Packaged Food

Canned Insects Include Bacon and Cheese Grasshoppers


It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday gifts, especially for the foodie in your life who loves a good snack.  So for those of you already hunting for the perfect present, an Edible Bug Gift Pack might be just the thing.

The set includes six tins of flavored and cooked bugs, plus a bonus tin of giant waterbug chili paste. (Convenient, since you’re always running out of Sriracha.) Particularly notable treats include bamboo worms, bacon and cheese grasshoppers, and sour cream and onion dung beetles.


Although, we bet these little critters make great patter platters too. So, throw a party, break out the bug snacks, and sit down to watch the game.  Who knows, it might even be better than chips.

Edible Bugs Gift Pack, $40 @ThinkGeek

H/T Cool Material 


Make These Halloween Piñata Cookies


We love tricks, especially tricks that reveal more food within food. Take these Halloween Piñata Cookies for instance. Inspired by the original kaleidoscopic Cinco De Mayo cookies by Sandra Denneler, these October treats come in four silhouettes: coffins, ghosts, pumpkins and tombstones. When cracked open each cookie contains a mini surprise of either mini M&M’s or sugar ants (mmm edible crawlies).

Although, we suggest adding mini sour gummy worms inside — nothing like candied bugs crawling out of your sugar cookie to satisfy that craving. Or, for added realism, you can always fill them with you know, actual daddy long legs, adorable little maggots or petite termites. Ew, you say? We retort, stop being so squeamish and get into the Halloween spirit.


Get the full recipe at not martha.



Florida Man Dies After Bug-Eating Competition

Can eating bugs really kill a person?

A Florida man was pronounced dead shortly after participating and winning a bug-eating contest. Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach held a bug-eating competition in which the winner would take home the grand prize of a python.

Edward Archbold, a 32-year-old man from West Palm Beach, collapsed outside the store after winning the contest according to a statement released on Monday by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Of the 30 contestants competing for the python, Archbold was declared the winner. However, upon reaching the hospital, Archbold was pronounced dead. Michael Adams, a professor of entomology at the University of California at Riverside, explained that “unless the roaches were contaminated with some bacteria or other pathogens, I don’t think that cockroaches would be unsafe to eat.”

The bugs that were consumed were raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles.

via: AP Photo: Death and Taxes


Lunch Bugs Sandwich Bags

Do you work in an office filled with evil fridge-pirates? How often do you spend an hour making your favorite egg salad sandwich, just to have it swiped by some freeloader. We’ll put an end to that for good, with these reusable zip-to-lock storage sandwich bags. They have huge, creepy insects depicted on the plastic, bound to keep thieves at bay. Especially the ones that are scared of fake bugs. (24 for $5.95 @ Neatoshop)

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Tiny pies catapulted at tiny insects [VIDEO]

Apparently millimeters matter. Someone has built a tiny pie-launching trebuchet and aimed the results at tiny innocent insects. Absurd? Yes. But you would be lying if you said you weren’t intrigued at the concept. With pies measuring less than 5 mm being launched from a trebuchet that is no bigger than an average cellular phone, this amazing video captures every launch, splatter and sticky connection in beautifully captured slow-motion. A much watch for the human race:


Insect & Strawberry Cake

I almost threw up my lunch when I saw this picture! I try to be open minded with every foreign dish I come across, but this looks disgusting! You have your variety of insects that you could make a killer bug project on, mixed with strawberries and even more insects! O yeah… and theirs the cake! (Thx musikui)