Preheat oven to 180 C.
Place bacon on a lined oven tray and cover with brown sugar.
Bake bacon for about 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Turn bacon half way through cooking.
Allow bacon to cool and chop into small pieces. Place in fridge for an hour to cool further.
Add milk, cream, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla to a large bowl and whisk for about a minute until well combined and sugar has dissolved.
Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions to churn.
When the ice cream is almost churned, add the chopped bacon and dates and allow to churn for a further minute until combined.
Place ice cream in an airtight container and freeze for at least 3 hours.
When serving, it tastes great topped with more maple syrup.