Just when you thought the everything bacon trend was over, fast food chain Jack in the Box is introducing the Bacon Milkshake. For a limited time only, of course. Yes, it’s for real. Not the bacon, the shake. Well, the bacon shake, but it has nor real bacon, even though you’d be inclined to think it is.
According to Jack, the shake is
Made with real vanilla ice cream, bacon flavored syrup, whipped topping and a maraschino cherry.
(highlighting, for dramatic effect, by us).
What you need to know:
First, the nutrition atrocity: A regular size (16oz) Shake tallies up at 773 calories (this is JUST the dessert folks). It has 28 grams of saturated fat and 2 whole grams of trans fat. It’s 75 grams of sugars are the equivalent of 19 tsp. That’s right – NINETEEN TEASPOONS OF SUGAR!
Now, what exactly does “bacon flavored” syrup mean? Or to paraphrase the nice elderly lady from the 80′s Wendy’s commercial – “Where’s the Bacon?”
Answer: certainly not in the milkshake. Here’s what the bacon syrup is made of:
Pure Cane Sugar, Water, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Salt, Sodium Benzoate And Potassium Sorbate (To Preserve Freshness).
And this is the ingredient list for the Ice Cream Milk Shake itself:
Milk, Cream, Sucrose, Skim Milk, Corn Syrup, Whey, Stabilizer (Sodium Caseinate, Cellulose Gum, Mono-and Di-glycerides, Disodium Phosphate, Non-Fat Dry Milk, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Sodium Citrate, Polysorbate 65, and Dextrose), Natural and Artificial Vanilla, Annatto Extract.
So the real vanilla ice cream is actually composed of artificial and natural vanilla. Spare yourself and do not look up some of the “stabilizers” listed such as Polysorbate 65.
Conclusion: This product is just plain wrong. On so many levels. Which is why it will be a big hit.
Our $0.02 – If you want to enjoy bacon flavored food – eat real bacon. Even add some to your dessert if the greasy, salty, sweet combo is your turn on. But for goodness sakes, don’t eat pseudo foods just because the word Bacon has been plastered on their name.