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

Taste: 8.50/10
Value: 6.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Price: $2.49

Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10

More Info: BK.com
Nutrition Facts:
not available

55 comments on “Review: Bacon Sundae from Burger King

  1. [...] crazy.Looks like they are already working on the next phase of reinvention here in Nashville:  Bacon Sundae, Sweet Potato Fries, BBQ sammies (burger, grilled chicken, and pulled pork varieties) and Frozen [...]

  2. Marvo says:

    Burger King should release this nationwide, along with a bacon shake.

  3. Manavee says:

    Nice review! I really like how BK is now putting a bottom layer of toppings on their sundaes now. It avoids the McFlurry Phenomenon whereby the top 1/2-2/3 of your ice cream dessert has toppings, while the bottom 1/2-1/3 is just pure soft serve.

  4. Sierra says:

    Where are they testing this? I’m intrigued

  5. TB says:

    Great review! Thanks!

    Which Nashville location is doing the testing? Want to try one out myself.

    • Adam M. says:

      Murfreesboro Rd./Nashboro Village
      Charlotte Pike/Downtown
      Main St./East Nashville

      Those are the ones I know for sure — there are probably others.

  6. Sascha says:

    Since introducing it last year, I feel that BK easily has the best ice cream in the fast food market, which leads to the best shakes, and so on.

    I would expect this to be good, would love to try it.

  7. Clevegal42 says:

    Anybody else find it ironic that they just released all these “fresh” and “healthy” items like the strawberry banana smoothie and a new salad…at the same time testing a frozen heart attack and new heart attacks on a bun?

    Not that I’m complaining – with the crap I eat I’m overdue for a heart attack, but I feel there is just a hypocrisy at play with the King that I can’t overlook.

    • John says:

      So a restaurant that serves fresh and healthy food can’t serve something that’s decadent and less-than-nutritious, and vice versa?

      I’m not sure I understand your dilemma.

      • Clevegal42 says:

        It’s mainly just the timing. They rolled out all this healthy junk at the same time they are sticking meat in ice cream. Just seems a little odd “Eat healthy, yay! Top it off with bacon sundaes, yay!”

        I don’t have a problem with them serving whatever they want, just the timing seemed odd.

  8. Cecil says:

    I don’t even like BK but I will definitely be trying this… I have had both the Jack In The Box bacon shake, and the Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae so I kind of have too… plus those chicken wraps are $1 this weekend so why not?

  9. [...] Adam M. of GrubGrade, who has tried the bacon sundae, gave the unique dessert an 8.5 out of 10. [...]

  10. jordan says:

    @Clevegal42

    Your comment has no merit. Bacon is actually pretty healthy for most of us. To me this might not look good, but if they put the bacon separate and I can dip then I might try. Grinding it up like a blizzard from DQ would be a different story :)

    http://bacontoday.com/top-10-reasons-bacon-is-actually-healthy-for-you/

  11. kikurage says:

    That beats having an MBA degree any time.

    • Crysta says:

      What does having a Master of Business Administration degree have to do with whether bacon is healthy or not? Oh, right. Nothing.

      Bacon, like any other “unhealthy” food, is fine and may actually be somewhat healthy in moderation. A lot of this depends on preparation; bacon fried in its own grease is not as healthy as bacon crisped on a rack in the oven. However, eaten occasionally and in small amounts, it’s not that bad for you

      Please try to keep your arguments relevant to the topic. You have an MBA? That’s cool. It has nothing to do with the conversation.

  12. Great review. Can’t wait until this available near me!

  13. Matt says:

    That bacon looks phenomenal, which I thought I’d never be able to say about BK. Looks nice and thick, crispy, with that burnt char just around the outside. Yum!

  14. Lindsay says:

    I must say the bacon looks amazing for fast food. I might have to try this if we get it in the Des Moines area.

  15. [...] According to GrubGrade, the sundae, which contains bacon, soft-serve ice cream, chocolate, and caramel, is only available in Nashville, TN, because it’s currently in its “market testing” phase. Which usually means that the restaurant isn’t sure if it’s got mass appeal–or if it’ll be too excessive for the general public, and little more than a novelty. But if the sundae does well at this location (and sees demand at other establishments), it may be carried at a BK near you. In the meantime, you can read a review and see photos of the thing here. [...]

  16. [...] found this awesome review over at GrubGrade that was written by a guy who absolutely nailed his first time taste review.  I mean he nailed [...]

  17. LA says:

    This was hands down the BEST review I’ve read so far. No Bacon Sundaes here in NY yet- but after reading this review I feel like I’ve already had one. Thanks!

  18. [...] Or can it? 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… [...]

  19. [...] Or can it? 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… [...]

  20. Mark says:

    When can I get one in Atlanta? :)

  21. SkippyMom says:

    “I was ready to toss it out the window (which I eventually did, only finishing about half of it)”

    Adam please tell me this was just hyperpole? heehee

    This is a great review. It is not anything I have ever had a desire to try and it won’t change my mind about that. I have never been of a fan of the whole “sweet and salty” combination, but I can definitely see if someone was undecided about it this review would be good reason to try it.

    This is the second review, in as many days, of the new offerings at BK where the crew was not trained to know how to prepare a pretty simple salad and dessert. What is even more interesting is that these are only in test markets, so it isn’t like they have the whole of the US/Canada/the world to train. They don’t seem to be ready for the launch.

    And before anyone thinks I am picking on poor ol’ BK I think I am one of the few people that like their newest fries and think their burger toppings to be on par with Wendy’s. At least where we live.

  22. [...] chocolat, du caramel & du bacon = YUMMY ! Découvrez le test complet sur Grubgrade. {lang: 'fr'} Tagged with: bacon • bacon sundae • bk • Burger King • [...]

  23. Jenne says:

    Clevegal42, have you seen the numbers for the “healthy” things on their menu? With the exception of the side salad, the fat, calories, and sugars in EVERYTHING is pretty high… So their claims of “healthier” food is bogus.

  24. DeadGuy says:

    You guys all suck. Now I have to go try to recreate this in my own kitchen – on a Saturday morning no less.

    Luckily, I have Ice Cream, Bacon, Fudge Sauce and Carmel Sauce. A little time in a high speed food processor will turn regular frozen ice-cream into a reasonable facsimile of soft-serve.

  25. [...] 2.49 you get vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, caramel sauce and a piece of bacon to top it off. You can read Adam M’s review of it on GrubGrade. (It’s snagged a score of 8.00 on 10 [...]

  26. [...] Si vous désirez en savoir plus sur la critique suite à la “dégustation”  http://www.grubgrade.com/2012/04/12/review-bacon-sundae-from-burger-king/ [...]

  27. RC says:

    Nutritionally HORRID.
    I Am Aware The Sweet And Salty Taste Is Enjoyable
    However There Exists No Digestible Fiber At All (I Am Quitting Purchasing Sweet And Salty Bars).

  28. sds407 says:

    I havent been to BK in years…but the possibility of a bacon sundae had me driving in the parking lot looking for the sign. I saw it and it was GOOD

    Bacon Sundae at the BK in the Cool Springs area, south of Nashville. The drive thru attendant said that more people have been ordering it this week.

    Someone must have spotted your suggestion, there was bacon at the bottom along with the caramel and chocolate.

  29. Moot Point says:

    The culture of Rome laid before eyes .. you sheeple are so managed, you talk like this is real food. This is all you know. Man you are SO in for a shock in the next few years.

    Adam.M just how unhealthy are yu

    • tyler says:

      You hit the nail on the head. I feel like I’m going absolutely insane when I observe the general public nowadays.

  30. Don’t you remember: “Chocolate surprise?”
    Where is surprise?
    ..Onion…

    Jerzy ulicki-Rek

  31. rightstuff9 says:

    Gross from every angle you look at it. No respect for animal or customer. Nutricionally cancerous.Btw what do you expect for$ 2.49. Value for money?Plz guys and girls: Wake up and quick, your clock is ticking!

  32. Nicola says:

    wow, the ignorance of the American public with regard to health overwhelmed me as I read all of these comments supporting BK in the 1st place…let alone staggering several steps further into the black hole of malnutrition with the launch of a “bacon sundae”. Disgusting to say the least.

  33. Daringod says:

    you littered.

  34. Gintaras says:

    Sick and disgusting.

  35. john says:

    bk will be releasing this at the end of may nation wide

  36. [...] fatia de bacon para acompanhar! O produto ainda está em fase de testes, mas a julgar pelos reviews em sites especializados, a moda vai [...]

  37. [...] O Burger King criou um sabor de sorvete bem diferente: o sundae de bacon. Exatamente, você não leu errado: bacon! A “estranha” sobremesa ainda está em fase de testes, mas se você quiser ler a opinião de um entendido no assunto, clique aqui. [...]

  38. [...] O Burger King criou um sabor de sorvete bem diferente: o sundae de bacon. Exatamente, você não leu errado: bacon! A “estranha” sobremesa ainda está em fase de testes, mas se você quiser ler a opinião de um entendido no assunto, clique aqui. [...]

  39. [...] King bets on bacon sundae for summertime Review: Bacon Sundae from Burger King I’ll be careful as some people like odd combinations This entry was posted in Consumer [...]

  40. [...] As for how it actually tastes: It’s a sundae with bacon! We recommend letting the ice cream melt a little bit, and then it holds the salty taste of the bacon for a more sophisticated taste sensation. We’ll also note that Burger King is using bacon with maple flavoring, because it would be terrible if your Bacon Sundae wasn’t already sufficiently sweet. But as your father probably once told you, a Bacon Sundae is the kind of thing that a man has to discover for himself–so go out now and give it a try! Don’t forget to ask for it by name! Seriously, there may not be any signs.  [image credit: GrubGrade] [...]

  41. [...] Impulsive Buy, So Good, Brand Eating and GrubGrade also weighed in on the Bacon [...]

  42. Jack Smoke says:

    Just tried this and I thought it was awful. The bacon and ice cream were just completely too different of tastes and ruined each other.
    After a couple bites of the bacon I just ended up picking out all the bacon and throwing it away because the combination between the ice cream and bacon was horrible. As a bacon and Icecream lover this should never be made. I don’t understand how this got an 8/10

  43. Alex says:

    HOW DID I MISS THIS!?

    I thought I had been reading every post for about a year, yet I missed this one. D’oh.

    Just looking at those pictures, you looked to have gotten much luckier than I did. Mine was a big disappointment…

  44. [...] During the summer, they released three new Whoppers, plus sweet potato fries, and a questionable sundae that had bacon in it. This time around, they’re revamping their chicken options, rolling out everything from a [...]