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?