Wake Up and Smell the iBacon

A new alarm clock app swaps rings and beeps for the scent of smoked pork.
Mar 7, 2014·
Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor.

If arising to the blare of an alarm clock gets your day off to a bad start, a certain purveyor of hot dogs has a less jarring alternative—and it involves bacon. With a free smartphone app and a piece of hardware that attaches to a headphone jack, you can wake to the scent of sizzling bacon every morning.

This ad for the Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon’s “Wake Up & Smell the Bacon” alarm clock sells the experience as an extended hallucination of smoked pork belly. The video shows pre-awakening dreams jumping from bacon rain to astral bacon to the sweet, sweet smell of bacon-petaled roses. At one point, it looks like the brunet star of the spot is being made into bacon herself, enveloped in some celestial cloud of applewood smoke as a planet-size cast-iron skillet appears on the horizon.

Then, right as the pig is creeping through the woods, running toward the bacon lover amid the thicket of bacon-flowered rosebushes, just before the whole reverie could turn into a nightmare (running into a feral pig in the woods is not an encounter I’d want to experience), she wakes up. It’s just her iPhone, after all, emitting a cloud of faux bacon scent to gently awaken her from the smoky reverie.

“Wake up,” says the breathless voiceover, “to the morning of your dreams.”