What is scrapple? Underappreciated breakfast meat? Gross pig offal? On this scrapple blog we will answer these questions and more!

Written by Adam Gerard | September 15, 2016 at 4:23 PM | 1 Comment

The Pennsylvania Dutch Cookery Has Its Way With Scrapple

I ran across this fabulous book recently. Pennsylvania Dutch Cookery written in 1935.

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Topics: scrapple recipes, scrapple creations

Written by Adam Gerard | September 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 3 Comments

The Scraffle: A Scrapple Waffle Like You've Never Seen Before.

BEHOLD! A brand new scrapple + waffles invention! It's creator, Israel Engle, calls it The Scraffle!!

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Topics: scrapple creations

Written by Adam Gerard | September 5, 2016 at 3:21 PM | 3 Comments

What the Heck Do People Put on Scrapple?

You're at your kitchen table and scrapple is sitting there on your plate next to your eggs and pancakes. Or you're at the diner and there's a beautiful side dish of crispy scrapple slices sitting there.

Before you dig in to the scrapple, what do you put on top of it?

Every scrapple lover has their own answer to this question.

Nothing!

Ketchup!

Maple syrup!!

These are some of the standards that scrapple lovers are most passionate about, and I wanted to get an idea of

  1. What are the definitive scrapple toppings? and
  2. Are there any odder scrapple toppings out there we can all learn from?

I put the question out there to the Scrapple Facebook Page and was not disappointed.

What do you like to put on top of your scrapple? Ketchup? Maple syrup? Hot sauce? King syrup? Nothing at all? I'm more...

Posted by Scrapple, by Adam Gerard on  Thursday, August 25, 2016


I counted up the answers and below are the not-at-all-scientific results.

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Topics: eating scrapple, scrapple toppings

Written by Adam Gerard | August 25, 2016 at 2:46 PM | 5 Comments

The Best Scrapple GIFs

I was poking around the internet, looking for some animated scrapple GIFs and I didn't find any.

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Topics: Scrapple photos, scrapple video

Written by Adam Gerard | August 23, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 1 Comment

Something Called 'Dynamic Contrast' Explains Why We Love to Eat Scrapple

What is it about scrapple that we love so much? 

It's delicious!

I know, it is delicious. But why?

Because it tastes good!

OK, also true. I think we're getting closer. Why does it taste so good?

Because it's pork, and greasy, and crispy on the outside but warm and gooey on the inside. 

BINGO!

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Topics: scrapple science

Written by Adam Gerard | August 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 0 Comments

Winter 2016: Scrapple Beer is Coming to Bottles

Beer for Breakfast? Yes, please! But just to be clear, I'm talking about a beer by Dogfish Head. Its ingredients:

  • Maple syrup
  • Barley smoked over applewood
  • Roasted Chicory
  • Lactose (milk sugar)
  • Coffee

And something else...what is that one last ingredient? I'm having a hard time remembering...[scratches head]. Oh right, scrapple!

HOLY PIG OFFAL! There's scrapple beer?!?! That's right, there is scrapple beer. 

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Topics: scrapple creations, RAPA scrapple

Written by Adam Gerard | August 16, 2016 at 1:36 PM | 4 Comments

Scrapple Ice Cream Wasn't Real. And Then It Was.

Like you, I fell for it. Multiple people shared the following photo with me and I got excited:

If bacon is good enough for ice cream, why not scrapple? But, alas. The good folks at Billy Penn did some research and found out it was all too good to be true.

“We have 16 different varieties of specialty ice cream and sorbet in pints, and the selection can vary by store and season,” said Wegmans spokesperson Katie Redmond. “Scrapple is not one of those flavors.”  😭

[emoji added by me, but should be part of their official statement]

In fact, that photo of Wegmans Scrapple Ice Cream ("scrapple chunks!" #nomnomnom) has been quietly living on the internet since 2010 when it was created by Pete Ruggieri and posted on his Facebook page Scrapple is the New Bacon. A recent reshare shoved it into the scrapple spotlight, leading to thousands of reshares (seriously) and a rollercoaster of emotions.

The Dream Doesn't Die

I thought the journey would end there and we would all be left wondering, would scrapple ice cream be any good? Would it be made with real chunks? Can you somehow maintain the crispy outside while still enveloping it in ice cream?

But Danya Henninger, Cassie Owen and Angie Nassar at Billy Penn wouldn't let the dream die. They wondered aloud too, and then did something about it. And suddenly scrapple ice cream existed!

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Topics: scrapple creations, scrapple desserts

Written by Adam Gerard | March 20, 2016 at 11:21 PM | 1 Comment

Why Vegetarians Should Like Scrapple

When you describe scrapple to a vegetarian they almost always cringe. Not only is scrapple made of meat, but it contains hearts and livers and, well, pretty much a little bit of every part of the pig. 

OK, you're probably never going to get a vegetarian to try even a tiny bit of scrapple (unless it's vegan scrapple...). But you might be able to get them to appreciate it. 

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Topics: scrapple origins, scrapple ingredients

Written by Adam Gerard | June 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM | 1 Comment

The Scrapple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I WAS ALONE AND NEEDED DINNER

The house was empty other than the pets, myself and about 12 bricks of RAPA scrapple in the fridge. I was hungry so obviously scrapple was going to be part of my immediate plans. But just a few slices seemed kind of...boring.

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Topics: scrapple creations, RAPA scrapple

Written by Adam Gerard | May 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM | 1 Comment

Scrapple Pizza?! In Philadelphia!

Pizza and meat go together like...well...pizza and meat, I guess. But if anyone is familiar with putting meat on top of pizza, it's Frank Maimone, owner of Rustica Pizza in the Northern Liberty neighborhood of Philadelphia.

His restaurant has all kinds of nutty pizzas, like a rueben pizza, a BBQ pulled pork pizza with slaw, a brisket pizza, and a chicken molé pizza. (His motto: "If you like it as a food, you can make it work.")

If I'd known about this restaurant before last week, I probably would have a different reaction to his scrapple pizza. Instead of, "THAT'S AMAZING THAT'S AMAZING THAT'S AMAZING!!" I would have said, "Dude, what took you so long?!"

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Topics: scrapple creations, where to eat scrapple, habbersett scrapple