2020 was the year of cricket. OK, not really, but it sure felt like it. I ate my first chocolate chirp cricket cookie, compliments of Harmony Cricket Farm. I met a cricket rancher, and I talked to cricket farmers who grow crickets at their cricket ranch in Minneapolis.
Before 2020 and the delicious chocolate chirp cricket cookie from Harmony Cricket Farm, my only experience with crickets was through the Bizarre Foods guy himself, Andrew Zimmern. I went to a media event he was hosting, and they passed out crickets for us to try. There was nacho cheese, and I think, garlic and onion cricket snacks that came in little boxes the size of confection heart boxes on Valentine’s day. I remember tossing a handful of crickets down my gullet and immediately being pleasantly surprised at the crunch. They weren’t gross at all – it was mostly just spicy texture until I tried to swallow, and a cricket feeler got lodged in my throat and stayed there all day. Not the best cricket experience but memorable, to say the least.
What’s the deal with all the excitement around crickets and cricket farming? It’s pretty simple. Crickets are a very complete protein. They mature quickly, can be farmed without a lot of natural resources, and can be ground into powders and flours, making them easy to add to baked goods and smoothies, thereby upping the protein content in whatever you are making. Athletes and people looking for ways to up their protein intake without upping their meat consumption can look to crickets as an effortless way to do this. Crickets have more protein than beef, and they are full of healthy fiber and Omega 3’s. When crickets are ground into flours and powders, you don’t have the unpleasant antennae stuck in the throat problem, and it makes people less squeamish about eating them when they are “hidden” in your food.
I talked with Harmony Cricket Farm Founder, Tammy Mann. Harmony Cricket Farm is producing crave-able foods made with crickets like cookies, snacks, and powders. You can follow them on Instagram to see all the latest creations @Harmonycricketfarm . Tammy increased her cricket protein consumption, she felt better, had less inflammation, and more energy, and the only thing she had changed in her diet was the crickets. Crickets are good for the environment. Crickets are deemed the “future-forward food” because they are sustainable, highly nutritious, and have a hearty, nutty flavor that goes exceptionally well in baked goods.
I instantly fell in love with Harmony Cricket Farm cookies (Chocolate Chirp, Butterscotch, and Holiday Spice, which was my personal favorite.) Right now, they have Holiday gift sets on the Harmony Cricket Farm website for $25 or less, so you can gift a set of all the cookies or a snack pack with flavored crickets. The Harmony Cricket Farms Holiday gift pack is perfect for the athlete, wellness woman, or curious Foodie in your life!