A US-based food company plans to launch bacon-flavoured condoms. J & D's Food say the idea came from a prank for April Fools' Day and that the product itself will be made of latex, with a water-based lube coating to provide the meaty flavour

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Justin Esch, the co-founder of J & D's Food, said the condoms would get the water-based lube was a specially created product. He also said the texture of the condom would remain unaffected; he reasoned that while potential consumers would welcome the different flavour, they may not be too happy about the texture.

Esch also admitted he had been playing with the idea of bacon-flavoured condoms for quite some time but was initially reluctant to launch the product. He explained that it was the success of baconlube, what is believed to be the world's first bacon-flavoured massage oil and personal lubricant, which prompted him to launch the condoms.

The condoms are expected to be in stores (initially only the US) from June onwards and are priced at $10 (approximately £7) for a pack of three.

Self-titled bacontrepreneurs Justin Esch and David Lefkow (J & D) released a statement: "Truly, the new standard of animal protein-themed prophylactics Bacon Condoms are of the highest quality latex and rigorously tested to help ensure the utmost reliability and safety."