Salt & Straw Is Serving Bug-Laced Ice Cream—On Purpose

The seasonal treat is part of the Halloween Spooktacular flavor series

We don’t care how long candy corn has been available at the drug store: Now that it’s actually October, we will officially start talking about Halloween. And there’s no better way to celebrate all things kooky and creepy than with ice cream laced with bugs. Yes, it’s intentional!

Thank Salt & Straw ice cream mastermind Tyler Malek for the new seasonal and rather wild flavor. Appropriately called Creep Crawly Critters, the ice cream is green with insect-studded, amber-colored candy mixed in. “It’s a bright, tequila and orange-laced matcha ice cream,” he explains. “It’s grassy and lush, like sitting in a field on a beautiful day. The candy is smattered into the matcha like intrusive shards of sugar holding toasted and salted edible bugs like grasshoppers and ants in crystal amber.” That’s right: bug ice cream. “They’re delicious, nutritious, slightly malty (think: Wheaties cereal) and totally yummy. You gotta trust me on this one.”

Of course eating bugs is nothing new. But we may take his word on it and move to some of the other flavors in the Spooktacular ice cream series, which debuts on October 2 at the Los Angeles store on Larchmont and is available throughout the entire month. The Great Candycopia is probably more our speed with big chunks of housemade Snickers, Whoppers and Peanut Butter Cups mixed into each scoop; A Potion of Malicious Delight, inspired by Dr. Henry Jeckell’s potion, blends fruitiness and spice; Essence of Ghost is a fruity sherbet; and Candy Corn looks like the sweet holiday treat with white, orange and yellow ice creams and citrus flavors.

Of course you can always get the Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, Toasted Coconut with Candied Macadamia Nuts, and Stumptown Coffee with Compartes Love Nuts, but that’s like going to the costume party dressed as yourself with a “This IS my costume!” button on your lapel.

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