Bacon bits, such as those manufactured by Oscar Meyer, are typically made of bacon and hickory smoke flavoring. The curing process for the bacon utilizes sugar, sodium phosphates, sodium ascorbate and sodium nitrite in addition to salt and water. Bacon bits may also contain artificial flavoring, potassium chloride and dextrose.
Bacon bits have a variety of culinary uses, the most popular of which, perhaps, is to add them to salads.
They may also be added to cooked meals, such as pasta, pizza, deviled eggs, burritos and baked potatoes. Alternatively, they may be added to sweet foods, including pancakes, popcorn, cakes and caramel apples.