(New Orleans, La.) - Visitors to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will enjoy sugary surprises created by executive bug chefs to celebrate Chocolate Covered Insect Day, Saturday, October 11. Guests will be able to dip edible critters in a fountain overflowing with rich melted chocolate.
"We're happy we can offer this unique opportunity to guests," says Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium Director of Animals and Visitor Programs Jayme Necaise. "People may not realize this, but the FDA allows 60 or more microscopic insect fragments for each 100 grams of chocolate - so it's not a huge leap to just go ahead and add the whole bug! Besides, bugs are good for you - they are surprisingly nutritious and a major food source for many people across the globe."
Bug Appétit is located in the back of Tiny Termite Café at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. It offers visitors a chance to taste insect cuisine in many forms - from chocolate "chirp" cookies to six-legged salsa and crispy Cajun crickets. Visitors searching for more traditional fare will find it in Tiny Termite Café as well - minus the six-legged ingredients, of course.
The tastings are included with Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium admission (while supplies last).
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Tickets to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium are $16.50 for adults, $12.00 for children and $13.00 for seniors. Admission is free for Audubon Nature Institute members. Prices are subject to change. Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting AudubonInstitute.org or at any Audubon Nature Institute attraction. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located at 423 Canal Street in downtown New Orleans in the U.S. Custom House.