Bacon roses bring a sizzle to Valentine’s Day.
May 21, 2012 Leave a comment
If the way to a man’s heart is truly through his stomach, this latest Valentine’s Day phenomenon scores a direct hit.
Instructions for creating bouquets of “roses” made from rolled-up strips of cooked bacon are popping up by the dozen online. They’re riding America’s current burning romance with bacon, a trend that’s turning up on gourmet restaurant menus and at fast food franchises, alike.
Earlier this month, California burger chain Jack in the Box released its 1,081-calorie bacon milkshake. Chocolate-covered bacon has been making the rounds at state festivals and Renaissance fairs for years.
But none of these may be as romantic as bacon roses.
When Valentine’s Day rolled around last year, Kevin Kittle knew the typical candy and flowers wouldn’t suffice.
The Phoenix, Ariz., man and his girlfriend shared a mutual love of the meat once found mainly on breakfast plates. He made his first bacon bouquet.
“As I got in the car to take them to her, I was quite proud of myself,” he said. “But as I was driving over there, the reality of the situation began to set in. We were newly dating. I liked this girl. It was Valentine’s Day. And I was bringing her pork.”
She loved the gift. “She still cheeses up when someone mentions them,” Kittle said.
Mel Fisher, owner of Lebanon Valley Meats in Harrisburg also is a fan, although he won’t be making even as much as a crispy corsage for his wife this year.
“I would just give her roses. She gets all the bacon she wants already,” he said.
Celebrities like “Star Trek” actor George Takei have shared the bacon gospel on Facebook and Twitter.
“Go ahead, eat your feelings. #BaconThingsRight,” Takei wrote on his Facebook wall above a photo of the roses captioned “Bacon Roses: She wants romance, you want a snack. Problem solved.”