Maryland Candy Shop Selling Chocolate-Covered Cicadas, Shares Recipe

A Maryland-based candy shop is selling chocolate-covered cicadas for the brave people who want to make the most out their emergence.

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- Well, in tonight's cicada coverage, they continue to pop up all across our area. There is one Maryland candy company, though, turning them into a very sweet, chocolaty meal.

- We've been waiting for this story. Stetson Miller tells us about the latest cicada fad that is becoming pretty popular.

STETSON MILLER: Sarah Dwyer has been whipping up a lot of chocolate over the last week after getting inundated with orders for these winged insects that only yesterday were singing in the trees outside her home.

SARAH DWYER: At first I thought it was a joke. Like, it was just a really kind of funny thing that people want to try chocolate-covered cicadas.

STETSON MILLER: She's now received orders for over 7,000 of them from all around the world and has been working quickly to make the popular treat out of her Gaithersburg-based business, Chouquette Chocolates.

SARAH DWYER: You can't get these all the time. And once every 17 years, it's a sweet treat.

STETSON MILLER: Neighbors have been helping her out by gathering the cicadas out of their backyards. She then freezes and boils them to make them safe to eat. Next comes air-frying and then--

SARAH DWYER: Take them out. And then you put a little seasoning on them. So you want to put the Old Bay?

STETSON MILLER: Totally.

SARAH DWYER: All right.

STETSON MILLER: I'm just gonna sprinkle--

SARAH DWYER: Sprinkle a little bit. Yep.

STETSON MILLER: A little bit?

SARAH DWYER: As much as you want.

STETSON MILLER: They come out crunchy, some say like a potato chip or a nut.

- I think they basically taste like walnuts when they're in the chocolate.

STETSON MILLER: They're then decorated with sprinkles and hardened. They're priced at $22 a dozen and can be picked up locally or shipped to your home.

All right, so here we go. I'm going to try one of these. And it's actually really good. You're right. You're totally right. You can head to our website, WJZ.com, to find out how you can pick up some yourself. In Gaithersburg, Stetson Miller for WJZ.