New insect food trend is not for faint of heart

For some most people, finding bugs in your food is absolutely revolting.

But other people may go out of their ways to eat insects, a delicacy in many countries. Chapulines, or grasshoppers, are eaten in many areas of Mexico. Fried crickets, worms and water bugs are widely enjoyed in Thailand, while scorpions are authentic in China.

But over the years, this "yummy" insect trend has been making its way to the United States. Many authentic restaurants already incorporate bugs into their menus. But other companies are hopping aboard this creepy crawler train by creating common foods out of bugs.

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Grasshopper tacos?! 🌮🌮🌮 #chapulines #insiderfood @toloachenyc
Spicy Bugitos in the process! Made in small batches! #healthysnacking #donbugito #sustainable #futurefood #crunchy #proteinpacked #toasted
The proverbial "worm" in the bottle of tequila (actually #mezcal) #EdibleInsects
#chapulines #chapulinesoaxaqueños #lacartadeoaxaca #ballard #seattle #pnw #mexicandelicacy #antojitosmexicanos #antojitosoaxaqueños thanks @lacartadeoaxaca for the treat.
So much food-fan-girling right now courtesy of the @newmansownfdn and their post of our Chirps!
mealwormprotein noodles 🙌🏼♻️🍝💪🏼 #insectfood #selfmade #futurefood #protein - would YOU try? :)
Insecten proeven op de #gezondheidsbeurs 😃 beetje griezelen, maar de #meelwormen waren goed te doen! #insectfood
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That's something I had to try for sure on my trip to China. TASTELESS but still worth a try..!! #China #Creepy #Bugs #ExtremeFood #Bugged #insectfood #WorthIt #notdoingitagain #travelchina #TRAVELLING #Foodie #FoodPorn #Travel
1: Start eating insects #today with the #dinner and 🐞Use the code "instabug" for 10% discount on your next purchase on www.insektenessen.at 😋 #everybody #taste #insectfood #insectstofeedtheworld #nofear #sustainableeating #thinkbig #eatsmall #eatinsects #entomophagy #edibleinsects #insects #food #sustainable #healthy #protein #delicious #culinaryexperience #foodinnovation #europe #austria #igersaustria #vienna #1000thingsinvienna #startup #foodstagram #instafood #amazing
3/3 ひなまつりメニュー🎎 【虫チラシ寿司〜ラフランスの香りを添えて】 15食限定 800円 ひし餅をイメージして、グリーンの大葉/ピンクの桜でんぶ/黄色の錦糸卵 を菱形◇の酢飯にサンド。 上にはハチノコを散らしました。🐝 主役はまさに翔び立とうとしているビックなタガメ!つぶらな瞳がカワイイですね。 ラフランスの香りをお楽しみください🍐 明日だけのスペシャルメニューです! #ひなまつり #ちらし寿司 #虫ちらし寿司 #ひなまつりごはん #ひし餅 #タガメ #昆虫食 #米とサーカス #insectfood #hinamatsuri #washoku #japanesefood #sushi #takadanobaba #tokyo
Päivän subi. #ötökät #hyönteiskokki #hyönteiset #bugs #insectagram #insectfood #entochef #entomophagy #crickets #achetadomesticus #sub #kale #raddish #cabbage #mayo
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Take Chirps Chips, for example, a company out of San Francisco started by three Harvard grads. Using cricket flour, the company, which was featured on Shark Tank, sells chips made out of cricket flour.

Likewise, Bitty Foods saw the potential of protein-filled cricket flour, while Next Millennium Farms is the go-to for oven-roasted mealworms and crickets -- yum!

We're all about "don't knock it 'til you try it", but this trend really bugs us.

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