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8 Ron Swanson-Inspired Snacks

Ron Swanson is a simple man. He likes “pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food”. In addition to being the head honcho over at the Parks department in the TV show "Parks and Recreation," he’s also a known man’s man. He likes fishing, grilling, and building while avoiding emotions and fruit.

Since we can’t get enough of this bacon-loving banana-loathing guy on our TV screens, we’re taking our fandom to the next level with a menu of Swanson-inspired treats sure to make your jaw drop and your mouth water.

And of course, no Swanson snack is complete without a Swanson sip to go with it! When you're done drooling over these macho meals, be sure to check out our All the Bacon Ron Swanson-Inspired Cocktail! 


  • No surprise that the ultimate Ron Swanson portrait is made out of his favorite breakfast foods - bacon and eggs. If you ask me, there’s not nearly enough bacon atop that scrambled face, but then again, there’s never enough bacon as far as Ron is concerned.

    Image via College Humor

  • Why wouldn't there be a Ben & Jerry's flavor dediated to the manliest man in Pawnee? This Swanson inspired flavor may not be real, but his pain was felt worldwide when Ron discovered his favorite steakhouse had closed down.

    Image via Vulture

  • Nick Offerman stopped by the Jimmy Fallon Show to give us the recipe for the ultimate man's man meal: The Ron Swanson Turkey Burger.  For those of you who are unsure of this meaty masterpiece’s origin, when asked if he had ever tried a turkey burger, Ron responds with “is that a fried turkey leg inside a grilled hamburger? If so, yes. Delicious.”

    Image via Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

  • There’s nothing quite as cheerful as Ron surrounded by his favorite meaty dish. These holiday cookies from foodbeast include festive quotes such as “you had me at meat tornado” to really spread the Swanson cheer.

  • Take a moment to baske in the glory of Ron Swanson enjoying a turkey leg covered in bacon also known as “The Swanson” . If that’s not true love, I don’t know what is. Get the recipe for this protein packed creation here.

  • Watching Ron take his first bite into a banana is truly heartbreaking. While his first experience with this healthy food was unsuccessful, it led to the only way Ron could get his daily dose of potassium: the banana burger. The minds over at Brunch and an Episode created their very own version of this Swanson-inspired food - get the recipe here.

  • This ode to Ron Swanson from You've Got Some Face on Your Food is pretty creative, but is almost redundant as it is made of mushrooms and quinoa. Does Ron Swanson even know what quinoa is? Highly unlikely.

  • Every menu needs to end on a sweet note, and what sweeter way than this Ron Swanson face cake made by Eat Cake Be Merry? Ron may disapprove of the decadent ingredients inside, but we’re sure he would approve of his signature stare in frosting form.

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