Chocolate Almond Bacon Clusters

Not soup, I know. But I was challenged to make something with bacon, the gateway meat. Why is it the gateway meat? It’s enticing aroma has converted many a vegetarian back to omnivore.

I personally, have not tried Chocolate Bacon of any kind but many of my friends have, and they really love it. I am astounded at the price people are willing to pay for something that is very easy to make. And on a cold day like today, isn’t a little chocolate coated fat just what the body needs to keep warm?

Chocolate Almond Bacon Clusters
5 pieces of bacon, chopped and cooked until very crispy. I used turkey bacon.
1/2 cup or more chocolate chips
1/3 cup almonds

1. Cook the bacon, drain the fat and let it cool.
2. Melt the chocolate chips. I used the fake double boiler method, on the stove. I put a heat safe bowl over a pot of hot water and put the chips in the bowl. Stir until melted and smooth. The amount of chocolate chips is vague, I know. It’s up to you to decide what you want your chocolate to bacon to nut ratio to be. I used less so there is a better chance of getting all three flavors in one bite.
3. Break apart the little bacon chunks and add, with the almonds, to the chocolate. Stir.
4. Spoon 2 inch clusters onto waxed paper and cool in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.

I sprinkled my clusters with some sea salt, ensuring they will be the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The salt has the added effect of giving the clusters a snowy look.

The almonds are to make you think these things have some redeeming quality. They do not. I don’t feel the least bit bad about it either!

Enjoy!

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