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National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day

Updated on October 19, 2014
Delicious insects
Delicious insects | Source

On October 14, 2015 Celebrate National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day by Snacking on Your Favorite Bug Smothered in Rich Chocolate

How about a cricket, roasted to perfection then covered in creamy milk chocolate? Or a dried cluster of ants coated with dark chocolate? Or -- ooh! -- what about a fried grub nestled in a thick layer of white chocolate? I know, your mouth is watering.

Yes, there really is a National Day of Chocolate-Covered Insects. So, mark your calendars for October 14th and stock up on your favorite chocolate-covered bugs and invite all your friends to commemorate the occasion and partake in the deliciousness.

Here, I'll share with you some information about eating insects, recipes for making your own chocolate-covered delights for the special occasion on October 14th (or any time you're inspired) and how to prepare said bugs for cooking. There are also some ready-made chocolate-covered insect confections you can purchase, videos, photos and, for those who want to celebrate National Chocolate-Covered Insect Day but without that inner crunch, some alternative confections that are still in the spirit of the holiday.

Bug Appetit!


A Visitor Poll: Have You Ever Eaten a Bug?

Or, perhaps I ask, are you an entomophagian? (Yep, that's the fancy word for "one who eats bugs.")

Which of these statements best describes you and your insect-eating experience?

See results
Chocolate-Covered Grasshopper
Chocolate-Covered Grasshopper | Source

C'mon, Try Some Chocolate-Covered Bugs! - They say they taste like chocolate-covered popcorn. So go ahead, try it. You MIGHT like it.

Chocolate Covered Insects: 24 CT
Chocolate Covered Insects: 24 CT

Get your protein here!

Who needs hamburger or chicken? Get your daily dose of protein with this assortment of insects, covered in milk and white chocolate.

Stock up for the big day -- October 14th -- but pick up an extra package to snack on in the meantime.

 

The Short Story of Eating Bugs

Once upon a time in a cave far, far away, a long-haired, long-bearded early human watched a bear eating bugs. "Hmm," he said aloud to no one (but not exactly in these words; it was more of a grunt), "I wonder if those insects taste good. Perhaps I should try some, myself." And he did. And, by george, they were good!

In turn, that caveman shared the insects he collected with others, and their palates were happy and their bellies full of bugs. Many years later, this culinary practice was likewise enjoyed by the Greeks and Romans, who dined on locusts and beetle larvae. Even Aristotle wrote about collecting tasty cicadas. (Source: History of Eating Insects)

And somewhere along the line many years later, a big, juicy insect fell into someone's melting chocolate, and she (I'm sure it was a woman) discovered something new and delicious, which she immediately replicated and shared with the masses in her new cookbook.

Perhaps, to you, the idea of eating an arthropod, even if it's well hidden in rich, creamy chocolate candy coating, actually makes you gag. In some countries, though, like China and Thailand, chocolate-covered insects are considered a delicacy. In fact, even without the chocolate coating, millions of people around the world eat insects as part of their daily diet.

In Southern Africa, for example, caterpillars are an important source of protein for the indigenous people, as well as a good source of calcium and iron too. Globular Huhu grubs are a traditional Maori food in New Zealand, and in a town north of Phnom Phen in Cambodia, tarantulas are often eaten by the locals. Popular bugs for the eating also include ants, spiders, lice, termites, beetles, crickets and bees. There's even a link below to a recipe for chocolate-covered scorpions and a photo of a tray of these crunchy and sweet delights for sale in a California candy shop. (See a slideshow of edible insects.)

For more examples of specific bugs eaten around the world -- where and how they're prepared-- and some interesting recipes you MIGHT (or might not) want to try, see Weird Foods from Around the World.

Fried dragonflies, anyone?


Insect Nutrition

The most nutritional of all bugs is said to be the Waterbug, with 19.8 grams of protein, 8.3 grams of fat, 43.5 g of calcium, 13.6g of iron, and 2.1 grams of carbs.

See the

Insect Nutrition Table

for more information

Video: An Overview of Different Types of Chocolate-Covered Insects by a Conoisseure - An interview on National Insects Day

The reactions by the interviewer -- a rather reluctant taster -- are quite funny.

And if you've ever wondered, do vegetarians eat insects? That question is addressed in this video as well.

More Chocolate-Covered Delights with Multiple Legs - Special treats for special people and special occasions ... like National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day!

But any day is the perfect day for one of these unique and delicious treats!

Right?

Chocolate Dipped Insects-6 packs
Chocolate Dipped Insects-6 packs

This quality product includes an assortment of crispy larvae and crickets, smothered in melt-in-your-mouth white and milk chocolate. Each box contains 4 individually dipped bugs.

 

A Special Sampler Platter

Chocolate-Covered Crickets and Other Insect Dishes
Chocolate-Covered Crickets and Other Insect Dishes

Chocolate-Covered Crickets & Other Insect Dishes

Photo Credit: By Mhowry on Flickr / CC

This sampler platter, eaten in New Orleans, also includes Cinnamon Bug Crunch, Southwest Waxwords with Chili Powder, and Crispy Cajun Crickets.

WOULD You, Could You, Might You Eat a Chocolate-Covered Insect?

If, say, you'd be given a nice chunk of change for the eating. Or maybe just to do as the natives do while traveling? Or simply to be a little adventurous?

Make Your Own Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers

Easy recipe!

Not yet chocolate-covered grasshopper
Not yet chocolate-covered grasshopper

Cook Time

Prep Time: Oh, maybe 20 minutes, give or take an hour

Total Time: Depends how long it takes you to collect the grasshoppers

Serves: 1 to 25 depending on how many you each want

Ingredients

  • 2 squares of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 25 dry-roasted grasshoppers (or crickets will do)

Instructions

  1. Somehow, get 25 grasshoppers (or crickets), whether you collect them yourself, pay the kids ten cents a grasshopper, or buy them.
  2. Dry roast the grasshoppers and THEN remove the legs and wings. (I wouldn't recommend the other way around.)
  3. Melt the chocolate according the directions on the package.
  4. Dip the insects in the chocolate, and place them on wax paper.
  5. Refrigerate.
  6. Serve with celery, a garnish of tall grass, or a glass of milk.
Cast your vote for Make Your Own Chocolate-Covered Grasshoppers

A Video How-To: Making Chocolate-Covered Ants - Watch this quirky lady make a wee small serving

She gives some very important tips as well. One thing, though, that she doesn't mention is to avoid using red ants, unless you really want to spice up the dish. They're hot!

An Edible Insect Cookbook - More than Just Chocolate-Covered Bugs

Try each one -- more than 50 gourmet recipes with full-color photos

Creepy Crawly Cuisine: The Gourmet Guide to Edible Insects
Creepy Crawly Cuisine: The Gourmet Guide to Edible Insects

This cookbook includes Stink Bug Paté, Cricket Croquettes, Curried Grasshoppers, Ant Flan and SO much more!

 

Cooking with Insects

Before you fire up the oven....

Read about How to Prepare Insects for Cooking

Dried, edible stink bugs ready for chocolate dipping
Dried, edible stink bugs ready for chocolate dipping

Dried, Edible Stink Bugs | Encosternum delegorguei

Dried, Edible Stink Bugs | Encosternum delegorguei

Photo Credit: By Obsidian Soul on Wikimedia Commons / CC 3.0

Photo was taken in South Africa

These dried stink bugs are ALMOST ready for chocolate-dipping. Just a few body parts need to be removed first.




Want to Celebrate National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day Without the Actual Insects? - Here are some alternatives....

CK Products 2-1/2-Inch 3-D Worm and Bugs Chocolate Mold
CK Products 2-1/2-Inch 3-D Worm and Bugs Chocolate Mold

Melt the chocolate of your choice -- milk, semi-sweet, dark or white -- and pour into these worm- and bug-shaped molds. It looks like the real thing (sorta) but without that inner crispy crunch.

 
Endangered Species Bug Bites, Organic Dark Chocolate, 0.35-Ounce Packages (Pack of 64)
Endangered Species Bug Bites, Organic Dark Chocolate, 0.35-Ounce Packages (Pack of 64)

Well, the name fits! But these are purely chocolate.

The is a 64-count package of Organic Dark Chocolate Bug Bites, made with certified organic, shade-grown, ethically traded dark chocolate with 70% cocoa.

 

The Chocolate-Covered Ants Book - If your child doesn't believe people really eat chocolate-covered ants, give them this book for National Chocolate-Covered Ins

Chocolate-Covered Ants
Chocolate-Covered Ants

Second-grader, Adam, is thrilled to get an colony for his birthday ... but it doesn't come with the ants. As he waits impatiently for the tiny colonists to arrive, he heads to the library to learn about the little buggers. When the ants do finally arrive, Adam's older brother, Max, tells his skeptical sibling that people really do eat chocolate-covered ants. If Max can prove to Adam that he's right, he'll win a bet with his brother. But, alas, disaster awaits! (Suspenseful, huh?)

 

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    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 4 years ago

      I'm not exactly craving them.

    • PaigSr profile image

      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Its not liver so I would be willing to try it at least once. Twice if I liked it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Only Chocolate on its own and nothing else with fruit or nuts in it but nothing else.

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      nickybutler 4 years ago

      Love chocolate - not too keen on all those legs though! Might try during travelling though... great lens!

    • Jo-Jackson profile image

      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I like most things when they've got chocolate on them, but these just do NOT appeal. Very interesting lens though.

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      kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @anonymous: I won't knowingly kill an insect outside, but in my house - game on!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      A fantastic lens.

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      Eeeeeewwwww!!!!!! ~~Blessed~~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will never knoiwingly kill an insect, so eating them is not something I would try. Congratulations on the Purple Star.

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I can remember being shocked turning up to a street market in Zambia to see huge numbers of insects on sale - crickets and grasshoppers seemed to be doing the best trade.

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      Um...I love chocolate but not sure I'd go for these...I have a strong aversion to anything insects...I've seen once a documentary on French restaurants serving insects and stopped watching TV for 2 days lol!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I know it shouldn't bug me to think of eating insects, but it does. I remember seeing a program on TV about this lady eating a plate full of dead flies and it just about made me throw up, because flies are disease carriers and she was EATING them.

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      atomicgirl24 5 years ago

      Am I craving chocolate-covered bugs? As a matter of fact, I am! There also happens to be a pink elephant beckoning to me in the corner of my room as I type this!!!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Never again will I say I'm a fan of all things chocolate!

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      I would give it a try. I'm sure some insects would taste good, especially coated in chocolate.

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      Marlies Vaz Nunes 5 years ago from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

      Rushing off to try ... ;-) Great lens.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      Loved the story, was almost OK with these chocolate-covered Insects and bugs, well until I saw the stink bugs. That did it...no thanks :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love your caveman discovering edible insects story. I laughed so hard that I almost fell off my chair.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      No thanks! I feel a bit nauseous just reading this. No offense!