Photo source: Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream
I thought that headline might get your attention. Seriously, though, cicadas promise to be overwhelming this summer. And, they are an edible insect. Creating recipes and showcasing fun ways to eat cicadas has been trending on Tik Tok. It has been so popular that earlier this month the FDA felt it was necessary to tweet this statement:
“We have to say it. Don’t eat #cicadas if you’re allergic to seafood, as these insects share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters.”
Pictured here is a cicada ice cream sundae made by Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream in Arlington, Virginia. It is made with one scoop each of chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and cafe au lait ice cream. This gets topped with chocolate sprinkles, two red candy eyes and waffle cone wings. The shop cautions that you should “consume it before it consumes you.” Important to note, it does not contain any cicadas, not even a sprinkling of chocolate-covered, crispy wings!
What is trending are dairy proteins, which are described by Innova Market Insights as the unsung heroes of global innovation. Research shows that the range of products powered with dairy protein ingredients continues to climb, providing plentiful choice to consume dairy-based products in new and exciting ways.