Sunday, January 27, 2008


CHOCOLARVAE


Over the years I've dug up a number of these large pale creatures in my garden - larvae of the kabutomushi - but needless to say the thought never entered my mind that one day those shrimp-sized grubs would be available in gourmet chocolate form... I've also mentioned herein the hefty wood beetle larvae I find that are a countryside delicacy and are also now available in creative chocolate, though neither mode of grub appeals to me personally, even in the colorful variety.

It's no surprise though that these chocoversions of the larvae are a such a hit in Japan. Originally created by the sweetsmaker Komatsuya (who seem to be focusing on the offbeat: they also offer a durian ice cream bar!) [in Japanese, but click on blurred images for further clear images] as a sort of souvenir for a local insect festival (a common event in Japan, where kids have insect pets, the rhinoceros beetle being a favorite), the larvae sold out so fast that they made more... and never stopped, refining as they went, until now the star larva has an ectoderm of white chocolate, a body of chocolate and corn flakes, legs of dried squid and an orange peel mouth, and now that they're selling even more like hotgrubs online, if you order them in the delight of fright ("they're scary but I want one!") you'll have to wait 3 to 4 months to get your tasty pupal snack.

5 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

Reminds me of when I was a kid and the guys would get chocolate covered ants and only eat them when there were girls or adults around to gross us out. I'm a chocoholic but I think I'd have to pass on these.

Bob Brady said...

I'd eat one of these, I think, If I had it in my hand right now, perhaps, and if they didn't look as much like the real things as they do in the photos; besides I'd have to remove the dried squid. But I'm not waiting 3 to 4 months to spend 1 thousand yen and maybe get grossed. Pass the Milk Duds, please.

Winston said...

And people think we Southerners are strange for eating boiled okra, grits, and crawfish tails...

Anonymous said...

Or, in my case as a very young child, pickled pigs feet!

Tabor

Joy Des Jardins said...

Nope, nada, no way....I just can't get past the 'they were once crawling' part. I don't care what pretty colors they make them. They ruined some perfectly good chocolate...