An Honest Review of Hooray Bacon
Whether you are plant-based/vegan or avoid pork products because of religious restrictions.
If you’ve been looking or wishing you could find a bacon option for recipes like BLT, Eggs Benedict, vegan English Breakfast or just a crunchy salad topping. This may be what you have been looking for.
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What Is Hooray Bacon?
Hooray is a plant-based bacon substitute; that debuted its meat-free bacon in 300 stores in Whole Foods in November of 2020.
It is designed to look, cook, and taste like traditional bacon.
“Hooray Foods has created a plant-based bacon that mimics the cooking experience, taste, and texture of animal-based bacon. The minimally processed, zero cholesterol twist on an American classic… The company uses simple, clean ingredients.” in a statement from the company.
When we first saw this bacon replacement product, we were excited to try it. We’ve been on the hunt for a crispy bacon substitute. Although we love our mushroom bacon, we decided to give it a try.
If you’re looking for more new vegan products, check out our product guide.
What’s in Hooray Bacon?
Ingredients on the food label (6/22)
Coconut oil, rice flour, tapioca starch, liquid smoke, umami seasoning (shiitake mushrooms, salt, mushroom extract, calcium carbonate), maple syrup, salt, beet juice concentrate.
- 50% lower in fat than animal-based bacon
- Nitrate and hormone free
Yes, it is. No animal-derived ingredients are used in the production of Hooray Bacon strips.
What Does Hooray Bacon Taste Like?
The texture of the Hooray Foods Bacon is crispy. Just like that of pork bacon, crispy and crunchy.
The bacon has a great salty & umami flavor. There is also the flavor of coconut its main ingredient.
The coconut flavor did not turn us off; as the balance with the salty umami flavor was good. However, we know a lot of people who do not like the flavor of coconut. We would and have recommended this product; however, if you dislike that flavor this product is probably not a great fit.
Overall we’ve heard positive feedback on the texture and taste. But check out this Reddit Veganivore thread for more opinions on the taste.
How To Cook
The pieces can stick together if they touch while cooking; so be careful to make sure you use a large pan to keep separate.
- Skillet - Preheat the your pan medium low. Place a few strips of bacon directly on the pan. No oil is needed for the pan, the bacon cooks in its own fat! Crisp bacon on each side for 90 sec. Flip every 30 sec until to your liking. We like our bacon crispy! Drain excess grease on paper towel
- Air Fryer - Set temperature to 375. Arrange bacon slices on parchment paper on a flat baking sheet, making sure they do not touch. Bacon will cook in 5 - 10 min depending on how crispy you want it. Remove when evenly browned and crispy. Place on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb extra grease.
$8.79 for 5.0oz package
It comes package like traditional bacon. The package is not resealable. Once open we put it in a large freezer safe ziplock bag.
Other Bacon Replacement Brands
- Morningstar Farms Bacon
- Sweet Earth Bacon
- Lightlife Bacon
- All Vegetarian Vegan Bacon
Where to Buy
Would we buy it again? Yes, we would buy Hooray Food Bacon again. Its a great bacon replacement with a good smokey and salty flavor; definitely a coconut after taste and the texture is crunchy and crispy.
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