The $4.50 energy bar creeping onto supermarket shelves: Shoppers can now buy chocolate treats made from edible CRICKETS
- An Australian company has created a range of energy bars made from crickets
- The treats come in three flavours: choc mint, cacao fudge and banoffee pie
- The unique health snacks are protein-packed and are dairy and gluten-free
- IGA has become the first Australian supermarket to sell the edible insect range
Health food bars made from ‘organic crickets’ have started creeping onto supermarket shelves across Australia.
The health-food snacks, created by Byron Bay-based company Grilo, are made from specially grown edible crickets which have been grounded into a fine powder.
While the idea of eating insects might not appeal to all, the unique treats are available in three flavours: choc mint, cacao fudge and banoffee pie.
Priced at $17.99 for a box of four 45g bars or $4.49 each, the gluten and dairy-free bars are high in protein and come with a range of vitamins, fibre and minerals.
Cricket energy bars (pictured) are now available at Australian supermarkets and come in three flavours; choc mint, banoffee pie and cacao fudge
According to information on Grilo’s site, crickets are a far more sustainable form of protein than animals reared on farms for human consumption.
This is backed by a 2013 UN report which shows insects emit fewer greenhouse gases and less ammonia than cattle or pigs, and require significantly less land and water than cattle rearing.
The figures also show a single cricket is comprised of 70 per cent protein. This is more than double that of chicken at 29 per cent and cows at 26 per cent.
Crickets, as a food source, also comes with Omega 3 for healthy brain and nerve function, potassium, vitamin B12, iron and calcium.
Crickets, as a food source, come with Omega 3, for healthy brain and nerve function, potassium, vitamin B12, iron and calcium.
It’s worth noting the bars themselves aren’t made solely from ground-up crickets.
They come with nuts, dates and seeds and according to consumer watchdog Choice taste testers ‘have a moist, sticky texture and a pleasant-enough flavour’.
The manufacturers of the bars explain in the interests of health and safety, the crickets are sourced from an organic farm in Canada where they’ve been cultivated for consumption.
Crickets used in the bars are sourced from an organic farm in Canada where they’ve been cultivated for consumption
‘They [the crickets] are ground into a powder in Canada and packed here in Byron Bay, Australia.’
In a bid to make the consumption of crickets more accessible, IGA has become the first Australian supermarket to sell the edible insect range.
As well as offering the energy bars, the outlet has also made protein powders and whole roasted insects available.