Food of the Seventies, Baco's

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Savory tasting bits of "bacon-like" stuff that could be sprinkled on salads or sandwiches. The ingredient list contained words that would tongue tie a scientist! I loved to eat it right out of the jar! They stopped making it when it was discovered that one of the ingredients was a carcinogen. "Yummm!"
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crazy amy - September 06, 2008 - Report this comment
i could eat a whole jar too! those were awesome-they still sell them tho im sure they removed the unsafe indgrediant and replaced it with something that we are not aware is a carcinogen YET. as far as im concerned white mice cause cancer.
Claudine - February 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I have been searching for the name of the "bacon bit", "bacos" or something like that; I used to snack on them as a kid in the mid 70's chips looked like pieces of bacon kinda with a soft pork rind texture oh sooo goood ... PLease help
Cooter - April 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Used to make bacon bit sandwiches with mayo or miracle whip. We were poor so we used the generic brand.
crazy amy - May 03, 2009 - Report this comment
dont be sad COOTER,we were so poor as well but i was too stupid to know it.
MIKE - February 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Chomper01 - February 16, 2012 - Report this comment
In one commercial for Baco's, they showed 3-D animated characters of different veggies with the bacon bits being shaked on top. At the very end of the commercial, the veggies would sing and say "Make a better salad with Baco's, Make a better salad today."
Jim - February 27, 2014 - Report this comment
There was a snack chip called Baco's made up until the late 70's. Claudine is correct, they existed for sure and I remember them well. Back when I was a little kid Baco's were my favorite. They had a strong bacon smell and full bacon taste. They blew away all other snack chips. Maybe they made them differently for different areas as some companies do but in Southern California they were crunchy and like Claudine pointed out, they were striped like baconish strips. The good old days.
trina patterson - September 05, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember going to the store in the seventies and getting a bag of Bacos. They were round and looked like bacon and tasted like bacon but crispy like a meat skin. Boy I wished they would bring those back.
Rob Lambert - May 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Found a Baco's (Betty Crocker/General Mills) Bacon Bits TV commercial which aired on "Dark Shadows" from 10/29/69 (yes, Barnabus and Quentin were in the episode) on ABC. Baco's has been around since 1966, and the chips for about ten years (1968-78). Commercial shows a mother mixing them in salad, while her kids snack on them. Baco Chips may be available once again, in certain markets.
Douglas B. Jones - April 10, 2017 - Report this comment
In 1967, after my freshman year of college, I worked at the General Mills plant in St. Charles, Illinois. The entry level assignment was on the "can line" and the product being canned was Baco Chips. I had never seen them before but the soy bean concoction was a treat for the taste buds and we all gorged ourselves by the handful. Soon I was promoted to the warehouse and never enjoyed a Baco Chip again.
Dr H - June 15, 2017 - Report this comment
There is so much misinformation here, it's laughable. Bac-O's were hardly a "food of the 70s" -- they were produced until 2015. The ingredient list was hardly "full of words that would tongue-tie a scientist" -- here's the complete list of ingredients: Soy Flour Vegetable Oil Salt Natural and Artificial Flavor Water Sugar Caramel Color Red 40 Tocopherol The only real "chemical" in there is the Red 40, which is food coloring. "Tocopherol" is natural vitamin E. None of the ingredients in Bac-O's have ever been found to be "carcinogenic". Bac-O's were discontinued simply because sales were down, and the manufacturer (Betty Crocker division of General Mills) felt that it was time to move on to other products. You can still buy McCormick "Bac'n Pieces" which are made from ingredients virtually identical to those used in Bac-O's.
Lyndsay - June 27, 2018 - Report this comment
Bacos tasted awful like fake bacon. I called them Facos
Bean - January 06, 2020 - Report this comment
Dr H can use Google! LMAO
SK - March 15, 2021 - Report this comment
My father was part of the project team that helped develop bac os when he worked for General Mills back in the early 70ā€™s
Dr H - June 22, 2022 - Report this comment
@Bean -- Yeah, I can use Google. But I didn't have to. I contacted the Betty Crocker division of General Mills directly, and got my informatino straight from them. It's called "research". You might give it a try, sometime.
Deborah - July 12, 2022 - Report this comment
Dr.H do u think your dad knows how to make them? Wishful thinkingšŸ„°
Ned - August 17, 2022 - Report this comment
Bacos were a standard item on the breakfast menu at Grossinger's Resort (and presumably other similar hotels) because of their predominantly Jewish clientele.

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