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(CNN) – A Maryland candy company sells chocolate-coated cicadas to celebrate the appearance of the noisy insects that have spent the past 17 years underground.
Chouquette Chocolates sells the cicadas – either dipped in milk or dark chocolate – online, but has also posted the recipe on their Facebook page for brave cooks looking for something to do with the beetles.
Billions of Brood X cicadas are emerging from their underground homes as temperatures warmer in the eastern United States. They’ll spend the last days of their lives mating and making a formidable bat while men work to attract women.
It is expected to be the largest emergence event since 2004.
The fresh cicadas are frozen, dipped briefly in boiling water, then coated with oil and spices, before being air-fried and dripped in chocolate according to the instruction video. The video showed containers of cinnamon and Old Bay (because Maryland) but the post said you should use any seasoning you like.
Sarah Dwyer, owner of Chouquette Chocolates, told CNN subsidiary WBAL that the end result tasted like chocolate-coated potato chips.
“It’s really crispy because we air fry it,” she said.
Dwyer also sells other cicada-themed chocolates that are insect-free for people who want to enjoy the bugs without eating them.
“I just thought the whole idea of having cicadas about every 17 years was fascinating,” she said.
Dwyer isn’t the only one serving cicadas.
Jerome Grant, a professor at the University of Tennessee, told CNN subsidiary WVLT that the bugs could be boiled or fried, and he cooked them in a pan and made street tacos.
According to Cicada Safari, an app developed by experts at Mount St. Joseph University to map the formation of Brood X, cicadas are low in fat, have a good balance of vitamins and are high in protein.
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