This was in an ad I saw last week:
The McDonald’s free bacon offer will take place on Jan. 29, 2019.
Customers may add bacon to anything for free.
Yes, bacon on your fries, in your McFlurry, on your Big Mac, in your back pack, and in one selected drive-thru (on a test basis, only) directly in your mouth.
Many food-related industries have tried to take advantage of the bacon craze.
Back in 2007, The Food Network put out their “Bacon Issue,” which contained 300 pages devoted to bacon. (This was a marketing effort to compensate for their relatively poor-selling “Tofu/Kale Issue.”) The cover story said you can find 108 amazing recipes inside, including 27 really bizarre ones—like the chocolate bacon cupcakes on the cover. Also on the front was a photo of a lollipop made out of bacon, the perfect way to lure the little ones away from sugar, which we all know is so unhealthy.
Inside the magazine is a detachable tiny booklet that contains 50 recipes for bacon appetizers—things like bacon jam, bacon-wrapped bananas and bacon ice cream. You wedge this little brochure in your back pocket and if you are stuck at a party where the only hors d’oeuvre is a vegetable plate and yogurt dip, you can drop a subtle hint by leaving the brochure next to the broccoli before you split for the Rib Shack.
Dessert lovers need not shrink in despair. There are countless recipes for bacony final courses, but suppose you yearn for something sweet rather than smoky. How about a giant BLT cake? It’s not made with the traditional ingredients but it does look like the classic sandwich. The bacon is fashioned out of tootsie rolls, the tomatoes are made of red gummy bears and the mayo is plain white frosting. Sliced angel food cake substitutes as the bread. Don’t ask me about the lettuce. Trust me. You don’t want to know about the lettuce.
There is an entire page called “What’s Your Bacon IQ?” Here you can challenge yourself to tough multiple choice questions like:
What part of the pig does jowl bacon come from?
1. Shoulder
2. Cheeks
3. Loin
The answer is “cheeks.” What we don’t know, however, is on which end of the pig we find these cheeks.
The big survey in the magazine is “Do You Like Your Bacon Crisp or Not Crisp?” The result was 72% crisp and 28% not crisp. This is the only poll in U.S. history where there were no undecideds.

There are now bacon-of-the-month clubs. Every four or five weeks they deliver a different kind of bacon right to your door, along with recipes and ads for the latest bacon products like bacon rub, bacon-flavored envelope flaps and bacon-flavored lip balm. I am now thinking of joining either Bacon Buddies or Pork Pals: both have five-star ratings. I had been with a different group, but my wife didn’t like my getting packages from “The Strip Club.”
Finally, we are treated to stories about bacon obsession, like the bride who carried a bacon bouquet shaped like roses. There’s the university that gave out cooked bacon as fans entered the football stadium, and how about the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade race in Wisconsin where they set up bacon stations?
Yes, this is a sickness. Ironically, no one wants to be cured.
Dick Wolfsie appears weekdays on television sharing his humor, stories and video essays. His column appears weekly in The Paper of Montgomery County. E-mail Dick at