If you’re Canadian and listen to CBC you’ve probably noticed that crickets have made quite the headlines. They’re literally all the rage. And for good reason.
Recently, Loblaw’s (a huge grocery store in Canada) started selling cricket powder. They say it can be used in smoothies, sauces, and baking. But before you get grossed out, ask yourself, is it really that different than protein powder? Cricket farmers don’t think so….and lots of countries eat crickets on the daily.
So why eat bugs? Well for starters the environmental impacts of cricket farms are significantly less than cattle farms. For obvious reasons, crickets consume less water, require less feed, and produce less greenhouse gases (hello cow farts). Also, their protein-to-body ratio is unreal, so maybe we’ll all start munching on crickets after the gym.
For the record, I love the back of the box! They break down the different ‘cuts’ of each cricket
This week, my roommates and I tried Crick-Ettes Sour Cream & Onion flavoured crickets. Or rather, my roommates tried them. I couldn’t do it. When I was nine years old, I got ill from a cricket lollipop at the Detroit Science Museum. I can still remember it tasted exactly like a butter popcorn Jelly Belly and to this day, the thought of eating another cricket makes me want to cringe. So needless to say, I chickened out.
But my much braver roommates said they were pleasantly surprised by the taste of Crick-ettes. They said that it was a bit weird looking at the tiny cricket faces, but for the most part they’re just really crunchy . The crickets are dehydrated so they’re nice and light. In fact, Ian described them as “flavoured rice cake treats”.
I tried to get a good close-up. Some of the crickets actually look quite meaty!
So what do you think? Would you try crickets?
Enjoy the sweet stuff,
All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.