A tear of locust in your cocktail?

Insects may be the food of tomorrow. But for now, millions of people are still reluctant to eat a cricket or chocolate filled with mealworms. Now, no need to chew, insects drink! Developed by two American designers, Lucy Knops and Julia Plevin, Critter Bitters is a flavor of grilled locust, supposed to replace bitter in cocktails. It would bring a delicate sweet taste of hazelnut.

Before launching the marketing, the young women opened a crowdfunding campaign on the Kickstarter platform. For a contribution of $ 30 (about € 27), you can preorder a bottle of 11 cl, which must be delivered in May 2016. Starting from $ 1500 (€ 1366), you can even afford a tasting evening of Locust Bitterstroke punch for a group of up to 25 people in New York or San Francisco before the end of the year. Lucy and Julia see this precious liquid as a way to allow skeptics to overcome their psychological reluctance to entomophagy (insect-based food). And it is probably more easily exported than unprocessed animals, whose consumption is simply tolerated in France. Last weekend, the fast food chain Speed ​​Burger decided to sell burgers with crispy mealworms for Halloween. But the Maine-et-Loire Fraud Squad forced it to give up ...

If this information has made you hungry, find our subject in the first issue of Serengo, on newsstands since October 26th.

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