Thursday, February 19, 2015

Life is Sweet: Trader Joe's Sweet Sriracha Bacon Jerky

I’m 27 years old and all too familiar with the phrase “too good to be true.” Hearing that Trader Joe’s would be carrying Sweet Sriracha Bacon Jerky, I felt set up for disappointment. There was NOTHING to not like about the description. Hot sauce, sweetness, BACON. This snack sounded like something of my wildest dreams. Finally, the answer to my forever hungry prayers.

You can only imagine how delighted I was to find myself with this package in my possession. It seemed that white was an interesting packaging choice. Through the plastic, you could see the hot and sweet sauce that would be coating both the bacon and my mouth in a matter of minutes. I believe my fingers fumbled to get the packaging open out of sheer excitement. For people who care, there are no added nitrates to this jerky, but there’s no way anybody eating this cares.

There have been few times in my life where words have failed me; when no word in my English vocabulary would do justice to what I am trying to describe. I am happy to report that this is one of those moments. Take whatever I say next and glamorize it beyond what I am saying. In your mind, make it more delicious, more consuming and more urgent than whatever you take from reading this.

Right of the bat, I felt the hot heat of the sriracha on my tongue. I can’t remember the last time I described a pre-packaged good as nearly too hot and for me the smoldering heat was a great thing. While my tongue felt the effects of the heat, I was at the same time pleasantly hit with the honey like flavor coating the bacon. It truly was sweet heat as promised. If you don’t like to keep it spicy, then this jerky probably isn’t for you.

The balance of fat to crunch was perfect in this jerky. The sweet coating made the leaner pieces of the bacon quite crunchy. Think about it – in one bite it was sweet, hot and fatty. This was last meal good and I wasn’t the only one to think this. Based on the particularly high fat content, I tried to put this away after trying it for the remainder of the day. The packaging did say to eat it within three days of opening. Perhaps I made it three hours before finishing. Either way, I will buy this again any chance I get.  

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