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Kicker - Chocolate-dipped cicadas

WORLD Radio - Kicker - Chocolate-dipped cicadas

Turns out the chirping bugs make a satisfying, crunchy snack

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MARY REICHARD, HOST: Well, Myrna, you and I are old hands in the kitchen. And we know to use up whatever’s on hand to feed the family.

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Yep! French toast is a great way to use up stale bread.

REICHARD: It is! But get this: a sweets chef in Maryland is really thinking outside the kitchen. You’ve heard of the cicadas coming out of the ground after 17 years?

BROWN: Don’t like where this is going.

REICHARD: Well, you like chocolate, right? Up in Bethesda, Sarah Dwyer is serving up cicadas dipped in chocolate! She shared her secret recipe with WBAL-TV.

DWYER: It’s really crunchy because we air fry them, So we clean them first, then we air fry them, then we dip them in chocolate, and you can sprinkle whatever spice you want on top!

Whatever you want! Dwyer definitely has the entrepreneurial gene. Last year, she created something special as a nod to the coronavirus.

DWYER: So last year our bestseller were Dr. Fauci chocolates. And this year, it’s cicadas!

She’s got a knack for what sells. Like, 300 boxes a day!

DWYER: It’s really a lot like a chocolate-covered potato chip!

BROWN: I’ll have to take your word for it.

REICHARD: It’s The World and Everything in It.

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