Bacon and fudge: a blessed union

By Clement Pedro, 18 June 2015

Love bacon? Love fudge? You’ll dig them combined. Sound crazy? Maybe. But it more than just works, says Clement Pedro. The pairing of smoky bacon with nutty caramel fudge is surprisingly delicious…

Why add bacon to fudge? What kind of question is that? That’s like asking why maple syrup is so good drizzled over bacon, why chocolate and chilli complement one another, or even why blue cheese goes so well with Christmas fruitcake. It just works. And this is another one of those blessed unions.

Logically, it seems weird, but if we think about the flavour profile of bacon fudge it all makes a bit more sense.

Our brains have been programmed to love all things sweet. Even foods that are conventionally savoury have a touch of sweetness that tricks our brains into saying “gimme, gimme more!”. I mean how savoury is tomato sauce really? It’s not, yet we smother everything on our plates with this sugary, crimson goodness. Chips just aren’t chips without it.

This is the same reason that McDonald’s burgers remain so universally popular. There’s the slightly sweet buns, and yes, our tomatoey friend again. Need I mention the sweet and tangy pickles, too?

Sugar equals happiness to our taste buds and that’s how and why bacon fudge creates a carnival in our mouths, combining smoky, cured, crispy bacon with a nutty caramel that’s set into fudge.

But that’s not where it ends. You can take these delicious nuggets of weirdness and churn them into home-made vanilla ice cream, or stir into icing for cupcakes or cakes.

I don’t know about you, but I’d love a bacon-fudge dark-chocolate cupcake round about now.

What's the fuss about bacon and fudge? Try it out yourself! 

Clement Pedro

Article by Clement Pedro

Clement Pedro strikes a balance between rib-sticking fare you can really get stuck into and experimental recipes that take accessible ingredients to next-level status. Clem can do pretty much anything – and so can you with his recipes.
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    Simoné De Villiers
    3 September 2021

    Can I use buttermilk that has been frozen and thawed?