Baconalia: Denny’s $50 Gift Card Giveaway
It’s time to wrap up our series of posts from the Denny’s-sponsored trip to their headquarters to preview their limited time only promotion entitled “Baconalia – A Celebration of Bacon”. And what better way to celebrate than by giving stuff away. If you are one of our 2 lucky winners of a $50 Denny’s Gift Card, you’ll still have a few weeks left to try out some of the items on their “Baconalia” menu.
Just leave a comment and Ryan will randomly pick the winners from those who posted. If you missed my earlier post giving an overview of the limited time menu, here are your Baconalia choices:
BBBLT ($8.49) – A BLT with 8 strips of Bacon, side of fries
- Triple Bacon Sampler ($6.99) – Two eggs, hash browns, bread and 6 strips of bacon (2 Hickory, 2 Pepper, 2 Turkey)
- Ultimate Bacon Breakfast ($6.99) – Two eggs, hash browns, bread and 6 strips of bacon (your choice what variety)
- Pepper Bacon with Eggs ($4.99) – Two eggs, hash browns, bread and 2 strips of their new Pepper Bacon
- Bacon Flapjacks ($5.99) – Flapjacks with bacon bits sprinkled in + 2 strips of bacon, 2 eggs and hash browns
- Bacon Meatloaf ($8.99) – Bacon-infused Meatloaf topped with smokey ketchup and bacon bits + 2 sides, bread.
- Maple Bacon Sundae ($2.99) – Two Scoop sundae with layers of maple syrup and bacon bits
Here’s a more detailed review of the menu:
Click on these links to see my reviews of the Bacon Meatloaf and Maple Bacon Sundae. As for the other 5 items, here are my general thoughts. Denny’s is offering 3 types of bacon: Hickory Smoked, Peppered and Turkey. The Hickory Smoked flavor is really just the same bacon they’ve always served. Their test groups overwhelmingly told them that people still just want traditional (hickory smoked) bacon and more of it. It seems to me that’s sort of Denny’s brand: Give the people what they want.
That philosophy comes through with the Ultimate Bacon Breakfast where the main stay Denny’s offering of two eggs, toast, hash browns and bacon ratchets up from 2 strips to 6. I know I’m not the only one who hates getting a breakfast like this and then having to ration the bacon as you work your way through the meal. The little devil on your shoulder tells you: Just eat the bacon now. But the more sensible side of you knows you’ll be disappointed when you get near the end of your meal and there’s no bacon left, so you take a little bite here and there throughout your meal. Well, Denny’s has solved this little conundrum, by just giving you 6 strips of bacon with your breakfast. The best part is, you’re saved the embarrassment of having to order your regular breakfast with bacon and then an extra side of bacon, oh, an one more side of bacon. Now you just say, I’ll have the Ultimate Bacon Breakfast and there’s no more need to argue with your pitchfork wielding companion.
By going with the Triple Bacon Sampler, you’ll solve the additional problem of how to decide to which type of bacon you want to commit. I’m a big fan of sampler platters, because I hate having to make decisions. In my book, this menu item hits a home run for its combination of variety and quantity while eliminating shame and decision making.
The Pepper Bacon with Eggs is simply the vehicle to introduce their new Pepper Bacon. I’m a fan of peppered meats in general. I usually go with the peppered varieties of beef jerky, and will often order “blackened” steak, etc. Denny’s Pepper Bacon lived up to my expectations for this class of flavor. It had the pepper kick you’re looking for without just being obscene. You can substitute the Pepper Bacon for regular Hickory Smoked in the Ultimate Bacon Breakfast or on the BBBLT, but I’m not sure you want to eat 6 or 8 strips, respectively, of this stuff in one sitting. If you’re a BLT kind of person, then the Denny’s BBBLT will not disappoint.
Eight strips of Bacon adorn this lunch menu classic. Fellow bloggers, Mr. Baconpants and his cohort Sean Brett, were both impressed with the fact that Denny’s understands the idea of letting the bacon hang out the edges of the sandwich when we sampled this item at the Denny’s test kitchen. I’m no bacon aficionado like these two guys, but I tend to agree that it’s nice to not have to open up your sandwich to make sure you didn’t get cheated on the good stuff.
Finally, there’s the Bacon Flapjacks. While I was under-impressed with the creativity of this item (I’ve seen flapjacks with stuff sprinkled in before), I will say that the taste, texture and presentation all earned high marks. All in all, the Denny’s Baconalia menu seems to have plenty of enticing ways to spend your $50 (actually, I just did the math, and you’ll have money to spare if you run through the whole thing). Good luck!