Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chocolate Scorpion? Ugly Bugs Fly Offthe Shelves at Fortnum's

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chocolate Scorpion? Ugly Bugs Fly Offthe Shelves at Fortnum's

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

THEY may not be your typical hamper ingredient but edible spiders, scorpions and crickets are flying off the shelves at Fortnum & Mason.

Scorpions covered in chocolate, ovenbaked tarantulas, Thai curry crickets and giant hornet honey are some of the "delicacies" which shoppers have been snapping up, while supermarket Selfridges said sales of the creepy crawlies were increasing.

Jonathan Miller, food buyer for Fortnum's, said people enjoyed the "challenge" of eating the unusual items. "It is a challenge, and it is a way of treating someone," he said. "There is a pleasure in buying something, especially if the recipient may be a bit squeamish, and it is one of our best sellers."

The insects are provided by a company called Edible, whose aim, says 34-year-old founder Todd Dalton, is to "broaden the minds" of the British public.

All the products meet health and safety guidelines. He came up with the idea 10 years ago after travelling and eating traditional delicacies in places such as Thailand and Cambodia, where the eating of insects, called entomophagy, is common. …

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