I ate bugs at Comedian-Con and now I need extra – CNET

And now you realize the place to seek out cricket protein bars at Comedian-Con.

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Within the press room at San Diego Comedian-Con, early Thursday night, it is snack time. 

Nicely, for me not less than. On the threat of spoiling my dinner, I am digging into a really explicit kind of protein bar — the sort that is going to energy me by way of my final story of the day, in additional methods than one.

The bar, brown and moist, is supposed to style like peanut butter and strawberry jelly. In fact, biting in you’d suppose that is all that was in it. However together with the actual strawberries and bits of peanut, this bar additionally incorporates crickets. Cricket powder to be exact.

Now, I am not sitting right here consuming a cricket protein bar as a result of I hate conference meals that a lot.

It is truly in promotion of the upcoming TBS tv collection Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is a tv adaption of a comic book (it was additionally a film in 2014) slated for 2020. The present takes place just a few years after the world has turn out to be a frozen wasteland. A practice carries what stays of humanity, and even within the apocalypse there is a disparity between the oldsters within the fancy entrance of the practice and those barely getting by within the again.

And by barely getting by, we’re speaking about subsisting off nutrient bars of jellied cockroaches.

Happily, the protein bar Comedian-Con goers can decide up from one in every of a number of merchandising machines is nothing like that. Tragically, it isn’t made with cockroaches. It is also fairly good — dense, chewy, a bit crunchy, the strawberry lends a recent be aware, and it would not style like, effectively, crickets.


Mmm… crickets.

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As for the thought of subsisting on protein bars, I get it. Once I arrive on the Snowpiercer sales space on the expo ground at four:30 p.m. PT, I’ve eaten two caramel toffee sea salt bars and nothing else all day lengthy. The world may not have frozen over, however these are, nonetheless, meager instances on the meals entrance within the midst of a 130,000-plus particular person conference with solely an excessive amount of to soak up.

To get the cricket bar, you go as much as a merchandising machine with an enormous touchscreen, and enter your e-mail deal with, watch a brief video from Snowpiercer, and down drops a cricket protein bar in a black wrapper with blue and white lettering.

Scarfing down a bug bar is not only a promotional stunt. The bars come from the Aspire Meals Group, an organization primarily based in Austin, Texas that raises crickets for human consumption. Aspire’s been on a mission to teach folks about how edible bugs like crickets are oftentimes larger in iron, protein, calcium and the like, and are additionally a extra environmentally sustainable supply of vitamins than meat. And since Snowpiercer is actually coping with the aftermath of local weather change, Aspire CEO and co-founder Mohammed Ashour thinks it is a level price underlining.

“The present talks a couple of dystopian future the place because of a number of social collapses, you find yourself on this world the place there’s this asymmetry in how diet and wealth and abundance and alternative is distributed,” Ashour stated. That is not merely science fiction. “We’re utilizing super quantities of sources to provide diet energy at an unimaginable environmental value.”

Can swapping out steak for some crickets maintain us all off the apocalypse practice? That is still to be seen, however Ashour is hoping Comedian-Con’s attendees will contemplate it.

And hey — not less than it isn’t cockroaches.

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