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Salty and sweet takes on a whole new meaning when you pair easy-to-make cone-shaped bacon with Blue Bunny® ice cream! What a different twist on a springtime treat!
There aren’t enough ice cream shops offering bacon ice cream cones. For real.
If I’m being honest…I’ve never actually seen them offered anywhere.
That’s a damn shame, it is.
BaCones are probably not what the world needs, but they are absolutely everything it wants.
There are two things you can pretty much always count on finding in our fridge on any given day: bacon and at least one pint of ice cream.
In spite of Mr. Crumby being mildly lactose intolerant, ice cream is just one of those sweets he can’t stay away from, no matter how much he might suffer later on.
So obviously, these BaCones were inevitable.
I did a little research on them (which is where I learned their official name,) and found out just how easy they are to bring to life. The only equipment you really need is some sugar cones and aluminum foil.
If you have cream horn molds and are dying to use them (I was,) feel free to use them to make some cute little mini cones!
So just how easy are they?
Take a sugar cone and wrap it in a small piece of foil, then make sure you spray the wrapped cone lightly with cooking spray.
Heaven forbid these things get stuck to the foil. I mean, should that happen, you should still eat the bacon…it just won’t make a very good ice cream cone.
One piece of bacon for a mini cone, two for a larger cone. Three if you like to live dangerously.
Starting at the open end of the cone, wrap the bacon tightly around, stretching it slightly and overlapping the edges. Finagle that fat so any holes are covered, unless you like leaky cones.
When you reach the pointy bottom, twist the end of the bacon into a little point, sealing it as best you can.
Bake those bad boys up and you’ve got yourself some BaCones!
You can’t quite fit as much ice cream in them as a regular cone, but I think the calorie trade-off is pretty fair.
The question is…what kind of ice cream tastes best with bacon??
If you’re a Wal-Mart shopper, you surely recognize the Blue Bunny® brand, but hopefully the package facelift hasn’t thrown you off. The new, snazzy clear packaging allows you to see the flavor swirls inside…but also makes deciding which one you’re craving that much harder.
I had to resist buying every flavor they had and settled for the three I thought would be the easiest to pair with the salty piggy cones: Blue Bunny® Butter Pecan (because classic,) Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla (because vanilla,) and Blue Bunny® Salted Caramel Craze (because salted caramel is everything.)
(Full disclosure, I also grabbed the Blue Bunny® Pistachio Almond and used it in this cake I made a few weeks ago…and it’s now my favorite flavor!)
I decided to highlight the buttery vanilla notes of Blue Bunny® Butter Pecan in the cones, the crunch of the pecans inside echoing the crunch of the savory cone underneath.
And then I added some sweet caramel on top for good measure, because why not.
You know how they say Bacon Makes Everything Better? I didn’t know how true that was until I tried this combo.
Like I needed more reasons to love ice cream and bacon.
- 6 sugar ice cream cones
- Aluminum foil
- Cooking spray
- 12 slices thick cut bacon
- Blue Bunny® ice cream
- Caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Completely wrap sugar cones in small squares of foil. Lightly spray wrapped cones with cooking spray.
- Starting at the open end of the cones, wrap one slice of bacon around tightly, overlapping the edges so the bacon totally covers the cone. Repeat with a second slice of bacon (if necessary,) overlapping the ends to create a continuous strip. Pinch the bottom to a point to seal.
- Bake for 20-23 minutes or until bacon is crisped to your liking. Remove from oven and allow to cool 3-5 minutes before carefully removing cones. Let cones cool completely, refrigerating overnight if desired to help with stability. Serve with your favorite ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and enjoy!