The folks at Denny’s thought it was a good idea to release what they call the Maple Bacon Sundae. Denny’s describes it as a layer of maple-flavored syrup, topped with a layer of vanilla ice cream, topped with a layer of diced hickory-smoked bacon. All of this is topped by an additional set of the same layers. It will cost a whopping $2.99.
Some of you bacon fiends are probably already bursting at the seams with anticipation to run to your nearest Dennys. But do you really think bacon and ice cream would taste good together? If you do, more power to you. But anyway, the folks over at Slash Food tried it out. The person who tested it is a self-proclaimed bacon lover but they gave the sundae a C -. Here’s what the tester had to say:
I should preface this review with the fact that I love bacon; bacon does make things better — that is, in most cases. Bacon is a very salty thing, and that saltiness should be offset by a contrasting flavor when using it as an ingredient in a recipe — which it often is. It is particularly tasty when combined with sweet things — bacon-wrapped dates or bacon chocolate, for example — and at breakfast, when it optionally comes candied or served with maple syrup.
Rather than make “a classic ice cream sundae more awesome” (as it says in the menu description), the bacon in this dessert tastes and feels out of place, almost as if the bacon slipped in there by accident, and not on purpose. It’s baffled me why this is; it should be more awesome. Perhaps the bacon is too salty to be swirled in the ice cream. Perhaps the contrast between salty and sweet is too great in this case. Or perhaps bacon is good with sweets, but only if that sweet is not a dairy product.
The writer continues to analyze why the sundae tastes weird but the bottom line is, don’t get your hopes up.