Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Stripped down

Bacon makes everything better or so they say.

But on a sundae? I'm not so sure.

Burger King is banking on it, though. The struggling fast food chain is working to reclaim its No. 2 spot with a revamped menu and a lineup of summer specials, which includes a bacon sundae. The ice cream treat is topped with hot fudge, caramel, bacon pieces and a bacon strip.

The sweet-and-salty treat is all I've heard about for days - from excited friends to NPR to news meetings at work to the morning news. And after everyone gets over the "Bacon! On a sundae!" exclamations, they are quick to point out that the treat has 510 calories. 510! Calories! For a bacon sundae!

At which point, I roll my eyes and return my ear buds to their proper place so I can listen to BODYPUMP tracks.

It's not that I don't think there' something a bit off-putting about the sundae - I've tried chocolate-covered bacon and about gagged. It's also not that I don't think it's a bit ridiculous that the happy ending of  a meal is the same amount of calories as my typical dinner.

Oh, no. My eye rolling stems from many a hour spent perusing the nutritional information restaurants. A 510-calorie dessert, people, is not that shocking.

A small Strawberry Cheesequake Blizzard from Dairy Queen has 510 calories.

A Chick-Fil-A Fudge Brownie Sundae clocks in at 590 calories.

McDonald's 12 ounce vanilla shake has 530 calories.

And then there's sit-down restaurant desserts ...

Olive Garden's White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake is 890 calories.

The Maple Pecan Blondie at Applebee's will set you back 1,020 calories.

Sort of makes you think that a 510-calorie sundae isn't all that bad. Well, except for the bacon.

What are your thoughts on BK's  bacon sundae?


  1. I heard about it on the news today and my thought was "ew!" I guess I'm not really a huge bacon person to begin with, but I just can't imagine eating anything like this!

  2. I don't like bacon, so it sound gross to me, but really adding a strip of bacon probably doesn't even add that many calories.

  3. i like bacon. I like ice cream. I just don't know that I'd like them together. Though I had maple bacon flavored froyo in DC and it was good...but actual bacon is different....

  4. Ugh one of the reasons I always skip dessert. Sick amount of calories. I tend to stick to a cone or a cup of ice cream with strawberries to keep the calories down.

  5. Bacon on a sundae sounds gross to me! Ick. I love me some bacon but nothing beats a bacon, egg & cheese sandwich.. a much better use of bacon calories. I don't understand how a bad for your dessert is going to help them reclaim the #2 stop. I wish they could do it by adding better salads.

  6. I like to live in denial about the unhealthiness of my desserts. I'm glad you didn't have the calories in peanut butter pie.