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

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

Written by Adam Gerard | May 19, 2014 at 8:45 AM | 2 Comments

What You Need to Know About the Scrapple Waffle

I've been seeing mention of the scrapple waffle popping up around the internet. My first instinct was that it might look something like this. (Side note: #nomnomnom) In other words, I thought we'd be looking at a piece of scrapple on top of a waffle.

In reality, the scrapple waffle is much more complicated than that.

What Scrapple Lovers Need to Know About the Scrapple Waffle

There's a lot of talk about the chef who created this, the buzz around his new restaurant in NYC and blah blah blah. None of that matters.

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Topics: scrapple news, high class scrapple

Written by Adam Gerard | May 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM | 2 Comments

Finding Scrapple in a Boston Grocery Store: Market Basket to the Rescue

You don't know what you have until it's gone. I never realized this quite so strongly until I moved from Maryland to Boston. In Maryland, and really all of the Mid-Atlantic, scrapple was available in bountiful supply at every grocery store. For example, this is was what you saw right next to the bacon in a Virginia grocery store:

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Topics: missing scrapple, finding scrapple, scrapple in boston

Written by Adam Gerard | October 3, 2013 at 8:14 AM | 0 Comments

The Rise and Fall of Scrapple Google Searches Due to Dirty Jobs

Are you familiar with Google Trends Explore charts?

Google Trends allows you to see what searches are hot on Google right now. And their Explore feature takes things one step further, allowing you to see how searches on specific terms have been trending over a period of time. Google even creates a cool line graph and allows you to compare multiple terms against each other.

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Topics: scrapple news, scrapple video

Written by Adam Gerard | September 29, 2013 at 1:46 PM | 12 Comments

Vegan Scrapple is Most Definitely a Thing That Exists

"Vegan scrapple?! You've gotta be kidding me!" I know, my scrapple-loving friends, I know. 

I had a similar reaction when fellow scrapple lover, Steven Messick, posted a link about vegan scrapple to our Scrapple Facebook page.

As reported by West Chester Dish, vegan scrapple has recently become available at the Artisan Exchange Market in West Chester, PA.

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Topics: scrapple creations, scrapple makers, scrapple news

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