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Recently I had the opportunity to try out some of the J&D's bacon products and frankly I was super excited! While they are becoming more widely available now, I had not yet experienced any of these products, though I had heard of them from J&D's and others tweets on Twitter.
Justin and Dave, the namesakes of J&D's, are truly living the American dream. A company launched from the vision of two young men who merely had the idea to make the world taste like bacon, J&D's made their first product, Bacon Salt, and actually launched the company using winnings that Dave received from America's Funniest Home Videos! Justin and Dave literally quit their jobs and rolled the proverbial bacon flavored dice when in July of 2007 they began selling Bacon Salt on their website, using their own garage as a warehouse. The next year in 2008, they launched Baconnaise, Bacon Lip Balm and BaconPop, with BaconRanch and Mmmvelopes following the next year. Growing into a huge warehouse facility and their own offices, J&D's products can now be found in over 12,000 stores world-wide and at online retailers like Amazon.com and Costco.com.
Their tagline “everything should taste like bacon,” while obviously tongue-in-cheek, really features the versatility of their products in implementing bacon flavor with many foods. And, just in case you are wondering, all of the J&D's products contain only flavoring, and not actual bacon, so they are all Kof-K certified!
When the box of products arrived it included Baconnaise, Bacon Salt, Bacon Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix, Bacon Pop, Bacon Lip Balm, and Bacon Mmmvelopes. I couldn't wait to dive in.
First, Baconnaise. This is a bacon flavored spread that can be used anyplace that you would normally use mayonnaise. Of course I tried it first as a sandwich spread with turkey breast and then on BLT sandwiches - just awesome. And, while it is a perfect accent for sandwiches with bacon, if you are watching calories and fat, grab their Baconnaise Lite version to add the flavor of bacon to your meal without having to use bacon, saving you in both calories and fat! I also used it in recipes - click over to Deep South Dish to check out a few of the recipes I made by simply substituting Baconnaise for regular mayonnaise. I have to say that I was not disappointed in a single recipe. Baconnaise is simply delicious and should become a staple condiment in your fridge.
Next, Bacon Salt. As much as I loved Baconnaise, I really loved Bacon Salt. I got to try the original version and used it on side veggies, like corn and green beans, sprinkled it on french fries right out of the fryer, used it on simple roasted potatoes, and in several recipes where I would have normally used a regular seasoning salt. Bacon Salt did not fail to deliver. Just a fantastic addition to your pantry that you will find yourself reaching for time and again - and all you pro grillers out there? Start drooling when you check out the wide range of Bacon Salt products that are now available to incorporate into your favorite rubs - you are gonna think you have died and gone to Griller Heaven.
Take your usual name brand ranch dressing and dip mix and add the flavor of bacon and you've got the next product, J&D's Bacon Ranch Dressing & Dip Mix - yum! Besides using this with my ranch chicken recipe, I added this to a few other recipes - like my Super Bowl version of Buffalo Chicken Dip! Again, just amazing. Anywhere you think you could incorporate ranch dressing, you'll find a great way to use this product instead. I loved it!!
Bacon Pop - bacon flavored popcorn!! The Cajun and I love microwave popcorn as a snack and this popcorn is just over the top. We gobbled this up so fast it was ridiculous and we both loved it! And you even get that smoky, bacon smell while it's popping! Bacony flavor popped right into popcorn kernels - I swear this is one of the best inventions this company could have come up with. I wish I could say out of all of these products which one was my favorite but I don't know that I could pick just one. I could not find fault with a single one of them, and I loved them all!
Now granted, Bacon Lip Balm is a little bit of a novelty and unless you're a big fan of bacon flavor, you might not be thrilled with toting around bacon flavor on your lips. The truth is the bacon flavor is not at all overwhelming really, and it's simply regular lip balm - that works great - with a touch of bacon flavoring. If you're gonna have to use lip balm, why not make it bacon flavored just for fun? I laughed when while holding my puppy, he got to sniffing in the air and I realized he could smell my bacon flavored lips. Imagine what your bacon loving significant other will do? You might even get a few extra smooches out of this one!
And last, but not least, Mmmvelopes! Let's face it, most of us still do the lick thing when we have to seal an envelope - the good old tongue is just the closest and handiest tool to use most often. Why not change that yucky experience into a pleasant bacon flavored one? These would make a great gift to get a laugh out of a friend too, so why not? They really do taste like bacon y'all!
Bottom line? Bacon flavored products are fun to use and in recipes, they do nothing but boost the flavor of the dish that you are adding them to. And, while you can buy them on Amazon, online at the J&D site, and at other retail locations around the world, one of my lucky readers is going to get to try these great products for FREE! That's right. Read on for how to enter and how to grab some BIG Bonus Entries too!
ONE reader of My New 30/Deep South Dish will receive a free gift pack containing: 1 bottle of Original Bacon Salt, 1 jar of Regular Baconnaise, 1 packet of Bacon Ranch Dressing & Dip Mix, 1 bag of Bacon Pop Popcorn, 1 Bacon Lip Balm and 1 pack of Bacon Mmmvelopes - what a fantastic package!!
Disclosure: J&D provided me with product information as well as free products for this review. All opinions are my own. Please see my product review policy for additional information.
J&D products and their story has been featured on many popular shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Bonnie Hunt Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The TODAY Show, and Good Morning America to name only a few.