Review: Bacon Sundae from Burger King
All the “psyching up” in the world couldn’t have prepared me for the sinking feeling I got when I stepped up to order the new BK Bacon Sundae and heard: “have you HAD it before?” Those are the kind of words that do not bode well for a new product still in the testing phase. Undaunted, I confidently replied “No, but I’m going to try it today!” With that, a flurry of buttons were pushed, my $2.49 (+ tax) was paid, and we were on our way. Or, maybe not. “Can somebody make him a Bacon Sundae??” my cashier shouted to no one in particular; “I’ve never made one before!” I stepped aside and hoped for the best.
I love trying new products, so I was definitely excited. But I haven’t yet tasted anything in the new bacon dessert category that I’ve been in love with. Jack In The Box’s Bacon Shake was something that I would characterize as more “smoked vanilla” than bacon. It wasn’t terrible, and every few sips I thought I might be starting to really like it – and then with the next sip I was ready to toss it out the window (which I eventually did, only finishing about half of it). Just this last weekend, I was at a posh coffee shop where I sampled their house-made Bacon Truffle. The little pieces of Hormel-looking bacon bits sprinkled on top of a ball of chocolate ganache looked quite enticing, until I got the ball of goodness right in front of my face and noticed that there was more fat than anything else sitting on top. Even though this lent a certain creaminess, it also lent a certain “gaminess” – a bit of rancidity, almost – that did NOT leave me wanting more. So I wasn’t expecting much when I sat down to partake of BK’s still-under-consideration new dessert concoction.
It was a decent re-creation of what was on the promo materials – with perhaps a little extra bacon, which is hard to complain about. I decided to first tackle the large piece of bacon that was stuck in as a counterpoint to the peak of gleaming white soft-serve goodness; this seemed like the best way to get a good feel for the bacon and then slowly dip my toe into the rest of it. The bacon was at room temperature, but was crispy and thick. Fast food bacon generally disappoints me, but this version was definitely not bad: crunchy, smoky, and salty. So sturdy was this piece of bacon that I was easily able to dip the end of it into the cup as I ate it, scooping up the vanilla soft serve and the chocolate and caramel toppings.
The soft serve was cold and silky-smooth, just the way I like it. A generous amount of the toppings were first squirted into the bottom of the cup (a few bonus bacon pieces would have been a nice surprise here) followed by the ice cream, more chocolate and caramel, and then the bacon. The caramel was subtle and just a TEENY bit salty, and the chocolate had that “cooked” taste that a nice hot fudge has, even though I knew it was being held at room temperature in a plastic squeeze bottle.
All in all, the BK Bacon Sundae was everything that I had hoped it would be, and nothing that I had feared: the bacon stayed crispy throughout, and its smokiness and saltiness powered through even when there was a lot of chocolate and caramel on the spoon. It had the crispy-crunchiness and the ever-so-slight burned flavor that bacon gets as soon as it crosses the border into well-done – but in this application, I believe that is exactly where it needed to be. Even on a few of the pieces that looked fattier than some of the others, there was no awkward chewiness or off-tasting flavor of un-rendered pork fat. I am pleasantly surprised to get to say that it is definitely something I would order again – and I’ll encourage the nice lady at the BK front counter to do the same.
Pros: Sturdy crisp bacon, silky-smooth soft serve.
Cons: Bonus bacon pieces at the bottom would have been nice
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: BK.com