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Casino goes hogwild with bacon theme

Associated Press • Feb 13, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Get ready for bacon like you’ve never eaten, drank or worn it before.

Bacon milkshakes. Chocolate-covered bacon shaped like roses. Baconflavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm.

Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka. Bacon ice cream sundaes. A BLT sandwich with a full pound of bacon.

They’re all on the menu this week as one Atlantic City casino stretches the bounds of good taste and cardiovascular health with Bacon Week. The festival at the Tropicana Casino and Resort gives new meaning to the term “pigging out”

The idea of a bacon festival is not as far-fetched as it might sound. Americans eat about 1.5 billion pounds of bacon a year, according to the National Pork Board. And the website bacontoday.com   counted almost 30 bacon festivals around the country from late April through December 2013, many of whose tickets sold out in minutes.

“Bacon is like heaven” said Nadina Fornia, of Egg Harbor Township. “If you’re going to die, die with bacon on your lips and a BLT in each hand”

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