June 8th, 2011
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We're all for wacky ice cream flavors and can sorta wrap our heads around insect eating, but the combo of the two kinda bugs us out.

This recipe for pumpkin ice cream seems a tad more savory, no? Stay cool and you may live to see your 112th birthday!


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  1. leatherface

    Bugs eeewww! What happened to tue good ol days when we grabbed a couple of teenagers, cut their faces off and ground them into some award winnin' chilli? What's this world a commin' to, geeze?!?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  2. Bug Eater

    Why do people think it's weird to bugs, when we eat shrimp, crabs, and lobsters? Insects are actually safer to eat than crustaceans, due to the lack of mercury buildup found in seafood.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  3. Jerry

    What a disappointing job of reporting. Did they ever think of telling us why the health department stopped the ice cream maker? What was the issue? No instead they just "yucked" it up and talked over each others lines. Shameful journalism.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • The Lisper

      As usual Jerry is way behind the class, because he Can't read. In the text it explains all this Mr. Illiterate.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  4. dennis

    Makes me wonder what crispy fried stink bugs would taste like in a salsa.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Dianna Clark

      citrusy, as I saw on BizzareFoods with Andrew Zimmern

      May 16, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  5. lindac

    I wonder if perhaps this was just a stunt & it was really just nuts... or it was REALLY just NUTZ!

    June 9, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  6. Havoc

    I have nothing against other people eating bugs. It leaves other foods for other people. Thanks. And honestly, I hope I die before the human race runs out of hood. I just can't see myself eating insects. I will either starve to death or join the Zombie group of people. Pretty sure "law and order" will not exist at the time the human race runs out of food.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Havoc

      runs out of food*

      June 9, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • Bug Eater

      Why do you think it's weird to bugs, when we eat shrimp, crabs, and lobsters? Insects are actually safer to eat than crustaceans, due to the lack of mercury buildup that occurs in seafood.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  7. BiboJim

    If you're already eating animals why would you be grossed out by eating bugs? Not much different from one eating something like shrimp.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:37 am |
  8. erick

    Other: Missouri, huh? If they cleaned the bugs, didn't have a cicada infestation of some sort, there weren't any eggs floating around, and the bugs were generally sterile, then yes, I might try it, as a chef. But, as a chef, I can tell that there is a reason the health department is stopping them, and it's one of those reasons I just listed.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:32 am |
    • JR

      I'm laughing at the use of the word 'infestation'. I understand the context in which you used it, however the very reason why this guy is making cicada ice cream in the first place is because the 13 year cicadas are here. Infestation? The entire state is BUZZING...

      June 13, 2011 at 7:51 am |

    Ronald Raygun worst pres ever after shrub2....

    June 9, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • I want da gold!

      Seriously, get a life.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:59 am |
      • I got dat gold!

        He ain't got no life cuz I got all daaat gooooold!!

        June 9, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  10. Fullbag

    There is another article/clip on CNN right now about a taco shop here in the U.S. that were disallowed from selling grasshopper tacos. The initial issue was that they were imported from Oaxaca, but more specifically the issue was that any bugs of this nature would need to be regulated and approved by the FDA. What is the difference here with the cicadas?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:19 am |

    anyone for excrement pie?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:17 am |

      warn the britainers.....

      June 9, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  12. chris

    But people shove McDonalds into their mouths like it's no big deal. I've personally never eaten an insect, but cant imagine anything wrong with it once you can get past the creep factor.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • J.D.

      You've eaten many insects, everybody does. You just weren't aware of it at the time. In addition to those bugs that you accidentally eat while sleeping, talking, breathing, and sticking your head out the window of your car on the freeway, but the FDA actually has a value set for the acceptable amount of insect parts in processed food – and it's certainly not zero.

      Seeing these Cicadas dive-bombing into restaurants as people enter and leave, wreaking havoc, it's got to be a problem for food processing plants/packaging/harvesting too. It's a little nauseating to think about, but I wouldn't be surprised if most of us end up eating just as many Cicadas in our regular food this year as those who ate the ice cream.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:06 am |
    • Bug Eater

      Why do you that think it's weird to bugs, when we eat shrimp, crabs, and lobsters? Insects are actually safer to eat than crustaceans, due to the lack of mercury buildup found in seafood.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  13. Stiven

    We have become stupid. Or maybe bored. Maybe both. What a ridiculous species we have become to put other dead species in a frozen treat.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • jdoe

      Agreed. This is almost as bad as putting dead species in a hot dog.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:18 am |
      • Stiven


        June 9, 2011 at 2:57 am |
  14. hadexxx

    Americans vote that they will note eat this, but yet you see them putting baseball bats up their rectums

    June 9, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • J.D.

      You don't generally see that on CNN though. :)

      June 9, 2011 at 1:55 am |
  15. Joe Blow

    Sorry, I do not see the problem in this. At some point in life people thought a cow, lobster, chicken, or clam was in-imaginable to eat but sure enough someone tried it and the rest followed. What other purpose would these bugs serve?

    June 9, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  16. KC

    If you'll eat a cicada, will you eat maggots, earthworms, spiders?
    I will not eat them Sam I am.... Not with a fox, not in a box....

    June 9, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • mop

      you wont eat spiders? I guess that means you don't eat lobsters and crabs being that they are closley related to spiders...

      June 9, 2011 at 12:25 am |
      • bher

        I bet he/she would eat insects if it became the new delicacy in the US like lobster or crab. It seems that Americans eat whatever they see celebrities eat in moves, whatever Chef Remsay prepares on his shows, whatever has been currently ladled all-American when in fact traditional American dishes include testicles, organs, insects, and even snakes.

        June 9, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  17. RobfromMo

    Shucks, they ran out before I could get some. I have enough cicadies in my yard to feed an army.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  18. Denean

    Had it, it was amazing, It is actually a delicacy throughout the world. People bread and fry them. You are not eating the wings they are pulled off. Insects are actually a staple in diets around the world and are very healthy. Don't knock it till you try it. And the health department didn't tell them not to they just didn't advise it when Sparkys called them and asked... the health department didn't have the cooking temperatures worked out for such an ingredient. Open your minds people, try something new... its not as bad as you think. I even made my own batch. Eating cicadas is healthier than eating those CORN fed beef (which is not their natural diet and full of hormones).

    June 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  19. maty

    They eat this type of thing all time in Asia, I guess. Course, they eat just about anything there. I'd try it, but it would be so hard to find I certainly wouldn't seek it out. Peaches, anyone?

    June 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • maty

      My brother lives in New Orleans, and I just remember these bugs up in the trees screaming at night. With there black bugs eyes looking at me, judging me.......let's eat!

      June 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
      • John P.

        that's funny mary.

        July 24, 2013 at 8:08 am |
  20. Ella

    I wouldn't care even if it DID add some freakish nutritional value! I can get protein elsewhere... sorry all you adventuresome people out there, but this is just too weird for me!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  21. Marco

    Why not! We are already eating shrimps and lobsters, why not cicadas, locusts, and beetles??

    June 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • leecherius

      Exactly my point to my wife......I don't particularly like seafood that has all the appendages of an insect but with gills...

      June 9, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • The Witty One@Marco

      None of the seafood I eat crunches when I bite it. If you find a way to make grasshoppers and other insect non crunchy, I'm game to try it!

      June 9, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • MikeD

        My fried shrimp had better crunch when I eat it! I ate fried grasshoppers once. They tasted *exactly* like shrimp.

        June 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  22. Adam

    I am just sad I was out of town and missed this Sparky's creation. Sparky's has the best icecream around.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  23. Dave McGuire

    Shock value foods? Thank you, no. I can "be cool" without shocking my friends by eating disgusting things.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • bher

      Actually, there have been a few studies on the effect certain Western countries have on the global food supply and general environment because they do not use insects as a primary source of high-quality protein. Fried tarantulas taste just like their sea counterpart, the crab. We eat nasty critters all the time, just look at how much someone is willing to pay for a lobster, shrimp, and heck, even octopus and sushi was taboo until the early 21st century. A majority of the world's population consume and enjoys insects from childhood (you should see some of these kids line up and get excited about fried termites and as mentioned before, tarantulas). http://venezuelanfoodanddrinks.blogspot.com/2011/02/piaroa-kids-snack-on-tarantulas-in.html Insects would be a good cheap sustainable alternative to meat and fish when otherwise you'd be buying unhealthy processed meat by-products such as hot dogs, spam and TV dinners. The fact is that when prepared properly (just like any other thing - a poorly prepared plate of Brussels sprouts or even steak can taste nasty), insects are additively delicious. It would be better to acquire to taste now before you end up in a disaster situation with no aid and have to procure food on your own. For those people who think that they would rather starve than eat a snake, or a grasshopper, or a cockroach, or an alligator, you really don't know what you're missing. At least you have the choice to cook them with seasoning and make them taste good but once a disaster happens, you'll have to be happy to even find food. Even a prissy model on The Colony ended up eating whatever wild-life they could find.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:21 am |
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    June 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  25. Chris

    What's the point ....really? Just so someone can say they tried it? Im sure other than shock value it adds almost zero nutritional value per serving.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • Juli

      Bugs have a lot of good proteins. I once was eating roasted, shelled peanuts (cracking them from shells) and wasn't paying attention. I popped a large roasted bug in my mouth that had been in one of the peanut shells. At first I thought "wow, this is a really nutty, tasty peanut", and then I quickly realized that it was something else that I was eating and spit it out. But, weirdly enough, it was very tasty. Just the realization that it was a bug I was munching is what made me spit it out.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Bug Eater

      LOOK AT ALL THESE NUTRIENTS: http://www.ent.iastate.edu/misc/insectnutrition.html

      June 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm |

    No cicada only tomata in ice cream!

    June 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  27. Evil Grin

    When I think of Cicada, I think of mint. (Don't ask me.) Mint chocolate-cicada ice cream? Bring it on.

    Evil overlords are not afraid to eat bugs. Except for bees.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Tony

      It's more of an almond taste than anything. It also has a crunch like a peanut.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Well then as long as it's in ice cream and not punch, I'm cool with it.

        June 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • pointless1

      I'm with ya Evil because when I saw the headline, I thought mint chocolate cicada as well... It just seems right...

      June 9, 2011 at 12:34 am |
      • kns92

        Same here. Mint chocolate ... yeah, I think I would try it.

        June 9, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  28. Eye Screm

    Call me a purist, but I like cream flavored ice cream only. Please hold the vanilla.

    And all the other stuff. And, the cicadas.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  29. JB

    Cicada and what? I think the "and" is going to make all the difference on this. Cicada and mango could be pretty okay. Just plain cicada is probably and "no". Crunchy, but not all that tasty.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Tony

      Just so you know, it was basically a butter pecan ice cream, but instead of pecans we used cicadas. They were boiled, rolled in brown sugar, and dipped in chocolate. If you didn't know what you were eating, you would say it was delicious. Also, it would probably help to wear a blindfold.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • JB

        Ok. I'm in.

        June 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm |


        June 9, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Darn you for making that sounds pretty tasty! When I was growing up in Kentucky, we had horrifying cicadas one year and a local chain, Snappy Tomato Pizza made a spoof commercial for Snappy Cicada Pizza, and wouldn't you just know - one night when a pal of mine was tipsy and near a deep fryer...

      June 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
      • paul

        I was living in Cincinnati the year of the cicadas. It must have been 1986 or 87. I remember the Snappy Cicada Pizza commercials – and that there were plenty of people deep frying them in Eden Park with garlic and butter!

        June 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
      • Kat Kinsman

        Exactly. The sound was constant and nauseating!

        June 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  30. Truth

    Thanks, but I had an apple on the train...

    June 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • High Rate

      I tried some last Wednesday in Columbia, MO at Sparky's taste just like a nut after broiled.

      Maybe we should ship some to Japan, where apparently the suicide rate hit a two year high.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
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