Our fear of trying something like that in the 'west' is due to our culture; most of us are detached from nature, it's external to our lives and serves more as a pretty background than something we harness and interact with for our own benefit. We rely on farmers for crops and animal products, but supermarkets act as 'middlemen' which mean we don't see the harvesting or slaughtering, we simply see the end product, neatly packed with cooking instructions on the back. This underexposure to the reality of the world, coupled with the perpetuated notion that all insects are gross, throw in a sprinkle of fear of the unknown, and you have the majority of the population squirming at the concept of eating a chocolate-covered-cricket.
look here it is only LEGAL for the FDA to allow a certain amount of bug particulates in chocolate and it doesn't appy to all chocolate brands. you have to think about how much bug particals we inhale on a daily basis . i mean in this world any more breathing fresh air is slowly killing us... no one said eating bug particals would kill us. NOT YET anyway... so what if there is insect pieces in your chocolate do you remeber all the things you ate wen you were a child..as the mother of a ninemonths old the things he puts in his mouth are disgustings. OH and people eat MUSHROOMS everyday knowing that mushroom are comonly found on trees and cow shit...i work in the food industry and as much as you SCRUB a mushroom you NEVER EVER get off all the dirt..((BUGS)) so for the people who will begin to boycot all brands of chocolate realize how stupid you sound please get over your self a ninsect wont kill you( atleast most of them )
The days of our busy lives seem to fly by, and, before you know it, it's October 14th, National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day. There's no reason to panic or go buggy. If your gift list for this holiday is as long as your arm, then you might want to think about making these sweet, high-protein goodies yourself to save money and time pounding the pavement or wandering the Internet. Your friends and loved ones will know you care when you present them with an artfully arranged selection of carefully hand-dipped crickets, grasshoppers, ants or mealworms.
Did you know that the average chocolate bar in the U.S. contains at least 8 pieces of an insect in it? Harvesting of the cacao beans occurs in the tropical countries of South America with low sanitation levels. Cacao tree beans are cut and piled in the farmer's field where they ferment for 6 days. During this process, children and adults walk over the piles; insects, rodents, small animals and other living things that make their nests in the piles. Actually the The U. S. Department of Health publishes a book entitled The Food Defect Action Levels in which they list unavoidable defects in food (insect, rodents etc.) all allowed by FDA. Posted by: Jordan Pertus