Our son asked for chocolate covered crickets for Halloween. I have
never made chocolate candy of any description before, so I had to do
a bit of research and experimenting. I thought about adding nuts or
raisins to the mixture, but decided against the nuts as some people
have allergies to peanuts. The resulting candy was close to the description
of a health food - low in fat, vitamins and calcium fortified, high
Freeze dried crickets - they can be found in pet stores that have food
for reptiles (and they are usually vitamin and calcium fortified!)
Freeze dried meal worms - they add a slightly nutty flavor
semi-sweet chocolate morsels or chocolate for candy making
1 1/2 - 2 quart microwave safe dish (corning ware or Pyrex work well)
Pour 2 cups of the chocolate bits or morsels into the microwave safe
Microwave for 1-2 minutes or until it begins to look soft. Stir with
Continue heating for 30 seconds or so at a time until chocolate is all
melted and easily stirred with the fork
While waiting for the chocolate to melt, line a cookie sheet with wax
Once the chocolate reaches the desired consistency - rather like thick
honey - Add 1 - 2 tablespoons of meal worms and stir well.
Balance a cricket on the fork and scoop it through the liquefied chocolate
then drop it on to the sheet of wax paper.
Once the sheet is full of dropped candy, place the cookie sheet into
the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes.
Then remove, and wrap each candy in wax paper, or whatever is easy for
you. (It comes off the wax paper quite easily once the chocolate is
Yield: Approximately 5 dozen candies
-We found it easiest to wrap in wax paper, staple it closed and then
pack in a tin can for shipping.
-I also tried making the candy in a plastic candy mold in the shape
of spiders, but this method used much more chocolate and was slower.
-If you do not have a microwave oven, the chocolate can be melted in
a double boiler over a medium heat.
-If you use semi-sweet chocolate and leave out the meal worms, then
it will even be Kosher - crickets, locusts and grasshoppers are all
considered to be Kosher food!
If I remember correctly . . .
Our son almost got fried when an unsuspecting mid got upset and ranted
on about nut allergies - I had left out the nuts but forgot to tell
him. One of his upper class company officers thought they were "outstanding"
and that was all the feedback he got. Everyone was overjoyed at the
idea of getting something "home made". When he ran out of
those chocolate "delicacies" he had home made pralines we
sent in a tin that were not individually wrapped. He had many more "suspicious"
responses to the unwrapped and "safe" pralines than the wrapped
bugged candy. He said that someone threatened to kill him and his room
mate for the next week but a firstie "took care of it so he didn't
get creamed, but still . . . " The upper classman who liked it
was dubbed "crazy", as in "but he's crazy". When
someone else did this a year or so before, the feedback was the crickets
tasted a bit like crisp rice noodles. Our gecko likes them so they can't
be too bad.
total calories 1277
1lb4oz can crushed pineapple in syrup(drain and reserve fluid)
3/4c pineapple liquid
dash of salt
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2pt heavy cream
8oz cottage cheese
Sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 of juice until dissolved. heat sugar,salt,1/4c
liquid then mix with gelatin mix. Chill until thick- beat until frothy.
Whip cream-set aside. Mix cottage cheese with frothy mix and fold in
John USNA '97
Cook on top of stove
3c evaporated milk
3c regular rice (not instant)
1-2c sugar to taste
1 yolk at the end.
FRESH orange rind -dry is no good
John USNA '97