Two Winners and a Loser!

The FAIR has come to a close and with it the end of food-on-a-stick season, although I have a feeling I’ll continue just a bit longer. Someone astutely commented that “everything tastes better on a stick” and I think you are really on to something. My kids will apparently eat anything if it is impaled by a skewer, which immediately turns into a mighty dagger. The end of the FAIR also brings the winners of our raffles!!!

I was surprised and delighted to find several hundred entries to our Gift Bucket Raffle. Thank you all for stopping by and showing such great support.  For those of you who came to our demos last week and introduced yourselves, it was a great pleasure to meet you.

Now, for the really exciting news, the winners of the signed books! Jill is the winner of the MN State FAIR raffle and we will send her the 6 qt bucket, a bright red spoon for mixing the dough and a signed copy of the book. Teresa is the on-line winner of the personalized copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day! Thank you, thank you, thank you all for writing in or stopping by.

Now for the bad news. Due to my inability to say “no” to anything covered in chocolate and my recent post on chocolate bacon chip cookies, I was drawn to the chcolate covered bacon at the FAIR. It had great potential, but in the end it missed the mark. The bacon was ice cold and they hadn’t drained the rendered fat away before dipping it in waxy chocolate. Yikes! Now some of you may think I deserve what I got for trying it at all, but I’m convinced if done well this could actually be tasty. Did any of you try it? If so, did you think it was a winner or a loser?

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21 thoughts to “Two Winners and a Loser!”

  1. Yeah, I’m not sure if it was just a bad idea or badly executed?

    Stephan if you try it report back and let us know what you think! I may have to give it a shot myself.


  2. Zoë,
    Just wanted to pop in and say we tried the sticky buns with the boule dough and they were divine! My girls prefer the no-nut variety, so I whipped equal amounts of cream cheese and powdered sugar and a little splash of vanilla and spread that over the rolls while they were still warm. Yum! Next time we’ll try the mini ones (sans the sticks– although everything DOES taste better on a stick!) Thanks so much, we’re having a lot of fun with this book.

  3. Hi Hayley,

    So glad you tried them and your version sounds fantastic! I’ll have to give it a try. Any excuse to make sticky buns.

    So glad you and your girls are enjoying the book!

    Thanks, Zoë

  4. I’d love to try that! I’ll have to make some at home with good quality chocolate and bacon! An interesting combo, in any case…



  5. Okay brilynn and Rosa,

    I’m counting on you to let me know what you discover!

    I agree, the key is great chocolate over perfectly cooked and WELL DRAINED bacon. 😉

    Thanks, Zoë

  6. Sunday was John Michael Lerma day at the St Agnes Baking kitchen, and one of the things he made was chocolate dipped bacon. We cooked the bacon in the microwave and cooked it until it was well done. The trick to it was getting as much of the grease off as possible.
    John Michael made a chocolate fondue the we dipped the bacon in. The recipe is at his website
    Doing it this way, the chocolate covered bacon was pretty good. It does taste better if eaten fresh

  7. Hey, Zoë —
    Son Chris was in from Tucson to attend the Fair with me on Opening Day. He had to try Dave’s Pig Lickers (Oy! The name!) and shared them with me. I thought it was “interesting.” 🙂 Mine was at room temp—I think cold would have been icky. I have some really good bacon from my farmers market pigmeat guy and Chris is coming home again this week for a class reunion. Maybe I’ll offer him some homemade.

    What’s your recommendation for chocolate (that I won’t have to travel too far to acquire)?

    (I put the picture of us on my website—we’re so cute!!)

  8. Hey Bubbles,

    We are cute! 😉

    Okay, if you are going to be using the good bacon then you need to match it up with a nice chocolate that isn’t too waxy. I’d try Scharffen Berger, valrhona, Callebaut, El Rey or any of the chocolates in your local grocer that contain cocoa butter and not a bunch of emulsifiers that are too hard to pronounce, let alone eat!

    Yes, I think at room temperature the entire experience would have been much enhanced!

    Thanks, xo Zoë

  9. I wonder if your kids will eat turkey bacon on a stick, even if it is chocolate coated. I made some turkey bacon in the microwave recently. It looked fake & tasted terrible. What about chocolate dipped tofurky on a stick?

  10. I saw the first photo before I read your post, and kind of had to peer at the screen closer, thinking.. wait, is that what I think it is covered in chocolate.. is that… bacon!??!

  11. Hi Miss T,

    Let me know how it goes with the bacon at your dinner party. Others have said the same thing, that I just got a cold nasty serving! I’ll have to make it myself and see.


  12. This sounds so yummy!

    I have always love peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, now I am wondering how this chocolate covered bacon would taste with some peanut butter slathered on it too!

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