Celebrate National Chocolate Covered Insect Day with Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers

Today is National Chocolate Covered Insect day. You've probably consumed your fair share of bugs during your lifetime -- either as a kid stuffing dirt in your mouth or last week when you yawned while riding around on your bike.No need to panic -- most insects are edible and in fact quite nutritious. They give you an extra protein boost.

So embrace today's weirdness and try one. Halloween is only a few weeks away, so there is no better way to surprise your loved one than with a box of creepy crawly chocolates.

For a few tasty bug options, check out Sciencebostore, Groovycandies or Fluke farms.  You can get yourself an "I ate bug club" button while you're at it.

If you are feeling very adventurous you can try your hand at this recipe for Chocolate covered crickets provided by the Manataka American Indian Council.

Reuters reports that chocolate chip mealworm cookies and lollipops with scorpions in em are also making the rounds in that food-crazed nation. Aborigines have long eaten bugs.

The United Nations recently said the more than 1,400 insect species eaten by more than 300 ethnic groups in 113 countries offer promising commercial and nutritional possibilities, especially in less developed nations.

Europeans announced they will spend $4.9 million to promote culinary insects and asked food standards watchdogs to probe whether edible insects can go mainstream.

Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers

Bakers chocolate
candied crickets

Melt bakers chocolate in double boiler. Place grasshoppers out on baking sheet and carefully pour the chocolate over to cover the grasshopper. Let cool and harden before eating.

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Christina Staalstrom