- Wakey Wakey~ light roast coffee
- Smooth Caffeinator~ medium roast coffee
- Vanilla Dream~ vanilla & butter toffee flavored coffee
- Choconut~ chocolate & coconut flavored coffee
- Da Bomb~ double caffeinated, extra dark roast coffee
- Dark and Handsome~ extra bold dark roast coffee
This variety pack filled me with a ton of Happiness, because no matter what my mood was during the day, I had a coffee to suit my needs. Since Da Bomb is double caffeinated, it is the perfect pick-me-up when I was really dragging and needed an extra boost, Smooth Caffeinator is bold yet mild, and Wakey Wakey has such a nice, crisp flavor. None of the flavors have even a hint of bitterness, you can really tell that this coffee is roasted to perfection, and care and quality are served up in every cup.
I have been having LOTS of fun getting to know Java Factory Roasters variety pack of K-cups, and it fills me to the brim with HAPPINESS to tell you that I get to run a GIVEAWAY and one lucky Food and Happiness fan will WIN a 40 pack of their own! So, let’s get to this AMAZING recipe, the Giveaway, & more…
The Java Factory variety pack contains a nice assortment of light, medium, and bold roasts, and a few fun flavors. I fell in love with the chocolate and coconut flavors found in Choconut (which I also made a body scrub with…recipe coming soon), and Vanilla Dream, a vanilla and butter toffee flavor which is UNBELIEVABLE, is absolutely delicious as “bulletproof coffee”!
Since Josh isn’t a coffee drinker, I wanted him to be able to experience this yummy brew, so I searched for a recipe where I could incorporate coffee, but the flavor would simply enhance the flavors of the other ingredients in the recipe. When I told him what I was putting in this dish, he actually asked me to leave the coffee out, but I told him to trust me, that I knew these flavors would play really nicely together 🙂
I found the original recipe on the blog, “The Endless Meal”, and since it called for a “strong brewed coffee”, I opted for Java Factory’s Dark and Handsome, which is an extra bold dark roast with a rich caramel aroma. The cups are Keurig compatible, and I ran it through on the smallest cup size setting to get the strongest brew.
Now, I had never heard of a Bacon Jam, so I asked a few friends if this was something that was common or if I needed to re-name the recipe (sounded a little odd to me). They assured me that it was a real, and delicious thing, so I went ahead with our experiment. Although this recipe does take an hour to prepare, it is SO WELL WORTH IT. And as for Josh’s concern about the coffee, his quote upon trying this was: “This is the first thing I’ve eaten in a long time where I didn’t have to add anything to it!” SUCCESS!!!
We loved that this only took a few real-food ingredients, and that the taste was so bold. This recipe is layered with flavor and texture, and is the perfect topper for a cheese platter. I have also seen Bacon Jam used as a topper for chicken and a filling for grilled cheese. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE THIS IN GRILLED CHEESE???
The flavors of the bacon, onion, brown sugar, Dark and Handsome Coffee, and Aged Balsamic complimented each other perfectly. Be sure to add the Balsamic at the end, once the skillet has cooled down a bit, this will give you the best flavor rather than cooking it.
- 1 lb thick cut bacon
- 2 large sweet onions, quartered and sliced thick
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup strong brewed coffee (I used Java Factory's Dark and Handsome)
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons Tastefully Simple Aged Balsamic of Modena
- Cut bacon into ½ inch pieces and cook over medium high heat for about 10 minutes, until cooked but still chewy.
- Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, and remove all grease except about 1 tablespoon.
- Add onion slices to bacon fat and cook for about 10 minutes. Turn heat to medium-low, add brown sugar, and cook for an additional 20 minutes until caramelized, stirring occasionally
- Add coffee, water, and cooked bacon, and continue to cook until jam thickens, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat, let cool a bit, and add balsamic.
- Enjoy immediately, or store in refrigerator up to one week. (Bacon fat will solidify and turn white in the fridge, this will disappear when warmed.)
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Have you tried Bacon Jam? Dying to try it now? Leave a message if you have any thoughts on this recipe, oh, and be sure you entered the Giveaway above 🙂
Happy Coffee Brewing and Bacon Jamming!~ Kim Denne