Small Giants cricket crackers: An easier way to embrace the bug life?
Crackers with an extra spring in their step…
Last year, Tim and I had some Halloween fun taking part in a beer and bugs pairing.
We tucked in to some Eat Grub flavoured crickets, and finished things off with an unseasoned grasshopper.
A lot of you said you had tried bugs before, with some even saying you enjoy them on the regular.
But the main response was a version of, ‘ew, no’.
Tim Rodie and I spent a 'pleasant' afternoon eating crickets and grasshoppers... and drinking beer
As humans, we’ve still got a strong ‘ick’ factor built in. Your brain can tell you all sorts, even when the thing you’re eating is actually tasty.
Chowing down on the flavoured crickets, I was fine… until the sweet one. Really it was no different from the others, other than being sweet, but my brain had a mini freak out and it was really hard to swallow it.
Insects are incredibly healthy and sustainable (they require drastically less land, water, feed and energy compared with traditional protein sources). They’re high in protein, low in carbs and low in sugar. In a lot of ways, it makes total sense to eat them, if you can get over the fact that you’re eating creepy crawlies.
But what if there was an easier way to join the bug life? Well dear reader…
Small Giants Cracker Bites
I’ve been trying Small Giants crackers this week, which are made from 15% cricket flour. They come in three flavours: Turmeric & Smoked Paprika; Rosemary & Thyme; and Tomato & Oregano.
Why cricket flour? It brings an umami (savoury) taste, a punch of protein (more than 20%), and a dose of Vitamin B12.
If you didn’t know, you would have no idea these had been anywhere near a bug, let alone containing flour made from bugs.
You can munch through them like a packet of crisps, they’d be spot on with cheese, and they’re great dunked in humous.
Small Giants Cricket Cracker with Moorish Smoked Humous with Beetroot
I even managed to get my mum to eat one, after much persuasion, and she said it just tasted like a delicious, crunchy cracker.
Small Giants was founded by Edoardo Imparato and Francesco Majno who discovered their love of insects while travelling in Thailand. They want to open people’s eyes and mouths to the benefits of insect-based snacking showing people the many benefits eating insects bring to the planet and our health.
This would certainly introduce a lot of new diets...
And times are a-changing. A third of Britons think we’ll be eating insects as part of our mainstream diet by 2029, and a report by Sainsbury’s in 2018 said, one in five shoppers said they can see the advantages of eating edible insects, particularly as an alternative protein source (25%) as well as for the health and nutritional benefits (15%). Attitudes are changing too, with almost 10% of consumers having already tried edible insects, and 57% saying they enjoyed them!
At Small Giants we make the weird wonderful! Savoury snacks made with cricket flour (yes, bugs!). Two Great Taste Awards. No yuck, only yum!