Denny's Maple Bacon Sundae

17 April 2011

Pig Nation: Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Rehabbed Bacon Addict…

Nice to see American capitalist ingenuity focused on what’s important:

  1. Finding new ways to help Americans socialize
  2. Finding new ways to help Americans become Goodyear blimps

Denny’s has taken the latter to a new level with a Maple Bacon Sundae (and based on the media attention so far, it’s one killer publicity stunt). As Denny’s describes it:

“Bacon makes a classic ice cream sundae even more awesome. We start with maple-flavored syrup, and a scoop of rich, creamy vanilla ice cream and then a generous sprinkle of our diced hickory-smoked bacon. Add another sweet layer of syrup and vanilla ice cream topped with even more bacon and a drizzle of syrup.”

Now don’t get me wrong — I LOVE me some bacon. Since I don’t feast on swine, I’ve switched to turkey bacon, and it’s still an addiction. I just can’t resist those crispy savory strips.

That said, I do draw the line between addiction and obscenity. And the Maple Bacon Sundae deserves a solid NC-17 or NSFW or a WTF?! Here’s the nutritional breakdown as found on Denny’s own site:

Serving Size – 12 oz
Calories – 810
Fat – 40
Trans Fat – 0
Saturated Fat – 21
Cholesterol – 150
Sodium – 460
Carbohydrates – 97
Fiber – 0
Protein – 16
Sugar – 85

All for a mere $3. What a bargain!

This discovery left me speechless. For a bit. Then a song crept into my head…

My country tis of thee
land of obesity
my how you binge

Land where the people died
of foods so deeply fried
it’s gastronomical suicide
of thee I cringe

Everyone sing along! And bring a spoon…

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Freddy is the Founder & Creative Strategist of Atomic Tango. He also teaches graduate-level marketing communication courses at the University of Southern California (go Trojans!), shoots pool somewhat adequately, and herds cats. Freddy received his BA from Harvard and his MBA from USC.

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