I've got connections! (*wink wink*) The Lady in Red got an advance tasting of Burger King's latest creation - the Bacon Sundae. Here's what happens when you combine breakfast with dessert the fast food franchise way.
One day prior to its official launch, I had the opportunity to sample the newest menu item at Burger King (or “BK” as it’s also known) – the Bacon Sundae. This dessert was so new, that the cashier wasn’t quite sure how to ring up the $2.49 plus tax on the register.
After the manager of the establishment gave two servers instructions on how to compose this salty-sweet creation - a super-sized sundae, consisting of vanilla ice cream, both chocolate and caramel sauce, topped with bacon crumbles - it was served to me. Oh, and there was a full piece of bacon garnishing the side of the cup.
For those wondering, the bacon is not hot. It’s lukewarm in temperature, and both the bacon crumbles and bacon on the side are nicely crisp. For my first flavor experiment, I wanted to make sure I had a little bit of everything on the spoon. I wanted to accurately sample all of the tastes and textures in the same mouthful.
To my surprise, the saltiness of the bacon, and the sweetness of the ice cream mixed with chocolate and caramel did not provide me with a unified flavor combination. Even after letting it melt in my mouth for a few seconds, to me, I could still detect two distinct flavors: bacon, and ice cream. It was as if the ingredients refused to cooperate, were battling it out, and wanted to go their separate ways. And this, is probably not such a bad idea.
While the Burger King Bacon Sundae is not bad – it’s not terribly good either. According to the signs in the fast food franchise, this is something that they are promoting and having as a menu option for a limited time only. Maybe that’s a good thing.
I can’t say that they skimped on the portion. I made it about half way through my sundae before I couldn’t eat another bite. Every bite I took had bacon crumbles in it (and I wasn’t fishing for them either). The amounts of bacon and ice cream used were not disappointing, but the enjoyment factor did not live up to my expectations.
I have tried chocolate-covered bacon in the past; and those two flavors worked really well together, so I’m not afraid to try something new. Generally, I have an appreciation for the salty and sweet flavor combinations, such as chocolate-covered pretzels, too. My immediate thought was maybe BK should consider using chocolate ice cream instead of the vanilla; maybe that would improve upon this new creation. Then again, maybe not.
Typically I enjoy my bacon crispy and hot. But obviously, when I’ve eaten it chocolate-covered, it was not hot at all. So the bacon wasn’t the problem with this invention. It’s the ice cream. While the soft vanilla ice cream alone is a pleasure to eat, it’s just too sweet and cold to work well with its salty counterpart. Not only that, but it downright makes the bacon icy cold. Grease and cold just don’t work together as a rule. I just can’t sink my teeth into frigid bacon, no matter how much I try. Sorry, BK, you tried, but let’s leave the bacon just fried, instead.
One suggestion I do have for people who want to give this a try all on their own, is ask them to hold the caramel and chocolate sauces, and give you a container of maple syrup to pour on your sundae instead. While this won’t do anything to unfreeze your bacon bits, the maple syrup might be a slightly better pairing. Then again - maybe not. Weighing in at 510 calories per serving, I can think of many more delightful ways to pack on the pounds.