National Bacon Day is an unofficial U.S holiday which falls on December 30 and is celebrated on an annual basis. It’s a great day to enjoy bacon as a snack or with one of your meals for that day. Bacon is even becoming an acceptable dessert, with bacon-topped doughnuts, cakes, chocolates, and pretty much everything you can think of.
These seven facts about bacon might just give you even more reason to chow down.
- Not to be confused with National Bacon Day, September 3 is International Bacon Day.
- The first sliced and packaged bacon hit grocery store shelves in 1924. Oscar Mayer patented the first sliced bacon.
- On average, each American will eat almost 18 pounds of bacon each year. Americans also spend more than $4 billion annually on bacon.
- When WWII ended in 1945, supermarkets expanded to sell more fresh produce like lettuce and tomatoes. Thus, sparking the popularity of the BLT sandwich.
- All Apollo 8 breakfasts had a key element of bacon in them, and the entire crew loved it so much they said they’d even eat the space bacon back on earth.
- New York and Los Angeles are the top American consumers of bacon. Denmark consumes the most pork in the world.
- Bacon has a compound that produces a pleasing neurochemical response. Result: bacon is addictive.