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Chocolate + bacon. Was there ever a better pair? Well, maybe peanut butter and jelly.. Cookies and milk.. Spaghetti and meatballs.. But hey, chocolate and bacon are an underrepresented match!
I love salty and sweet combinations. If you do as well, then this Chocolate Dipped Candied Bacon is for you! This was my first time making candied bacon and I give it a two-thumbs-up. I have been thinking of some out-of-the-box versions like adding in some spice or a fruity element. But the chocolate here really takes it to the next level.
And, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s valid to add chocolate to anything, right?!
I used my favorite dairy free chocolate chips, but any other dairy free or dark chocolate brand will work. I included a note to use carob chips if you are following the AIP diet in the elimination phase.
*Disclaimer* I have not tried carob as of the time I am writing this, but I know it can be substituted to replicate chocolatey goodness.
I had fun making this cute Valentine’s Day presentation. I used four wine glasses, pink and red construction paper made into cones that I cut down, and some parchment paper.
For a non-craft blogger, I think I did all right! 😉
It would be super cute to replicate this presentation if you want to surprise your kids, spouse or a coworker by putting one of these in front of them. Just make sure you know they will eat it soon or can put it in the fridge!
I don’t know about you, but I would rather receive food as a gift over jewelry or anything else non-edible, pretty much any day. Unless it’s a trip to somewhere warm. Then I choose that! Boy, am I over winter.
Chocolate Dipped Candied Bacon (Paleo, AIP Option)
- Preheat oven to 375°F and set a wire rack over a sheet pan with parchment paper underneath (not necessary, but helps with clean up).
- In a medium sized bowl, add the maple syrup, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir well.
- Dip each strip of bacon into the mixture. Let the excess drain off. You can use your fingers to skim off the extra. Line the bacon on the wire rack and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Combine the chocolate and coconut oil and either microwave or set over a double boiler to melt. Let the bacon completely cool and then dip the ends of the strips into the chocolate. Set on a tray or dish and put in the fridge if you want the chocolate to set faster.
* Look for bacon that is free from preservatives including nitrates/nitrites. Low/no added sugar is great! If you are in the elimination phase of AIP, bacon must not have any sugar or other spices not allowed.
Chocolate + bacon… Is that a combo you can get behind? If you say yes, then we can definitely be friends.
Happy Valentine’s Day! xo