I take my chocolate very seriously. In fact my first job as a kid was working in my best friend's parents' chocolate factory. I've made chocolate, sold chocolate, and certainly eaten more than my fair share of chocolate. Every once and awhile I find a chocolate treat that knocks my socks off. That's how it was with me and Roni-Sue's Pig Candy...
But Brownie, what on earth is Pig Candy? Well, it's bacon deep fried until it's extra crispy and then dipped in luscious milk or dark chocolate. Bacon and chocolate, who knew? Fortunately there are others far more visionary than I.
Blondie and I first encountered this magical bacon and chocolate combination at the Fancy Food show when we wandered over to the Voges' booth and tasted a sample of their Mo's Bacon Bar: applewood smoked bacon and Alder wood smoked salt enrobed in 41% cacao. Amazingly delicious doesn't even begin to describe it. I love a good salty/sweet combo, and the savory bacon with it's lovely salty bits melded nicely with the deep milk chocolate. Could anything get better than this? Yes and Chocolatiere Rhonda Kave (a.k.a. Roni-Sue) is the gal to do it, taking the the bacon and chocolate pairing to the next level with her chocolate covered bacon that achieves the ultimate bacon to chocolate ratio.
Roni Sue tells us that each hand dipped batch starts with six pounds of bacon that when deep fried renders and reduces down to one pound of bacon left for dipping. The extra crispy bacon is then dipped in milk or dark chocolate and voila! Pig candy.
Mo's Bacon Bar is darn delicious, but the guarantee of plenty of bacon in every bite, makes Roni-Sue's Pig Candy a must for bacon and chocolate lovers alike.
The adorable little shop in the Essex Market will celebrate it's 1 year anniversary in October, and Pig Candy is a relatively new addition to their menu. Lawman and I had completely stuffed ourselves at Shopsins before we discovered Roni-Sue's so we only had room for some Pig Candy, but her truffles looked fabulous and we'll definitely be back to try more (and get our bacon fix).
Essex Street Market, #24
120 Essex Street at Delancey
New York, NY 10002
Monday through Saturday
11am to 7pm