We’ve had cockroach milk, grasshopper pasta, and insect vending machines. Now, meet the latest bug-based culinary delight to go viral – cricket bread!
A bakery in Finland is making loaves formed from crushed crickets, and despite turning stomachs online, the company swear it’s “delicious.”
Fazer Bakery’s new loaves contain roughly seventy dried crickets, which are ground into the flour.
The bakery imports the unique ingredient from the Netherlands, with the completed recipe offering more protein than “normal” varities.
Finland recently dropped its ban on the sale of insects as a food ingredient, allowing Fazer to start selling batches of its one-of-a-kind loaves.
In a statement, Markus Hellstrom, CEO of Fazer Bakery, said: “The crickets are in the form of flour and they have been ground as a whole cricket and then made into dough and then baked to a very delicious product.
While he told Cision: “We wanted to be in the forefront of food revolution. We want to boost growth in the bread category with hand-made artisanal bread, also in the future.
“In the Fazer in-store bakeries, we can easily bake and test different kinds of novelties. The first-in-the-world Fazer Cricket Bread is a great example of this.”
Despite the grossed-out reaction to the new product on social media, in which one Twitter user described the idea as “disgusting,” eating insects is actually fairly common outside of the Western Hemisphere.
Roughly two billion people around the globe eat insects, including China, Thailand, Japan, and Australia, as they are a good source of vitamin B12, calcium, iron and fatty acids.
Still, many people took to the web to make their feelings on the subject known.
January 17, 2019
I live in Finland and it has betrayed me— Firestar (@FirestarTheFire) January 17, 2019
January 17, 2019
Holy moly— Tareq (@Tareq77495861) January 17, 2019
Each to their own, we guess!