Burger King makes beefy bacon sundae

2012-06-13 22:33
Burger King is introducing a bacon sundae as part of its new menu items for the summer. (Noel Barnhurst, AP/Burger King)

Burger King is introducing a bacon sundae as part of its new menu items for the summer. (Noel Barnhurst, AP/Burger King) ((Noel Barnhurst)

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Washington - Burger King announced a special summer menu on Wednesday that includes a 510-calorie bacon sundae perfected in one of the most obesity-stricken states in America.

"This limited-time soft serve dessert took Nashville, Tennessee by storm earlier this year and is now available nationwide to satisfy every sweet tooth," the fast-food chain said in a press release.

"The sweet and savory dessert features the rich and creamy vanilla BK soft serve [ice cream], drizzled with chocolate fudge, caramel and topped with bacon crumbles, complete with a thick-cut, hardwood smoked bacon garnish."

Its calorie count is within sight of Burger King's signature Whopper hamburger, which weighs in at 670 calories.

Tennessee has the fourth-highest obesity rate in the United States at 31.9%, according to a report last year by the Trust for America's Health think tank.

Last month an HBO television documentary cast a spotlight on local efforts in Nashville, the state capital and heart of the US country music industry, to reverse the trend.

The bacon sundae - which has 8g of fat and 61g of sugar - is part of a one-off, barbecue-themed selection from Burger King that also includes such Southern favorites as pulled pork sandwiches, frozen lemonade and sweet potato fries.

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