Cicada Flavored Ice Cream??? Ummmm…Gross.
Just when I was getting over the idea of bacon sundaes, this tidbit comes along. I have always been a strong supporter of the old adage "Don't knock it til' you try it", but I think there has to be an exception considered here. I can just see how this was discovered...someone sitting outside on a hot summer day enjoying some delicious ice cream underneath a shady tree, and then plop goes the cicada falling from the tree, consumer quite oblivious to its appearance, takes a bite of the ice cream with the new topping...and the rest is history.
A public health official in central Missouri has asked an ice cream shop to cool it with the cicada ice cream, even though customers apparently can't get enough of it.
Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia, Mo., sold out of its only batch of the insect-filled dessert within hours of its June 1 debut.
The Columbia-Missourian says employees collected the cicadas in their backyards and removed most of the dead bugs' wings. They then boiled the bugs and covered them in brown sugar and milk chocolate. The base ice cream is brown sugar and butter flavor.
Gerry Worley, an environmental health chief with the Columbia County Department of Public Health, says the agency's food code "doesn't directly address cicadas" and that he has advised against their use as an ingredient.