Cocoa Candied Bacon

Don’t let looks deceive you, this is not burnt bacon. It is in fact cocoa candied bacon here to blow your mind!

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Doesn’t that look appetizing? Burnt bacon is everything you’ve always dreamed of, right!? No? Well that is unfortunate… but guess what it’s not burnt bacon, it’s cocoa candied bacon!! Huzzah! I feel like this should have been an April Fools recipe but instead it is another contribution to #Choctoberfest.

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Making cocoa candied bacon is pretty simple: give it a good rub down with a mixture of cocoa powder and brown sugar, place on a wire rack placed over a rimmed cookie sheet, and bake until crisp. And then I would suggest serving them with a side of hot peanut butter pancakes. Yes you read that correctly, bacon with a side of pancakes.

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After you’ve thrown your first batch of these into the oven, make sure you check out the recipes from all of the other #Choctoberfest bloggers listed at the end of this post. Then check out all the swag up for grabs from our generous sponsors and enter the #Choctoberfest giveaway HERE.

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Two years ago: Apple Cinnamon Pretzels

Four years ago: Basil Butter


Serves 4


8 slices bacon

3 Tbsp brown sugar

1 Tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay a wire rack on top of a foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. In a large shallow bowl, mix sugar and cocoa. Dredge bacon slices through the mix, lightly patting the sugar on top.
  3. Lay strips on wire rack and bake for 25-30 minutes or until desired doness, flipping the bacon once halfway through.
  4. Remove and drain on paper towels for 1 minute. Serve immediately.

Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is.

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