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To celebrate the 17-year reappearance of Brood X, Chouquette Chocolates is selling chocolate-covered cicadas.
This year, billions of cicadas will emerge as temperatures warm in the eastern part of the United States. The insects are part of a group called Brood X — also known as the Great Eastern Brood — and have been underground since 2004. The cicadas range all the way from Tennessee to New York and are known for their extremely loud mating call.
Much like crickets, cicadas are low in fat and high in protein making them the perfect combination with chocolate. The fresh cicadas are frozen, before being air fried and dropped in milk or dark chocolate. If cicadas aren’t you’re thing, worry not because there are plenty of other chocolates to purchase that don’t include bugs as an ingredient.
According to the company’s website, the cicadas are gathered from Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, and Potomac, Maryland. The insects are gathered as they shed from their exoskeletons, and emerge as young adults. A dozen of these delicious insects can be purchased for $22.00 with a chocolate of your choice. They even posted a recipe and video in case you want to try it at home.
Here’s the recipe, according to Chouquette Chocolates:
See their recipe video below: