BK Bacon Sundae Review
Product Name: BK Bacon Sundae
Offer price: $2.49
I love adding bacon to my fast-food meals. If there’s ever an option to add bacon, I’ll take it- even if it’s expensive, it’s worth it. I love crispy, smokey bacon slices, and the flavors it gives to any sandwich, burger, salad, or even sauce, makes it oh so much better. In 2012, Burger King introduced its BK Bacon Sundae nationwide as part of its “Summer Menu.” This menu also included Frozen Lemonade, Sweet Potato Fries; the Memphis Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, the Carolina BBQ Whopper, the Texas BBQ Whopper, and the Chicken Sandwich. Let’s find out if the bacon-infused sundae was as tasty as expected in this BK Bacon Sundae review.
History and Inspiration
Burger King went all out in their Bacon Sundae marketing campaign to revive their business and garner some attention. This was planned just in time to coincide with their preparation for going public and being listed on the New York Stock Exchange. With all the hype around their new menu, the brand gained lots of attention. The company said its international growth plans would benefit from better visibility as a public company. Bacon-themed food does get a lot of attention but did this plan hit the spot?
Types of BK Bacon Sundae
There’s only one Bacon Sundae option, but it was offered for a limited time as one of three new chilled desserts, including the Strawberry Sundae and the Oreo Sundae. It was offered in only one size, but it was more than enough even though it looked small.
BK Bacon Sundae Review
Burger King’s Bacon Sundae features soft-serve vanilla ice cream swirled with chocolate fudge and caramel syrup. It’s then topped with pieces of bacon and garnished with a half strip of smokey thick-cut bacon. While salty and sweet are generally complementary flavors, how was the execution of this Bacon Sundae?
1. Taste and Texture [2/5]
The BK Bacon Sunday is a decent-size, with plenty of chocolate and caramel sauce swirled in and a surprisingly generous amount of bacon. Some of the pieces are a bit big, but if you break them up into the sundae, you can taste a piece in each bite. There’s also one longer slice of bacon that you can either eat at the beginning or save for the end when it’s drenched in caramel and chocolate. The bacon’s saltiness is a strong contrast- maybe even too strong. The salty bite just didn’t compliment the cool vanilla soft serve or the chocolaty and caramel syrups. The first bites taste sort of like salty ice cream, but when the ice cream melts, you’re left with a mouth full of cold bacon. The only time I enjoyed a strip of cold bacon was from a Bloody Mary at a little bar in downtown Austin once. While the bacon here is surprisingly crispy, I’d prefer to eat it by itself or in a burger (or in a Bloody Mary). The sundae itself was creamy and delicious, but I’d prefer to eat it without the bacon.
2. Are they healthy? [1/5]
Definitely not. Each serving boasts 510 calories, 75grms of carbohydrates, 61 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of fat. Did you just wince your face a little? It’s exceedingly unhealthy, not to mention the fact that customers often order this dessert after a fast-food meal. It’s best as a special treat once in a while.
3. Are they Worth it? [2/5]
I’m not going to say it was a bad idea- combining bacon and ice cream. But it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. This was a limited-time deal in the summer of 2012, and at the time, it was something everyone had to try out of curiosity or maybe on a dare. I’ve not heard of anyone claiming it was their new favorite dessert, and the sundae hasn’t returned to the menu, so maybe, in the end, it wasn’t worth it.
It wasn’t great, it wasn’t awful, but for Burger King, it served its purpose. Releasing a bacon sundae nationally brought a ton of exposure to the Burger King brand, and it brought customers into the stores.
- 510 calories
- 15g protein
- 75g carbohydrates
- 61g sugar
- 18g fat
- 10g saturated fat
- 0g trans fat
- 40mg cholesterol
- 670mg sodium
The BK Bacon Sunday was offered around $2.49 to $2.69, around the same price as BK shakes or cinnamon rolls. Their Caramel or Chocolate Fudge Sundaes are priced at $1.59.
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