About Chunky Pig
Chunky Pig was born of the desire to marry three favorite things: sweet, salty & pork. Our Candied Bacon Caramel Corn is hand-crafted in the San Francisco Bay Area using top-shelf ingredients. It is the perfect gift for bacon lovers, or to simply enjoy with a favorite libation. Chunky Pig Candied Bacon Caramel Corn is, and always will be, gluten~free, dairy~free & hormone~free.
Top Shelf Ingredients
Twice candied Niman Ranch, nitrate-fee bacon is the bedrock of the brand.
Niman Ranch raises livestock traditionally, humanely, and sustainably to produce the finest tasting meat in the world. Their livestock protocols were developed with the help of an animal welfare expert and remain the strictest in the industry.
We tested many brands and styles of bacon in our recipe and Niman Ranch is simply the best. The natural smokiness compliments the natural maple flavor.
Chunky Pig's addictive snacks contain no preservatives and are baked in small batches to ensure freshness.
As a restaurant pastry chef in Portland and the Bay Area, Gina Conedera’s dessert menus always blended the line between sweet and savory, with a touch of the unexpected. After 10 years in other people's kitchens, she wanted to bring her pastry style to the masses with Chunky Pig.
To find out more about Gina, and/or work with her on your next culinary project, check out her pastry development company, Pavé Consulting.
Chunky Pig lands on the 2016 Father's Day Gift Guide
Food critic Florence Fabricant applauds Chunky Pig's flavor profile
Culture Magazine awarded Chunky Pig "The Hungry Editor Desk" Award in their Summer 2015 special issue (on sale through September 2015)
The Man Registry recommends Chunky Pig as a creative wedding favor.
Chunky Pig and other Bay Area-made food products featured by Little Artisan Box.
Vanity Fair named Chunky Pig one of their favorite festive popcorns this holiday season.
Recommended on this list of "Unique Gifts for Food Lovers, Bakers, and Cooks"
"I watched Gina make small batches Chunky Pig at Kitchener a few years ago, so it was cool to see how she’s kept her standards high even as the business has grown."
“Sweet, Salty, and Pork, is quite possibly the best marriage EVER! Chunky Pig popcorn is a great idea not only as groomsmen gift but for guests gifts as well!”
"But, the taste was incredible. Chunky Pig gets the bacon from the Niman Ranch and it’s quite good. I love bacon and this popcorn flavor is a must try for all bacon lovers."
“Chunky Pig’s Candied Bacon Caramel Corn has a hypnotizing quality. The first bite tastes like a savory breakfast rich with pork. The second, like sweet breakfast. On the third, the eyes glaze over, transfixed by a stupor-inducing mix of pork fat and maple sugar. One might need to be dragged away from the bag.”
“After her first semester at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Gina Conedera discovered that going to school in Vegas from her native Portland, Oregon, was not for her. She left school, moved back in with her parents in Portland and began baking to keep herself busy. She enjoyed it so much that she decided she wanted to try culinary school. Ten years later, she’s gone from being a pastry chef to owning her own food consulting business, Pavé Consulting, and starting her own specialty food business, Chunky Pig.”
First, Gina Conedera makes her signature Bacon Caramel Corn “made with Pure Vermont Maple Syrup and loads of twice-candied Niman Ranch Bacon.” Then she smothers it in Cordillera Single Origin Colombian Dark Chocolate. I know, at first I didn’t get it either. It sounded like too much going on, but trust me…the result is wonderfully salty-sweet plus a slight bitterness from the chocolate. Let’s just say it completely ruined my dinner – one of the perks of adulthood.
Gina honed her pastry skills in some of Portland’s best kitchens, Noble Rot, Park Kitchen & Wildwood to name a few, from 2003 to 2009 before heading for the sunshine of the Bay Area. After 2 years of pulling double duty as executive pastry chef for sister restaurants B44 & Barlata, she started her own pastry consulting company, Pavé Consulting based in Oakland. After developing a bacon caramel corn recipe for a private event of an early Facebook shareholder, she decided to take this little piggy to market.
“Oakland’s Ice Cream would definitely be salty~sweet. You know, like how one minute someone’s got their hazard lights on, parked in the middle of Grand Avenue to pick up their kid at school & giving other drivers the bird & the next minute, a total stranger in the car ahead of you pays your bridge toll. Soooo, I’m thinking Malted Sour Cream Ice Cream w/ Dark Chocolate & Candied Bacon Cookie Dough and Salted Bourbon Caramel. Cuz let’s face it, Oakland is one helluva mix of tricks.”