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Candied Bacon & Maple Ice Cream


Candied Bacon & Maple Ice Cream

Bacon Maple Ice Cream

Bacon has become extremely popular recently and why not, it's delicious! Surprisingly, savory and meaty bacon make a fantastic ingredient for many desserts. The smokey richness of bacon matches very nicely with the creaminess of ice cream. Here I've candied the bacon and added maple syrup to the ice cream! The bacon and maple syrup really taste perfect together. Even if you don't love bacon, you will really enjoy this frozen treat.

Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: Makes about 1 quart


  • Candied Bacon
  • 8 slices thick bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Maple Ice Cream
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Make the Bacon

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Combine the maple syrup and brown sugar in a small bowl to form a paste.

Lay the bacon out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread the paste onto one side of the bacon. Place bacon into oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn each bacon slice over and add more paste. Bake another 10 minutes or until the bacon is evenly browned and crispy.

Remove from oven and let cool completely. Chop bacon into small pieces.

Make the Maple Ice Cream

Combine the half-and-half, cream, and granulated sugar in a medium sauce pan and heat slowly to a simmer. In another bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, brown sugar, maple syrup, and salt. Slowly add the hot cream to the egg mixture while whisking constantly.

Add the mixture back to the pan and heat while constantly stirring with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. When the mixture thickens (170 degrees F), remove from stove and immediately cool in an ice water bath. Cover and chill in the fridge.

Cool completely (4 hours to overnight) before adding to your ice cream maker. Follow your ice cream makers directions to make the ice cream. When the ice cream thickens to soft serve consistency add the chopped bacon pieces before continuing. Store in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve.

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