3 Sweet Bug Treats You Must Try

Those who know me best know I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so it would come to no surprise if I told you I was browsing indulgent recipes last night to satisfy my cravings. Upon doing so I came across this bug treat… This bug inspired snack:

http://www.bulwarkpestcontrol.com/bug-treats

While this particular lovebug treat only looks like a delicious bug, it got me wondering,

“Are there any sweet treats that actually have bugs in them?”

In my search, I found that there are actually a lot of tasty treats out there that have insects as a main ingredient. These three seemed to look the most appetizing.

Here are three sweet bug treats you must try:

Chocolate Chirpie Cookies

"Chocolate chirp cookies" with crickets

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dry-roasted crickets
  • 1 12-ounce bag chocolate chips
  • >1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Preparation & Cooking

Preheat oven to 375. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture and insects, mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Banana Worm Bread

 Banana Worm Bread

Ingredients

  • Dried mealworms1/4 cup dry-roasted meal worms
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation & Cooking

Mix together all ingredients. Bake in greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.

Recipe courtesy of Iowa State University Entomology Department 

Cranberry Oatmeal Grasshopper Cookies

Grasshopper Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rinsed cranberries
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips (Optional)
  • 1 ¾ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup dry roasted grasshoppers

Preparation & Cooking

Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease baking sheets. In a bowl, stir together oats, flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a separate bowl, beat together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and airy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add oat mixture, crickets and cranberries and mix until well combined. Place dough in spoonfuls, 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake cookies in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway. Bake until golden, about 12 minutes total.
Transfer to racks to cool. Makes 30 to 40 cookies.

Recipe courtesy of insectsarefood.com.

Bon Appetite!

The next time you’re craving something a little sweet, indulge your adventurous side by making up a batch of one of these bug treats. Let me know what you think, and comment below if you have any other insect recipes you’d like to share with our readers.

 

Bug Themed Halloween Snacks

Sharing Halloween Treats

Halloween is the time to get all buggy – quite literally. Bugs are a common theme associated with the holiday that embraces all things creepy and crawly. A fun way to incorporate bugs into your Halloween plans is by making bug-themed snacks. No, this does not require the use of actual bugs (although technically you CAN eat most bugs if you really want to…) Below are some fun Halloween bug-themed snack ideas that not only will your children love, but adults will love as well.

Chocolate Chip & Spider Cookies

Spider CookiesGot your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe on hand? Good. Now gather the ingredients and make your cookies the way you always do. To create a “spider” effect, take a toothpick and drag it through the chocolate chips when the cookies are fresh out of the oven and the chocolate is nice and melty. Simply drag eight lines from each chip throughout the surface of the cookie, and voila – instant spiders. These are a fun, creepy, and delicious snack to serve to your family and friends on Halloween.

Spider Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are easy to make – simply boil eggs, let them cool (you can speed up this process by running them under cold water), cut them in half, scoop the yolks out into a bowl, add mayo, salt, pepper, and any other seasonings that you prefer (some people prefer adding mustard to the “deviled” part of the egg) and scoop back into the egg whites. To give them a Halloween twist, use olives to craft a spider’s body. Place a whole olive in the center of the deviled eggs, and slivers cut from another olive to craft as “legs.” (Alternately, you can cut one olive in half and use half as the spider’s body and cut the other half into the legs.) These snacks are fun, healthy, and tasty to boot.

Bug Juice

What is a Halloween party without some nice, refreshing bug juice? This creepy crawly beverage is easy to make and fun to drink. You will need 2 10-ounce packages of frozen strawberries, 1 6-ounce can of lemon concentrate, 1 quart ginger ale, 2 cups raisins, and 6 gummy worms. Got all that? Good. Now, you’re going to mix the strawberries and Ants On A Loglemonade concentrate in a blender until smooth and thick. Gradually add in the ginger ale. You will then transfer the drink to a punch bowl, where you will stir in any remaining ginger ale and the raisins, The gummy worms go around the edge of the bowl for a “swampy” effect. This delicious refreshment serves 10, and is the perfect beverage for your Halloween party.

Ants On A Log

Celery sticks spread with peanut butter and covered with raisins make for a delightful and healthy snack. This classic snack-food has been around for quite the while and is a long-time favorite among children.

If you’re planning the menu for your Halloween party, consider bug-themed snack foods. These recipes are all easy to make, are loads of fun, and are kid-friendly. In fact, your kids can even help with their preparation.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for an NJ pest control company. When he isn’t working he enjoys cooking or baking with his little boys.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

Spider Found In Oreo: Real Or Fake?

WARNING! If you ever want to enjoy an Oreo cookie ever again, don’t read this article.

Pictures have surfaced on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler of a spider that has allegedly been found inside of one of America’s favorite snacks… The Oreo Cookie!

Spider Found Inside Oreo Cookie

Spider In OreoPhoto Courtesy of Facebook

The Oreo spider pictures come with the following caption:

“This is why you always take Oreos apart before eating them, always. Now think of all the Oreos you’ve ever eaten foolishly.”

After seeing the above picture, the public is left wondering if the Oreo was found this way by the consumer, or it was an easily replicated hoax. Is it real or fake?

The idea of finding a spider in your favorite milk dunking cookie is not unbelievable–After all, we have evidence of a maggot stuffed cookie.

Theories On The Oreo Spider

    • It’s fake. Somebody untwisted an Oreo and then smashed a living or dead spider into the cream. They posted a picture of what they “found in their cookie.” The cookie even appears to have some dirt attached. 
    • Introducing the newest flavor of Oreo: Spider Oreos! The Oreo R & D department took things too far this time after their success with the Candy Corn Oreos last fall. 
    • The cookie was one of those generic Oreos, from Mexico, where the Mexican Council of Food regulations are a little lax. Spiders run rampant throughout their cookie factories. 
    • The spider Oreo is a prototype of the upcoming Halloween Oreos that will be hitting supermarket shelves this fall. Watch for the Oreos with bats, mice, and centipedes inside too. 
  • Somebody was in need of an extra protein boost for their afternoon snack. Just imagine, an Oreo with nutritional value. The spider might be the healthiest part of that Oreo. Anybody could rationalize that! 

Is The Spider Found In The Oreo Real Or Fake?

My professional opinion, as a bug guy, is that this Oreo spider is a hoax. Obviously there is a spider implanted in the Oreo’s cream, but it was likely put there on purpose.

We did the same thing here at the office with a scorpion. Here is a Scorpion Birthday Bash Oreo:

Scorpion In Oreo

At first glance, the spider seems to be a simple garden spider. These spiders are rarely ever associated with indoor environments, and wouldn’t make its home in the very clean, and very FDA regulated, Nabisco factory.

Spider In Oreo Undetermined

The truth is that nobody is 100% sure if this is just an easily replicated hoax, or if a spider was really mashed between an Oreo during the manufacturing process. Oreo has yet to release a public statement. Investigative websites like Snopes are uncertain about the photographs authenticity; its hoax status is labeled undetermined as of March 1, 2013.

Us bug guys will keep you updated when we know more. Until then, maybe you should untwist your next Oreo before you eat it… Just to be on the safe side.

One thing we do know for sure at this point– The only thing worse than finding a spider inside an Oreo cookie you’re eating, is finding half a spider.

Happy dunking!