Cocoa Candied Bacon

by Erin

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

Cocoa Candied Bacon 3

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.

Cocoa Candied Bacon 1

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.

Cocoa Candied Bacon 2

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.

Cocoa Candied Bacon 4

One year ago: Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Balsamic Date Sauce

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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Libby October 12, 2015 - 4:26 pm

How genius is this?! What a great idea to combine the sweet with the savory ;) Yummm!

Alison's Wonderland Recipes October 10, 2015 - 10:37 am

I just bought bacon yesterday, and my husband’s coming back from a week-long business trip in Germany tomorrow. I am SO making this as a welcome home snack!

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm October 7, 2015 - 10:29 pm

I didn’t think it was possible to improve on bacon. You just proved me wrong.

spiffycookie October 8, 2015 - 8:13 am

I’m here all week ;-)

Allison October 7, 2015 - 9:54 pm

Mmmm… I love candied bacon, this looks awesome!

Liz October 7, 2015 - 8:56 pm

What a fun idea! This is one recipe I have to try for my bacon loving hubby!!!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) October 7, 2015 - 8:42 pm

*gasp* chocolate bacon + pb pancakes !!!!

spiffycookie October 8, 2015 - 8:12 am

I know right!?

Susan October 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Complete breakfast sounds like this bacon with your whole wheat chocolate chip peanut butter pancakes… And (are you ready for this? am I ready for it?) MY NON-BACON-EATING HUSBAND IS WILLING TO TRY THIS!!!!!! Oh happy day!

spiffycookie October 8, 2015 - 8:12 am

Seriously!? That’s amazing! I hope he likes them and doesn’t swear off bacon forever.

Susan October 15, 2015 - 1:26 pm

He liked it!! And so did I. A lot. The only thing we didn’t like was cleaning up our baking pan, so next time I’ll make sure to put down parchment or foil on the baking sheet before putting the whole mess into the oven. You’d think that after cooking for more than 50 years I would have figured that one out beforehand…

spiffycookie October 15, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Dang did I not say to do that in the post? I will fix that now…


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