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It’s just about that time for Bacon Hearts.

Bacon Hearts Recipe and Tips // thepapermama.com

Way back in 2011 I made some bacon hearts. It was my budget/super romantic Valentine’s gift to the husband. I shared it on my blog and everyone loved it. They love it so much that each year around this time I start to get a lot of visitors here to check out my bacon. Hello new friends! The comments I get back from this creation bring about 50% successful hearts and 50% failed attempts. I’ve made these little guys quite a few times (with 2 failed attempts) and I want to share a couple tips with you before you get bakin’ that bacon (see what I did there, “bakin’/bacon”)! Anyway… these hearts even made there way into last year’s February Ladies’ Home Journal (with Miss Hoda and KLG, hee).

Bacon Hearts in Ladies Home Journal // thepapermama.com

First tip: to get this to work you need thick and floppy bacon. Yeah, that sounds weird and I don’t really think the grocery stores are cool with you taking the bacon out of the packaging and shaking it. It’s sort of a trial and error thing, or buy a couple different brands of bacon. We have had a lot of luck with Costco’s Kirkland Brand bacon. It’s thick and floppy. Perfect for hearts.

Bacon Hearts Recipe and Tips // thepapermama.com

Other tip: don’t forget about your baking bacon. It can burn fast, and those hearts aren’t as awesome if burnt. Still tasty (cause bacon), just not as awesome. Head on over to the original post to get the baking details.

- Chelsey

Day 22: Chocolate Covered Bacon Bites!

Day 22: This DIY is a favorite of mine because, well yeah… bacon covered in chocolate. I bet some of you are thinking, “What the? Nope.” Let me tell you, it’s fantastic. Things you need to enjoy this: you need to love bacon. You need to love chocolate. Done. That’s it. I love a good combo of salty and sweet, this is perfect!

I’m pretty sure you’d be the COOLest guest EVer if you brought over a gift of chocolate covered bacon bites!!! You will need to make this day of (or, day before) for the best flavor/quality. Plus, it needs to be refrigerated.

Supplies:

- Roughly 8 slices of bacon (find a good quality bacon… it will taste better)

- 1/2 bag of Wilton Candy Melts milk or dark chocolate (I prefer milk)

- A jar

Ok, how you do this:

- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

- Cut up your bacon into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch pieces, place on a baking sheet (that has sides, to keep the grease in), and bake for 10 to 20 minutes. The time all depends on your oven/type of bacon. It took about 17 minutes to cook my pieces. I like them to be a little more crunchy (less chewy when covered in chocolate).

- Make sure your bacon is patted dry and get all the grease off the bacon bites.

- Follow the directions on the back of your Wilton Chocolate Melts bag, melt the chocolate in the microwave, and start covering your bacon bits in chocolate! (tip: if your chocolate is microwaved too long, and get’s stiff…. add a tablespoon of lard. Mix it in. It helps. and is so good for you… ha!).

- Using a pair of tongs, place your chocolate covered bacon bites onto a piece of wax paper.

- Let the chocolate cool for about 1 hour. I recommend putting the chocolate bites in a container and into the fridge, for a couple of hours, before putting in the jar. This will make sure the chocolate is all cool and won’t smudge inside your pretty jar.

- When your chocolate covered bacon bites are cool and all ready: put them in a jar, add a ribbon, maybe a gift tag, and give to your favorite bacon loving friend!

Happy Saturday!

- Chelsey

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Bacon Hearts

Hello hello! Last Valentine’s Day I shared my super budget gift for my hubs: heart shaped bacon! Yup! So easy… so simple. And, he loved it! (of course… it’s bacon). I will be making these again this year… you know it! So, I wanted to share how I did this again… that way you can share this goodness with your loved ones. <3

How I made this treasure:
Bacon of Hearts
- 12 slices of bacon
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400. Cut your bacon slices in half. Use 2 pieces of the cut in half bacon and shape them into a heart on a sheet pan (make sure this pan has sides so the grease doesn’t get all over your oven!). Bake for 18 – 25 minutes (or until done). Serve however you’d like for your loved one. Extra credit if you dip the bacon in chocolate! Yum! This year I think I’ll put these bacon hearts on a yummy homemade ceasar salad.
I do hope you enjoy! P.S. Even the pioneer woman liked my bacon hearts… that made my day. Woo hoo! Let me know if you’ll be making these!

Here’s the original post if you’d like to check it out.

Bacon hearts recipe.

What do you do for your sweetheart when you’re on a budget for Valentine’s Day… and, you are not a chef and only sort of know how to work the oven? How about Valentine’s bacon? Yes! Need a bacon hearts recipe? Ok!

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Bacon of Hearts

- 12 slices of bacon (this wont work with stiff bacon, it sorta needs to be loose and floppy. Ha!)

- … that’s it!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400. Cut your bacon slices in half. Using two pieces of the cut in half bacon… shape them into a heart on a sheet pan (make sure this pan has sides so the grease doesn’t get all over your oven!). Bake for 18 – 25 minutes (or until done). Serve on a fancy plate or a pretty box and share with your loved one. Extra credit if you dip the bacon in chocolate! Yum!

bacon hearts, how to, recipe, valentines day, sweetheart, chocolate covered bacon hearts
bacon hearts, how to, recipe, valentines day, sweetheart, chocolate covered bacon hearts
bacon hearts, how to, recipe, valentines day, sweetheart, chocolate covered bacon hearts
bacon hearts, how to, recipe, valentines day, sweetheart, chocolate covered bacon hearts

bacon hearts, how to, recipe, valentines day, sweetheart, chocolate covered bacon hearts

Above is what I had waiting for Mike when he got home from work… a glass of wine, a card from Ruari, a smelly candle, some cheap chocolate and an amazing bacon heart! Ha ha. Mike made VERY yummy steak with blue cheese, rice, and salad (topped with a bacon heart) for me for Valentine’s day… along with some ice cream sandwiches. Valentine’s on a budget! Perfect. I hope you all enjoyed your day! Whether you celebrate Valentine’s or not.

Side note awesome: Dip these bad boys into some chocolate. Yes. Chocolate covered heart bacon.

2013 update: I’ve shared some tips to get the perfect bacon hearts for your Valentine’s this year. Check them out here!

- Chelsey

 

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