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(TreeHugger)   It's only a matter of time before Americans embrace 'Chirps,' a healthy snack food made out of crickets   (treehugger.com) divider line 125
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2014-07-09 02:53:44 AM  
I actually agree. I believe that if we eventually kill off all large mammals and birds and are forced to scrounge for grubs and mealworms for nutrition, that we could definitely find ourselves seeking out crickets as an occasional break from the large juicy larva.
 
2014-07-09 02:59:22 AM  
I could see adding ground insects to foods, but I don't see adding them whole (and people eating them).  The legs are sharp and pointy and crunchy and the idea makes me want to vomit.

but making an insect powder that could be added to boost the protein content of foods seems perfectly doable, depending on the taste.
 
2014-07-09 03:00:55 AM  

Ambivalence: I could see adding ground insects to foods, but I don't see adding them whole (and people eating them).  The legs are sharp and pointy and crunchy and the idea makes me want to vomit.

but making an insect powder that could be added to boost the protein content of foods seems perfectly doable, depending on the taste.


I recall they use some sort of beetle to provide red coloring to food. Crushed beetles in my strawberry ice cream. That does kind of bug me.
 
2014-07-09 03:08:09 AM  
Hickory BBQ, Aged Cheddar, or Sea Salt varieties, with three 5 oz bags selling for $15.99 USD

Oh yeah. That sounds way more economical than regular potato chips.
 
2014-07-09 03:47:30 AM  
Mexico as already been doing this, at least in Oaxaca. I tried one. A bit too salty
 
2014-07-09 03:55:52 AM  
Hmm, is "farking never" technically a "time"?

How about "5 minutes after the heat death of the universe"?
 
2014-07-09 04:38:12 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Hickory BBQ, Aged Cheddar, or Sea Salt varieties, with three 5 oz bags selling for $15.99 USD

Oh yeah. That sounds way more economical than regular potato chips.


Same here. I was openminded about the extra protein until I read that.
 
2014-07-09 09:03:33 AM  
I had some ouaxacan-style cricket tacos once and was unimpressed.  Mostly because the crickets were
severly overcooked and lacked any texture or taste.  I wouldn't seek them out, but would like to try a sample
prepared by people who knew how to cook them properly.
 
2014-07-09 09:14:34 AM  
Well, I guess hell will freeze over eventually
 
2014-07-09 09:19:23 AM  
Erik Estrada was fabulous in that show
 
2014-07-09 09:20:23 AM  
I've eaten these.  Meh.  Too pointy.  Stir fried mealworms is where it's at.

As for Americans embracing them?  Whatever.  It took how many years for the burrito to become standard fare?  There's an old guy I work with who still bristles at the notion that salsa outsells ketchup.
 
2014-07-09 09:21:52 AM  

Rapmaster2000: There's an old guy I work with who still bristles at the notion that salsa outsells ketchup.


Does he draw the cartoons for The Onion?  Sounds like the sort of thing that would make Lady Liberty cry.
 
2014-07-09 09:23:13 AM  
I'd just as soon kiss a wookie.
 
2014-07-09 09:23:34 AM  
Let's see here. Crickets or anything in the vast variety of foods available in the U.S. that I already love eating!
 
2014-07-09 09:23:50 AM  
I've eaten toasted crickets. Got them from a Mexican grocery--my then-9yo nephew picked them out and wanted to try them, I was proud of him. Had some seasoned salt on them, and tasted more or less like popcorn. Not bad, not great. The legs do tend to get stuck in your teeth a bit, though...
 
2014-07-09 09:24:09 AM  
They're jumping Jimminy delicious
 
2014-07-09 09:24:36 AM  
I blame Obama for this.
 
2014-07-09 09:25:55 AM  
www.stilleasierthanchemo.com
 
2014-07-09 09:26:23 AM  
I'd try them.
 
2014-07-09 09:26:24 AM  
As long as it's not ranch flavored I'm fine with it.
 
2014-07-09 09:26:24 AM  

flucto: I blame Obama for this.


If you don't somebody will.
 
2014-07-09 09:27:08 AM  
What, is Idaho running low on spuds?
 
2014-07-09 09:27:38 AM  
Termites are tasty... almost nutty. I had a burger that was 40% termite and the rest beef (I assume) and it was great.

It makes sense to use insects for their protein. Obviously it will never happen because most people are scared idiots.
 
2014-07-09 09:28:40 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: Rapmaster2000: There's an old guy I work with who still bristles at the notion that salsa outsells ketchup.

Does he draw the cartoons for The Onion?  Sounds like the sort of thing that would make Lady Liberty cry.


Pretty much.  I once mentioned that I prefer burritos over burgers and I thought he was going to have an aneurysm.  He started making these sputttering noises like his brain was too enraged to create words.

This is the guy that also told me in 2008 that by 2012 there would be no more business.  Just no more business.  No more exchange of currency for goods and services.  It's hard to imagine how an engineer gets so dumb, but that's what a steady diet of AM radio will do to your perspective.
 
2014-07-09 09:29:04 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Termites are tasty... almost nutty. I had a burger that was 40% termite and the rest beef (I assume) and it was great.

It makes sense to use insects for their protein. Obviously it will never happen because most people are scared idiots.


Scared and repulsed are two different things.
 
2014-07-09 09:29:38 AM  

Ambivalence: I could see adding ground insects to foods, but I don't see adding them whole (and people eating them).  The legs are sharp and pointy and crunchy and the idea makes me want to vomit.

but making an insect powder that could be added to boost the protein content of foods seems perfectly doable, depending on the taste.


That kind of happens already.  Bugs get in to food.  When I got hypnotized to quit smoking, the guy used the following image to reinforce my never smoking again.

"You have a large room full of cured tobacco.  There is a hole in the floor and they feed the tobacco in to it.  There are bugs that eat the tobacco leaves.  Cockroaches and other bugs.   They get swept in too.  Everything going in to the hole in the floor gets chopped up and put in to cigarettes."

Haven't smoked since 92.  Now tell me there are bugs that eat chocolate.
 
2014-07-09 09:30:51 AM  
I really dont want America to become a country where I see a vending machine, see a bag of unfamiler snackfood that looks interesting only to discover later that I ate a bag of smushed into a potato chip looking crickets.

Its not like i dont read, I love to read.  but once it becomes normal to some people dont really bother making a big deal of it in the marketing.
 
2014-07-09 09:31:17 AM  
I'd prefer a Peppa Pig.
 
2014-07-09 09:31:28 AM  
And now, a message from the president of the United States.

www.troll.me
 
2014-07-09 09:32:16 AM  
I have no objection to farmed insects prepared as food. I hear chilled monkey brains are good too.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-09 09:33:02 AM  
Nope.  I'll be over there, with M.S. and his coconuts.
 
2014-07-09 09:33:17 AM  
Had to be done....

 http://i.imgur.com/lNX48kE.jpg

/no lety mee posty imergeres
 
2014-07-09 09:33:28 AM  
I would rather put the cricket on a hook and catch a trout.
 
2014-07-09 09:35:04 AM  
I thought the legs would be plucked before cooking. Btw, I am hungry. I would bugs but spiders. Fark no. Watching Andrew Zimmern eat toasted tarantulas was horrifying.
 
2014-07-09 09:36:00 AM  
I hear they are going to brand them under the name "Soylent Green."  Do not pay attention to the "crickets," being delivered at the manufacturing receipt dock, nothing to see here.  Move along.
 
2014-07-09 09:37:34 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: It makes sense to use insects for their protein. Obviously it will never happen because most people are scared idiots.

Either that or beans are cheaper, more nutritious and, for what it's worth, less disgusting.

/ curious to try bugs, except one - roaches can go to Hell from whence they came
 
2014-07-09 09:37:44 AM  
If you market it right, put it in huge bags in a Vool*dermort store and slather them with red hot pepper spices and ranch dressing powder and cheese dust, American food hogs will maw down on them like they were shad roe.
 
2014-07-09 09:38:18 AM  
I'd rather have steak. You keep nasty chirps.
/gollum
 
2014-07-09 09:39:04 AM  

Ambivalence: an insect powder that could be added to boost the protein content of foods


How many parts per million will the FDA allow to your ground cricket mix if, say, a bit of beef accidentally falls in the vat?
 
2014-07-09 09:40:09 AM  
Environmental footprint, meet hippie ass.

Rolling coal!
 
2014-07-09 09:40:22 AM  

az28: I really dont want America to become a country where I see a vending machine, see a bag of unfamiler snackfood that looks interesting only to discover later that I ate a bag of smushed into a potato chip looking crickets.


If you ate it and enjoyed it, what would be the problem? You need to go re-read Green Eggs and Ham.

I'm a huge protein fan, so if they taste good, I'm SO in.
 
2014-07-09 09:42:41 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Termites are tasty... almost nutty. I had a burger that was 40% termite and the rest beef (I assume) and it was great.

It makes sense to use insects for their protein. Obviously it will never happen because most people are scared idiots.


Most?
 
2014-07-09 09:45:03 AM  

Kevin72: HotWingAgenda: Hickory BBQ, Aged Cheddar, or Sea Salt varieties, with three 5 oz bags selling for $15.99 USD

Oh yeah. That sounds way more economical than regular potato chips.

Same here. I was openminded about the extra protein until I read that.


They need to market it as "CHIRPS EXTREEME" with MAXX  caffeine & sriracha  to appeal to the young folk.
 
2014-07-09 09:46:36 AM  
Bugs? What do you mean bugs? I hate bugs!
i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-09 09:49:50 AM  
I'm down.  Do they make a Buffalo sauce flavor?
 
2014-07-09 09:50:00 AM  
If we eat all the crickets, who will point out all the bad jokes?
 
2014-07-09 09:50:57 AM  
If we eat all the crickets, how are we going to know when a comedian bombs?
 
2014-07-09 09:51:50 AM  
images.indiebound.com
 
2014-07-09 09:53:02 AM  
Expensive and disgusting, now there is a marketing challenge.
 
2014-07-09 09:53:12 AM  

cosmiquemuffin: az28: I really dont want America to become a country where I see a vending machine, see a bag of unfamiler snackfood that looks interesting only to discover later that I ate a bag of smushed into a potato chip looking crickets.

If you ate it and enjoyed it, what would be the problem? You need to go re-read Green Eggs and Ham.

I'm a huge protein fan, so if they taste good, I'm SO in.


Need?
 
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