“ Brand: Betty Crocker / Type: Vegetarians „
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For bonfire night I offered to do the food while my mum and dad sorted the fire out, not because I'm lazy but because that was the day my cold started coming out and I couldn't face standing in the garden until the fire was lit and warm! I brought some pizza and garlic bread and my little sister asked me to make the food "a bit like the Pizza Hut buffet" because she went for the first time a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I was going to do a big salad anyway so frantically tried to remember the different things Pizza Hut put out and then I remembered how much I love the bacon bits so had a look to see if they sold anything similar in the supermarket. Of course they did, good old Sainsburys sells EVERYTHING! This tub of Bac-O's cost about £1.59 and I know that seems expensive but bacon bits have got such a strong taste that you only need a spoon full of them at a time so I reckon the tub will last for ages. They're delish. I poured a quarter of the tub into a little bowl with a teaspoon so everyone could help themselves and they went down really well. They are small chips of bacon flavoured soya chips, being soya it means they are suitable for veggies so you too can have the taste of bacon on your meals! They taste like crispy smokey bacon and I love them, the flavour is proper strong so that you do only need a few. In Pizza Hut I normally have mine sprinked on top of my dollop of mayo or blue cheese sauce and i did the same with these. I noticed that if you mix them in with the mayo they flavour it like bacon and that was proper nice but you've got to have the patience to leave it on the side of your plate for a few minutes. I love these and will deffo buy them regular from now on, everyone enjoyed them and they made the salad taste a lot more exciting than usual!
Who has ever heard of a bacon product that is suitable for vegetarians? Well you have now! I always find that when we are out in the Harvester pub for example and there is a salad cart, I will always add bacon chips to my salad. I do this because I am a big fan of bacon and I like the added crunch you get in the salad. I realised after a while that there must be some way that I could have the same texture and experience at home in my own salads. After researching the supermarket shelves one day I came across the Betty Crocker pot of bacon chips. They looked the same as what I was adding to my restaurant salad so into my trolley they went. I had always thought Betty Crocker sold cake products but apparently there are savoury additions to the product range as well. The Bacos as they are termed come in a clear pot with a flip lip. You can clearly see the product through the pot and there is only a small label to hide the chips inside. They are essentially dried bacon bits that you can add to many dishes and salads to add crunch and texture. The only difference is that they are made of soya flour and a few other bits and pieces. I was eager to try these on my salad as I actually first discovered this way back in the warmer months. Making sure I added the bacos on top of my mayonnaise, I then mixed it all in to create a hidden texture. Biting through what I thought was smooth potato; I immediately came across a crunch with a very distinct bacon taste. They could have almost substituted real bacon. When I realised how authentic they tastes, I decided to add more and at the same time stick my nose into the pot. The small is not quite as authentic as the taste, but they do a good impression of bacon. Since the summer time I have added these to many things, but my favourite being the extra kick to some potato salad which is a firm favourite with me when we have a barbecue or salad. The pot of bacos I bought were £1.39 for 116 gram pot. Per serving these bacos will provide you with 126 calories and 1.4 grams of fat. They probably aren't the best accompaniment to a salad if you're trying to watch your weight etc but they do add some lovely flavour to the dish. Once the bacos have been opened they need to be stored in the fridge. My original pot is almost gone now but they still taste as nice now all these months on as they did when I first bought them. I would really recommend these if you are a fan of bacon, although I'm not sure a vegetarian would want to eat these despite being suitable for them. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think they are a bit too closely associated with a meat product despite what they're made of.
Cost approx. £1.80 depending on where bought Nutritional Information (per 7g serving): Calories: 30 KJ: 126 Protein: 2.6g Carbohydrate: 1.8g Fat: 1.4g Ingredients: De-fatted soya flour, soya protein from genetically modified soya, partially hydronated vegetable oil, water, salt, sugar, flavouring, colours (allure red), caramel, maltodextrin and dextrose (produced from genetically modified corn), antioxidant: tocopherol Pack contains a instruction to refrigerate after opening. Bac-Os Bacon Flavour Soya Chips come in a clear plastic bottle (116g) which is wide at the bottom and tapers to the top. The screw top lid is green, and under the lid there is a freshness seal which needs to be removed before using the product. There is a colourful paper band stuck around the middle of the bottle, with a green ribbon design around the edge. The picture on the paper band shows a rather tasty-looking mixed salad which has sprinkled with Bac-Os. Bac-Os are produced by the Betty Crocker food company in the USA for General Mills International SARL, Switzerland, and are then distributed to the UK and Ireland by General Mills UK. The contact details for General Mills are printed on the bottle as being:- P O Box 363, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1YT Call freephone 0800 032 0259 for the UK, and for Ireland, phone 1800 535 115 Bac-Os are small, bacon-flavoured soya pieces which claim to be crispy, but the word I would use myself for them is "crunchy". Upon unscrewing the lid and removing the freshness seal, a strong, somewhat synthetic bacon smell will be released and though I personally quite like it, some people may find it overpowers to the point of being offputting. Bac-Os can be used as a bacon substitute in things like quiches, pasta and rice dishes, and can be tossed into salads to give them a "bacon-ish" bite. Only a very few are needed, as they have an incredibly strong, smoky flavour which isn't 100% that of real bacon, but it does get fairly close. They are very salty, and I would personally prefer them to taste a little less so. There is no way that Bac-Os can be used to substitute bacon for, say the great British breakfast, or to make a traditional bacon sandwich with, because of them being in the form of little nuggets rather than shaped into rashers. They do provide a reasonable source of protein via the soya content, but that is where any beneficial nutritional content stops. Used very sparingly, Bac-Os can really perk up an otherwise dull salad, but I personally find they are best when (again used sparingly) making pasta dishes as they go very well with cheese. If used in a cheese sauce, Bac-Os will turn the sauce a brownish/pinkish colour, and it is a matter of personal preference as to whether anyone would find this offputting or not. Bac-Os are very economical, as a single 116g bottle lasts a very long time. They are ideal for vegans and vegetarians who used to be carnivores, but seriously miss the flavour of bacon. The only disadvantages really as far as I'm concerned, is that over-saltiness, plus they do have a slight after-taste which can repeat on you several hours after having eaten them. All in all, I'd say Bac-Os is an average to slightly above average product, that doesn't break the bank, and can be a very tasty addition to certain dishes and meals, providing it is used sparingly.