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!
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?!?
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.
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.
As usual Jerry is way behind the class, because he Can't read. In the text it explains all this Mr. Illiterate.
Makes me wonder what crispy fried stink bugs would taste like in a salsa.
citrusy, as I saw on BizzareFoods with Andrew Zimmern
I wonder if perhaps this was just a stunt & it was really just nuts... or it was REALLY just NUTZ!
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.
runs out of food*
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.
If you're already eating animals why would you be grossed out by eating bugs? Not much different from one eating something like shrimp.
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.
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...
Ronald Raygun worst pres ever after shrub2....
Seriously, get a life.
He ain't got no life cuz I got all daaat gooooold!!
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?
anyone for excrement pie?
warn the britainers.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agreed. This is almost as bad as putting dead species in a hot dog.
Americans vote that they will note eat this, but yet you see them putting baseball bats up their rectums
You don't generally see that on CNN though. :)
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?
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....
you wont eat spiders? I guess that means you don't eat lobsters and crabs being that they are closley related to spiders...
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.
Shucks, they ran out before I could get some. I have enough cicadies in my yard to feed an army.
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).
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?
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!
that's funny mary.
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!
Why not! We are already eating shrimps and lobsters, why not cicadas, locusts, and beetles??
Exactly my point to my wife......I don't particularly like seafood that has all the appendages of an insect but with gills...
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!
My fried shrimp had better crunch when I eat it! I ate fried grasshoppers once. They tasted *exactly* like shrimp.
I am just sad I was out of town and missed this Sparky's creation. Sparky's has the best icecream around.
Shock value foods? Thank you, no. I can "be cool" without shocking my friends by eating disgusting things.
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.
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.
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.
LOOK AT ALL THESE NUTRIENTS: http://www.ent.iastate.edu/misc/insectnutrition.html
No cicada only tomata in ice cream!
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.
It's more of an almond taste than anything. It also has a crunch like a peanut.
Well then as long as it's in ice cream and not punch, I'm cool with it.
I'm with ya Evil because when I saw the headline, I thought mint chocolate cicada as well... It just seems right...
Same here. Mint chocolate ... yeah, I think I would try it.
Call me a purist, but I like cream flavored ice cream only. Please hold the vanilla.
And all the other stuff. And, the cicadas.
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.
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.
Ok. I'm in.
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...
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!
Exactly. The sound was constant and nauseating!
Thanks, but I had an apple on the train...
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.
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