California based fast food chain Jack In The Box has released a new milkshake that is sure to appeal to the overindulgent in all of us. The Bacon Shake is made up of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a maraschino cherry and “bacon flavored syrup.” Interestingly enough while the Bacon shake is loaded with sugar and salt it has no actual bacon in it. The Bacon Shake packs in 1,081 calories and 17 grams of protein.
According to Brock Keeling, a blogger at SFist, the Bacon Shake tastes
“Horrific! A heavy, lingering bland with a touch of smoke that doesn’t go away,”
Bacon flavored anything is raging across America. There is a company called J&D’s which manufactures bacon salt, a product that makes everything added taste like bacon. They also manufacture bacon flavored mayonnaise and bacon flavored baby formula. In stores across the south bacon flavored soda is on the shelves. The NASCAR raceway in Charlotte announced a new dessert called the Funnel bacakonator which is a funnel cake covered with bacon and chocolate. On the cosmetic front there is a bacon-scented cologne to absorb through your pores, while you’re busy digesting lunch.
There is actually an argument to be made that the world’s obsession with everything bacon has to do with a level of addiction. Scientists have shown that fatty foods like bacon and cheesecake have a similar effect on the brain as cocaine. It make a lot of sense that this could be happening. Basically indulging in Bacon releases a flood of happy chemicals in your brain called dopamine. The high you experience is that beautiful feeling only a plate of bacon can provide. Then you need another fix as soon as that one wears off.
Do you think they need to create a 12 step program for bacon fiends?