Bacon Sundaes: Dream Combo or Nightmare Snack?

By , SparkPeople Blogger

What do you get when you top vanilla soft serve ice cream with chocolate fudge and caramel sauce? An ice cream sundae of course. Now for a limited time you can top that with hardwood smoked bacon pieces when you visit Burger King and make it a Bacon Sundae!

The bacon and ice cream combination seems to be the new taste sensation of the year. In February, Jack in the Box launched its bacon-flavored milkshake followed by Denny's Maple Bacon Sundae creation. Both were only offered for a limited time and now BK is following suit. It seems that other sweet-salty combinations like Bacon Chocolate Bars, Bacon Maple Cupcakes, and Bacon Lollipops have also become popular.
Burger King didn't just introduce the Bacon Sundae for the summer. They are also featuring other favorites from BBQ pork or chicken sandwiches and sweet potato fries to frozen lemonade for a limited time. Their new It's BBQ Day at Burger King commercial highlights all the best things about summer in America like picnics, lemonade and ice cream to also help get you in the mood. How does the new Burger King Bacon Sundae stack up nutritionally?

Photo by SparkPeople member KALORIE-KILLAH

Calories – 510
Fat – 18 grams
Sodium – 670 mg
Carbohydrate – 75 grams
Protein – 15 grams
Two of the other summertime sandwich offerings are slightly better nutritionally than the Bacon Sundae especially in calories and fat. The entire Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich only contains 470 calories and 16 grams of fat even thought it has almost double the sodium (1,420 mg) while the Texas BBQ Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich only comes in at 430 calories and 10 grams of fat even though it is very high in the sodium department (1,690 mg). Since both sandwiches contain a sweet, yet tangy BBQ sauce, either one might do the trick when it comes to tickling your sweet-salty tooth. A serving of the Sweet Potato Fries might also treat your sweet-salty tooth without doing too great of nutritional damage. A small size serving only contains 290 calories with 16 grams of fat and 530 mg of sodium compared to a small serving of the regular fries that contain 340 calories, 15 grams of fat and 480 mg of sodium. 

Summertime treats like the Bacon Sundae or Frozen Lemonade (100 cal/0 g fat/15 mg sodium) are choices you want to limit to special occasions instead of regular indulgences. We would say the same is true for high sodium meats like bacon, sausage, or cold cut deli meats. As we say, every food can fit into a healthful eating plan but moderation is the key. Burger King however, is hoping you will pick them this summer when you are looking for a sweet-salty combo. Here are several other options that might offer the same great taste combination with a lower nutritional impact for your waistline.

Chocolate Turtle Sweet & Salty Snack
Sweet n Salty Beet Chips
Chocolate Shortbread with Sea Salt and Cacao Nibs
What is your favorite summertime picnic food? Do you worry about the calories, fat, and sodium they contain or just focus on them as a treat and enjoy them on occasion?

Do you think that restaurants are going too far by including bacon in such unconventional ways?

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REDROBIN47 6/18/2019
I'm sorry but I don't get the bacon craze. I like crispy bacon occasionally but not in a donut or ice cream sundae. Doesn't sound good at all to me. Report
Nightmare snack... Report
TISTYEN 6/18/2019
I like bacon, although I don't eat it as often as I used to, but I really don't get this whole thing with putting bacon on EVERYTHING. Some of the combinations just sound too weird for words! Report
MOKACHYNA 6/18/2019
Bacon is amazing but I don’t think I’d eat it on ice cream. But to be fair I don’t eat ice cream. I do love bacon donuts though. Report
Bacon is good, but Americans really need to stop obsessing over it.

(For the record: I've been a vegetarian for over twenty years. I do crave bacon still, but I won't eat it. It's good, but it's not THAT good.) Report
I like bacon and ice cream. But putting them together....ewww. Sweet and salty are a good combo but this just weird. Report
New kind of pork-barreling. Report
"Do you think that restaurants are going too far by including bacon in such unconventional ways?" I say no. If one doesn't like it or want it, then they do not have to order it. How simple is that?

My favorite summer picnic food is hot dogs, potato salad, and chips. I don't worry about the calories and I do not consider the meal as a treat. The Real treat is not having to cook or clean up a kitchen afterwards. Report
Just look at the menu at BK, and you will find that a SALAD can have over 500 calories, so it is a matter of what you want. Remember, 1/3 of people are still a NORMAL weight in this country, so they can enjoy something like this without any big concern. LOL Report
Garden Fresh Salad Chicken Caesar with TENDERGRILL and dressing is 490 calories and 28g of fat. Only 20 calories different than this deadly bacon sundae, and worse in terms of nutritional composition.

A Garden Fresh Salad Chicken Apple & Cranberry with TENDERGRILL and dressing is 520 calories with 26g fat.

If you're going to eat at BK at all, don't assume the bacon sundae is the worst thing on the menu! LOL Report
I don't generally eat fast food anymore, but this sounds gross. A 510 calorie sundae with bacon bits fits right in with Big Mac's/Whoppers with 30-40 grams of fat due to all of that fatty sauce on them.

The only fast food I eat semi-regularly is fresco tacos/burritos from Taco Bell (i.e. without fatty sauces/Sour Cream/Cheese) and Subway sandwiches without Mayo or salad dressing. Report
my son likes the bacon sundae, but I haven't got the nerve to try it! Report
I have had chocolate covered bacon before, and it was surprisingly good. This is something I might try, but I'd split it with my husband, so 255 calories at the most (he eats much faster than me). Report
For 510 calories I can think of SO many things I'd rather eat...this isn't one of them.... Report
//cough cough// Bacon + sweets were a foodie trend 3 years ago. The national chains are just catching up (as usual).

I've had bacon ice cream before at a higher-end restaurant. As terrifying as it may sound, it was actually good. Then again, the quality of the ice cream was much much superior to whatever BK or other fast food chains can offer. Also, it was a small scoop, maybe 3 TBS served with raspberries on the side.

Will I venture for BK's version? No. Report
Not even the slightest bit appealing to me. Report
I don't care if it is making them money and the calorie count doesn't bother me, for me. Why? I think it sounds disgusting. Report
I don't think it's "going to far" by offering the bacon sundae...the thing we should be bothered by is that we are creating a MARKET for something like this. It's the consumer, not Burger King, that dictates things like this being offered. They wouldn't offer it if it wasn't making them money!! Report
I think that we all need to remember that just because a restaurant offers something, you do not have to eat it. There are all kinds of foods that you may find unappetizing, but other people love it. Also, the author said that this is not something that you should be eating all the time. Everything in moderation. Report
Let the law of supply and demand dictate!

Sounds gross to me BTW Report
Was this an ad for Burger King? When I want bacon I'll have it on a BLT. Report
I love the taste of bacon, as long as it is crispy and not all rubbery and fatty. I tried an ice cream flavor one time at a tasting at Houlihan's that was bizzare beyond my imagination because I didn't like the ingredients. It was banana chips, bacon and peanut butter. However, it was quite tasty! I even make it at home sometimes!!! Go figure.

rumbamel Report
Bacon infused ice cream isn't really as odd as it sounds. No, I haven't tasted it. However, top chefs like Heston Blumenthal routinely create savory types of ice cream. Mind you, his creation would have had a subtle hint of bacon flavor. it was all about the taste sensations certain foods leave on the pallete.

I suspect Burger King created this ice cream for the hype it would create. Bad publicity is still publicity.

Savory ice creams really aren't that unusual. take chocolate for example. some people might think chocolate infused with chili peppers to be strange. In the US, that's an odd combination. In Mexico, it's common. And it's pretty tasty too !
I have bacon salt and baconnaise. There is bacon scented soap, bacon flavored chapstick, bacon scented body lotion, bacon flavored popcorn and jelly beans... the list goes on and on. More companies are jumping on the bacon bandwagon. It is what it is. Though when it is real bacon instead of spices or scents it is a little different story. So make it yourself by mixing a little bacon salt in with some light vanilla ice cream and keep it to a small serving. Report
Its not something i would order or even take a taste if a friend had ordered it just dose not sound good to me. It was not long ago that the mayor of New York wanted to do away with supper sizing meals. and it cause a lot of problems. we need to let people to make their own food choices Even those of us following the spark diet don't agree we are not on a diet but learning how to eat healthy. and sometime it includes foods others say we should not eat. if i want bacon and pancakes i will have it but i wont have 6 pancakes and six slices of bacon like fore but two pan cakes and 2 to 3 slices of bacon all in moderation i say. Report
There is nothing appealing for me about this combination!
If they could just find a way to make me not like chocolate and bread:-) Report
You know, from someone who loves peanut butter and bacon sandwiches (don't knock it if you haven't tried it),I didn't think it was that BAD until I saw the calorie count. That's one fifth (depending upon various things of course) of one's daily allowance and its desert!!!
And I bet there isn't much nutritional value in it ,if any. Report
Cooking can be an art form. Chefs come up with all kinds of creative ideas. They are always searching for something appealing, both with flavor and visual presentation.
The sky is the limit, because not everyone likes the same things. Just because you don't like it ( or can't control yourself to eat sensible portions ) does not mean it should not be available. Do you think we should have the bacon police enforcing a ban on bacon sundaes?
Good grief! Is there any reason why people who don't like something, not participate in it? Quit forcing your will on those who might enjoy it?

People will vote with their wallet. Which is all BK cares about anyway. Report
Yes, they are going to far! This sounds bizzare to me. Why would anyone want bacon with ice cream? Report
I might personally think it sounds gross, BUT then again I've had people look at me weird for dipping french fries in chocolate shake (yummm!) and some "health foods" make me cringe (portabella mushroom caps as faux bread).

Each person's tastes are their own. If some out there want to act like bacon is some magical enhancer, let them. I won't ever order one and no one on this planet is forced to. (That won't stop me from thoroughly enjoying bacon in other forms, though. I'm not a subscriber to "I want to lose weight and be healthy, so any food that I think is bad should be eliminated from everyone's world".) Report
Foods are not bad or good. It's an unusual treat they made to generate business. It can be enjoyed as an occasional snack or treat without irreparable damage. Like you said, moderation is key. Besides, they don't force people to eat any of their food. It's simply another unhealthy choice that they offer. By the way, I tried it and it was delicious. That was my first time ever having a BK sundae and probably my last. I also still lost weight that week. Moderation. Report
I think people should be allowed to make their own decisions regarding their health and diet. No one should be able to censor the American public regarding the things they eat and drink (as long as these things are legal LOL) I try to stay away from fast food but will eat it on occasion. Only, I should be able to make the choice. Report
I am not a bacon person to begin with, so this is just something I would never even think of - to each their own! Report
I tried it. I had to, it was just so ridiculous sounding. I was surprised. It wasn't too bad. Definitely not something I want to spend 510 calories and $3.12 (with tax) on on a regular basis, but as a treat... next time I'd skip the chocolate and caramel sauces and just stick with the bacon and ice cream, which was a delicious combination. Report
This is so ridiculous. This is the reason why USA is the fattest country :(

Here's to NEVER eating this! Report
Restaurants are constantly looking for new offerings for the public. If it does nothing more than to get people talking, such as we have fallen for here, then it probably has served its purpose. Where else, but on Spark People (which probably doesn't make much revenue from Burger King) can it generate this much free advertising? Report
A Whopper Junior with no mayo remains my choice at the King - wish the King would have other options as sides. Report
I generally agree that Burger King is never a good choice for someone trying to eat healthy. It has made me feel ill the last two times I ate there (Their onion rings were always a temptation for me). If I was going to try something like this as a treat or a culinary adventure, I wouldn't do it at Burger King! Report
I tried it this weekend. My husband saw a commercial and we just had to try it. It was very overrated and when I got home and lookup the nutritional facts, I almost threw up. Basically, it's soft serve ice cream with hot fudge, carmel and sprinkles of crunchy bacon. I was not impressed and it was definitely not worth the calories. Report
Top it with some coffee grounds and you've got the 4 major food groups in the American diet: sugar, salt, caffeine and fat.

(Being facetious!) Report
Not for me but I think one should make their own choice. Report
I can't wait to tell my teenagers! Report
I love - love bacon but this is just plain weird. Report
Gee I just got a cruel flashback of driving up and ordering the BBQ sandwich with the sweet potato fries, with the icy lemonade and topping it off with dessert...for lunch and then going home and eating dinner later. For just a moment I reconnected with the old mind and it was not nice! The truly horrible part of that lifestyle is that just one element is bad, yet ordering a meal is like doing in a whole week. Thank goodness eating fresh has got my mind to think yuck! Report
The very thought of a bacon sundae turns my stomach! Report
I don't think anyone could confuse this as a healthy alternative. The more information we have the better off we are to make good choices. I was surprised at the info on the sweet potato fries. Who knew they would be so much worse than reg. fries? Report
Ha, ha! It's not April Fool's Day, is it?

Actually, the mix of bacon and ice cream does not seem all that far-fetched, or unappetizing, to me. Other combos gross me out more. But I also don't eat at BK or McDonalds or the other places listed, so I don't have to worry about ingesting the ridiculous amounts of calories and bad stuff offered. I like some sweet-salty combos, and a little bit of bacon in things like macaroni salad (when I make it) is tasty. The beet chips sound good too. Report
This is the most unhealthy blog I've seen on SP Why would anyone who wants to lose weight want bacon with anything Who needs nitrates?

I have had bacon creme brulee before and there is a gelato place near to where I work that occasionally makes bacon-chocolate gelato - and both were delicious, but like the article says these are meant for occasional treats - same as any other treat.

The tone of this read more as an advert for BK to me than anything else. Strange for a dieting site, perhaps? Report
This is gross to me, and I'm a little surprised that this was a blog on Sparkpeople. Report