(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Cicadas are out again this summer across Missouri, so why not try to beat the heat and eat a bowl of cicada-flavored ice cream?
That was the special treat being offered at Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia, Missouri when the shop opened for business about a week ago.
The owners prepared the cicada frozen snack by collecting the insects, removing their wings, boiling the bugs and slathering them in brown sugar and milk chocolate. The ice cream base consisted of brown sugar and butter flavor.
Customers loved the cicada-flavored frozen desert so much that Sparky's quickly ran out of it.
That's just as well for Columbia public health officials, who told the store to quit selling the snack because of health concerns. That's also just as well for Sparky's, since this species of cicada only shows up every 17 years.
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