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5 places to eat crickets and other insects in Toronto

Insects don't appear on too many menus in Toronto. But some think we should be eating more of these creepy-crawly critters. Just watch Marcel Dicke's popular TED Talk if you need some motivation. Bugs are not only high in protein, but they're also a sustainable food source. And lucky for us, some local eateries are now incorporating insects into delicious-looking dishes.

Here are 5 places to eat insects in Toronto.

Summerhill Market
For a seemingly innocuous high-end supermarket, Summerhill Market made headlines after it started offering sweet treats - such as peanut butter protein balls and mint-flavoured cricket pie - made with bugs. Thanks to Entomo Farms in Norwood, Ontario, this Toronto grocery store also sells items such as mealworm flour, so you can get creative with edible insects at home.

Sugar Mountain
This nostalgia-inducing shop at Yonge and Eglinton won't only give you a sugar rush; it'll also supply you with an arsenal of protein-filled treats such as chocolate-covered insects, scorpion-filled lollipops, and tequila lollipops that come with the worm.

Death In Venice Gelato
This local gelato company doesn't have its own storefront, but you can buy its products at Constantinople Bakery on Queen West. And when you do, you'll find flavours such as caramelized white chocolate, peanut butter & toasted croissant, and chocolate, crisp cricket & meal worm.

El Catrin
The Distillery District's El Catrin is a date-night destination. And, it's also the perfect place to play your own personal Fear Factor. Simply add crickets to your order of guacamole and let the games begin.

Cookie Martinez
For comforting Colombian street food, head to Cookie Martinez at Dundas and Bathurst. Or get Cookie's food delivered to your door. Both options let you order items like cricket empanadas and crittle (cricket brittle) if you're looking to try something new.

Photo via Entomo Farms.


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