Ever Heard of Pig Candy?Written by Lillian Tram on May 23rd, 2015
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!