Cocoa Crusted Chocolate Chip Bacon – Man Candy III

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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  • 1 lb thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used double dark chocolate)
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate extract (or water will work but the extract makes it)
  • 12 teaspoon water
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Combine brown sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder and extract in a bowl. You want not quite to a paste consistency (very slightly moist). If it’s too dry add a teensy bit of water.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  4. Place a wire cooling rack on top.
  5. Spray the rack with cooking spray.
  6. Place the pieces of bacon on top of the rack trying not to overlap.
  7. Lay the cocoa mixture on a plate and press each strip of bacon down into it coating the bottom.
  8. Flip over and coat the other side. You want a pretty good coating on this (no exposed bacon).
  9. Place in oven and cook for 13 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and flip the bacon.
  11. If you want, add some more of the cocoa mixture on top of each strip.
  12. Return to the oven and cook for 13 minutes.
  13. If you want crispier bacon you can broil for 1 minute each side but watch as this will burn but keep in mind that this bacon will crisp/firm up while it’s cooling so broil at your discretion.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 1 minute on the rack and then using cooking tongs, remove the bacon from the rack and plate.
  15. Carefully adorn each strip with mini chips (side facing up).
  16. While it looks charred and deep dark crusty (okay, not pretty) it’s unbelievably delicious.


To help simplify clean up, as these are cooling, fill your sink up with hot soapy water. Remove the bacon from the racks and immediately put your cooling racks in the water. Let soak for 5-10 minutes and clean up is a breeze! *Note – make sure your cooling racks can be submerged in water first!

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