving.
Some of the more popular fruit additions that hold up well include pineapple chunks, honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries, mandarin orange slices, kiwis and seedless grapes. Some people add bananas but I would recommend waiting until the last minute to add these slices to the display to prevent browning, or ripening.
While you are working on the watermelon, be sure to refrigerate all of your fruit until time for assembly into the fruit display. Below is a quick syrup that you can make to coat your fruit and keep everything looking and tasting wonderful.
Natural Syrup Recipe for Watermelon Fruit
You will need a small saucepan, one-quarter cup of white granulated sugar, one-half cup of water and two tablespoons of fresh grated lemon zest.
Place the saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat, bringing the water and sugar to a boil. Once boiling, all of the sugar should be dissolved.
Remove the saucepan from heat and continue to stir until you cannot see any of the sugar granules.
Add the fresh lemon zest and set the mixture aside to cool.
Place all of your fruit bites in a large mixing bowl and pour this syrup over, tossing the fruit around to completely coat every bite. For best results, keep the bowl of fruit and the carved watermelon in the refrigerator until time to fill and serve your watermelon pig display.
Have you ever made a watermelon carving?
Nearly everyone enjoys a little bit of trivia, right? Well, today we are going to change things up a bit. Instead of asking the location of the Dead Sea Scrolls or the name of the largest desert in the world, let’s see how much you know about bacon. Once you have completed our entertaining bacon inspired quiz, you can find the answers by clicking here.
Bacon Inspired Trivia
#1 Which of the following breakfast foods contain the most calories?
a) four strips of bacon
b) two scrambled eggs
c) one yogurt cup
d) granola bar
#2 When did bacon become a food staple?
c) 1200 A.D.
d) 7000 B.C.
#3 From which part of a pig’s body does bacon come from?
#4 Which of these breakfast foods do people eat the most?
a) saugsage links
b) sausage Patties
#5 How much bacon can you harvest from one pig?
a) 15 pounds
b) 30 pounds
c) 45 pounds
d) 60 pounds
#6 Which of the following best describes pork?
a) white meat
b) red meat
c) low protein
#7 The consumption of bacon is linked to which of the following?
a) irregular hormone levels
c) Swine flu
#8 Which of the following is not a real bacon product …yet?
a) Bacon Cologne
b) Bacon soap
c) Bacon Candy
d) Bacon deodorant
#9 Which U.S. city consumes the most bacon?
a) Philadelphia, PN
b) New York City, NY
c) Houston, TX
d) Des Moines, IA
#10 From which country did bacon originate?
a) United States
c) United Kingdom
#11 Some claim that bacon has cured which of the following medical issues?
#12 Which percentage depicts the number of people who would rather eat bacon than have sex?
d) Umm… no one!
#13 Which part of the pig provides us with Canadian bacon?
#14 What do you call a side of cured and salted pork?
a) side belly
b) half side
c) full quarter
#15 What is present in pork that gives it the reputation as ‘the other white meat’?
#16 How much does the average strip of bacon weigh?
a) one ounce
b) one-half ounce
c) two ounces
d) three ounces
#17 Which of the following is NOT found in bacon?
a) Vitamin B-1
b) Vitamin B-12
#18 Which is NOT a popular bacon flavor?
b) Apple Wood
#19 When is ‘Bacon Day’ celebrated in the U.S.?
a) the day before Christmas
b) third Thursday in November
c) Saturday before Labor Day
d) May 5th
#20 Name the pork product consumed on New Year’s Day in the U.S. for good luck?
a) salt pork
b) Canadian bacon
c) hog jowl
Pig Candy aka Man Candy
If you have never experienced this addictive and delectable treat, Pig Candy is the perfect confection for those who have a sweet tooth and love the distinct flavor of bacon. A perfect combination of candied bacon and rich dark chocolate, you will be addicted from the moment you taste this salty sweet treat but where can you score a sample? If you want to try the real deal, head to Roni-Sue Chocolates on Essex Street in New York City. If that’s a little too far for you, check out our easy Pig Candy recipe below.
How to Make Pig Candy
One of the easiest candy recipes you will ever make, Pig Candy doesn’t take long but delivers results that are absolutely unforgettable. Often referred to as ‘Man Candy’, this is a confection that pleases the palates of young and old alike. But please be warned that not just any ole bacon strips will do this recipe justice. You will want to splurge on a thick sliced and truly great tasting pound of bacon. For this recipe, we recommend purchasing thick and savory strips of Applewood Smoked Bacon. Are you ready to be amazed? Let’s get cooking!
One pound of thick sliced Applewood smoked bacon
One twelve ounce bag of semisweet chocolate morsels
Four ounces of white or dark chocolate almond bark (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lay strips of bacon in a single layer using a foil lined pan. Place in the oven for fifteen to twenty minutes or until bacon has a nice color and is crispy.
Allow the bacon to cool paper towels. When cool, cut each strip in half.
Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and almond bark separately, using either a double boiler or a microwave. Stir constantly or in thirty second intervals to prevent burning if using the microwave. If the melted chocolate is too thick, add a teaspoon of shortening and stir until smooth. This should provide a thinner consistency.
Dip each strip of bacon into the melted chocolate and place on parchment or wax paper to harden until each piece is well-coated.
For presentation, drizzle the melted white chocolate almond bark over the chocolate covered bacon strips. Refrigerate the pig candy until set, approximately thirty minutes. When dry, remove from wax or parchment paper and place in an air tight container until serving.
Pig Candy: Variations to the Recipe
With a little creativity, you can easily play with this recipe to create your own delectable Pig Candy. Some popular variations include coating the bacon strips in Cinnamon or Brown Sugar before dipping into the melted chocolate. You might also try adding petite chopped pecans, yummy caramel, Cayenne pepper or other additions that will make this recipe even more unforgettable. If you put your imagination to work, you could even make Pig Candy to use as ingredients in cookie, brownie and even cheesecake recipes!
Hungry for Pig Candy yet?
If you ever get the chance to visit New York City, you absolutely must add Schmackary’s to your list of must sees. Why? They have more than forty-five different cookie varieties, including regular and gluten-free options and best of all… one of these delectable treats incorporate bacon! Meet the Maple Bacon Cookie from Schmackary’s.
Bacon and Cookies are a Perfect Match
Schmackary’s is located on West 45th Street and opens each morning at 8 a.m. to begin baking their deliciously massive assortment of cookies, including the above mentioned Maple Bacon Cookie. By 10 a.m., you will think you’ve died and gone to cookie heaven as each delicious batch is removed from the oven and placed on display. Expect to pay a little more for these goodies since they’re baked with love in an official ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ location, as single cookies are $2.75 or you can buy two for $5.00. Take some for the road, choosing either a half-dozen ($14.00) or a dozen ($24.00).
Are these gourmet cookies worth the price? Oh, that all depends on how much you love cookies! If you choose the Maple Bacon Cookie, you will be investing in delicious tidbits of candied bacon blended with maple syrup, lovingly mixed with sea salt and toffee bits to deliver an ooey gooey and oh so delightful New York confection. There are many other year round and seasonal favorites you won’t be able to resist so visit Schmackary’s when you’re really hankering for cookies!
Maple Bacon Cookies …Not just for New York City Folks
There are recipes floating around the internet for several of Schmackary’s best selling cookies, including the oh so yummy Maple Bacon variety. We know you cannot travel to New York every time you get a bacon craving and a yen for something sweet so here is one of our favorites. Let us know what you think of the Maple Bacon Cookie after trying the recipe below which yields about three dozen.
Four slices of thick bacon, cooked and cooled
Two and one-half cups of all purpose flour
One-half teaspoon of baking powder
One-half teaspoon of baking soda
One and three-quarter cups of light brown sugar
One-half teaspoon of Kosher salt
Two teaspoons of Maple extract
Three-quarter cup of butter
One cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
It is important to note that before you begin this recipe, cook the bacon by laying it out flat on a small foil lined baking sheet and top with one-third cup of brown sugar. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and cook the bacon for fifteen to twenty minutes.
When the bacon has cooled completely, cut each strip into small pieces and set aside for the recipe. Reduce oven to 375 degrees.
Using a mixer, begin by beating the butter and brown sugar for four minutes. Next, add the eggs and extract.
Slowly add in the all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder until blended.
Next, fold in the candied bacon pieces and semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, drop rounded cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for approximately ten to twelve minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit for two minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack .
I am not sure exactly when or how it happened but finally, bacon is starting to get the attention and adoration that it so deserves. Whether you love bacon that is wimpy or fried to a crisp, you will find a new appreciation for each of these five cities. When you see the social status of bacon in each of these hip pork-loving American towns, you might even want to relocate!
Five U.S. Based Cities that Love Bacon
It is no surprise that bacon is popular since the average American consumes nearly eighteen pounds of it per year… that is the equivalent to nearly 18 billion pounds annually! If that doesn’t amaze you, expect to be surprised or at least entertained, at the unique way these five cities show their love of bacon.
#1 Los Angeles, California – Head over Hoof in Love with Bacon
Second only to New York City in terms of bacon consumption across the United States, Los Angeles, California has had more than one feature on the popular television show called ‘United States of Bacon‘. This bacon loving town is also home of numerous festivals and events that celebrate their love affair with this salty treat, including the LA Bacon Festival and annual Bacon Social. Also home of the website, BaconFreak.com, Los Angeles natives and tourists can easily find delicious bacon inspired meals and treats in local restaurants such as bacon-wrapped bacon and popcorn bacon. You can also find bacon desserts such as ‘bacon crack’, named for those who cannot get enough bacon. Before leaving town, try some delectable bacon ice cream from the Sweet Rose Bakery.
#2 Chicago, Illinois – Big Love for Bacon
Chicago natives know good food when they taste it, especially dishes and desserts inspired by a love of bacon. Known for their deep dish pizzas, or deep dish bacon pizzas in our case, Chicago, Illinois is number five on the list of U.S. cities in terms of bacon consumption and has also appeared several times on the show ‘United States of Bacon‘. You will have no trouble finding kindred spirits for which to celebrate your love of bacon, as there are many festivals held in the honor of this all-American food choice. Visit Chicago during the Baconfest or the Beer and Bacon Fest …or stop by Paddy Long’s bacon-themed restaurant for an unforgettable bacon experience. If you are a die hard bacon fan, you might even want to stop by Fargginay’s, a Chicago-based company that has successfully captured the terrific smell of bacon …in cologne form! Now that’s dedication to bacon!
#3 New York, New York – Always Hankering for Bacon
By now you can already see that the love of bacon is becoming widespread but New York, New York is taking bacon adoration to a new level! This is really no surprise since New Yorkers now consume more bacon than any other group across the United States. When you visit New York, New York, you will see bacon also used as garnishes, toppings and desserts in restaurants that are completely devoted to this fabulous American food. The more popular bacon restaurants in New York include Baconery and Crif Dogs, known for fabulous bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and Traif , the perfect choice when you’re craving a fresh bacon doughnut. If you plan ahead, you can easily enjoy some of New York’s bacon inspired festivals such as the Bacon Bash or Baconfest, where bacon consuming locals and tourists celebrate their love of pork.
#4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – City of Bacon… Kevin Bacon
Formerly made popular by the famous cheese steak sandwich and delectable cheesecake, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is quickly gaining a reputation based on bacon consumption. This American city is number six on the bacon market consumption list and home to popular actor, Kevin Bacon… whoa! This cannot be a coincidence! If you happen to be in Philadelphia during their annual Bacon Fest, you might even get to say hello. Some popular bacon offerings found in this U.S. city include deep fried oysters with bacon aioli from Cochon, or bacon tacos from PYT… where the shells are actually made of bacon!
#5 Portland, Oregon – Can’t Say No to Bacon
The people of Portland, Oregon love their food… especially bacon! It is no surprise that Portland has a special group you can join called the Bacon Lovers of Oregon which meets to discuss the addictive qualities of this food. This American city is also the home of bacn.com, a website featuring great goodies and gifts such as bacon coffee and bacon inspired clothing. Know a deserving bacon admirer? Sign them up for the bacon of the month club. Popular bacon festivals held in Portland, Oregon include the Bacon Cup, PDX Baconfest, and the popular event, Bacon and Bourbon.
These are just a few of the many American cities that adore the flavor of scrumptious bacon on a number of traditional and nontraditional food choices. How much does your city love the delectable and addictive taste of bacon?
Seven Surprising Health Facts about Bacon
For years, we have consistently been reminded of the various unhealthy attributes of bacon: the saturated fat, cholesterol and so forth. Just for the sake of argument, the time has come to hear Bacon’s side of the story. The fact is this: There is no way that something so delightful and delicious can be entirely bad. Bacon actually has many nutritious attributes that make for healthy living.
1. Protein Power
Bacon actually contains highly valuable protein that is essential for maintaining a healthy, functioning body, with a minimal amount of those nasty carbohydrates that everyone hates.
2. Blood Balancing Power
Several studies have shown that moderate amounts of bacon in one’s diet can help to naturally lower blood sugar levels and the body’s blood pressure. This helps to prevent heart attacks, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
3. Fat Flushing Power
Contrary to the horror stories that we have been told for years about the harmful fatty content of bacon, there is actually evidence to show that the opposite is true. Bacon’s high protein, low carb content can actually help the body lose weight, as well as increase one’s metabolism to help build stronger, leaner muscles.
In fact, many popular cuts of chicken and beef contain more total fat, cholesterol and saturated fat, than bacon. In comparison with fish, while fish may have less cholesterol and fat, it lacks the protein of bacon and contains potentially harmful toxins such as mercury.
4. Brain Power
University studies have shown that an essential nutrient found in bacon, known as “choline,” can actually help to increase memory and intelligence. From birth to old age, this nutrient has been shown to help alleviate the debilitating effects of chronic mental impairments and Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Vitamins & Minerals
Contrary to popular belief, bacon is actually chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary to fully functioning and healthy bodies. Bacon provides 65% of daily recommended dosage of vitamin B1, 47% of vitamin B3, 38% of vitamin B12, 36% of zinc, 24% of vitamin B6, 22% of vitamin B2, 22% of phosphorus, 10% of Pantothenate, 10% of magnesium and 9% of iron. That is not to mention that Bacon actually has a 4 to 1 balance of protein to fat.
6. Mood Enhancing
We all know how satisfying and delicious bacon is, but did you know that it has actually been proven to have mood enhancing effects? The content of bacon actually effects certain neuro-transmitters in the brain that trigger the feelings of satisfaction and happiness while relieving the negative effects of self-deprivation and frustration.
7. Nitrites & Nitrates
It is true that nitrates and nitrites are unhealthy, however, what bacon-haters often fail to mention is the fact that they are easily avoidable by: 1) Baking instead of frying your bacon. 2) Avoiding charring, burning or overcooking your bacon. 3) Cooking bacon in the microwave.
Despite those who oppose bacon, bacon-lovers have not been deterred. Bacon actually does have many beneficial properties that can lead to positive health effects. Now, gorging on bacon all day every day is not recommended, there is nothing wrong with including moderate amounts of healthy and delicious bacon in you.
The world is a wonderful place if bacon is truly healthy! Don’t you think?
Our Line-Up of the Best Bacon Appetizers for Easter
Are you planning to have an amazing holiday party this year, but not quite sure what appetizers to serve? Well, one thing is for sure – You can never wrong with bacon. Not to mention, nothing says “Happy Easter” like being surrounded by family and friends, and bacon. So, get your holiday spirit going with these delicious bacon appetizers that are just perfect for Easter and other holiday gatherings:
These bacon appetizers for Easter are fast and easy to make, yet OH SO DELICIOUS. About the only drawback to serving these bad boys is the fact that you are going to have to make a lot of them, because these are going to go fast. Even so, considering how easy bacon grilled cheese roll-ups are to make, that shouldn’t be too big of a deal. Not only will your guests be delighted, but you will actually have time to spend socializing with everyone.
Add a new spin to a classic appetizer for Easter by spicing up your deviled eggs with bacon and cheddar. If your guests love deviled eggs, then these bacon cheddar deviled eggs are going to be the bell of the ball. As an added bonus, you can easily dress them up to match your holiday décor by adding a few sprigs of parsley to offset the deliciously deep red color of bacon.
Looking for the perfect appetizer for Easter to delight your holiday guests and add some holiday cheer? These cheese and bacon potato rounds are easy to make, entirely festive and scrumptious. Your guests will never have to know just how little time it actually took you to create this ‘rocking delicious’ appetizer for Easter! Besides, your guests will probably be too busy enjoying these bacon inspired appetizers for Easter to care.
These grilled bacon jalapeno wraps may be festive in color, but watch out, because they have a deliciously spicy bite to them. Perfect for a southern holiday gathering or just to appease the few spicy eaters at your festivities, these appetizers are quick, easy and sure to brighten your Easter holiday. The outrageously simple recipe is also fun to experiment with! Try adding some cheddar cheese or ranch to the cream cheese mix to make your own unique recipe.
In a tight squeeze? Forgot to pick up some appetizers for Easter to serve your guests? Throw together some of these charming bacon crackers within minutes! You’ve slaved away, preparing an amazing Easter feast. Without remorse, you can still delight your guests and save some of your precious time while enjoying the gathering that you made happen.
Easter is a special time of year when families and friends all come together to share the happiness and joy of Christ’s Resurrection. Give your holiday gathering a special touch by serving one of these simple and tasteful bacon appetizers. Your guests will thank you for it, and you will be happy you did.
Bacon Inspired Products: Salute to the Pig
It is no secret that the world loves bacon. Everywhere you look, bacon is being incorporated into some new and delightful recipe or creation. Yet, that isn’t all that bacon has been doing. You are not going to believe the crazy products that are inspired by bacon and are now making their own hit debut. Go ahead and make a pig of yourself, they are!
Here are 10 of the craziest bacon inspired products ever:
1. Bacon Flavored Toothpaste
Have you ever dreamed of a delicious tasting toothpaste that makes you thrilled to brush your teeth every morning? Well, now there is BACON FLAVORED TOOTHPASTE! Who would want minty-freshness when you could have bacon-licious-ness?
2. Bacon Flavored Dental Floss
Not to be outdone by the bacon flavored toothpaste, but here is a bacon inspired and flavored dental floss. Skip the minty-freshness in every way and have a morning mouth that smells like a sumptuous breakfast.
3. Bacon Flavored Mints
Worried that your mouth might lose its bacon-y freshness? Never fear! Bacon inspired mints are here. Now you can refresh your mouth with bacon, anytime you need it. Clearly this is not a bacon inspired product designed to prevent bad breath or promote dental health.
4. Bacon Scented Candles
While your belly may be full, that doesn’t stop you from loving the aroma of freshly cooked bacon. Now you can delight your senses anytime with bacon scented candles. Whether you simply love filling your home with the delicious aromas of bacon inspired goodness, or are planning a romantic night alone with your significant other, bacon flavored candles are a must have.
5. Bacon Soap
Nothing is better than the sweet aromas of fresh bacon. Now you can have that sensational aroma in the bathroom and all over yourself! Take your hygiene to a whole new level with the wonders of bacon inspired soap.
6. Bacon Flavored Baby Formula
Is there a tiny bacon lover in your home? Feed their love of bacon with bacon flavored baby formula that is specially formulated with nutritious servings of bacon in every scoop.
7. Bacon Flavored Coffee
For those coffee connoisseurs out there with a pension for bacon, what could be better than a combination of the two? Have your morning coffee and bacon combined into one delicious cup with Boca Java’s Maple Bacon Morning coffee.
8. Bacon Inspired Vodka
Need a little nip to take the edge off? Having trouble separating from your bacon obsession? Sit back and relax with BAKON, the one and only bacon inspired vodka. Guaranteed to take the edge off, bacon vodka will make you a believer.
9. Bacon Jelly Beans
Are you in the mood for candy, but just can’t find anything that hits the ‘bacon spot’? Well, now there is Bacon Beans – the bacon flavored jelly beans that are sure to hit the candy spot and the bacon spot all at one time!
10. Bacon Personal Lubricant
Are you ready to have a sizzling good time in the bedroom? Well, now you no longer have to sacrifice the love of your significant other for your love of bacon, you can have them both!
Taking the world’s love of bacon to a whole new level, these products make it possible to incorporate bacon into every aspect of your daily life. Never again will you have to sit at work longing for your bacon when you can just pop in a bacon mint or have some bacon beans. Even the love of your life will be amazing at how far your obsession with bacon has come!
Would you use any of these bacon inspired products?
10 Best Bacon Tattoos Ever …Since Last Time!
What better way to proclaim your love for bacon than to have it permanently branded into your skin? No, this is not a joke. Some people simply love bacon so much that they need a permanent skin decoration to proclaim their devotion to the entire world.
1. The Bacon Equation Tattoo
Why stop at bacon? This tattoo shows this person’s love of the entire process. From the barnyard to the butcher’s block, and then …to your plate – What’s not to love about this delicacy?
2. No Regrets
While many of us might want a tattoo proclaiming “No Regrets” in regards to our life or love, but this person takes it to an entirely new level. While they may eat enough bacon to feed a third world country, surely the pain is worth every bite.
3. Side of Bacon
Taking the term “a side of bacon” to a whole new level is this fellow, who has a tattoo of bacon strips spelling out the word “BACON” on his side. Not only does this show his amazing dedication to his favorite meat, but it is also anatomically correct…in a manner of speaking.
4. Bacon Woman
While this may be a cry for help…or a girlfriend, this Bacon Woman tattoo definitely takes the obsession with bacon to entirely new heights. Of course, who wouldn’t see bacon as a sumptuous woman with curves in all of the right places, complete with sunny side up egg ‘breasts’?
5. FRESH Bacon
Naturally, nobody likes old bacon. Oh, who’s kidding? Bacon lovers love bacon. Period. This person decided to proclaim to the entire world the importance of fresh bacon by having the word FRESH spelled out with bacon strips. Epic? Or is this an epic fail?
6. Bacon City
That’s correct. This bacon lover wanted a tattoo of a city made entirely of bacon. There doesn’t really seem to be any words that can truly reflect on this…. this is a bacon lover’s fantasy world merged with New York City.
7. Make Bacon – Not War
Nothing is more integral to achieving world peace than a tattoo stating, “Make Bacon Not War.” While they may have a strange way of showing it, we’re sure that their bacon…err heart, is in the right place. Perhaps we should ask the pig.
8. I Heart Bacon
This person obviously loves their bacon and is also encouraging everyone else to share their love of this sumptuous meat. What could be a better proclamation of your love of meat than this bacon tattoo?
9. Bacon Strip Heart
This bacon tattoo is simple, straightforward and says it all. Without the dramatics of many bacon tattoos, this one is a simple statement of the love and devotion that this bacon lover has for one of the most delicious meats on earth.
The love of bacon is enough to have anyone making a pig of themselves, but the faithful few take it even further by proclaiming their love and devotion on their skin. These 10 bacon tattoos are just a few of the millions of people who have found one of the most inspirational ways to show their love of bacon.
Would you get a Bacon Tattoo?
5 Crazy Bacon Foods
One of the most beloved foods of all time is bacon, so it is only natural that it should be incorporated into as many recipes as possible. While we all know the unhealthy levels of cholesterol and saturated fats that thrive in this sumptuous fried food, it doesn’t deter us from making pigs of ourselves (pun intended).
While bacon can be deliciously added to any number of dishes for a delightful finish, sometimes the creativity boarders on insanity. With the explosion of the internet and social media, it seems that more people than ever are sharing their crazy bacon creations.
Here are 5 crazy bacon foods; you decide if they are delish or yuck!
5. Crazy Bacon & Egg Cupcakes
Bacon and egg breakfasts have been a common household staple for centuries, but this creation definitely adds a new twist to an old favorite. With bread on the bottom, bacon sides and an egg center, this bacon creation could definitely take the place of your average plate breakfast. The question is: Would you stop after eating just one?
4. Crazy Bacon Weave Taco
Nothing is better than a big, juicy taco….unless it’s a big, juicy taco made with a bacon shell! While bacon taco shells have been done before, their lack of effort left much to be desired. Staying true to the art of bacon, Nick Chipman has taken the bacon taco shell to the next level by weaving the strips together to create the epitome of bacon taco shells.
3. Crazy Bacon Weave Ice Cream Sandwich
With another creation from Nick Chipman, a true bacon artist, comes the Bacon Weave Ice Cream Sandwich. While not everyone likes a combination of salty and sweet, that is not stopping bacon lovers everywhere from chowing down on this unique delicacy. Nick recommends using maple flavored bacon in order to really set off the flavor of ice cream.
2. Crazy Bacon Lattice Top Apple Pie
Apple pie is one of America’s favorite pastimes, but this apple pie is not exactly like what mother used to make. This apple pie features a delectable lattice work topping made out of bacon. Foodies recommend adding a slice of cheddar, either on top or worked into the crust, for a sensational taste that you won’t find anywhere else. It seems that the combination of sweet and salty is becoming more and more popular.
1. Crazy Bacon Turtle Burger
Taking the love of bacon to a whole new level, this Bacon Turtle Burger combines beef hamburger patties, hot dogs and bacon to create one of the most unique versions of the hamburger ever. This is definitely a win-win for meat lovers around the world.
Following the world’s love of bacon and bacon creations is a never-ending adventure in the foodie world. Whether you like trying new and interesting eats or simply love to see the passion and creativity that goes into a bacon-lover’s design, following the world’s bacon creativity is never dull.
What’s your favorite ‘Crazy Bacon’ food?
As we celebrate Halloween today with family, friends and children, we bid farewell to the warm days of summer and greet the chilly winds of fall with hope and anticipation.
May all of your Halloween buckets be overflowing with candy by this time tomorrow! Happy Halloween!
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
Listen to the whisper
Autumns in the air
Summer waves goodbye
For she knows she has to share.
Each season has its time
With a beauty of its own
Though summer now has left us
Her beauty she has shown.
Now rich shades of autumn
Reds and browns and gold’s
Emerge across the land
As her carpet does unfold.
Summers sun still with us
Now joined by a tiny chill
As quietly autumn awakens
Over valleys pastures and hills.
Goodbye summer we’ll miss you
But until we meet once more
We’ll bask in each glorious season
As autumn now waits at our door.
Poem by Jesstay
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Have you ever wondered who created the delectable Halloween treat known by all as Candy Corn? If the answer is yes, you are in for a real treat. Because today is October 30th, National Candy Corn Day AND the day before Halloween, now seems like the perfect time to share the origin of this sugary sweet orange and white treat.
The Origin of Candy Corn
As Halloween draws near, adults and children are looking forward to munching down on some delicious Candy Corn. Many will hit the streets tomorrow night hoping to secure a hefty harvest of candy corn after a night of trick-or-treating. Those delectable yellow, orange, and white kernel shaped treats are iconic among Halloween candies, with a legacy that dates back for more than a century.
It is believed that a man named George Renninger, a candymaker employed by the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia, was the inventor of this revolutionary tri-colored candy, back in the 1880′s. Once distributed by the Goelitz Confectionery Company, yummy tasting Candy Corn is now provided to kids (and kids at heart) by the Jelly Belly Candy Company.
With the longest history of making candy corn, Jelly Belly has changed its cooking methods but not the delicious flavor and original recipe. As you can see in the image below, many products mimic the delicious flavor of Candy Corn for the holiday.
Do You Love Candy Corn?
Candy corn begins as a unique mixture of sugar, corn syrup, fondant, vanilla flavoring, and fluffy marshmallow creme, melted to create a liquid candy called slurry. Color is added before the candy is run through a cornstarch molding process that creates each tasty kernel. Wooden trays are used to mold these delightful candies, sealing all three layers. Colorful kernels of candy corn are then sifted from these wooden trays, polished in larger drum pans using edible wax, and a glaze is added for an attractive shine.
10 Great (and EASY!) Candy Corn Ideas for Halloween
Because Candy Corn is universally loved, and oh so colorful and festive, there are tons of great ideas for you to consider as you celebrate National Candy Corn Day and Halloween this year. Below, you will find a list of ten great (and EASY!) candy corn ideas to make your holiday amazingly special! Are you ready? Okay, pop at least one Candy Corn in your mouth and let’s get started!
#1o – Rice Crispy Treats with Candy Corn
Rice Krispie Treats are one of the easiest desserts you can possibly make, requiring only marshmallows, butter, Rice Krispies Cereal, and Candy Corn. Doesn’t this look so festive? You know the kids are going to love it, and seeing those happy faces makes it all worthwhile! You can find detailed instructions here.
# 9 – Candy Corn Banana Snacks
If you would like something healthy to eat with your delightfully high fructose Candy Corn treat, consider making these adorable Corn on the Cob snacks, using a banana. How adorable is this? I bet the banana goes well with the flavor of Candy Corn. Here, you will find the detailed instructions.
#8 – Candy Corn Vodka (for Adults, of Course!)
Obviously, there are some adults that just can’t get enough of the delicious taste of Candy Corn. Candy Corn flavored vodka is simple to make. Just purchase a cheap bottle of clear unflavored vodka and dump some Candy Corn inside. After a specific amount of time, the candy dissolves and you are left with some yummy and festive liquor! Check out the instructions here.
#7 – Candy Corn Marshmallow Guys
Aren’t these ideas just amazing? The creativity just blows me away. Just look at these cute Candy Corn Marshmallow Guys, made from this festive candy, melted white chocolate and food coloring. Nothing could be easier to make and the kids will love these guys… they kind of remind me of Minions. I bet with some more yellow food coloring, you could alter the recipe and create little yellow Minions.
#6 – Candy Corn and Peanuts
By October, you probably have your candy dishes on display; after all, it’s that time of year. Some of you may even have super-cool Halloween inspired candy dishes, complete with scary motion activated hand and spooky sounds- too cool! If you are wondering what to put in your festive dishes, look no more! Check out this cool combination that’s uper-simple to throw together, found here. Yes! It is as simple as it looks!
#5 – Candy Corn Popcorn
If you’re a popcorn lover, watch out! This treat has your name on it! Easy to make and looks delightfully seasonal, this Candy Corn Popcorn is made with the simplest of ingredients: popcorn, Candy Corn, Halloween sprinkles and vanilla candiquick. Check out the step by step instructions and have a blast with this popcorn recipe.
#4 – Candy Corn Almond Bark
If you like quick and easy recipes, and love the taste of white chocolate and Candy Corn, you’re going to flip over this new recipe! Made with salty and sweet ingredients such as pretzels and Candy Corn for a flavor explosion, this festive almond bark will be hard to walk away from. While it takes only minutes, your guests may beg for the recipe, thinking you’ve been creative in the kitchen all day!
#3 – Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs
Are you noticing how great salty treats seem to pair up with delicious Candy Corn? Here is another example, coming to you in the form of Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs. Made with pretzels, Hershey’s Kisses, and Candy Corn, these add a delightful pop of color for your table. Check the instructions out here and have fun making these adorable treats for your trick-or-treaters!
#2 – Halloween Candy Corn Muddy Buddies Mix
Why buy your party mixes and snacks when you can have this delicious Halloween Candy Corn snack mix? Simple to make and quick to disappear, this Muddy Buddies recipe is slightly different from other Chex brand, as it includes the colorful and sweet flavor of Candy Corn. I can almost taste this Muddy Buddies mix now!
#1 – Candy Corn Popcorn Balls
Popcorn balls and Halloween are almost as traditional as Jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treaters, and with this simple recipe, you can easily see why! Don’t stop with Candy Corn unless you just want to! Some other items that would go great with popcorn balls include Oreo cookies, peanuts and cashews, M&Ms, pretzel sticks, and many other great tasting treats!
How’s that for a fast fall line-up?
By now you’ve probably noticed how much fun it is to report all these wild and wacky holidays. Today is Plush Animal Lovers Day, a day chosen in celebration of your favorite stuffed toy. Give your special plush an extra special squeeze today as I tell you how this day became nationally recognized.
What is Plush Animal Lovers Day?
No one is one hundred percent sure how the Plush Animal Lovers Day came to be recognized but we have a pretty good idea. An confirmed Urban Legend states that a collectibles dealer named Royal Selangor wanted to celebrate a Teddy Bears Picnic Day, back in the late eighties. It is rumored that the other stuffed toys (especially the pigs!) became jealous. After all, why should only Teddy Bears be adored on this day?
The Plush Animal Lovers Day quickly gained popularity, replacing the Teddy Bears Picnic Day, and it’s only fair, right? Today, Plush Animal Lovers Day is an opportunity to share your love of stuffed and plush toys with the rest of the world. Take one to work or school or throw a tea party for your plush animals.
Buy someone you love a special stuffed animal and enjoy their reaction. Personally, I recommend choosing a ping piggy plush but hey – to each their own, right? Remember, a plush, or stuffed, toy is not just for Christmas – it needs love and affection all year long! For those of you who embrace all things piggy, here are some wonderful plush choices for you!
See Our Plush Pig Parade!
Aurora Plush 12″ Piggolo Flopsie
Found on Amazon for approximately $9.99 to $12.30 and available with the gift-wrapping option, this little piggy is ready for some snuggle time. Numerous reviews have given this little pink barnyard dweller an average score of 4.5! Do you know someone who would give this special pink baby a loving home?
Pauline the Plush Spotted Pig by Douglas
Available on Stuffed Safari, this little guy has an adorable spotted feature that makes you instantly want to say aww! That little pink nose and equally adorable ears are sure to win your heart almost instantly! Pauline the Plush Spotted Pig retails for $22.49, and there are several personalization options to choose from on their site.
Webkinz Pot Bellied Pig
This sweet Webkinz Pot Bellied Pig, priced at $39.98, comes with an activation code so you can play online games, interacting with a virtual version of this plush animal. Choose whether this darling pig is a girl or boy, and after adoption, you can decorate, buy furniture, clothes and food for your pet’s bedroom. Basic requirements such as health and hunger can be monitored, and each pig comes with a special food and belonging, available at Amazon.
Minecraft 7 inch Animal Plush – Baby Pig
Do you know someone who loves pigs and Minecraft? If so, this may be the perfect gift! This seven inch plush baby pig is soft and cuddly with a luxurious pink plush exterior. Available for $17.99 at the NZ Game Shop, you’re sure to make someone smile with this exceptionally crafted stuffed pig!
Fruit Ninja Jumbo Truffles the Pig Plush Toy
Amazon offers another great stuffed animal, the Fruit Ninja Jumbo ‘Truffles the Pig’ plush toy, available for $49.95. This adorable little fruit ninja is on the 2014 Holiday Toy List so you better grab your own Truffles the pig while he’s still available! At 20 inches by 8 inches by 16 inches, he’s kind of a big deal!
McDull Pig Plush Toy Large
For only $39.99, you can own this large and in charge pig from Greekk, lovingly named McDull Pig. This stuffed pig has a large pink snout and a round midsection that’s just begging to be squeezed! Need a special gift that says I love you in a grand way? Choose the McDull Pig Plush Toy and you can’t go wrong!
Pig Plush Key Chain – Cute Accessory
Each of our Kawaii Pig key chains are made from soft felt , measuring approximately 4 inches tall and filled with stuffing. The tiny details are carefully and securely stitched by hand for a unique key chain that is 100% handmade. Because no machine is used to sew these sweet little pigs, there may be small differences in the designs.
Do you plan to celebrate National Plush Animal Lovers Day?
On October 21st, we celebrated National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day and in honor of that wonderful dessert, I would like to share a recipe that I adapted from one found on A Family Feast.
Cheesecake is awesome any time of year, but add some delicious pumpkin and voila! You have an exceptional and festive treat! Best of all, these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes do not have to be baked in the oven – which is great if it’s still hot and humid in your neck of the woods.
Ready for some Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes?
Gosh, I am! But first, have you ever wondered how pumpkins became a part of our fall festivities?
You may be surprised to learn where the tradition of carving pumpkins came from! Originally, the people of Ireland and Scotland used hollowed-out turnips, placing embers or candles inside. This quickly became a popular Halloween decoration, as tradition suggested that the jack-o-lanterns would ward off evil spirits. These carved out pumpkins were also intended to represent the souls of the dead.
It was the Irish who brought this tradition to America, replacing the turnips with pumpkins which were easier to carve and more plentiful in the new world. Eventually, people began carving scary faces and other holiday designs on their jack-o’-lanterns.
Easy No-Cook Pumpkin Recipe
First of all, I adore the little glasses shown in the pictures but wouldn’t these be exceptional in some miniature hollowed out pumpkins? Adorable! If I get around to making some, I will be sure to post some pictures for you here! For now, raid the china cabinet or the pantry and choose some interesting glassware for your festive pumpkin treats.
Adapted from A Family Feast
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
(makes approximately 100 ounces)
- One package of honey graham crackers
- ½ stick butter, softened
- Two tablespoons of granulated sugar
- Two tablespoons of light brown sugar (dark brown if you desire a richer flavor)
- One 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
- One 15-ounce can of pumpkin
- Two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
- One 1-ounce package of sugar free cheesecake-flavored instant pudding mix (or 1/3 of any regular instant pudding)
- One 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- One 12-ounce container of frozen whipped topping or Cool Whip, (you can buy a little extra to use as a garnish, if you like)
- Cinnamon Sticks, for garnish
Directions for Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes:
Grind the graham crackers in a food processor until blended into fine crumbs, adding the melted butter and sugars, pulsing until combined.
Put a heaping spoonful of crumbs into each cup and placein the refrigerator while you preparing the filling.
Using a stand mixer equipped with a paddle, beat the cream cheese until creamy and light.
Add pumpkin, spice blend and pudding mix, beating until well-mixed.
Add the condensed milk and mix again.
Using the wire whisk that attaches to your stand mixer, add the tub of whipped topping. Blend well.
Place in the refrigerator for one hour, allowing the mixture to set.
With a large pastry bag and tip, cover the graham cracker crust in each glass with the whipped pumpkin mixture. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve these mini treats.
Before serving, garnish with additional Cool Whip, Cinnamon sticks, and/or Cinnamon sprinkles.
If breakfast is presumed to be the most important meal of the day, why on earth would you want to fill up on empty calories? Most Americans today struggle between the need for quick convenient meals and the desire to eat healthy, feeling as if they cannot have the best of both words. While on your search for the healthiest breakfast foods, here are some that you (and Miss Piggy) may want to avoid.
Avoid Sweet High Calorie Breakfast Foods
A good breakfast includes the following key ingredients: healthy protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. Choose a breakfast that doesn’t maximize your sugar levels so your body will be satisfied with the meal. Not only will your body be missing out on important nutrients but when the sugar supply begins to fall, you’re going to feel tired and sluggish. There are numerous high calorie, high fat and sugary sweet breakfast foods available on the market today, but you would be wise to avoid them. Filled with empty calories and a short term feel-good effect, the following foods should be stricken from your diet for optimal health and weight control.
The sugar-starch combination of doughnuts can be hard on your body, raising blood sugar levels and often sabotages your diet with binge eating and sugar crashes. The high levels of fat in doughnuts will lead to drowsiness, robbing you of energy and slowing your metabolism. Finally, while no one considers donuts healthy, you may not realize exactly how many calories and how much fat are in just one. For example, an apple fritter has approximately 450 calories and 17 grams of fat, most of which is saturated. Try having a breakfast that includes protein, such as some granola and Greek yogurt. The energy and staying power you will get from eating a breakfast that has protein in it will make you wish you realized this sooner.
Breakfast Cereal for Children
Breakfast cereal may seem like a healthy option but those marketed for children are often loaded with carbohydrates and sugar. These sugary sweet cereals lead to an elevated blood sugar that will quickly bottom out, leaving you feeling tired and probably ready for a nap. A nap at the beginning of your day will sabotage your work schedule and to do list, so it is better to avoid children’s cereal brands. Instead, opt for those cereals that offer high fiber, high protein and low sugar options for your first meal of the day. Increase your cereal’s nutrition levels by adding ground flaxseed, bananas, strawberries, blueberries or walnuts for more protein, fiber and other health benefits.
Store Bought Frozen Pancakes and Artificial Maple Syrup
Natural maple syrup is considered to be a healthy sweetener, but there are other artificial types of maple syrup available on the market today that are made with staggering amounts of high fructose corn syrup. This unhealthy sweetener, derived from corn kernels, can also be found in most packaged and processed foods. High fructose corn syrup can also cause abdominal obesity and promote the presence of visceral fat, stored between the organs and often leading to cancer. The consumption of high fructose corn syrup has also been linked to diabetes.
Sugary Sweet and Light Yogurts
Sure, everyone is thoroughly convinced by now that yogurt is healthy. Many yogurt brands only contain about one hundred calories per serving and come in a variety of tempting flavors. You can find such goodies as Boston Creme Pie and Red Velvet or Strawberry Cheesecake, but the fact remains that there are filled with sugar or artificial sweeteners, not to mention chemicals. Instead of reaching for regular or low fat yogurt, choose the yogurts with labels marked non-fat instead.
Fast Food Breakfast Sandwiches
There are numerous healthy options regarding breakfast sandwiches, but most fast food options are packed with sodium, preservatives and chemicals. Your best bet is to build your own breakfast sandwich by microwaving one egg, beaten, and toasting a whole grain English muffin. For additional protein, add a slice of cheese.
Whole milk is very, very naughty with saturated fats, the bad kind that raises your bad cholesterol levels. Whole milk also promotes inflammation in your body and is believed to play a part in the clogging of arteries. For a healthier heart and slimmer, more attractive waistline, switch to skim or 1% low-fat milk or consider switching to soy or almond milk. Both the skim and low-fat milk choices will provide such nutrients as protein, calcium, vitamin D, and potassium without all the bad.
Plain Bagels with Cream Cheese
Stay away from those starchy white and flavored bagels such as onion, garlic, poppy seed varieties! These bagels are all made with refined wheat flour, stripped of all the fiber and nutrients it once offered the body. There are no health benefits to these ridiculously dense and high calorie bagels. Did you know the average bagel is the caloric equivalent of as many as five slices of unhealthy white bread? When you absolutely must have a bagel, choose a whole wheat or oat bran bagel and discard some of the filling. Top with light cream cheese or a healthy nut-butter.
Muffins are on the top the list as one of the most high-calorie breakfast treats because they are extremely rich and dense, packed with lots of goodies that you generally do not need. These ingredients can include white flour, butter, oil, and sugars. Additionally, some muffins contain candies and chocolate pieces rather than fruit. If you must feed your muffin addiction, purchase small two ounce muffins which are considered one serving.
Classic movies are as American as apple pie, but which ones are the best? In color or black and white, here is our complete list of the top five must see classic movies of all time. If there’s one you haven’t seen, you may be in for a treat!
Classic Movies You Don’t Want to Miss
From the 1940′s through the 1970′s, Hollywood created numerous classics to keep America entertained and in love with the silver screen. While you may have seen a few of these beloved classics, have you seen them all? The next time you’re in the mood for movie night with your muppet, visit the video store to snag one or more of the titles listed below.
Gone With the Wind
Popular opinion suggests that Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind is one of the best movies of all time, then and now. Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable are the fire and ice co-stars who keep the fireworks going throughout this epic Southern Belle’s saga as Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler. Gone with the Wind claimed eight regular Oscars as well as two special Oscars, the first film to ever receive such recognition.
Gone with the Wind has been released in US theaters eight time, making an estimated $400 million. Adjusted for the changing value of money, this amount equals approximately $3 to $5 billion dollars, making this the highest grossing film in history. This movie is also the most watched film of all time, which means this classic has sold more tickets than any other.
The Sound of Music
This 1965 movie classic, The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer won the hearts of many, playing the characters of Maria von Trapp and Captain Georg von Trapp. Based on the true story of a rather straight-laced man, his multi-talented singing governess and seven children of different ages, this is considered to be the second most popular movie of all time, second to none other than Gone with the Wind.
There are plenty of songs in this musical classic, most of the lyrics written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on the book, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, the story was written by a writing team which included Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, while the screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman. The Sound of Music was awarded five Academy Awards, which included Best Picture. This movie classic eventually surpassed Gone with the Wind as the highest grossing film ever made.
The Wizard of Oz
This musical fantasy, The Wizard of Oz, is a delight to both young and old alike, featuring a cast of lovable characters that successfully entertain and inspire any audience. The star of this classic is a young and beautiful Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale who lives on a farm in Kansas with her relatives. A tornado takes Dorothy to a faraway land where she meets some very interesting “people”.
Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, this movie classic has withstood the test of time and is as well-known today as when it was first released in January of 1939. Based on L. Frank Baum’s novel written in 1900 titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this movie classic was nominated for Best Picture but lost to Gone with the Wind. The movie did, however, win Best Song with Judy Garland’s ‘Over the Rainbow‘, and is considered the most viewed motion picture on television today.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
An American comedy filled with romance, Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released in 1961 starring the lovely Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Loosely based on Truman Capote’s novel which bears the same name, Paramount Pictures released this classic tale of Holly Golightly, society girl. This part is believed to be Audrey Hepburn’s most memorable accomplishment and most challenging role.
The classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s was well-received, nominated for five Academy Awards and Hepburn was given an award for Best Actress. In addition, a song featured in the movie called ‘Moon River’ won two awards, Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and is considered one of the top five songs produced by Hollywood. Fans will appreciate this fun story line about a naive, high society girl who has a lot to learn about life… and love!
This Warner Bros masterpiece is an American movie classic, Casablanca, starring the one and only Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, that everyone should see. This romantic drama takes place in unoccupied Africa during the start of World War II, following an American expatriate and his former lover. Premiering on November 26, 1942, in New York City, Bogart’s first romantic leading role was a roaring success.
Producers and directors were surprised when their Casablanca was rewarded with three Academy Awards including one for Best Picture. Since then, this film is considered one of the greatest films of all time and Bogart’s most successful role. Casablanca has also become the source of many frequently used movie quotes such as “Here’s looking at you, kid” and “When it comes to women, you’re a true democrat.”
Aside from this short list of five, there are many other classic movies which deserve special recognition. Please comment below if you love any of these or have more titles to add to our list of all time best classic movies of all time.
If you’re like most of us, then you have probably heard the story of The Three Little Pigs and know how the third little pig continually outsmarted The Big Bad Wolf, even when his two brothers couldn’t. Perhaps this story even made you question just how smart a pig really is. Or not, maybe you simply blew it off as a children’s story without ever thinking twice. So, just how intelligent are pigs?
Do You Have Pig Smarts?
The truth is that pigs actually are quite intelligent. As far as intelligence goes, pigs are in the same category as dolphins, apes, dogs and 3-year-olds. We all know that they are smart enough to find a trash can if it is left out where they are roaming and, of course, they certainly know their way around a slop bucket. That just makes them hungry, not necessarily smart. Although a good deal of their intelligence seems to be centered on food and the obtaining thereof.
The people who study animal intelligence are now telling us that the extent of a pig’s intellect is actually much more extensive than just foraging for food or learning to do a trick. Did you know that they can quickly figure out how to use mirrors for scoping their surroundings in order to find their food?
While there is still some doubt as to whether or not they recognize that the reflection they see as themselves – they can in fact use a mirror. As though they would be spending the time in front of a mirror to inspect their hairy chinny chin chins anyway. Why would they do that when mirrors could be used to find a much better sight, such as food?
Pigs are also great at remembering where the food is stored at, as well as the size of different stores. They will follow another pig if the pig acts as though it knows where to find good food. In addition to this, the second pig will try to trick the one following it so that it won’t have to share the food. How does that sound for intelligence?
Pigs have found several ways to show just how smart they are. For instance, they are great at learning tricks. Someone with enough pigs and the time to train them could effectively run their own circus with only pig performers. This is why so many people compare them to dogs.
Unlike dogs, however, they are like an elephant when it comes to forgetting something. Lessons learned are practically impossible for a pig to forget.
So, maybe the next time you are debating what sort of pet you might like to have, you will consider a pig. Much like your average household dog, a pig is sure to entertain and learn any tricks you choose to teach him.
Just beware that you don’t teach him something that you will wish you hadn’t, because chances are that they will never forget it no matter how much you may want him to.
Oh, and now you have a new expression… instead of saying someone is as smart as a whip, fox or tack, remember that pigs are smarter than all of these!
What’s up with these crazy holidays? Can’t say I don’t like them… most of these so-called nationally recognized holidays are entertaining and fun! For example, guess what today is? National Trail Mix Day! But guess whow those of us who love pigs will celebrate this day? By adding bacon to the mix, of course.
Celebrate Bacon Trail Mix Day with Us!
Bacon Trail Mix! Doesn’t that sound great? To properly celebrate this holiday, here are some yummy trail mix ideas using our favorite food ever – BACON! Proceed with caution… these recipes and pictures will make you hungry!
Best of all, trail mix is a great source of protein, which the body needs for energy, but the added bacon boosts the protein level even more! Normally, bacon by itself is a yummy treat but with the following five snack mix ideas, you will definitely please the people in your life.
To make any of these yummy bacon trail mixes, you will need to fry some bacon until crisp. Put the crisp bacon on a paper towel to drain. Crumble bacon when cool and store in an airtight container until used for any of these pig-errific recipes!
Five Bacon Trail Mix Ideas
1. Cheez-Its and Bacon Trail Mix – You will need a box of cheese crackers (Cheez-Its are my favorite), 1/2 cup of crumbled bacon, and honey roasted peanuts. Some additional ideas to include in this bacon trail mix is cashews and pretzel sticks.
2. Toffee and Bacon Trail Mix - Oh, don’t you just love the taste of toffee? Bet you probably haven’t eaten it with bacon though. This trail mix combines bits of toffee with crumbled bacon and pretzels – I like the sticks best but square pretzels are great too!
3. Munchie Crunchie Bacon Trail Mix- This one adds a bit of spicy flavor to your bacon trail mix but there is a little more prep work involved. You will need to place the following dry goodies for this bacon trail mix idea in a roasting pan: 3 cups of Crispix breakfast cereal, 5 cups of Tostitos round tortilla chips (white or yellow), 1 bag of microwaved popcorn, popped (I prefer Kettle Corn!), 1 ½ cups of pretzel sticks or squares, 1 cup of Craisins, and 1 cup of pecan halves or mixed party nuts. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
For the seasoning, you will need to place the following ingredients in a small saucepan: ½ cup of real butter, ½ cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of chile powder, 1 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper and ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
Pour the saucepan mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well. Bake for one hour in the oven, stirring at regular intervals. Pour the delicious bacon trail mix onto wax paper while it is still hot. Allow the mix to cool before storing in airtight bags.
4. S’more Bacon Trail Mix – Now, this one is probably going to be your favorite if you love chocolate and big fluffy marshmallows. Incidentally, yesterday was National Toasted Marshmallow Day – how cool is that? You can celebrate both bacon and marshmallow days with this recipe!
Grab a big mixing bowl and add one cup of Golden Grahams cereal, one cup of honey flavor Teddy Grahams, 1/2 cup of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chips, 1/2 cup of Milk Chocolate M&M’s, one cup of mini marshmallows, one cup of dehydrated mini marshmallow bites (comes in a cylindrical container near the store’s supply of hot cocoa) and 1/2 cup of bacon pieces (Was that angels singing?). Stir well and dig in.
5. Kentucky Bourbon Bacon Trail Mix- Now, this trail mix may not be the healthiest snack ever, but hey – we are choosing foods that complement the delightful taste of bacon. Here are the ingredients you will need: one 15 ounce bag of traditional Chex Mix, one cup of pecan halves, 1/2 pound of crumbled bacon or 6 to 8 slices, 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of real butter, 1/4 cup of light corn syrup, 2 tablespoons of Kentucky bourbon (Jim Beam!) and 3/4 teaspoon Chipotle chili powder.
Heat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with foil. Spray the foil-lined sheets with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (Chex mix, pecans and bacon) and set aside. In a saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar and corn syrup until bubbling around the edges.
Continue to cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally, and then remove from heat. Allow the saucepan mixture to cool for two minutes before carefully adding the bourbon and Chipotle powder. Pour this mixture over the dry snack mixture, and toss until evenly coated.
Spread the snack mix across the two pans and bake for fifteen minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until the mixture is caramelized. Allow to cool completely, which should take approximately one hour. Break into pieces and store in refrigerator, inside an airtight container to seal in freshness.
Try these awesome recipes as they are or adapt them to suit your own personal tastes. Leave a comment if you loved them!
No matter which feature you love best, those plump little bodies or little pink snots, pigs are truly adorable… and even irresistible to some. We all know that pigs are unique and intelligent animals, but did you know these 10 insane (but true) facts about pigs?
10 Insane (But True) Facts About Pigs
(And… ten insanely adorable piggy pictures that you will love!)
1. Pigs are great communicators: over 20 vocalizations that they use to communicate with each other have been identified. No matter what the situation, pigs have a specific squeal, oink or grunt that has a distinct meaning.
2. Pigs are very social creatures who are constantly playing, exploring and interacting with each other. They love contact and form close bonds with one another and individuals. They also love to sleep nose-to-nose and snuggle close to one another.
3. Like humans, pigs dream while sleeping. They also love many of the same activities that humans do, such as: listening to music, getting massages, sunbathing, playing, exploring and playing with soccer balls.
4. Cambridge University Veterinary School, Professor Donald Boom states that, “[Pigs] have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated. Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than human] 3-year-olds.”
State Penn University Professor Stanley Curtis has discovered that pigs are capable of abstract representation and can play video games, which are controlled by a joystick.
5. Contrary to popular belief, pigs are actually very clean animals. They keep their bathroom area as far away as possible from where they eat and sleep at. Within hours of birth, a new born piglet will leave its mother’s nest to go to the bathroom.
Since pigs are unable to sweat, they often bathe in mud or water in order to stay cool with a preference for water. One woman even created a shower in the barn for her pigs, which they learned how to operate on their own.
6. While nursing, mother pigs will “sing” to their piglets. Newborn piglets learn to identify their mother’s voice and run to her when called, they can also learn to recognize their own names.
7. A full-grown pig can run up to 11 mph. They have also been known to find their way home over long distances and have an amazing sense of direction.
8. A pig’s snout is extremely flexible and strong due to the round disk of cartilage in the tip and they have an excellent sense of smell.
9. Pigs rarely show aggression and are generally very peaceful, aside from when a mother and her young is threatened or provoked.
Johannesburg Zoo director and biologist, Lyall Watson, states in his book (The Whole Hog) that, “I know of no other animals [who] are more consistently curious, more willing to explore new experiences, more ready to meet the world with open mouthed enthusiasm. Pigs, I have discovered, are incurable optimists and get a big kick out of just being.”
10. Pigs do not actually ‘pig out’, they are very slow eaters and prefer to savor their food.
These 10 crazy, but true, facts about pigs are sure to give you a new appreciation for these unique and amazing barnyard animals. If you already knew this information, I bet you enjoyed the pictures! I’m willing to bet you said ‘aww’ at least once.