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Insects in my Lollipop?
We're Just Not Used to Eatng Bugs in the West
What people consider tasteful food or disgusting food is culture related and I think also circumstance related.
Can you imagine today eating Tulip bulbs for dinner? I hear you say "are you crazy?" Nevertheless, lots of people, including my parents, ate them at the end of WW2, because there was nothing else to eat in the hunger winter of 1944, in which I was born.
Most of us grew up learning to see bugs and insects as nasty little critters and our taste buds have not been developed in that area. However in Thailand fried spider legs or crickets are considered a treat, a delicious snack.
In the Middle Ages it was very common to eat the chiterlings of pigs and even today they are still eaten in some communities and countries. I think by all the wealth we have in the West, we've become a bit spoiled as it comes to what we eat and do not eat.
Taste Can Change
I was about 16 years old when I went on vacation with my aunt, uncle and niece to Italy. First time I ate food that was prepared with Olive oil. It looked all great and delicious, so I took a bit of everything, but after the first bite I retched.
My uncle was one who wouldn't spill food so I had to eat it all and I threw up all night. I never forget that awful feeling. Today I use Olive oil for everything I have to bake and olives are one of my favorite snacks.
Scorpion, Worm or Criquet?..The Fear Factor Party Treat
If you're after a serious creepy lollipop for your fear factor party, then you've come to the right place. Scorpions, worms and ants aren't your usual ingredients for lollipops, but they are fantastic at Halloween. They're also a lot of fun to serve up at other times when people are least expecting it.
Hotlix is a company that is making these insect infected candies for 25 years. They are the original creators of edible insect candies and besides lollipops they have more candies with insects in them. They can also be found on Face book and Twitter.
At a reasonable price these insect infested lollipops also make great gift ideas. As a stocking stuffer for a teenage boy or girl it's sure to be a huge hit. The other thing is although you wouldn't normally think of eating scorpions and other creepy, crawly insects these ones have been bred to be entirely edible! They are real candy suckers with bugs.
Do You Think People Should Start Eating More Bugs And/Or Insects to Obtain Their Needed Protein in Stead of Expensive Meat?
Even Amazon Has Edible Insect Snacks
Surprise your Halloween party guests with edible insect snacks and make it a competion by letting them taste different snacks blindfolded and squeeze in some edible insect snacks.
I've been told that they're really delicious and why shouldn't they be. Fried Spider legs are a delicacy in Thailand, the Aboriginals ate/eat larves because they're full of protein.
I must stay I haven't tasted them myself, because it would be too costly to send them over to my country. I don't know it would even be allowed to import them.
About Eating Insects
Question: Why don't we eat insects?
Eating insects won't kill you. Lots of people in different countries eat insects and they're still alive. It all has to do with the way we have been raised. Why do people eat pigeons, but won't eat rats, there should be an equal amount of meat on both I think.
I must confess that I too am not standing in the frontline when it comes to eating insects, but on the other hand, people often told me they despise sheep meat, but found my dinner delicious when they didn't know it was sheep meat from my own Drenthe Heath Sheep they were eating. We have a saying in the Netherlands: What a farmer doesn't know, a farmer doesn't eat.
I Would Love to Hear Your Opinion on Eating Insects
Like I said, whether one likes or dislikes eating bugs and insects has to do in what cultural environment one is born in. I must confess that I myself never have tried eating them, never have met anyone who did. I don't eat cats or dogs either, but then....I know from my past, when we lived somewhere else in The Netherlands, we always got a letter in the mailbox at Christmas time, warning us to keep our cats indoors. The note warned too, that when we should buy hare or rabbit, to make sure it still had the head attached, because otherwise you would never know if it wasn't a cat you bought.
Voices come up to eat more insects and or bugs in order to obtain the protein we all need to stay healthy and less meat which is quite costly. I always wonder where and how the norm started that bugs and insects are considered non edible food. The aboriginals didn't die after eating the fat protein rich larva and neither did the people in Thailand (and other countries) where eating big spider legs and crickets is considered as normal as are chicken legs in the Western world.
© 2010 Titia Geertman
Are You Brave Enough to Eat an Insect Lollipop?
Ramona from Arkansas on November 26, 2013:
NO,NO, nooo!!! No way! I could never eat a bug or creepy worms. I'd rather survive off of nut's and grains. Your Lens is Awesome though.
skylander on July 17, 2013:
Very creepy indeed?
PaigSr from State of Confusion on May 12, 2013:
The ties looked like something I would add to my collection.
BuckHawkcenter on February 19, 2013:
I think I will stick with the gummy worm varieties. I'm vegetarian anyway so I think insects don't work in my diet. But, I still had a great time on your page and loved the fun stuff here!
victoriahaneveer on February 11, 2013:
I would like to try the scorpion one. People are too squeamish about trying new foods. Fabulous lens... blessed!!
sherioz on September 01, 2012:
I think I'll pass on these. I'm just glad I wasn't sitting here with any other snack or drink with me at this particular moment. Creepy!!! Disgusting!!! (Oh! That's the point.)
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on July 27, 2012:
I'm just back for a second look at your insect infested lollipops. With fear factor back on television I am sure that there will be more than a few folks having fear factor parties and looking for food to serve up then. Halloween is getting close too.
Wedding Mom on June 04, 2012:
Why not? You've got to try everything at least once, right?
JoshK47 on May 12, 2012:
Maybe... MAYBE... but they creep me out...
anonymous on April 28, 2012:
yeah but only one
anonymous on April 28, 2012:
um yea i guess
Aquavel on April 17, 2012:
No more! Many years ago I had a party and did serve chocolate covered ants. Because I was serving them to some friends without telling them what they were eating, I was made to eat a couple as a dare. Tasted a lot like chocolate covered Rice Crispies. Crunchy and chocolately. Once is enough. They tasted fine but I don't like the idea.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on March 25, 2012:
I really just could not eat one more bug thank you, but I am back to sparkle up this buggy article one more time, have a great week.
sweetstickyrainbo on February 02, 2012:
In Peru, they used frog for Viagra.
Inkhand on January 10, 2012:
Perfect for Halloween! Of course I wouldn't eat it, but I will give it to everyone else.
iPadGeek on December 16, 2011:
Ouch!! Never! I seriously hope they don't become a fad
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on October 04, 2011:
Yikes no. Somehow these bug infested candies just do not tempt my taste buds into trying one. They sure would make wonderful Halloween candies though.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 11, 2011:
These aren't for me. I'll take my lollipops plain.
WhiteOak50 on September 11, 2011:
Just wanted you to know that I have featured this page on my new: Icky Putrid Pudding Cups lens for a SquidBOO Challenge.
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on May 25, 2011:
This is a truly infested page; well done.
Jhangora LM on April 20, 2011:
I've had a few in South Korea. The fried ones taste OK.
Lou165 from Australia on April 20, 2011:
Great job on the lens - the worm ipad case gave me shivers - but I'd love to serve up some of these insect lollipops to a few friends :)
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on April 20, 2011:
OMG well this lens was enough to do me in. Uhg.
capriliz lm on September 08, 2010:
I am afraid that these seem too foreign and creepy to me!
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on September 01, 2010:
Love these lollipops!
bdkz on August 31, 2010:
Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!
SacredCynWear on August 30, 2010:
Great lens! I've seen the worm lolly and the scorpion lollipop here a lot! I live on the Mexican borer, which is all desert, so that is probably why they are not shocking here! They sell them at every Walgreens !