The power of the pig

I will make this brief. We all have places to go and people to see.

If you want to bribe someone to do something unpleasant that they would ordinarily refuse to do, you just need to say two words. Pig Candy. If you promise to feed people Pig Candy they will do any odious job. Pig Candy is bacon topped with brown sugar and baked.

My colleague, Betsy, and I have Bacon Wednesdays each week at the Community Resource Center to either reward ourselves for a job well done or coax ourselves into doing a job that will be well done. We have a variety of bacon applications for Bacon Wednesday, but the Pig Candy is always a hit.

I offered to make the Pig Candy for Bacon Wednesday this week, not because I had to bribe Betsy to unload a truck full of heavy boxes from a donor because that is part of her job and she will do it no matter what. No, I made it to bribe Noah, my 20-year-old son, who does not have to unload heavy boxes. I used to order the boy around and was moderately successful at it. But I am losing my grip in this department.

So I offered Pig Candy. His eyes lit up and he immediately snapped to attention. I lured him to the truck at the dock door with a slice of thick-cut bacon loaded with caramelized brown sugar and he just hopped right onto the truck bed and started shoveling boxes.

So here’s how you make it. Take any bacon you like and lay it out on a cookie sheet covered with foil. I like thick-cut bacon. Spread a generous amount of brown sugar on each slice. It doesn’t matter if its light or dark brown sugar. Bake it at 400 degrees until the bacon is crisp. Here’s a very important tip. Don’t drain it on paper towels. It will stick. Use some more foil.

I expect Pig Candy to be used more frequently in workplace development now that you know its powers. In fact, I think I’ll add this to the employee manual tomorrow.


  1. Susan Cowperthwaite
    Susan CowperthwaiteReply
    May 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Catherine – you rock – but I always knew that! can’t wait to try!!! 🙂 Susan

  2. Noah
    May 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    My mother mentions that she likes thick cut bacon in this post. I would suggest that while this will indeed be fabulous with any bacon, thick cut bacon is the only perfect way to do it. Just sayin’ 🙂

    May 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I tried to re-subscribe because I am not receiving your blogs ….. sigh .. They are just to great to miss !
    Noah, thick bacon just went on the grocery list.

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