A twist on Halloween treats—try eating insects!

Posted on October 27th, 2009 by .

Kids love candy any time of the year, especially at Halloween. If you’re in Montreal, why not try something new this year? Head down to the Insectarium and check out some original trick-or-treats for your little monsters. No, we’re not talking about ‘gummy worms’ here, but real snacks made from insects.

Packed full of protein, but not as sweet as traditional treats, check out my taste-test of various snacks and bonbons made from bugs available at the gift shop at the Montreal Insectarium.


So, should we give out something different this year? Some candied creepy crawlers to freak out unsuspecting trick-or-treaters? I think more than a couple kids would be surprised to find insects instead of candy in their Halloween haul. Annie from the Insectarium told me that in general, many people are intrigued by these unusual treats, and that more than 20% of people who come in the gift shop end up leaving with a box of bugs. Maybe people are braver or more adventurous than I thought!

Tempted to try something unusual? Many flavours are available. For example, for darkling beetles, there’s a choice between Mexican spices or salt and vinegar. If crickets are more your thing, you’ve got a choice between BBQ flavour or bacon and cheddar to liven up your taste buds.

Ah yes, and while you’re there, check out the Insectarium gift shop and see some live critters in action. It’s a fascinating museum and although insect snacks may not be your cup of tea, don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

Montreal Insectarium
4581 Sherbrooke East, Montreal, QC H1X 2B2, (514) 872-1400

Open from Tuesday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1 box of candied insects is $4
1 lollipop is $3 or 2 for $5

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