According to the company’s “Viral Cicada Update,” it has been “inundated with orders” for their freshly frozen, spiced, air fried, then chocolate-coated Brood Xers.
Sound like your cup o’ tea – er, grub? Humans are nothing if not adaptable, so with an estimated trillions of Brood X cicadas popping out of the ground over the summer of , we might as well learn how to live with them. And what better way than to coat the little buggers in chocolate and eat them?
This has been ChouQuette Chocolates & Confections answer, and it’s a brilliant marketing ploy. There’s no gimmick or “trick” at play here, however. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company is 100% collecting local cicadas, freezing them, then spicing them for an air fry before coating them with chocolate to be served to the public. Yes, they shared their recipe, which you can find in full below. And yes, it does sound pretty damn good!
As part of their aforementioned “Viral Cicada Update,” though, ChouQuette warns customers that they are “happily inundated with orders,” noting a “3-5 day” wait.
“THANK YOU FOR FINDING CHOUQUETTE!” the site announces in all caps via their newfound fame. “WE DO NOT HAVE CHOCOLATE COVERED CICADAS FOR IMMEDIATE PICK UP. IT TAKE ABOUT 3-5 DAYS TO MOVE TO THE TOP OF THE LIST!”
“PLEASE BEAR WITH US,” they ask, before noting they are “GATHERING, PREPARING AND PACKING CICADAS AS FAST AS WE CAN!”
What a time to be alive!
Chocolate-Covered Cicadas: After 2020, Why Not?
The candy shop, which was first reported on by FOX 5 in Washington, D.C., shared their seven-step cicada recipe earlier this month.
Per ChouQuette’s instructions, one must first “collect” cicadas. They are, after all, according to 2021’s scientists, safe to eat! While they do not mention that said Brood Xers should be live cicadas, allow this wildlife tech to stress that any cicada collected to be cooked and eaten needs to be living when harvested. Dead insects are troves for parasites, bacteria, and nasty things you do not want to eat. From there, though, it’s all smooth sailing:
- Collect your [live] cicadas, placing them in a jar
- Freeze cicadas in the jar (mason jars typically hold up well for this process)
- Boil for 10 seconds
- Sprinkle with oil & spice of your choice
- Air fry for 10 minutes
- Let cool, then coat cicadas in chocolate
As for how the insect “treats” actually taste, well, the jury is out. ChouQuette Chocolates & Confections representatives have yet to respond to major trade’s request for comment.
If you’re still bugged (see what we did there?) by the thought of chocolate-covered cicadas, though, don’t be. Because the other option is flying, psychedelic fungus-wielding zombie salt-shakers of death. You read that right.