In recognition of its breakthrough status as the first plant-based bacon to harness techniques providing the genuine flavor and texture of bacon, Thrilling Foods Bakon has been awarded a U.S. Patent, with other U.S. and international patents pending.
Patents are a rarity in the booming plant-based meat category, and Thrilling Foods’ patent specifically covers its proprietary use of “protein-bound fat” streaks that alternate with ultra-lean meaty layers, and their use of the natural umami flavors found in proteins. Thrilling Foods unites those elements with a traditional salt and smoke cure to provide the taste and texture bacon lovers crave.
Over an 18 month period of COVID lockdowns, lifelong cook and culinary innovator David Jones created Bakon — the first low carbohydrate, high protein, plant-based bacon. Jones’ patented technique alternates lean protein with fatty streaks, allowing it to render and fry in its own fat like conventional pork bacon. Available at the Thrilling Foods website and in over 200 locations across the United States, Bakon stands out from other plant-based bacon alternatives in several ways beyond just its protein and fat structure.
Just like its traditional counterpart, Bakon is the only dry salt and smoke cured plant-based bacon in the marketplace. Bakon contains only wholesome ingredients that provide a 100% complete and healthy protein for plant-based diets. These ingredients include non-GMO soy milk; RSPO-certified sustainably-harvested palm oil (no deforestation); yeast extracts; sea salt; maple syrup; citric acid; black pepper; and natural food colors from radish and paprika.
Thrilling Foods has also developed a breakthrough protein structure that holds the zero cholesterol fat within the protein structure, releasing it during cooking from the outside in, much like the way animal fats are released during cooking.
Thrilling Foods has experienced such strong demand for Bakon that the founders are already planning their third expansion facility, scaled to produce over 2,000 pounds of Bakon per day.