Yum Yum: Chocolate Bugs!

If you love chocolate, why not try chocolate bugs?

You might think that there are plenty of reasons not to eat bugs, including chocolate bugs. But they're actually considered quite a delicacy. In fact, you can find a lot of chocolate recipes involving the insect kingdom -- enough to make you think that someone's got to eat these things.

So for the curious, the interested, and the plain old weird, here are a few chocolate bug recipes for your cooking pleasure.

So I should just catch grasshoppers...

Actually, catching your own bugs is a bad idea. Unless you're extremely familiar with what kind of bugs are edible and which aren't, and you're absolutely certain that there aren't any pesticides in the area, you should probably stick with buying bugs.

Of course, you can buy chocolate bugs too, but where's the fun in that? Buy fresh insects from bait shops, pet stores, or specialty food shops -- or raise your own.

...and then pop them in my mouth with a few chocolate chips?

Wash 'em first, while they're still alive (seriously). Rinse the bugs and put them in the freezer for about fifteen minutes -- long enough to kill them but not long enough for them to freeze. From there, you're ready to eat them, so use one of these chocolate bugs recipes -- if you dare.

Chocolate Covered Crickets

Chocolate bugs are pretty common in other countries, so why not make your own and serve them to unsuspecting friends? There's actually not much to this recipe, so you could give it a try today.

Begin by placing the crickets in a preheated oven set at 250 and cooking them until crispy. Melt several squares of semisweet baking chocolate, dip the crickets, and spread them out on a piece of wax paper to dry. Voila: chocolate bugs.

Cricket Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
50 roasted crickets, minced
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ cups flour
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg and vanilla. Blend in the dry ingredients, including the crickets. Add chocolate chip and pecans, then drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment paper on cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for no more than then minutes.

Two perfect recipes for chocolate bugs!

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