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Bacon Candy

Picture of finished bacon candy

A delicious recipe for bacon candy from my friend Randy Hall:

  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons favorite BBQ dry rub (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix brown sugar, cayenne, and BBQ rub together in a medium bowl. Place sugar mixture a gallon Ziploc bag. Add bacon and toss. Line a baking sheet with foil, and place a wire rack in the baking sheet. Lay the strips of bacon on the rack. Pat any remaining sugar mixture on the bacon. Put the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and bake until crisp, about 20-25 minutes, turning once halfway through (re-coat with any additional sugar when turning if you want even more candy coating). When the bacon reaches desired crispiness, remove from the oven to a serving dish and let cool slightly before serving.

It’s a super simple recipe. The only real gotcha is finding the fine line between nice crispy bacon and black burnt sugary mess. Check it often at the end. It is delicious.


The Cheerios Sugar Factor

Like many people, I often eat cereal for breakfast. When my wife went on a no-sugar diet a while back, it wreaked havoc on our cereal eating habit because, you see, most breakfast cereals are stuffed with sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

Reading the nutrition labels, however, taught me something interesting: Cheerios has by far the lowest sugar content of any cereal we eat. While shopping, I found myself in disbelief, telling random people in the super market, “Do you know this stuff has twelve times as much sugar as Cheerios?” I started calling it the Cheerios Factor.

To give you an idea, here is a list of some breakfast cereals and their sugar content. Full nutrition information is available online from General Mills, Kellog’s and Quaker. However, Post prefers to summarize it for you.

CerealServing SizeSugarFactor
Apple Jacks28g12g12.0x
Froot Loops29g12g11.6x
Lucky Charms27g11g11.4x
Frosted Flakes30g11g10.3x
Golden Grahms31g11g9.9x
Cinnamon Toast Crunch31g10g9.0x
Honey Nut Cheerios28g9g9.0x
Raisin Bran59g19g9.0x
Cinnamon Life32g8g7.0x
Honey Bunches of Oats30g7g6.5x
Multigrain Cheerios27g6g6.2x
Frosted Mini Wheats51g10g5.5x
Special K31g4g3.6x
Rice Krispies33g4g3.4x
Corn Flakes28g3g3.0x
Corn Chex31g3g2.7x
Rice Chex27g2g2.1x
Fiber One30g0gNone

Yes, Cheerios has half the sugar of Grape-Nuts. The only cereal I’ve found that beats Cheerios at its own game is Fiber One, which I’ve never actually eaten.