October is National Pork Month and National Popcorn Poppin’ Month – both key ingredients in the Loveless Cafe’s Piggy Popcorn And I Don’t Share.
This sweet and salty marriage of caramel corn and bacon was created by Colleen Phelan, retail manager, and Jesse Goldstein, president of TomKats Inc., which owns the Loveless.
“I was fortunate enough to take an idea that was started before I came to Loveless and run with it,” Phelan says. Based on the idea of bacon popcorn, the pair determined the bacon needed to stick to the popcorn so you get some in every bite. After several botched attempts, Phelan had a clever idea. “My favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and I love when my maple syrup runs on my bacon,” she says. “I incorporated the syrup into the sauce, and bingo!”
Piggy Popcorn costs $6.95 a bag and is sold at the Loveless Cafe’s Hams & Jams Country Market, just west of Nashville, and online at www.hamsandjams.com. They also sell bacon-y pecans in their pecan gift sampler, as well as Loveless Cafe Bacon Truffles, which is, you guessed it, bacon and chocolate.