Chocolate-Covered Bacon

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

1 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
It's a hit at state fairs everywhere, but you can make this chocolate-covered bacon at home. Some say bacon is perfect as is, but chocolate makes everything better! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen chocolate-covered bacon
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Ingredients

  • 12 thick-sliced bacon strips (about 1 pound)
  • 6 ounces white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • Optional toppings: Chopped dried apple chips, apricots and crystallized ginger, finely chopped pecans and pistachios, toasted coconut, kosher salt, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Thread bacon strips, weaving back and forth, onto twelve 12-in. soaked wooden skewers. Place on a rack in a large baking pan. Bake until crisp, 20-25 minutes. Drain on paper towels; cool completely.
  2. In a microwave, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Brush onto both sides of six bacon strips; sprinkle with toppings as desired. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Brush onto both sides of remaining bacon; decorate as desired.
  4. Refrigerate until set. Store in refrigerator.
Chocolate-Covered Bacon Tips

Can you cook bacon on the stovetop instead of skewered in the oven?

There are so many ways to cook bacon, but we really like the ease of cooking bacon in the oven for this recipe. It can easily be skewered to hold its shape while it cooks, and baking typically results in evenly cooked bacon. You can also cook bacon without a skewer on the stovetop. If the cooked bacon has grease on the surface, pat it dry with paper towels before dipping. This will help the chocolate adhere to the bacon better. (PS: Here are the best ways to melt chocolate.)

Can you use flavored bacon when making chocolate-covered bacon?

We used thick-sliced plain bacon for the best ratio of bacon to chocolate. Other flavors of bacon would also work as well. Try hickory-smoked, maple or peppered bacon, but look for thick-cut varieties for the best results. Or, try multiple flavors of bacon per batch! After all, there are so many delicious bacon recipes to use up any extra bacon!

How should you store chocolate-covered bacon?

Store leftover chocolate-covered bacon in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 to 3 days.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor 

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 212 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 252mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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