I vaguely remember in the early 80s eating a powder-dusted novelty snack called bacon-and-eggs popcorn. It was OK. Not as good as the sour-cream-and-onion variety, but still amusing and salty and went great with Molly Ringwald movies.
After tasting Loveless Cafe's recently debuted Piggy Popcorn, a salty-sweet orgy of popcorn, caramel and bacon, all I can say is the person who spray-painted the yellow coating of flavor particles onto that breakfast-flavored movie snack from my tween years should be ashamed. Very, very ashamed. Piggy Popcorn makes it taste like packing material by comparison.
Popped in bacon grease and tossed in caramel sauce and chewy nibs of thick bacon, Piggy Popcorn is to Cracker Jack what filet mignon is to the gray bits of hamburger on a frozen school pizza. Each perfectly puffed kernel of Piggy Popcorn yields an airy crunch, broken softly by a molar-bonding layer of caramel or rebounded by a leathery tag of Loveless' hickory-smoked country-cured bacon.
Loveless staffer Colleen Phelan gets the recipe credit for Piggy Popcorn, which retails for $6.95 per seven ounces at Loveless Cafe or the online store.
Say what you will about Loveless biscuits--some say they're the best, while others disagree. I could argue both sides. But if there's a better bacon-caramel popcorn around, I'd like to taste it. No, seriously, I'd like to taste it. Please send it to 210 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203.