Anyone who was here for Jim Gaffigan’s routine at last year’s Brick City Homecoming is familiar with the man’s passion for bacon. He even makes the claim that any food can be improved by the addition of bacon: salads, baked potatoes or any other food item simply wrapped in bacon. Here with one of bacon’s breakfast table brethren, it is time to put that theory to the test. That’s right: today we dine on bacon chocolate chip pancakes.
The packaging and description would have you believe that pancakes are a delicacy. The nickel sized chocolate chips made of gourmet milk chocolate continue to evoke the feeling, along with the somewhat specific and complicated recipe, which requires buttermilk, a separated egg and melted butter. Once you have taken the first bite, however, you will forget all about the labor intensive cooking. The savory taste of thick pancake will fill your mouth with a sweet chocolate hint drenched in maple syrup, and for a moment, all your worries will melt away. Unfortunately, this is where the fun ends. Something is missing. Something very important. The bacon.
That’s right, the “bacon” in these delectable bacon chocolate chip pancakes is mere bacon bits hidden amongst the chocolate, barely noticeable.
Although these pancakes are quite tasty, the whole point is to combine this wonderful any-time meal with the versatile flavor of bacon, a feat that Mo’s fails to pull off. In addition, you only get two or three chips per pancake — not much for a six to seven inch pancake. At the cost of $12.00 per package (and nearly double to ship it), these pancakes aren’t worth it, especially for only 25-30 pancakes. Simply put, this is a poor and relatively expensive execution of an appetizing idea. It would be better to just make your own bacon and add as much as you like. Although Gaffigan’s idea may be true in some cases, Mo’s mix fails to prove it.