Cicada Ice Cream No Longer for Sale in Columbia

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You know you wanna eat me.
Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia, Missouri, sold out of its first batch of cicada ice cream last week before it officially went on sale. Alas, the first batch was also last.

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.

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Mike N.
Mike N.

You know what's funny, KTRS keeps reporting this story as a Columbia Illionois shop...

David Roland
David Roland

So people can be prevented from buying and selling a product with no demonstrated harm simply because city health officials are ignorant?

Mike Bellman
Mike Bellman

My friends and I wanted to get together for the communal gross-out or dare-ya fun. That wasn't the original story. They said coming Thursday, 6-2-11 "We've got ice cream", then said that they had "sold out" Thursday morning. Sparky's received another news piece where they described the frenzied customers on Wednesday night (a fabrication apparently, since they didn’t really sell it).  Sparky's went on to say they were preparing another 'batch' for Saturday or Sunday. Which if true means they either (1) hadn't yet contact the health dept. or (2) Indeed contacted the health dept. and were stringing people along for the "gross-out”/interest factor.   The story citing the Health Department's meetup didn't surface until Monday, 6-6-11. While I don't doubt the Health Department's claim, this whole series of events stinks of cover-up. I really don't understand it. Is Sparky's some fixture of the community besides an ice cream store, which commands deference to a series of conflicting stories?   This last "Health Department" story has grown a lot more than 6 legs and is now being reported across the state and all over the 'Web'. Great job on the publicity, Sparky's, but bullcrap is still bull.   

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