Taking an old favorite to new heights with 'Baken' | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

The following story was published in Inquirer RED’s August-September 2022 issue and has been edited for length and clarity.

Rachel Carrasco and Kelly Parreño, the minds behind Baken, are two friends with a shared interest in the widely loved meat product. Rachel is an experienced entrepreneur who is well versed in the realization and execution of various innovative business ideas. Aside from her involvement in working with different companies, she is also the founder of RACHE, a consulting agency specializing in maximizing the potential of existing brands. Kelly on the other hand is an entrepreneur and chef with international experience in the F&B industry. Her extensive knowledge has resulted in the creation of the Ta Ke Ho Me sushi stands, and other trademarks like Rio, a cocktail brand she launched with Rachel. Baken is the result of this fusion between their eye for business, culinary prowess, and of course the mutual love for bacon.

Baken was made with the intent to provide the ultimate snack experience through their promise of sweet and savory bites that are made of purely 100% bacon. The dedication to authenticity and avoiding shortcuts is a step beyond anyone else in the market who relies on artificial flavoring to achieve their desired results. Outside this guarantee, Baken also assures an encounter like no other through the versatility of their product. They understand that even the best delicacies in the world can get old and boring when consumed again and again. The remedy is the integration of bacon with different components for an unorthodox yet fresh ensemble of complementing flavors.Take a look at one of their recipes and have a glimpse of what it means to enjoy excellence elevated with Baken. 

Out with the old, in with the new. Spice up your cocktail game with Baken’s own sweet and savory rendition of the classic Old Fashioned.


  • 1 part bourbon
  • 3 tsp brown sugar syrup
  • 3 orange peels
  • 4 strips of Baken Real Bacon Crisps
  • Ice


  1. Crush the Baken Real Bacon Crisps into small pieces.
  2. Combine the crushed Baken Real Bacon Crisps, 1 orange peel, bourbon, and ice into a cocktail shaker.
  3. Proceed to shake for 1 minute or until the outsides of the shaker have condensed.
  4. Rim the glass with the orange peel.
  5. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into the glass with fresh ice.
  6. Garnish with a new strip of Baken Real Bacon Crisps and the remaining orange peel.


Recipe by Chef Kelly Parreño – Librojo

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