Wednesday, January 9, 2008


When I was in the States just after Christmas, I visited Wendy's for a treat. Because of my love of bacon, I always get the Big Bacon Classic when I go to Wendy's, but this time they didn't list it on the combo menus. In its place they listed, and I quote, "The Baconator".

Here's the description, taken from the Wendy's website: "Six strips of hickory smoked bacon piled high atop two 1/4 lb.* patties of fresh, never frozen, beef. Complete with two slices of American cheese, mayo and ketchup for a mountain of mouth-watering taste. Go on, obsess a little."

Seriously: SIX strips of bacon??!!!

I passed, once I found, printed in small letters elsewhere in the menu listings, my usual Big Bacon Classic (with "just" two strips of bacon). Yes, it's true: the Baconator crossed a line for me. I know that's hard to believe, but it's true.

Some time ago I joined a group on Facebook called "Bacon: The New Condiment." The description for the group says:

"This is for bacon lovers who think that it deserves a spot on the condiment list. Just like ketchup, bacon is good with everything, but where bacon truly excels and most other condiments fail, is that bacon can be a condiment for it's self, bacon on bacon, yum. Ketchup on ketchup, now that's gross.

"Now if we succeed in getting bacon recognized as a condiment it will pave the way for much greater things. For instance, at any fastfood place do you pay for mustard, ketchup.. etc? No. Why? Because it's a condiment. No more extra cash to make it bacon!!!"

The email contact for the group is
The snail mail address is 180 BLT Way, Porkville, Ontario. Yes, leave it up to the Canadians to think up something like this! (I love you, Heather).

I just visited the group page and found some interesting things.

At the top of the Wall, there is this entry from Shannah Brimmell of Toronto: "I just wanted to say that this group, this silly bacon group, connected me to an old old childhood friend and we have been dating for almost 7 months and are madly in love....

"the things pork fat can do... thanks bacon, we owe you one :)"

And this from Elizabeth Holst (Chicago): "If you live in the Chicago area-you should head to Sushi-X. The have a roll there called the five-o.

"The description: bacon, hamachi, avocado, cilantro, scallions, pineapple mustard mayo, rolled in bacon bits and wrapped in prosciutto.

"Seriously, Bacon Maki? How fantastic."

And this from Justin Esch: "We love bacon so much we invented Bacon flavored Salt.

"Bacon Salt is a fat free, zero calorie, vegetarian, Kosher approved, gourmet, bacon flavored seasoning salt that really tastes just like bacon.

"Bacon Salt goes into stores and is available for sale online on 7/22/07.

"Join the Bacon Salt group on Facebook or visit for recipes, ordering and more.

"Everything should taste like Bacon!"

Here's what precipitated this post: April just sent me a link to a video, which she saw featured on Dooce. I just couldn't resist posting it here, given my adage: "Bacon makes everything extra special." Enjoy.

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