Bacon. Some critics may be more than ready to see it move off the food stage, but its salty, fatty flavor persists. From sexual products to dessert, it’s found a way into nearly everything and taken down all kinds of food boundaries along the way. The latest offering: Bacon Milkshakes from Jack in the Box.
The shake contains no actual pork product, just bacon-flavored syrup, ice cream and whipped cream according to reports. It does contain, however, 1,081 calories and 108 grams of sugar. (Unless you’re looking at the 16 ounce, which contains a mere 773 calories and 75 grams of sugar.)
To be fair to bacon (or fake-bacon syrup), this shake is actually less caloric than some of the other Jack in the Box offerings (24 ounces of the Oreo Ice Cream shake, for example, contains 1,169 calories and 105 grams of sugar), although when you’re consuming half a day’s worth of calories in one beverage, the minor differences tend to seem irrelevant.
With a recent study linking bacon and processed meat to pancreatic cancer, bacon enthusiasm is concerning for obvious health and animal rights reasons. Nevertheless, the bacon-bandwagon still seems to be running, whether or not actual bacon is present (thanks to artificial flavoring!). Jack in the Box is enthusiastically hopping on the train, with their newest ad slogan “Love Bacon? Marry it.” The bizarre campaign allows website users to create a Bacon Baby — yes, that’s what your offspring would look like, if you reproduced with bacon.
What are your thoughts on the continued bacon craze and Jack in the Box’s newest role in it? Do you welcome bacon’s presence in all forms? Are you happy to see that this shake doesn’t contain actual meat? Or are you sick of giving this pork product any more undeserved attention?