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Candy shop puts insects on the menu

Updated: 06/09/2014 10:43 AM | Created: 06/09/2014 10:41 AM
By: Marcella Robertson, WVIR

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (WVIR) -- My Chocolate Shoppe in Charlottesville is offering something for those with a sweet tooth, but it has a little bit more crunch than usual.

Marybeth Schellhammer is going beyond fudge and gumballs and offering bugs at her shop. Covered in chocolate, they're actually selling faster than most things in the store.

After a trial run with cicadas, Schellhammer is dipping other bugs in chocolate.

"I ordered 150 scorpions, 300 crickets, and 300 worms," she said.

And they've been a huge hit. Nearly sold out in just two weeks, she's had to triple her order for the farm-raised insects. Schellhammer says the bugs have gone over much better than she thought they would.

NBC29 took to the downtown mall to see what people think. Some were hesitant to taste the crunchy creatures, while others jumped at the opportunity.

"It's just crackle. You can't really taste it. There's crunch and that's pretty much it," said Jenny Link.

Photo: WVIR

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