Bacon Mania: A Retrospective

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Chicken-fried bacon with creamy gravy from Sodolak's

If you thought the bacon trend had peaked long ago, turns out you're wrong. But it actually may have happened one week ago in Chicago with the opening of a restaurant that serves sandwiches that are topped with different types of bacon, including Chinese bacon, chicken liver-bacon banh mi spread, and jalapeño bacon jam. To mark the climax of this annoying-albeit-mouthwatering food fad, Chow Bella presents a history of America's love affair with bacon.

circa 1975: A restaurant in Denver called Colorado Mine Company serves a sandwich called Fool's Gold Loaf, a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with an entire jar of peanut butter, a jar of grape jelly, and a pound of crispy bacon. Elvis Presley -- known for lovin' the combo of peanut butter, banana, and bacon -- was a repeat customer.

See also: Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

Early '90s: Chicken-fried bacon is invented at Sodolak's Original Country Inn in Snook, Texas.

May 2002: Heston Blumenthal shares his wildly popular bacon and eggs ice cream recipe.

2005: Experiments with the oddly delicious combo of chocolate and bacon ensue. The following year, Vosges Haut Chocolat introduces its bacon bar.

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