This San Francisco Ice Cream Shop Has a Yucky, Crunchy Secret

Creepy, crawly ghouls and bugs are a big part of Halloween, but one San Francisco ice cream place is taking things a step further. For Halloween, Salt and Straw is adding real bugs to their ice cream.

The local chain is known for its innovative ice cream flavors, featuring things like foraged berries, goat cheese, and other strange additions to ice cream flavors in the past.

Although they have normal flavors like vanilla, the chain also rotates in unique flavors tailored to the season. This year, for their Halloween menu, Salt and Straw is adding a particularly strange addition—a flavor featuring real bugs; specifically edible chocolate-covered crickets and toffee brittle mealworms from Don Bugitos.

Personally, I visited the San Ramon, California location of Salt and Straw and saw this item on the menu. I didn’t believe the bugs could be real, but I asked the store associate and they confirmed that, in fact, the ice cream contains actual bugs.

Your reaction to this probably depends on your culture. In some cultures, eating insects is perfectly normal. Bugs can be an excellent source of protein in places where raising animals is prohibitively expensive, which is likely what Salt and Straw is going for here.

Bugs have a lower climate impact than other meat animals, so the chain is likely promoting the eating of insects as an environmental move.

Would you try it? Leave a reply below and let us know.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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