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Status: RealPaul Farrington emailed me with a question about the HOTLIX Insect Candy Company: "The site looks real, the products look real, there are no obvious giveaways except the sheer unbelievable grotesqueness of the very concept! What’s your take?" Well, my take is that the insect candy is definitely real, though I've never ordered any of it and submitted it to an entomologist for confirmation. (Nor do I plan to.) But there's no reason to believe the candy wouldn't be real. After all, insects are eaten in many cultures. It's only Westerners who are squeamish about eating them. A recent article in the Smithsonian's Zoogoer magazine discusses insects as food, pointing out that honey is nothing more than "bee vomit," and even notes the existence of the HOTLIX Insect Candy Company:
Although people worldwide have been enjoying edible insects since ancient times, their value—in terms of both nutrition and conservation—is often overlooked by the modern Western world...
An estimated 2,000 insect species are consumed around the world, and people do not just eat insects, they relish them as delicacies. In Africa, caterpillars and winged termites are fried and eaten as roadside snacks (after wings, legs, and bristles are removed, of course), and often considered tastier than meat. Grasshoppers and bee larvae seasoned with soy sauce are favorites in Japan, where pricey canned insects are also available. Papua New Guinea is known for its nutty-flavored sago grubs (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus papuanus or R. bilineatus), beetle larvae that inhabit dead sago palm trees and are honored at annual festivals...
Specialty food shops in Europe have started to sell insects imported from Africa. Even a U.S. company, Hotlix, sells various lollipops with embedded insects, chocolate-covered cockroaches, grubs, slugs, and grasshoppers, and mealworms in barbeque, cheddar cheese, and Mexican flavors.
Posted by Alex on Wed Jan 25, 2006
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any1 ever had choclate covered roaches ? or choc mice tastee!!! that stuffs da bomb a store here in suzab had this promo where you eat this choclate dung beetle it waz really tastee though i kno it sounds discusting but...try it SEE 4 YOURSELF cheers from suzabPosted by star flex master12 in suzbawawi S america on Tue Aug 22, 2006 at 09:16 PM
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I simply can't understand why people find eating bugs so gross. I have eaten crickets, scorpions, and silkworms, including many others. They taste just like seafood!Posted by Thomas Cali on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 05:37 PM
This is a cool one to!Posted by Mack in Norway on Sat Feb 23, 2008 at 09:49 AM