What Secret Ingredients are Lurking in Burger King’s New Bacon Sundae?

BK Bacon Sundae

photo: BK

Burger King’s summer menu includes a new dessert that’s riding high on the bacon fetish that has swept America in the last few years. The Bacon Sundae is your basic Sundae dessert with a few pieces of bacon shoved in and sticking out.

This is obviously not a health food, nor do we expect it to be. What we would like to know is what this product is made from. We scoured BK’s website and called their customer hotline. Unfortunately they did not provide any assistance other than pointing us to the nutrients listed on the site.

All of our nutritional and allergen information can be found at the 

website below:

 http://www.bk.com/en/us/menu-nutrition/index.html 

We value your patronage and look forward to serving you in the near future.

We checked again and did not find any ingredient information. We were able to find some nutrition info though:

  • 510 calories
  • 61 grams of sugar (that’s 15 teaspoons)
  • 10 grams of saturated fat (half the recommended daily max)
  • 670 mg of sodium (30% of the recommended daily max)
  • It’s also got 15 grams of protein (20-25% of the daily requirement for most people)

As we said, far from a health food. But hey it’s dessert, right?

Fine and dandy if you’ve got 500 calories to splurge today, but we’d really like to make sure there are no problematic additives in this product. You know, things like hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, mono and di-glycerides, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colorings, artificial flavorings. You get it, the good stuff.

Please Burger King, share your Bacon Sundae ingredients with us. There’s nothing to hide, is there?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.chezem Jessica Chezem

    ugh, so grosssss.

  • S. Jenna Lutz

    Not to completely expose myself as a moron here – but I thought companies HAD to post ingredient lists now due to allergy issues. As someone with celiac as well as allergies to everything from nuts to shellfish to (weirdly) bananas… not having everything laid out clearly so I can know if something is going to have me either sick as a dog or scrambling for my epi-pen tends to mean I avoid that business for EVERYTHING. Refusing to post detailed ingredient lists for their items means I won’t even bother stopping to grab a soda when I’m out and about. Yes, I know the sodas are safe from allergens, at least mostly – but the only voice I have to companies is voting with my dollars. I already ~knew~ I couldn’t ~eat~ there (tried getting an order of fries there not too long ago because I had been told they were GF, but when my order came with breaded onion rings mixed in so I don’t even risk food there anymore) but if they won’t post ingredients… I guess they don’t need my soda money either. Irritating to have to knock yet ANOTHER dratted place off the list, but what else can a girl do?

    • yep

      But BK should be knocked of yours and everyone’s list for sooo many reasons. With all your food allergies I can’t imagine it was ever really *on* your list!

  • N. Kehr

    Full Disclosure should be mandatory in the food industry – Thanks for the info!

  • august16th

    THAT dessert has no appeal to me whatsoever……bacon sundae?  Who thinks these things up?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Hall/607570309 Heidi Hall

    it really does make me wonder what they are trying to hide.. why cant they list their ingredients & what about those people with allergies? 

  • Zeehzeehzeeh

    not sure why any of you really care that much. people have been shoving shit in their face for ages without caring about the ingredients. MOST of the people bitching about the ingredients not being listed wouldn’t ever consume the product to begin with. they just want something to bitch about. pretty sure the fatties stuffing ice cream and bacon in their face really don’t care.

    • http://www.Vernon-J.com/ Vernon J

      Just for the record I’m not a fatty, but I do shove ice cream & bacon in my face.

      BUT @BurgerKing:twitter  isn’t on my list of Ice Cream Places, worked at McDonald’s the Ice Cream came in a bag. I can imagine it is the same. #WriteItDown

      • Zeehzeehzeeh

        fattie isn’t really a term that has to apply to fat people only. it could also be used to describe thin people who eat like fatties. :) but the truth still remains. the people who would consume something like that product don’t really care what’s in it. unless they come from experience like yourself.. knowing that the ice cream comes from a bag!

  • Pjmdavis

    If you go to the site and download the full menu, you can find the ingredients if you scroll to the bottom. It’s not listed as a bacon sundae, but you can find all the components. And, yes, as suspected, thee is HFCS and lots of other stuff. However, would one really expect anything different at BK?

  • Emilie

    You can get a pretty good idea of what’s in this bacon sundae by checking out the list of ingredients in BK’s: 
    - Soft Serve Ice Cream (Milkfat and
    Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Sweet Whey, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Propylene
    Glycol Monoesters, Natural and Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Mono &
    Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Cellulose Gum,
    Carrageenan), 
    - Caramel Sundae Topping (Corn syrup, sweetened condensed skim milk (skim milk, sugar, corn syrup), sugar, water, high fructose corn syrup, cream, butter, salt, mono and diglycerides, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum, natural flavor),
    - Chocolate Fudge Topping (High fructose corn syrup, sweetened condensed skim milk (skim milk, sugar, corn syrup), partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, cocoa processed with alkali, water, corn starch, salt, sugar, mono & diglycerides, disodium phosphate, artificial flavor, xanthan gum and sodium alginate), and- Bacon (Fully Cooked Bacon. Cured with Water, Salt, Sugar, Smoke Flavoring, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite)These ingredients are listed on their full PDF menu: http://www.bk.com/cms/en/us/cms_out/digital_assets/files/pages/MenuNutritionInformation.pdf
     

  • Lisa

    Ew. Never in a million years. I’d sooner make my own version with Greek yogurt and honey. If that.

    • Guest

       Countering ice cream with greek yogurt and honey? Watch out, we got a badass over here!

      • http://www.Vernon-J.com/ Vernon J

        We have random ‘Internet Tough Person’ anonymity sucks, quit be tough. #FreeShow

      • Lisa

        I’m Canadian, what do you expect?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.t.pratt Benjamin Tyler Pratt

    @41113f1235e398c52e2ecbd104ee9ec4:disqus – It’s not about this food item itself, fattie. Anyone who gives a damn about what they put into their body isn’t going to Burger King, let alone shoveling anything that has the slightest hint of bacon/ice cream hybridization; I agree with you there. However, what is important is that foods do have proper labeling because of the largely untested products that are allowed to be put into them before we know what type of adverse health effects they’ll have on the people consuming them years later after repeated ingestion. Allowing one product, such as this grotesque excuse for a dessert, to go by without proper labeling allows for future products to do the same thing. Then you have people suffering from serious health issues. Let’s extrapolate this one step further, when courts overturn future decisions to force proper labeling then the food industry whines a bit more. The courts may very well overturn labeling the products’s place of origin. Ever heard of Mad Cow or any other food-born illness? Yeah, try pinpointing the source of a national problem when the source of the problem (the industry) is the only place that knows where it came from to begin with. And I don’t know about you, but if someone asks me, “Where’s the murder weapon?” I’m going to reply with, “…iunno…” Now let’s take that one step further shall we, this way we can rid the earth of close-minded plagues such as yourself who feel the need to voice their illogical opinions; at least one step at a time anyway. Now the courts have set precedent, and anyone who knows anything about the legal system knows that precedent is a pain because very often, judges tend to stick to it unless it’s drastic. They even refer to precedent of cases quasi-related but not that close. Hydrofracking for example; a process where drilling companies plunge a lethal mix of chemical into the ground in their method of extracting natural gases. We have no clue what these chemicals will do when they reach our water (which we will later consume) or what they’ll do to our soil (which we grow our food on). Not only do we not have any clue what they’ll do, we also have no idea what they are, as they’re not required to tell us what the liquid is made of. Here’s your model of extreme examples- BK > food industry > labeling issues in totality. The hydrofracking may be a bit of a jump (a lot rather) but you see my point. Preventing issues on the small scale prevents issues on the large scale later on.

    Further, fattie-mcfatterson, think before you speak. You might be right that people who eat this crap don’t care about the nutritional content or the ingredients. But it’s not always plain and simple. Also there, fattie, why do you use punctuations like periods but don’t capitalize the first letter of your sentences. Nice job.

    Lunch break well spent!

  • Gomulee

    As nice as Bacon is… I think I’ll stick to my XL Bacon Double cheeseburgers thanks…

  • Tom L

    Bacon is awesome. Try taking it away and watch a civil war break out. Go bacon! :)