Taste Test: Lowbrow vs. highbrow bacon dessert

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From the June 21, 2012 edition

Usually dessert brings to mind sweet and sugary, not smoky and charbroiled. So I was intrigued when I heard about Burger King’s new bacon sundae. Little did I know Burger King already has fierce competition on the bacon-dessert front, and it comes from Flip Side, the burger joint that opened at Easton in March. Flip Side has a milkshake with bacon-infused vodka mixed in, so I tried both to find out if bacon and dessert really can go hand in hand.

Burger King Bacon Sundae

Price: $2.49

Appearance: The sundae arrived in a small plastic cup with broken pieces of bacon scattered around the ice cream.

Ingredients: Vanilla ice cream, chocolate fudge, caramel syrup and bacon

Nutrition: 510 calories, 18 grams of fat

What I hoped it would be: I wanted to taste little bits of bacon mixed in with the ice cream.

What it actually was: It was jarring to taste plain vanilla and then smoky bacon. But the bacon seemed less forced when mixed in with a spoonful of caramel. 

Rating: 2 out of 4 strips of bacon

 

Winner: Flip Side Vanilla-Date Shake with bacon vodka

Price: $8.50

Appearance: The eggshell-colored milkshake was served in a tall glass with a light sprinkling of dates on top.

Ingredients: 2 cups vanilla bean ice cream, a cup of Medjool dates and one shot of housemade bacon-infused vodka

Nutrition (estimated): 900-1,000 calories, roughly 28 grams of fat

What I hoped it would be: A subtle mix of bacon flavor that wouldn’t overpower the milkshake

What it actually was: The vanilla bean ended up being an interesting complement to the bacon flavor, and the vodka taste was stronger than I expected.  

Rating: 3.5 out of 4 strips of bacon

Photos by Jodi Miller