Cicada Ice Cream No Longer for Sale in Columbia
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This week the city's health department advised the ice cream retailer to hold off on a second batch of the dessert that included cicadas covered in brown sugar and chocolate. Like much of Missouri, Columbia is swarming with the arrival of the 13-year cicada.
And while Sparky's did boil the bugs before adding them to the ice cream, health officials say the city's food code has no information on how to safely prepare insects for consumption. Sparky's now has a sign on the door informing customers to come back for the cicada ice cream again -- in 2024.