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(Gizmag)   Hey, does anybody want to try a bite of this new environmentally friendly snack bar made from insects? Anybody? *crickets*   (gizmag.com) divider line 101
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2012-07-06 11:19:49 AM  
I'd try it. It's not as if I haven't eaten crickets before.
 
2012-07-06 11:41:57 AM  
Is the name of this site pronounced with a hard or soft 'g'?
 
2012-07-06 12:24:41 PM  
As someone who has intentionally eaten insects before, yes, I'd try that.
 
2012-07-06 12:27:09 PM  
I've been to places that insects are part of the diet. Once you get over the mental hurdle they're fine.

I'll try it.
 
2012-07-06 12:31:55 PM  
I've had crickets at the New Orleans Insectarium. They really don't taste like anything... more of those "why not" sort of things.
 
2012-07-06 01:52:25 PM  
Sure

/It's not that big of a deal. You people eat shrimp and lobster right? Same fu(kin' thing.
 
2012-07-06 01:53:24 PM  
Ever had store bought hummus? Not too different from this energy bar, if you know what I mean.
 
2012-07-06 01:53:55 PM  
It is strange that it's gross to eat crickets but shrimp and prawn are fine.
 
2012-07-06 01:53:56 PM  
I'm down.
 
2012-07-06 01:54:05 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Is the name of this site pronounced with a hard or soft 'g'?


Done. Through in two.
 
2012-07-06 01:54:35 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Is the name of this site pronounced with a hard or soft 'g'?


I'm curious too.

/I'm voting for a soft 'g'
 
2012-07-06 01:54:46 PM  
Sure, I mean it is not like they are live or even cricket looking. Protein is protein, particularly when you grind it up and put in other stuff.

Not sure this will fly in the US or any first world nation, but it might be a way to provide calories and protein to third world shiat holes, provided it can be done cheap enough.
 
2012-07-06 01:54:52 PM  
hell no
 
2012-07-06 01:56:14 PM  
Unlikely tag was unprepared for the adventurousness of Farkers.
 
2012-07-06 01:56:22 PM  
Hmm, tastes moth-y.
 
2012-07-06 01:56:29 PM  
Sign me up
ctya.org
 
2012-07-06 01:56:51 PM  
I like crickets, had spicy ones in mexico
 
2012-07-06 01:57:07 PM  
Does it make you want to rub your legs together?
 
2012-07-06 01:57:55 PM  
This bug eating fad seems to come around about every seven years.
 
2012-07-06 02:00:20 PM  
I've had them toasted and they were good, I just didn't like the stabby, pointy texture in my mouth and then they scraped my throat the whole way down.
 
2012-07-06 02:02:25 PM  
"But you're not eating!"

"I, uh, had bugs for lunch."
 
2012-07-06 02:02:45 PM  

PacManDreaming: As someone who has intentionally eaten insects before, yes, I'd try that.


Ditto.
 
2012-07-06 02:03:47 PM  
Your eating worms Michael.
 
2012-07-06 02:06:05 PM  
 
2012-07-06 02:08:19 PM  
I'd eat it. We eat insects as part of our diet whether we want to or not, so why not?

It might take a bit of willpower to stomach it at first...
 
2012-07-06 02:09:39 PM  
I would love to try this. I've eaten crickets a few times. They're much higher in protein and lower in fat than beef, pork, or chicken. Taste is not very strong. Once you get over the mental aspect and the texture, they're kinda like a cross between peanuts and calamari. Europe and North America (not including Mexico) are really the only places on the planet where eating insects is taboo.
 
2012-07-06 02:11:29 PM  
The only way I'll ever eat an insect is if it is fried w/ some really great batter and laced w/ LSD.
 
2012-07-06 02:12:29 PM  
insects convert grass and grain into protein as much as 10 times more efficiently than cattle

Only 10 times more effcient? That only puts crickets on par with rabbits, I would have figured insects would be even more effcient.
 
2012-07-06 02:14:32 PM  
blogs.browardpalmbeach.com
Gimme 50.
 
2012-07-06 02:14:43 PM  
I'd have to take the Soylent-green approach on this one.
Because some stuff is more appetizing when you don't know what it is.

/I'd eat it if I was hungry enough.
 
2012-07-06 02:17:36 PM  
Many years ago, I made the mistake of opening my mouth while riding an ATV, swallowed a grasshopper.

Not too many years ago, I ate fried/salted grasshoppers in a Bangkok night market.

The frying/salting apparently does little to alter the taste.
 
2012-07-06 02:19:34 PM  
200 years from now, when the hot winds and eight month long scorching summers stifle all agriculture, and the once fertile fields are able to only able to produce weeds, and the once abundant sources of livestock are down to a few sickly cows and chickens, and water is a resource scarcer than gold... Then it's time to eat crickets.

Until then, eat a fat juicy steak, and enjoy the fact that you can.

www.bonappetit.com
 
2012-07-06 02:22:09 PM  
Holy Crap! This is my cousin's start up company! Never thought it would make it to the front page of Fark! This is awesome!

The bars are actually pretty good! They debuted at the LA Bug Fair ~ a month ago, and then they did their first round of fundraising through kickstarter. They have been getting a lot of great press as well!
 
2012-07-06 02:23:57 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Your eating worms Michael.


What about my eating worms now?
 
2012-07-06 02:24:26 PM  
If they can make them without sugar, I'd try them.

I wonder if I'm allergic to crickets? Only one way to find out!
 
2012-07-06 02:24:47 PM  
Ear-Bending Cellmate: ...and when there was no meat, we ate fowl and when there was no fowl, we ate crawdad and when there was no crawdad to be found, we ate sand.

H.I.: You ate what?

Ear-Bending Cellmate: We ate sand.
[pause]

H.I.: You ate SAND?

Ear-Bending Cellmate: That's right!
 
2012-07-06 02:28:49 PM  

Amos Quito: Are they kosher?


My cousin has asked around and gotten conflicting opinions on whether they are kosher or not. One rabbi said no they are not because crickets != locusts, another said they might be ok.

One of the other things he is looking into is getting them certified gluten free, but that is apparently a bit of a pain.
 
2012-07-06 02:30:46 PM  
Protein bar made from crickets...I'm ok with that.

"They'll retail for US$2.89 per bar"...um not so much.
 
2012-07-06 02:31:10 PM  
Bring it!!!
 
2012-07-06 02:31:23 PM  

Evil Mackerel: You're eating worms maggots, Michael.


FTFY.
 
2012-07-06 02:32:13 PM  
There are already bugs in your processed food. There are FDA guidelines on exactly how many bugs are allowed in your ketchup, or pasta sauce for example.

There are also limits on how much pus is allowed in your dairy products.

My point is that you eat disgusting things all the time, and don't even know it. Just because it's not on the label doesn't mean it's not in the package.

The only difference here is that they tell you about the bugs (and the level of bugginess is probably much higher)
 
2012-07-06 02:34:41 PM  
Unfortunately crickets can spread diseases such as chirpes.
 
2012-07-06 02:37:28 PM  
Shouldn't that be *suspicious lack of crickets*?

HailRobonia: It is strange that it's gross to eat crickets but shrimp and prawn are fine.


That's true, which is why I don't like to eat those things.
 
2012-07-06 02:42:55 PM  
just wanted to make sure the whole shrimps, crabs, lobsters thing was covered.

TomD9938: This bug eating fad seems to come around about every seven years.


I see what you did there.
 
2012-07-06 02:45:13 PM  
Hey, does anybody want to try a bite of this new environmentally friendly snack bar made entirely of insects?

Subby, nowhere in the article does it say the snack bar is made entirely of insects. In fact, it says the opposite:

In a process that it says was inspired by the Aztecs, Chapul bakes the crickets before grinding them into a flour that's used in the preparation of the energy bars.

I'm a little surprised at the protein number (isn't that why I'm eating crickets?), but what the ProBar lacks in cricket powder, it makes up for with a list of protein-rich ingredients like peanut butter, nuts and sunflower seeds.
 
2012-07-06 02:53:36 PM  
When I was in high school we had a guy come into our "Life Skills" class with a bunch of insect based food, and we were offered extra credit to try something.

He had fried crickets, chocolate covered ants, and some sort of stew made out of grubs.

I bumped my grade up from a B+ to an A-

///Chocolate covered ants taste of Crunch bars.
///Was the only person in the entire class who was brave enough to try something
///Would give these bars a shot :P
 
2012-07-06 02:55:06 PM  

linker3000: Protein bar made from crickets...I'm ok with that.

"They'll retail for US$2.89 per bar"...um not so much.


Yeah, I might try one if it were a more locust item.
 
2012-07-06 02:58:55 PM  

Cuthbert Allgood: Sure

/It's not that big of a deal. You people eat shrimp and lobster right? Same fu(kin' thing.


There's more meat in a lobster than in a cricket.

(I hope...)
 
2012-07-06 03:10:24 PM  

improvius: linker3000: Protein bar made from crickets...I'm ok with that.

"They'll retail for US$2.89 per bar"...um not so much.

Yeah, I might try one if it were a more locust item.


That pun wasp bad, ant you should feel bad about it!
 
2012-07-06 03:14:47 PM  
This is a much better idea than my snack bar made entirely of incest.
 
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