If Howard Bender has his way, restaurants could soon be serving up eggs with a side of Schmacon. Bender, the CEO of Schmaltz Products LLC, is the inventor of a new all-beef bacon alternative, called Schmacon, that pairs smoky and sweet flavor with a meaty and crisp texture. Company officials say Schmacon is lower in fat, calories and sodium than traditional pork bacon.
"Schmacon is delicious and unlike anything else on the market," Bender, a deli entrepreneur and a trained chef from the Culinary Institute of America, said in a statement. "Beef factors heavily into deli menus, and seeing what was going on with bacon, I envisioned a beef product that could capture some of the same magic."
The new product was officially unveiled at the National Restaurant Association Show, which was held May 17-20 in Chicago. Schmaltz Products currently sells Schmacon online, but the company plans to have their "un-bacon" available in grocery stores by the end of the year.