Good news for those who lament that Bertie Beetles are chocolate insects only in a figurative sense.
A Western Australian company has announced the introduction of chocolate-coated crickets as a sweet treat.
The Margaret River Chocolate Company claims to be the first boutique chocolate maker to offer insects in their treats.
“We believe there is huge potential for interesting and delicious chocolate insect combinations that are healthy, environmentally friendly and a rich source of protein,” company co-founder Martin Black said in a statement.
“Obviously we are not going to stop making any of our delicious tried and tested favourites, but if we can open people’s minds and taste buds to alternatives, that’s all part of the adventure.”
The company is also trialling a chocolate bar with ground crickets and mealworms.
Black said crickets and mealworms can be farmed very efficiently and have a very high nutritional value.
The insects are rich in protein, iron, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid and various vitamins.
All nutrients consumers aren’t getting much of when they enjoy a Milky Way or Kit Kat.
The company’s statement notes the cricket clusters will be available “just in time for Halloween”.
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Whether a chocolate-coated cricket is a trick or a treat is a matter of debate.
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The cricket clusters can be bought in their stores in the Swan Valley and Margaret River and ordered online.