Burger King Debuts Bacon Ice Cream Sundae
The fast food giant released a bacon ice cream sundae for the summer, signifying that the boutique bacon craze is officially mainstream. Here's the science behind why we can't get enough bacon.
By Annie Hauser
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WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2012 — Burger King is unveiling a new sundae for summertime, and it's all about one not-so-surprising gimmick: bacon.
Not so surprising, we say, because bacon has been the center of sweet-and-salty dishes, such as doughnuts, cupcakes, chocolate bars, and more for about the past decade. The fact that the world's second-largest hamburger chain has now joined the bacon-making milieu is the cherry on top of the bacon craze.
The new 510-calorie sundae will hit locations nationwide Thursday, June 14. The bacon sundae is no diet dish — for comparison, its nutritional profile is almost identical to a small 12-ounce McDonald's McFlurry — but the calories aren't even the worst part. A single sundae has 18 grams of fat, and a whopping 61 grams of sugar, which is the equivalent of more than 15 teaspoons of added sugar and is twice the amount the American Heart Association recommends consuming in an entire day.
A new line of barbecue sandwiches, sweet potato fries, and frozen lemonade are the other new adds to Burger King's summer menu. Burger King isn't the only chain trying to attract customers with novelty items: Taco Bell recently announced it has sold more than 100 million of its tacos sold in a shell made of Doritos chips.
Why We Love Bacon Ice Cream
Boutique bakeries and ice cream shops across the country have introduced all kinds of bacon dishes to food enthusiasts for years. But the question remains: Why bacon, and most importantly, why does it work as a dessert? Here are a few theories.
The salty-sweet taste.Salted caramel, chocolate-covered pretzels, dark chocolate with sea salt: The list of delectable salty-sweet treats goes on and on. We love this combination because some of the sugar receptors in the mouth may also be stimulated by a salty taste, which is why salt intensifies sweet tastes to the tongue, research published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesfound. Additionally, a separate study conducted at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia found that sodium can help suppress bitter tastes in foods, which makes the sweet that much sweeter.
We crave salt and fat. If you constantly crave sugar, salt, and fat, blame your brain. Numerous studies have shown that these three compounds affect the brain's reward centers the same way a drug like cocaine does. The body craves salt in particular because, unlike pure sugar, there's a biological need for it. A supply of sodium is needed to replace what our bodies lose through sweat and urine. Too little sodium, and we can feel light-headed, dizzy, and even pass out.
The novelty. There are always eaters who will try the latest extreme fad, no matter how weird it seems to the general population. In the face of BK's newest dish, however, food bloggers fromSaveurto agree: The novelty has worn off.
We just love bacon. Our bodies are hardwired to crave the taste of fat and protein, but why bacon specifically? It turns out, there's a complex chemical reaction occurring between bacon's amino acids and sugars when it is fried called the Maillard reaction, which appeals to our sense of smell. That's why even the strictest vegetarians might be tempted when fried bacon is nearby. If you grew up with bacon as part of your family's meals, you may also experience olfactory-evoked recall, which is the scientific term for an emotional connection to a certain smell.
Be careful of giving into your bacon craving too often, though.
Video: Burger King's Bacon Sundae
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