16. Lester’s Fixins Bacon Soda
Lester’s Fixins is a house brand for Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, a chain with some 90 locations around the country plus one in Canada — and 50 more U.S. outposts in the works. Rocket Fizz, which launched in California in 2008 with the promise to stock some 1,400 different sodas, obviously likes to have fun with its own bottlings. Other Lester’s flavors include sweet corn, peanut butter and jelly, Buffalo wing, and ranch dressing. There are also bacon variations with chocolate and with maple syrup. Sorry, but carbonated bacon doesn’t do it for us. At least Rocket Fizz hasn’t duplicated the Thanksgiving-themed soft drink released in 2009 by another company, Jones Soda: Tofurkey and Gravy Flavor.
17. Lollyphile Sriracha Bacon Lollipops
These ball-shaped lollies combine the flavor of bacon with that of another trendy food item we can’t believe is still so crazy popular after all these years — the Thai-inspired hot sauce called sriracha. Among Lollyphile’s other flavors are chocolate bacon, maple bacon, and, just for variety, blue cheese.
18. Melville Candy Company BBQ Bacon Strip Lollipops
More lollipops. With its wavy indentations and protruding round-ended wooden stick, these lollipops look more like some sort of miniature futuristic guitar than the strip of fried bacon they’re apparently supposed to resemble (and nothing at all like Lollyphile’s Tootsie-Pop-shaped version). If the idea of licking a bacon-flavored length of candy flavored with sticky-sweet barbecue sauce appeals to you, well…they say there’s a sucker born every minute.
19. Pig Out Pigless Bacon Chips
There are mushrooms that actually taste like bacon. Arizona’s Sonoran Mushroom Co., for instance, grows a kind of pink oyster mushrooms that have such smoky flavor that the company markets them as “bacon mushrooms.” These, on the other hand, are paper-thin slices of a related species, the king oyster mushroom, fried and seasoned to give them a faux-bacony identity. Then they’re sold not just plain but also in versions enhanced with chipotle, cheddar, and Kansas City BBQ sauce — just in case straight bacon isn’t flavorful enough for you.
20. Post Honey Bunches of Oats Maple Bacon Donuts Cereal
Right at the top of the box this Post creation comes in, it says “artificially flavored cereal.” No kidding. Let’s see: honey, oats, maple, bacon, and donuts, all in one package. The cereal appears to be flecked with little bits of bacon. However, the manufacturer stresses that there is no actual bacon or other meat involved — just the “delicious taste of… bacon, blended with sweet maple and honey.” Why are we not surprised?