candied bacon coffee ice cream

March 31st, 2008 · 29 Comments


yes. it’s true. there it is. and it doesn’t have to be beautiful. because when you are "THAT FREAKIN AWESOME" looks just do not matter one little bit. unless you’re a woman.

this ice cream is brought to you by michael ruhlman who told michael symon who inspired david lebovitz. or something like that. but no matter who told who – from here on in it is now all mine. and i would just like to ask you, dear readers – just one thing. how in the hell could you ever possibly improve on this? you can’t.



the coffee ice cream was david lebovitz’s recipe (plus one extra egg yolk) from ‘the perfect scoop’.  it’s a great book, go buy it. because the warm weather is approaching and it is time to make fabulous ice creams and sorbets and david will teach you how.  his blog has the post regarding the candied bacon ice cream which of course includes the process of candying the bacon.  except i wound up first doing it his way and then feeling the need to redo it the next day with another batch of bacon, a very different way.  because i was striving for perfect pig candy.  and my first batch was kinda lackluster – probably my fault – but i learned and moved forward with the second batch while the first batch now sits in my freezer anxiously waiting to get mixed into some sweet potato pancake batter. now there’s a reason to live…

so, first i put the bacon on a rack over a sheet pan with some foil – shiny side down at about 350f and let a fair amount of the fat drip off – about 10 minutes or so – although the ‘niman ranch’ bacon i used was not very fatty at all – for bacon. then i removed it from the oven and coated one side with brown sugar and placed it back on the rack and let the sugar caramelize on the meat for about another 10 minutes. then i removed it from the oven and spread another sheet of foil over the drippings and placed the bacon candied side down and sugared the second side – same deal. once that was done i removed it from the oven and cooled it on the wire rack. it was more steps then i’ve seen done – but it came out flawless – and while the bacon was getting candied, i was making the custard for the ice cream.


needless to say. it was a hit.

Tags: bacon · dessert · ice cream

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Robert // Mar 31, 2008 at 8:28 pm


    THAT would never make it into a recipe here………….

  • 2 Mary Coleman // Mar 31, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Sweet jesus take me now! I know this is pure T heaven!!

  • 3 lucy // Mar 31, 2008 at 9:24 pm
    you rock.

  • 4 Chris // Mar 31, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    I just read that post not 4 hours ago and the first thing I thought was – where can I get bacon good enough to do this…
    You are my hero for the day. You might be my hero tomorrow too… We’ll see


  • 5 Donald // Apr 1, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Okay, this is sheer pork madness!!! I love it!

    I love bacon and I love ice cream, but the two together? Wow.

    I have to get an ice cream maker now; I’m convinced.

  • 6 FrenchLaundryatHome // Apr 1, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Hey – I made this two weeks ago and guess what I did? Instead of 3/4C sugar, I did 1/2C sugar and 1/4C maple flakes. So, it was a true breakfast ice cream: maple-bacon-coffee.

    The friends I made it for responded with offers of multiple sexual favors, so you know, not a bad combo, I suppose.

    Isn’t that bacon so so so so so so good? One more thing to love about David L.

  • 7 Kim // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:33 am

    I just recently made a batch of candied bacon thanks to Miss Edna Lewis & Scott Peacock. Devoured it with Southern Biscuits!
    Will defineatly have to give this ice cream a try, thanks.

  • 8 mari // Apr 1, 2008 at 10:53 am

    that’s it!
    is there a house for sale in your neighborhood?

    you are killing me with the pig tales, cause i loves me some pig!!!

    actually it was the sweet potato pancakes with candied bacon that sealed the deal.

    i’m calling estate agents, as we speak…

  • 9 cookiecrumb // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve got the freezing unit in the freezer…
    (It’s just an excuse to eat bacon.)

  • 10 Laura // Apr 1, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    I just snaughed (snort-laughed) at the computer. Lucky thing I just set my beer down. What the hell? Are you serious? Ba-be-buh-bibbity-bobbity-bacon ice cream? I say again, what the HELL. Good God, woman. Mother-f’in bacon ice cream.

    I– I don’t know what else to say. I’m repulsed, yet somehow drawn in. It’s– it’s– foodie snuff porn.

  • 11 evil chef mom // Apr 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t know why I haven’t made this yet. Maybe some chocolate bacon ice cream would be even better.

  • 12 Ethel // Apr 1, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    You never cease to amaze me. What a great dessert for dinner party conversation.
    I may not make it but I sure would love to eat it.

  • 13 Audrey // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Baum-chicka-wah-wah…. Now I understand what food porn is. Sorry, I didn’t it make to the ice cream part… I kinda just lost it at “.. placed the bacon candied side down and sugared the second side..”.

    Been lurking in admiration of your writing style and subject matter for a while, but this post demanded accolades. Love Ruhlman, Symon and Lebo… but you were the first to bring me to …make a comment:)


  • 14 Peter // Apr 1, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I love using coffee on pork in various ways, but this is something I never would have come up with.

    Seems like a person could maybe get lucky after making this particular ice cream right here. Wow.

  • 15 claudia // Apr 1, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    robert – that’s why i made EXTRA !

    mary – what does the T stand for???

    lucy – i am merely the messenger…

    chris – perhaps there is no bad bacon? there may be better bacon, but never bad.

    donald – $40 and you’re an ice cream making fool…

    FL@H – damn girl. that would be its crowning glory… maple flakes… damn…

    kim – wow. this with fresh biscuits would be equally orgasmic + coffee. wow.

    mari – now that’d be quite the commute… but imagine the dinner parties!

    cookie – really, i just want exquisite pears and oranges, ok?

    laura – i’ve no idea who you are – but i love you!!!

    evil chef mom – you will be a hero amongst your peoples. chocolate and bacon. i’m in!

    ethel – thanks, momma…

    audrey – i am so very flattered. really. thank you for your wonderful comment – IT MEANS MORE THAN YOU KNOW. those purses you make are AWESOME!

    peter – i was too drunk to have sex after this dinner… no, no, i kid – i kid. but i was too full-o-pork, that’s for sure!

  • 16 Traci @ Soup of The Day // Apr 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I saw this on David’s blog too but haven’t had a chance to make it. Thanks for working out the kinks in the candied bacon part. I’ll just take your word for it and do it your way, yours looked all crispy and delicious! My fear, when reading David’s blog, was that I’d never get past the candied bacon part! I’d make the bacon, then eat it. Then make more, then eat it. There would never be any for ice cream!

    So, do you think the coffee flavor is the best for this? I’m not too big on coffee ice cream, although I love coffee. I know, it doesn’t make sense. Anyway, I was thinking maybe a maple ice cream or even just a rich vanilla. I’m sure it’s ALL GOOD.

  • 17 Julie // Apr 2, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    First with the pork bellies, now candied bacon. It’s all pork, all the time. I predict a smokehouse in your backyard next.

    OK, I’m still trying to get my mind around candied bacon ice cream ….

  • 18 Robert // Apr 3, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Good call Julie, Good call…..

  • 19 We Are Never Full // Apr 14, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    DUDE~! This OFFICIALLY solidifies my idea that bacon tastes best when paired with something sweet!! This sounds so freaking good to me. But, I’m the girl who likes bacon and peanut butter together and bacon, syrup and ketchup as well. ok, i’ve scared anyone from every coming to my blog but whatever!! this looks ridiculously delish.

  • 20 Stephanie // Apr 14, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    When I saw the title for this post, I thought it was a joke…then I saw the almost orgasmic pictures of bacon and sense of humor went out of the window. For some odd reason I now want to make bacon doughnuts!

  • 21 Kevin // Apr 15, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Candied bacon and coffee ice cream sounds so good! I am going to have to try a bacon ice cream!

  • 22 steamy kitchen // Apr 17, 2008 at 12:00 am

    i must ask…
    why shiny side down?
    i think you’d be a perfect candidate for FN’s new show.

  • 23 claudia // Apr 21, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    because david said so and i am just the messenger… but now you’ve got me wondering…

    thanks for saying that jaden but i can’t imagine why. not sure what i could bring to the table but it’s fun to think about.

  • 24 goldenfox // Apr 27, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    My god. It’s a dark sunday morn, and I stumble across this!

    I belive that food is wonderful and expirimental and nurturing. You’ve combined all my favorite foods into one… !

    recently Vosges, a wonderful chocolate company, just put out a bacon chocolate bar-
    you may now get it also in a little pig shape…

    These kinds of things inspire me and make me enjoy life more! YEHAW!

  • 25 feeding maybelle // May 16, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Oh, I found this because I have candy bacon dreams–mind you my husband has healthy eating dreams.

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  • 29 UphillBothWays // May 20, 2010 at 12:19 am

    The internet is a messed up place. I thought I’d make a coffee ice cream with crumbled bacon candied with brown sugar and hot chile powder, AND bacon porter homebrew. So thought I’d see what insights I could garner from the pilgrims who have walked this path before. Lo and behold, no trouble finding either one.

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