Sweet and salty isn’t exactly a new food concept. It is a favorite combination of food lovers and food marketers alike–just witness the use of sea salt and caramel or pretzels and chocolate or even the American icon, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups.
The newest trend popping up on fast food menus seems to be adding bacon to desserts. Bacon has long been a staple with fast food restaurants (think Bacon Cheeseburgers!) Combine that fast food staple with the sweet and salty trend in desserts, and viola you get the many new bacon ice cream combinations popping up at a fast food restaurant near you.
Denny’s launched a Maple Bacon Sundae last year and Jack in the Box recently introduced the failed Bacon Shake. And now Burger King is launching a new Bacon Sundae after successful test market results in Nashville looking to revive their ailing business.
The consumer reviews are certainly mixed and especially negative where calorie, fat and salt content are concerned. Even those self-proclaimed bacon lovers are having a tough time swallowing these concoctions. They will try it once but won’t be coming back for more.
The Reality Check? Don’t always be quick to hop on a trend if the momentum is not there–and especially if you need to bring home the bacon.(Burger King Bacon Sundae Nutrition Facts – 510 calories, 18 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 670 milligrams of sodium, 75 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 61 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein.)