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Daym Drops Gives His ‘Super Official’ Take On Bugs [UNBOXED]

Daym Drops is a good friend of ours at Foodbeast, and is known for giving “Super Official” YouTube reviews about almost anything when it comes to fast food. He’s proclaimed KFC to have the world’s best flavored chicken and given hilarious reviews of items like the McSurf & Turf Burger.

So when Daym Drops came out to California for a bit, we decided to greet him in the craziest way possible: by feeding him bugs.

In the latest episode of “Unboxed,” our very own Elie Ayrouth and Daym came together to try a sampling of gourmet insect snacks. Bugs don’t sound like the tastiest things in the world to eat, but the team behind these insect delicacies knows what they’re doing.

The snacks that Elie and Daym tried are from Don Bugito, a small San Francisco-based company that makes snacks out of food-grade crickets and mealworms. Eating bugs, of course, usually comes with an ick factor that drives a lot of people away, but covering them with something like chocolate or spices to improve the flavor usually helps people out in trying these snacks.

If you’re down to try bugs, or just wanna see Daym Drops give some deep and hilarious thoughts on eating the critters, go ahead and watch the video. It won’t bug you out, trust me.

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Animals News Packaged Food Products

Crickets Bulk Up This Startup’s High-Protein Pasta

When you think about the future of food, one of the key topics of discussion is alternative sources of protein. One of the most hotly discussed alternative protein sources has been bugs. Culturally eaten around the world, they can easily be converted into high protein sources of food.

While not the most appetizing on their own, one startup in Nebraska is aiming to make bugs look and taste great by converting them into pasta.

Bugeater Foods, a small startup company based out of Lincoln, just received a $100,000 USDA grant to turn edible crickets into rice and pasta. Their goal is to make the rice and pasta tasty while still maintaining the high nutritional content that bugs provide.

Apart from being great sources of protein, bugs are also rich in nutrients like fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. By incorporating these into pasta, Bugeater Foods aims to create a nutrient-fortified product that any customer will enjoy, despite the fact that their products are made from insects.

If they are successful, the start-up will secure an additional $600,000 in funding from the USDA to commercialize their product and distribute it to grocery stores, marking a huge investment for a worthy cause in sustainable protein.

Currently, the company sells “Jump” chocolate cricket protein powders, which are available in local supermarkets and online.

As we look towards a future of alternative proteins, it’s important to look at bugs as a viable option. They are rich in nutrients and are much more sustainable than beef or chicken to produce.

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Pepsi’s CEO: Everyone Will Snack on Bugs in the Future

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Pepsico’s CEO Indra Nooyi has given her take on the future of snacking – and it involves bugs.

CNBC reported that Nooyi spoke at the New York Stock Exchange’s Net/Net event on the subject, saying that “the hottest thing is eating crickets” and that “bug-related stuff is big.”

Pepsico encompasses several food, snack, and beverage businesses, including Pepsi. They perform consumer research to help predict changes in trends annually. As consumers look for more affordable protein sources, crickets have become increasingly popular. Add that in with a shift to regular snacking, and cricket snacks seem to make sense for the future of food.

While the idea of consuming bugs may seem a little gross to some, Cricket snacks are readily available, and one company – Bitty Foods – has even started producing cookies made with cricket flour! (You can buy the flour to make your own as well).

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Photo: Huffington Post

Nooyi’s company has been looking at future trends to determine that bugs would be big in the next decade. “We have different people looking at different horizons, because if you believe in the ten year horizons and what we are seeing, some of the weirdest food and beverage habits are showing up,” she said at the Net/Net Summit.

Consuming bugs in the US has typically been reserved for TV entertainment. But bugs – and especially crickets – have been considered as alternative and sustainable sources of protein by those looking towards the future of food. If Indra Nooyi’s predictions hold true, we could be seeing a lot of insect-based snacks in stores in the future.

Considering she correctly predicted consumers’ aversion to junk food a decade ago, we should be paying attention to what she’s saying about bugs.

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Why Crickets Will Be A Part Of Normal Diets Sooner Than You Think

It’s no secret parts of the world are stricken with food shortages. In recent months food production in Venezuela made headlines as major corporations halted operations due to sugar shortages. Could this all be caused by government corruption — or could just be a sign of the times?

Either way, some people are looking for ways to incorporate more sustainable food production practices. While some want to stick with organic crops and self-farming, others are trying to farm and eat insects.

Crickets to be exact.

Thanks to Wired.com, we get a glimpse of what it might take to produce cricket based flour and other cricket-based food products that might not sound as appetizing as the food we are used to — but could serve as a starting point for more forward thinking food production methods.

As population and consumption rates continue to increase, more alternatives will be needed or famine and droughts will continue to lead to food shortages.

If you need to eat bugs, eat bugs!

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Kickstarter For CRICKET-Based Cocktail Bitters Now Fully Funded

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The right choice in bitters can make or break a cocktail. While not a critical component, bitters are used to add another level of flavor to your drinks. Most bitters are made from seeds, bark, herbs, roots or flowers. Critter Bitters, however, is made from something with a little more of a kick.

As you can guess from the name, Critter Bitters is most definitely made from insects. Crickets, to be exact. The crickets are toasted to create a sweet and nutty note to your drinks.

Insects are said to be a great source of protein that only needs a fraction of the water, land and food it takes to maintain livestock. The creators of the buggy product believe it’s a viable solution for preventing food shortage.

As of publication, the Kickstarter page has raised $22,165 of it’s $21,000 goal with six days still remaining. Guess folks are more than excited to spice up their drinks with cricket juice.

Since the goal has been reached, you can expect to find Critter Bitters available for purchase by next year.

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Gratuitous Food Porn: Insect Edition

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Andrew Zimmern pops them like candy and they have an entire cookbook designed around them but they’re considered taboo for modern day consumption. We’re talking insects. Yes, those creepy crawlies out in your backyard are indeed edible but chances are after the age of five you stopped trying to eat them willingly. Insects are actually eaten pretty frequently around the world but here in the US we get freaked out at the idea. There’s a high nutritional value to these little buggers but the only time we ever see these pests is at the bottom of a tequila bottle or immortalized in a lollipop. Besides gag gifts, insects can actually be transformed into some odd yet palatable dishes.

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Three Bee Salad

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Insect Sushi

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Via: Tony McNicol

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Fried Grasshoppers

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Via: Green Prophet

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Sheesh Kabobs

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Fried Scorpion on a Stick

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Via: Village Joy

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Chocolate Covered Crickets

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Via: Cafe Mom

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Deep Fried Tarantula Spider

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Ginger Dusted Beetle

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Via: Good Food Revolution

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Mealworm and Pigeon Burger

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Via: The Independent

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Locust Pizza

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Via: ABC Net AU

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Insect Chocolates

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Honey Spiced Locusts

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Recipe: Inn at the Crossroads

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Escamoles a.k.a. Ant Eggs

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Via: I Bizarre Foods

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Banana Worm Bread

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Recipe: The Guardian

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Crunchy Cricket Stir Fry

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Recipe: The New Protein Blog

 

Header image via National Geographic

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Sweets

French Chocolate Maker Garnishes Confections with Gold-Dusted Crickets

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Imagine it’s Valentines Day and you want to get your significant other something special. Or maybe it’s one of those lazy Friday nights where you curl up on the couch and watch bad movies while munching on chocolate.

Well, thanks to French Chocolate Maker Sylvian Musquar, your average chocolate experience has been upgraded. Musquar, who seems to be giving Willy Wonka a run for his money, is selling chocolates topped with gold-dusted crickets and worms for  €22 (~$30 US). I know, sounds tasty right? Considering that insects are a sustainable and healthy source of protein, if you’ve got some cash to kill, I can’t think of a better way to do it.

PicThx Sylvain Musquar