Chocolate-covered bugs served up at insect museum

Oct 11, 2014 11:09 AM by News Staff

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The menu includes crickets and wax worms on toothpick skewers for dipping in a fountain of melted chocolate, along with "tarsal toffee" made with bug legs and mealworms and fudge infused with crickets and marshmallows.

What looks like a Halloween trick is actually an array of treats being served up Saturday at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans.

The 23,000-square-foot facility is the largest free-standing museum in the United States dedicated to insects. It houses thousands of live bugs.

Insect-infused cuisine is also a huge draw. Thousands annually visit the museum's Bug Appetit kitchen, where six-legged critters and worms are cooked.

Chocolate-infused fare is being offered as a special "treat" Saturday with the museum's year-round offerings of chocolate "chirp" cookies, sugared wax worms and spicy Cajun crickets.

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