Chocolate made from insect flour? No I haven’t gone mad. I am just on a strange insect eating journey and thought I would share it with you.
In 2009 I lived in New Zealand and we attended the Wildfoods Festival, in Hokitika. A festival that exhibits an assortment of crazy and creative foods. Festival-goers have the opportunity to try wierd and wonderful foods. Including, but not limited to, crocodile bites, chicken feet, grasshoppers, colostrum cheesecake, mountain oysters and the infamous stallion protein shots.
Having eaten buffalo worms and huhu grubs my interest in the growing insect market was born. With some research I discovered Wholi Foods, a small start up from Denmark. They create deliciously daring chocolates powered by the most nutritious and sustainable food source available: edible insects.
These chocolates are made with organic and all-natural medjool dates, roasted nuts and seeds. There are three variations: Chili, Chocolate & Cricket Flour, Chocolate with crunchy Peanut Butter and Buffalo Worm Flour and Chocolate, Peppermint and Cricket Flour.
Can you believe it but these chocolates are high in protein, vitamins and minerals, are gluten free and free from lactose and refined sugar? ! What is not to like?!
The chocolates are made with sustainable sourced insects from certified European farms under strict regulations for safety and animal welfare.
The insects are free of any antibiotics, pesticides or chemicals. Is it just me or does this sound pretty great!?
Did you know that insects are an exceptionally nutritious and healthy food source, rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, fibre and minerals. One fascinating fact is that insects have all the nutritional benefits of eating rye bread, beef and fish!
Eating insects offers a viable solution to the global food crisis. Insects are highly efficient at converting feed into protein, have rapid growth and reproduction rates and require very little water, land and space for production.
Is it just me that finds this fascinating?
What do insects taste like?
Insects come in all sorts of sizes, colours and flavours. Buffalo worms have an aroma of peanuts and fried crickets taste a bit like popcorn, and they have a lot of umami.
Other types of insects typically taste quite neutral, resembling the taste of what they eat, typically vegetables.
STILL not convinced? Well did you know that it is estimated that more than 2 billion people around the world enjoy insects on a regular basis. Not forgetting that in ancient Greece, cicadas were considered a luxury snack, while the Romans preferred beetle larvae.
Try them here. Challenge your friends.
Be surprised how delicious a chocolate made from insect flour can be!