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Drink Bacon? Now in Milkshake Form

Drink Bacon? Now in Milkshake Form

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?

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.

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7:14AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Not for me..

12:38PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Make's me a little sick... the combo closes your throat~
Jack in the Box... have not even thought of eating there since they were caught serving kangaroo meat 30 years ago.

8:13AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

...Think I'm gonna puke now...!!!

12:40PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Yuck! If it contained actual bacon, I MIGHT revise my opinion!

1:30PM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

I appreciate the creativity and am always game for trying something new!

4:50PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Gag!

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

To continue with what I said below:

All the websites in the world won't convince meat eaters to change. You live your life by your choice, others will do the same. I lived on a free range farm raising food for our home and met my own meat thank you. Not filled with hormones, toxins. Free range. Yes, I eat meat and like it. Until Mother Nature redesigns life on Earth to survive by eating rock pate instead of eating organics be it plant/ animal/fish/bird just do what you want to do/leave others alone.

Who is to say who does more research? Vegans are not the only ones who are capable of educating themselves. No one has a monopoly on Truth and Enlightenment.

No one is going to convert others by citing websites, people follow their own paths. I eat meat and don't post "Eat Steak" on vegan sites while many vegans love to say: "Go vegan!" in a site pertaining to meat as if that will convince people to see The Light and suddenly change our ways.

People get food poisoning from meat...it happens. So does listeria from buying lettuce and other veggies. It happens.

People need to be content with what they are, follow your own journey. Neither side is exclusively The Truth And The Light. If Mother Nature decides other wise, changing all life on Earth into eating inorganic matter, then I will eat rock pate and avoid plant life, honey, meat, poultry, fish, fruit, veggies and any other living entity.

Til then, eat what you want to eat, try and avoid factory far

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

The very end!

Til then, eat what you want to eat, try and avoid factory farming, GMOs be it fruit/ veggies which are better for one's health.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Capitalism is fascinating. If there is a way to sell something...it will be sold. It is up to the consumer of course to decide whether or not they will purchase the product. Bacon milk shakes, albeit without real bacon in the case of Jack In The Box is...intriguing/bizarre. Can't say that I will rush out and consume this "marvel" and since the company has no franchises in Canada it is not an option anyway. Won't be crossing the border any time soon to try it out.

There are far more bacon knock offs in the U.S. than here but if one is grossed out, then don't buy it and if there are few takers it will soon be off the shelves...that is capitalism.

If I eat bacon it is organic, not laced with hormones/toxins, the same goes for veggies not being laced with GMOs, pesticides. Have no desire for bacon derivative style treats ~ if I want bacon it has to be the real thing, not offshoots.

One vegan talks of frustration with meat eaters stating that vegans have the courage to do all the research and meat eaters should meet their meat. All the websites in the world won't convince meat eaters to change. You live your life by your choice, others will do the same. I lived on a free range farm raising food for our home and met my own meat thank you. Not filled with hormones, toxins. Free range. Yes, I eat meat and like it. Until Mother Nature redesigns life on Earth to survive by eating rock pate instead of eating organics be it plant/ animal/fish/bird just do what you want

5:38PM PDT on May 23, 2012

i love bacon but wow. this sounds disgusting. my bf wants to try it though (slaps forehead)

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