We reported earlier that Burger King was testing out their bacon sundae at a few select locations in Nashville, Tennessee. And apparently after seeing a fair amount of success, the fast food giant announced this week that it will be debuting the unlikely dessert at stores nationwide starting Thursday, June 14.
The sundae won’t be showing up alone; it’s bringing several meaty friends along with it. As part of a special summer menu, Burger King is also introducing a handful of chicken, pork and beef sandwiches as limited-time offers.
The bacon sundae is a sweet and salty concoction that includes creamy vanilla soft serve, hot fudge, caramel sauce, bacon crumbles, and a hefty piece of bacon as an exquisite and edible garnish. Call it avant-garde, call it country bumpkin – whatever it is, it’s here to stay at least for the summer.
If you’re wondering how much damage the bacon sundae will do to your waistline, you may be surprised to find out it’s not as bad as you’d think. According to the Burger King website, the sundae will set you back 510 calories, 18 grams of fat and a little more than 60 grams of sugar.
That may sound like a lot, but when compared to other sundaes at fast food chains like Dairy Queen, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Sonic, it’s actually not too terrible.
For instance, the regular size Brownie Delight Sundae at Freddy’s runs about 966 calories, 43 grams of fat, and 74 grams of sugar. The regular size hot fudge sundae at Dairy Queen runs about 440 calories, 15 grams of fat, and 52 grams of sugar. And the regular size hot fudge sundae at Sonic will cost you 520 calories, 27 grams of fat and 54 grams of sugar.
Nutritionally speaking, Burger King’s bacon sundae isn’t any worse than similar dessert options you might find elsewhere. In rank of health, it comes out second best on this list, falling only slightly behind Dairy Queen whose hot fudge sundae doesn’t include any caramel sauce or bacon.
Looks like the proof is in the statistics. If you’re looking for a dynamic dessert that capitalizes on that sweet and salty combo, the bacon sundae might be the way to go; that is, if bacon in dessert is your kind of thing. It’s certainly not for me. Keep the bacon on my breakfast plate, please.
This menu expansion is the second Burger King has seen in 2012. Earlier this year, the company introduced several fruit smoothies, salads and snack wraps in an effort to reach a broader base of customers looking for healthier menu options. However, we didn’t find those items to be healthy by any measure.
Burger King’s official summer menu will include the Memphis Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, the Carolina BBQ Whopper or Chicken Sandwich, the Texas BBQ Whopper or Chicken Sandwich, sweet potato fries and frozen lemonade. And of course, that controversial bacon sundae.