Belfast Telegraph

Cool it, bug ice cream seller told

A public health official in the US state of Missouri has asked an ice cream shop to cool it with the cicada ice cream, even though customers apparently can't get enough of it.

Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream sold out of its only batch of the insect-filled dessert within hours of its debut.

Employees collected the cicadas in their backyards and removed most of the dead bugs' wings. They then boiled the bountiful bugs and covered them in brown sugar and milk chocolate. The base ice cream is brown sugar and butter flavour.

Gerry Worley, an environmental health chief with the Columbia County Department of Public Health, said the agency's food code "doesn't directly address cicadas" and that he has advised against their use as an ingredient.

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