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    Posted February 10, 2012 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Fair-trade chocolate challenge

    Chocolate Covered Piggy Pops


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mrseshope lives in Spencer, Massachusetts, and says she lives by the motto of 'act locally but think globally.' She had seen a documentary about child slavery in the chocolate industry 'and was disgusted that a product I loved so much could harm so many children. Chocolate should be a joy for all, especially children. So when I saw this challenge on CNN I knew I had to participate.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    I have a passion for cooking and I strive everyday to live locally and think globally. When I saw this challenge, I knew I could meet the challenge of using Fair-Trade chocolate and really offer up something different.


    I used Trader Joe's Fair Trade Organic 72% Cacao Belgian Dark Chocolate, minimally processed bacon (classic sliced dry rubbed uncured with no nitrates bacon found at Trader Joe’s) and organic Pink Himalayan Sea Salt from Rose Mountain Herbs to stay true to the nature of the challenge. If you like this recipe, check out my blog - colleenshomecooking.com.




    3.5 oz (100g) of Fair Trade Organic 72% Cacao Belgian Dark Chocolate


    1 lb bacon – what ever type you prefer. I think the thinner, the better and like I said for this exercise I used classic sliced dry rubbed uncured with no nitrates


    1 tsp of organic Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (kosher salt crystals will work just as well)


    bamboo skewers – soaked for 30 minutes in water ( I used about 12 cut in half)




    Cut your pound of bacon in half and skewer each half piece of bacon – hey if you are bacon freaks like us – use the whole piece, don’t cut the skewers and giggle!


    Bake at 375 degrees until the bacon is cooked to your liking – I went with 20 minutes for crispy bacon


    While the bacon is cooking, start a double boiler and melt the chocolate


    When the bacon is done and drained on a paper towel (please use recycled ones if possible), dip or coat (I used a silicon brush from Pampered Chef) with the chocolate and set on a rack to cool a bit


    Just before it’s hardened, sprinkle the salt on one side of the pop.


    Then put them in the fridge on a lined cookie sheet to harden and enjoy chocolate covered bacon as it should be!!! So YUMMY!!!!

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