MAGGOT ICE CREAM? WHO EVER WOULD WANT TO EAT THAT?
So I’m going to just immediately say that the idea of this simply makes me want to vomit. But since these ideas really aren’t ever going to go away, I’m gonna talk about it. Maggots. Maggots are simply one of the grossest things in the world. But another way of thinking about them is fly larvae. We all know about them. We’ve all seen them, sometimes in the most disturbing of consequences. You saw something dead and they were covered in maggots. Or you walked by a series of garbage cans near a restaurant and one of their tops pops off, with maggots spilling over the sides. So you know that smell. It’s one of the worst in the world. So making an ice cream out of maggots makes my whole body gag.
GOURMET GRUBB WANTS TO BRING MAGGOT ICE CREAM TO THE WHOLE WORLD
So of course I know that people eat bugs all over the world. They eat them raw, fried, even covered in chocolate. They mush them, grind them and eat them. Insects are actually an incredibly dense source of all sorts of vitamins and especially protein. So the people in South Africa who are trying out this maggot ice cream have more than simple logic on their side. Maggots are sustainable and easy to create and harvest. But they’re still MAGGOTS! So anyways, their name is Gourmet Grubb, of course. They work out of Cape Town’s University of Technology.
IF YOU MAKE IT, WE WILL EAT THE MAGGOT ICE CREAM? MAYBE…
But I must say the more I think about it, the more intellectually interesting it sounds. Gourmet Grubb is processing the larvae of black soldier flies “with other natural ingredients” and then combine that with cocoa and honey in a normal sort of ice cream mixing machine. They’re betting that more and more people will come, but you have to build it first. Both Canada and France have a market for gourmet burgers made from insects. So why not ice cream? Well, we’re likely to find out all too soon. Gourmet Grubb will open their first local shop soon.
But then they aim to expand to both the United States and Europe. I’m not ready. My stomach will rule my intellect when it comes to eating maggots for some time.