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Can Eating Bugs Be Tasty?

Posted on June 27 2018

As a means for survival, sometimes eating bugs is your only option.

*Note - When it comes to consuming creepy crawlies, it is always best to thoroughly cook them and generally stay away from anything that has bright colors, is hairy, or feeds on poisonous plants. 

For most people, the thought of feeding on insects is very unappealing and extremely unappetizing. (Don't believe me? Watch the video above to hear our cameraman, Zach, try not to toss his cookies). But perspective is everything, and in starvation mode, things tend look much more palatable. In truth, a lot of insects aren't half bad if you can overcome the mental hurdle.

But is there way to make them actually taste good? So much so that you would eat them even if you weren't starving to death on a deserted island?

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The Chocolate Chirp Cookie

After coming across the Chocolate Chirp Cookie, we would have to say yes! These high protein cookies are made with ground up crickets and taste just like a cookie. Since they use a fine cricket powder, if it wasn't written on the package you'd never know it had crickets in it.

We also had the chance to try some the whole crickets as well. Despite their appearance, they had the same consistency and flavor as a barbecue potato chip, but way healthier. Between the two of us, we have consumed more than our fair share of bugs in our day, but none have them have this delicious.

Some Info on Eating Bugs:

"What is ENTOMOPHAGY?

Simply put, entomophagy is the eating of insects.  As with most things, however, it really isn't that simple.  It is not just a diet, or a type of food... it is the future.  Insects hold the key to supporting our ever growing population.  More than 80% of the world already eats insects as a regular part of their culture and diet.  Why don't we?

In the US we have been slow to adopt eating insects due to the negative connotations that bugs have for many people.  Luckily many people are starting to see the light and are making insects a part of their life and nutrition.  Unlike other protein sources like beef, pork, or chicken insects take little room to grow, little water to survive, and little food to thrive.  They also produce considerably less waste and damage to our precious environment.  It is estimated that producing crickets is 20X more efficient than cattle, produce 80X less methane than cattle, and require 6X less feed than cattle.  All to produce the same amount of protein.

So yes, Entomophagy is the eating of insects, but here at Cowboy Cricket Farms we see that it is the future of our world.  We hope that you see it that way too."

If you're interesting in learning more about these cookies and want to give them a try, go check out Cowboy Cricket Farms or you can find them here on our website!

1 comment

  • David March: July 12, 2018

    I ordered one of the Chocolate CHIRP cookies with my most recent purchase. It tasted fine. The recipe was a little more sweet than I expected, but it won’t put you into a glycemic coma. I think this is a good introduction to alternate nutrition sources, especially if the price can be brought down a little. I might have to become a Hopper Breeder. Hey, I lived on a ranch for a few years. The sheep pellets in my car from carryin’em to the vet could probably mix in with morning oatmeal!

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