A year and a half ago, in a post titled "Ok Internet, Let’s Let the Bacon Meme Go," Feminist blog Jezebel pointed to the as “what just might be the final stop on the 'OMG BACON' Express." Alas, less than a month later fellow Gawker Media tech blog Gizmodo, in a post about a , stated the reality: "We've all underestimated the power of the recent bacon movement."
Turns out, the "OMG BACON Express" is a high sodium, fat-laden runaway train unstoppable even by and that guy who played Captain Kirk in the J.J. Abrams' . Especially around the holidays. With searches for America's favorite breakfast meat climbing steadily over the past five years, "bacon" is one of the Google's top growing trends — a trend that spikes around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
According to , "bacon" enjoyed a brief spike in its climb around Thanksgiving, when "bacon recipes" topped requests. If last year's trend holds, "bacon" is set to spike again as Christmas grows closer and the search for bacon–themed gifts heats up.
Certainly, there's no dearth of bacon-related gifts to be found on the World Wide Web.
Seattle-based novelty king , known for its and complete line of rubber "" (among thousands of other things) boasts a dedicated "featuring more than 50 carne-themed products. From bacon gift wrap, bacon air freshener, bacon-flavored gum to bacon, belts, wallets and watches to Mr. Bacon's Big Adventure Board Game.
While you may not readily find a buyable or the , offers — 18 servings of fully-cooked bacon with a 10-plus year shelf life.
The Internet outpost for all manner of nerd ephemera offers approximately 30 bacon-themed gift ideas, including and , sizzling bacon candles and a full line of .
Wear them all in good health while you enjoy Bakon Vodka (bacon-flavored vodka) instead of egg nog this year.
Remember, it's never too early to get kids hooked on bacon — especially for the holidays. talking plush toy, for example, is an excellent gift if you're shopping for young "King Curtis," (aka "Bacon Kid") whose massively remixed words are memorialized in the hit YouTube video, "Bacon is Good For Me."
Helen A.S. Popkin requires only the flimsiest pretense to post this "Bacon is Good For Me" video. Follow her on on and/or . and she'll prove it!