Candied Maple Bacon Sundae with all the Trimmings!

Today I had the pleasure of competing against Epicurious Editor Lauren Salkeld on the Epicurious Google+ page  in their Elite Eat competition.   My bracket was making Sundae’s, and I have to tell you when I heard I had Sundae’s I wasn’t real happy.   I don’t think in my 3+ years of food blogging I’ve made a sundae, and only a few types of Gelato.

I will be the first to admit that  I do love ice cream, especially Gelato but that’s wasn’t going to be enough for this competition.   I had to actually come up with something good enough to win.  I won’t even tell you what my first attempt was, not just because it was a dismal failure, but I think I still might be able to pull it off, with a little more experimentation….it just needs time.

So after my initial failure this morning, I quickly came up with plan B.

Sundae with Maple Candied Bacon

Sour Cream Vanilla Gelato with Candied Maple Bacon, Sweet and Spicy Pecans, Chocolate Dipped Sea Salt and Vinegar Potato chips, topped with a  Sour Cream Whipped Cream and a Bourbon Caramel Sauce.

Sundae with Maple Candied Bacon

I gotta tell you for guy that doesn’t make sundaes, this sundae rocked!  If you don’t believe me watch the video as I chow down on it towards the end….I think I may have even done a little happy dance.

5.0 from 3 reviews
G+ Bacon Sundae
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
Sour Cream Vanilla Gelato:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
Sweet and Spicy Pecans:
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (or spice of your choice)
Candied Maple Bacon:
  • 12 ounce extra thick center cut bacon
  • 2 ounces butter- melted
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 dash of Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Chocolate Dipped Sea Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips:
  • Melt 4 ounces of chocolate (your choice)
  • 20 Sea Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips
Bourbon Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
Sour Cream Whipped Cream:
  • 6 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Sour Cream Vanilla Gelato:
  1. In a mixing bowl with a wire whip, mix all of the ingredients together until sugar is fully dissolved.
  2. Place ingredients in your ice cream or gelato maker and freeze according to directions.
  3. Allow Gelato to set up 4-6 hours before serving.
Sweet and Spicy Pecans:
  1. Place pecans in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes on a baking dish
  2. Melt butter in a small pan and mix in brown sugar, cinnamon and chili powder
  3. After 10 minutes, remove pecans from oven and toss in sugar butter mixture until all pecans are well coated.
  4. Place coated pecans back on baking dish and put back in the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Allow pecans to cool on parchment
Maple Candied Bacon
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl (except for bacon) until well blended
  2. Carefully add bacon to the mixture, making sure to coat both sides of all the bacon.
  3. Place bacon on a wire rack over top of a half sheet pan (it’s a good idea to line the baking pan with foil to catch any drippings)
  4. Place tray in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Bacon should be dark brown but not burnt. If you don’t cook the bacon long enough it will be chewy instead of crunchy.
  5. Allow bacon to cool for a few minutes then remove from wire rack onto parchment.
Chocolate Dipped Sea Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips:
  1. Melt 4 ounces of chocolate (your choice)
  2. Sea Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips
Bourbon Caramel Sauce:
  1. In a sauté pan add sugar and water. Swirl to mix and cook over medium high heat, until sugar completely dissolves and becomes a beautiful dark amber color. Remember to keep the sugar moving in the pan by swirling the mixture around (do not use a spoon). Do not allow the sugar to burn! When its reached that rich color remove from the heat and allow to cool down for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add heavy cream slowly mixing in with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add in bourbon and mix well. Allow sauce to cool.
Sour Cream Whipped Cream:
  1. In a mixing bowl add cream, sugar and vanilla and slowly beat the cream until in has stiff peaks. Do this slowly so it has time to build. (If you beat the cream too fast it will barely last one day, take your time (7-10 minutes) and it will last 3-4 days)
  2. When cream is fully whipped fold in sour cream.


thank you so much for stopping by today and if you’d like to witness me in action making this killer sundae,  follow this link to the Epicurious G+ Page.

If you get there before midnight tonight you can even vote for me!



  2. Wow! I’d say your Plan B was really thinking outside the box! So many textures and flavors…sweet, salty, hot. Good luck, Chef!

  3. Hi Chef, this sundae is to die for…..AWESOME! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.
    Have a nice day.

  4. Great job Dennis! You know we have a motto here- Bacon makes everything better! Great combination of flavors- I’d make this sundae any day if the week. Cheers!

  5. Wow! That sounds sick-over the top killer-you made it and got to eat it. I am not a big ice cream fan and when I do eat it my favorite form is in a sundae. This sounds phenomonal!

  6. Fabulous sundae Dennis! Bacon is such a wonderful compliment to chocolate and creamy ice cream.

  7. Oh my gosh, this is just incredible, Chef!

  8. Thank you Stephanie, I wanted to make sure the folks at Epicurious remembered me!

  9. I’ve never had bacon before in desserts so I’m curious about the flavors of this. But I am tempted to try it. The caramel on the sundae just did it for me. Good for you, great event with Epicurious, Chef Dennis!

  10. I think you rocked it. I just made a bacon apple dish last week and loved the sweet and savory combination. Once upon a time, Europeans ate that way with what we would consider desserts served with meat. Then it fell out of fashion. I wonder why? It’s so good. Good luck with the challenge.


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