Besides an affinity for portmanteau nomenclature, Baconery (bacon + bakery) and Schmackary’s (Zachary + Schmahl) have shared notice of the dessert scene’s dearth of cured meat. But no longer. Both West Side outfits have turned their boutique delivery services into brick and mortar storefronts, offering umami fiends all sorts of bacon-filled delights.
At Baconery, inside the Flatiron’s Books of Wonder, the signature is a chocolate-bacon-peanut butter cookie—peanut butter being a popular gateway ingredient between sweet and savory. Don’t overlook the bacon marshmallow bars, bacon treats for dogs, or this month’s special, bacon-pecan-walnut pie. Full strips of bacon doused in milk or white chocolate are fine substitutes for insane fair fare for those who won’t be trading Chelsea for Branson this summer.
Up in Hell’s Kitchen is the newly opened Schmackary’s, which had previously operated as an insider’s delivery service. The “Heavenly Baked in Hell’s Kitchen” offerings go beyond bacon treats—red velvet cookies are the specialty—but the maple bacon cookie is one of two seasonal hits, and the peanut butter/chocolate/banana/candied bacon milkshake is an unkosher mainstay.
Bacon cookies have long been a common treat in Germany called speckkuchen (which Google translates to “quiche”). But the penchant for salty treats has developed on its own terms here in the U.S., especially as gourmet sea salt has taken hold of the popular palate. Anyone who’s ever allowed bacon and maple syrup to touch on their breakfast plate will agree that it’s a favorable occurrence. It was only a matter of time before accidental-treats-turned-cult-favorite-delivery-services became full-fledged dessert spots. Sorry cupcakes, you had a good run.