February 18, 2010

Rustle Up Some Grub (or maybe a beetle?)

Japan has giant rhinoceros beetles known as kabuto-mushi. The Japanese don’t fear these noble insects like spazzy Americans might. 

Instead, they admire the beetles’ size and courage, and many kids keep them as pets. In honor of them, a Japanese candy company even makes candies based on the grub and beetle forms of the bug.

So why eat them? Well, first, unlike the previous post, you’re not actually eating the beetle. It’s just a cake or candy that looks like one! 

A writer described it this way: “The beetles are cake enrobed in a rich dark chocolate, with chocolate-dipped fruit slices used for thin parts like legs and horns. The larvae are milk chocolate with crisped rice mixed in, kind of like a Nestlé Crunch bar, if a Nestlé Crunch bar looked like something out of ‘Alien.’”

Ooh, a yummy alien? I want one!
CNN story here.

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