Chocolate Bacon Peanut Bark

I am one of those people whose birthday falls right around the holidays, which means that the second half of December is a wonderful cascade of cards and presents and birthday lunches and Christmas dinners and other wonderfulness.  It’s non-stop merriment from December 15 until the beginning of January, when I wake up and realize that I need to go on a steady diet of soup until my Levis fit again.  But for those several weeks, I am showered with all sorts of fun goodies.  And this year, many of them fell into a sort of familiar pattern.

I have no idea why.

Okay, maybe I might have mentioned once or twice that I love bacon.

That might be why one sweet friend gave me this cookbook entitled I LOVE BACON.  She is not the kind of no-holds-barred bacon lover that I am, and she is a regular at my house for dinner, so I take this as a sign of true love.  Because you KNOW I’m going to be making pretty much everything in that book.

I also got a big bag of heaven.

And by heaven, I mean gingerbread with millions of teeny pieces of bacon in it.  The gingerbread was shaped into little pig shapes…which is kind of like chocolate Easter bunnies, where you feel bad for about 2 seconds that you are biting off their ears.  And then you bite off their ears.

It comes from a site called Baconery.  They have bacon cookies.  They have bacon brownies.  They have bacon candy.  They have a Facebook page and a Twitter account and an Iphone app.  Their slogan is “Life Is Better With Bacon.”   I’m a goner.

And the bacon fabulousness did not just revolve around cooking it and eating it.  Nope.

I can also wear it.  Just like Lady Gaga, only not as sticky.  This one is from a site called Bacn. They also have bacon costumes…just something to keep in mind for next Halloween.

So getting to that bowl of deliciousness that was the first picture of this post…one of my gifts was in this nice little bag.

And it came with a recipe!

A recipe that calls for just three ingredients…chocolate, peanuts, and…well, you know.  On the day that I got this scrumptious bag, the wonderful maker of this deliciousness gave bags to a few other people too. People that I spoke to later in the day.  Or rather, people that I tried to speak to, because I would call them up and they would answer the phone sounding something like this:


Them: Huh-whoa?

Me: Are you eating something?

Them: Yeth..can’t shtop eating this chocowhat bacon schtuff!


It’s that good.  You can’t stop eating it.  Let’s just say I didn’t share.  And I’m not sharing my shirt either, so get your paws off please.


I will share the recipe though!  Happy bacon.

Chocolate Bacon Peanut Bark
  • 8 strips bacon
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate (chunks or chips)
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, turning several times, until browned and done, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop finely.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Add chocolate to a double boiler. If you don't have one, fill a pan with a couple of inches of water. Place a glass bowl over the pan, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water underneath. Once the water begins to boil, add the chocolate chips. Using a spatula, stir continuously, until smooth and creamy.
  4. Stir in the bacon and peanuts. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread to ⅜-inch thickness. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. The bark should be hard and chilled.
  5. Place bark on a cutting board and cut into pieces — any size or shape you'd like. Serve at room temperature.

Recipe from Susan Russo at NPR



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  1. Haha love it! I really could not think of a better gift for you…or for us!

  2. More Cowbell says:

    Dang. My comment got eaten. Abbreviated repeat:
    Baconnaise? Are you loving it?
    Coconut candy made from grated coconut, dulce de leche/caramel, rolled into balls, dipped in chocolate, then rolled in crumbled bacon. 😉 That's supposed to be chopped nuts there at the end, but…hey!

  3. Deborah Smith says:

    I meant to say. You have great friends. Before my keyboard pulled some wacky nonsense.

    Anyway, Happy belated birthday too.

  4. p.s. it made me think of you and your blog, and is totally appropriate for this post 😉

  5. Anonymous says:

    I sooo making this over the weekend and I might not share the first batch!

  6. FramedCooks says:

    Cowbell: Baconnaise??? I love it.
    Jamie: I stared at that pin for about 30 seconds before I got it, and then I practically fell off my chair laughing – what a hoot!
    Joanne/Deborah: xoxo
    Anonymous: Definitely no sharing on the first batch. :)

  7. Hendricks Hearth says:

    Oh, this post is so cute. Happy belated Birthday and thanks for showing us all of these awesome bacon-y items! Yum!

  8. This looks amazing!!

    And I'm laughing because I got that same card for my birthday! And a bacon cookbook for Christmas! :)

  9. Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate says:

    Love, love your post! Very funny… the dog, the t-shirt, the story! Chocolate + Baacon + peanuts. What's not to love?

  10. Haha. I love this…I almost can't believe someone can love bacon so much. Hahaha. Well anyway, that's awesome 'cause I love chocolate as much and that's how I got my eye on this. Thanks for this recipe!

    So,for you, here's some recipes on…uhm…you know. ^_^ Belated "Happy Birthday!" =>:
    Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
    Potato Bacon Soup

  11. Haha. I love this…I almost can't believe someone can love bacon so much. Hahaha. Well anyway, that's awesome 'cause I love chocolate as much and that's how I got my eye on this. Thanks for this recipe!

    So,for you, here's some recipes on…uhm…you know. ^_^ Belated "Happy Birthday!" =>:
    Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
    Potato Bacon Soup

  12. FramedCooks says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, all my fellow bacon lovers! :)


  1. […] Every year we spend Labor Day at our friend Janet and Bruce’s beautiful lake house. Janet and I know and adore each other so well that we can pretty much finish each other’s sentences.  We love a lot of the same things (chocolate) and we can’t stand a lot of the same things (olives), although we have agreed to disagree about whether it is okay to put bacon in desserts (Janet says no, I say heck YES!) […]

  2. […] beginning to think I have a reputation or […]

  3. […] Thus far, I’ve managed to resist.  It’s pretty easy to do this time of year- after all.  There’s meals to plan, pies to bake and all in all, it’s hectic, crazy and everything in between.  But this year, I stumbled across a wonderful recipe that was just so simple, I couldn’t say no to it:  Chocolate Peanut Bacon Bark. […]

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