Bacon craze has elevated the delicious side dish to star status.
Americans have long since had a love affair with bacon. To many of us, breakfast seems incomplete without a few slices on the side. The process of salting meats has been a method of preservation since virtually the beginning of civilization. Ancient man had to make food last in order to survive and did this through methods like salting and drying. The Chinese were curing pork bellies in salt as early as 1500 B.C., which is believed to be the earliest form of bacon. This practice may have started out as necessity but it evolved into culinary techniques that created a variety of delicious foods, including our beloved bacon.
The word itself has roots in French and German, but in 16th century England “bacoun” was used to refer to pork in general. By the 17th century salted and smoked pork belly was being called bacon. Nowadays our favorite piece of pork is not content to sit on the side of your breakfast plate. Chefs all over the world are embracing bacon as a gourmet ingredient in every meal including dessert. While people once may have been shocked by the idea of bacon in their ice cream, the salty treat frequently shows up in doughnuts, candy, cookies, and cakes.
Source: Republic of Bacon