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Monday, February 6, 2012

Bacon milkshake

Bacon milkshake
Bacon milkshake Restaurant to sell bacon milkshakes,There are reports that Jack in the Box is introducing a bacon milkshakeas part of a new ad campaign  The new beverage is said to be staying on the menu for a limited time and apparently does not have actual bacon in it, but is bacon-flavored.

There are three Jack in the Box locations in Oakland, and they are all carrying the new Jack in the Box Bacon Shake. Yep, that’s bacon milk shake, if you were wondering. As in the shake is flavored to taste like bacon. Smoky-sweet, salty rich bacon–a perfect pairing with milk and ice cream, eh?

Only thing is, this yummy new Bacon Shake is pretty much a bacon-flavored shake–there may be essence of bacon flavor therein, but there is actually no real bacon–the shake is vegetarian (I kid you NOT)–and made with Torani bacon-flavored syrup.

The Bacon shake seems like one of those over-hyped things, as in “Jack in the Box is so down with bacon we made a drink out of it “(kinda), but we at Oakland Local want to know: Is anyone planning to try it?

And for you brave souls who tried it, what did you think?

Did you dash from Jack in the Box to Walmart in East Oakland and parade your bacon-y goodness around? Pair your Bacon Shake with a bacon burger and bacon fries and stroll Temescal?

We want to hear from you brave souls who give this a go–how good (or bad?) is it?

The good stuff aka the nutrition facts –

Regular vanilla milkshake – 700 calories, 339 calories from fat, 38 grams of fat, 26 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 127 milligrams of cholesterol, 251 milligrams of sodium, 688 milligrams of potassium, 76 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 63 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein. Torani Bacon Syrup – 2 tbsp – 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 110 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 19 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.)

And for those of you who might like a real bacon shake, here’s one from our friends at Serious Eats (via a book called Throughly Modern Milkshakes) that could hit the spot:
Bacon Maple Milkshake

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

2 slices bacon (about 2 ounces/57 grams), cut into thin strips
6 tablespoons cold whole or lowfat milk (about 3 ounces/90 milliliters)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, preferably grade B (about 1 ounce/30 milliliters)
Pinch of salt
8 medium scoops French vanilla ice cream (about 1 quart/24 ounces/680 grams), softened until just melty at the edges

Fry the bacon in a small skillet set over medium heat, stirring frequently, until rendered and crisp, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the cooked bacon to paper towels to drain, and nibble on it or reserve it for garnishing the shake. Off the heat, briefly cool the fat in the skillet.
Place the milk, maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of cooled bacon fat (if there is any more, you can discard it), salt, and ice cream in a blender and pulse several times to begin breaking up the ice cream. With the blender motor off, use a flexible spatula to mash the mixture down onto the blender blades. Continue pulsing, stopping, and mashing until the mixture is well blended, thick, and moves easily in the blender jar, roughly 30 to 90 seconds. Pour into a chilled glass or glasses, and serve at once, garnishing with rendered bacon if desire.

Okay, so I know what you're probably thinking. Bacon? In a milkshake? Whaaaa? But trust me on this, it works out incredibly well. Seriously, like, addicting well. To explain, I made this milkshake for a recipe contest that required bacon as the main ingredient. As a native Oregonian, I frequented a doughnut shop in Portland called Voodoo Donuts that makes a maple bar with a crispy slice of bacon on top. I was always a fan of this creamy/sweet/bacon combination, and when I saw the posting for the competition I knew I wanted to make something sweet. Since bacon and maple get paired fairly frequently, I spent a lot of time thinking about what other ingredient I could use. Then, while I was wandering the isles of the grocery store, I saw a can of dulce de leche and knew what I wanted to do. Blend them into a wonderfully rich and flavorful milkshake, of course! So here it is, folks, the results of my mad scientist-like cooking skills. And I can say with 100% honesty, it was SO incredibly good. While I was working on this post last night I started craving one again just writing about it. Luckily, I still have some bacon, milk, ice cream and dulce de leche left over, so I plan on making another one today for me and for Jeremy. Cheers!
On a recent food adventure to Slater’s 50/50 in Anaheim Hills, CA, Taylor and I came up on this amazing Maple Bacon Vanilla Milkshake these guys offer up! To be quite frank, this milkshake really sets the standard for pleasing the palette. The bacon permeates throughout, not just limited to a drab sprinkle of bacon bits on the top, but chunks of bacon are situated throughout all levels of the drink. This offers up a rather pleasing a salty/sweet concoction that goes well with a burger. A must try!

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