New Orleans,
13:12 PM

Buzz Down to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium for Chocolate Covered Insect Day

Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Visitors to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will enjoy sugary surprises created by executive bug chefs to celebrate Chocolate Covered Insect Day, Saturday, October 14. Guests will be able to dip edible critters in a fountain overflowing with rich melted chocolate and enjoy campfire fudge, tarsal toffee, or chocolate chirp cookies.

“We’re happy we can offer this unique opportunity to guests,” says Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium Director of Animals and Visitor Programs Jayme Necaise. “People may not realize this, but the FDA allows 60 or more microscopic insect fragments for each 100 grams of chocolate – so it’s not a huge leap to just go ahead and add the whole bug! Besides, bugs are good for you – they are surprisingly nutritious and a major food source for many people across the globe.”

Bug Appétit at the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium offers visitors a chance to taste insect cuisine in many forms – from six-legged salsa to crispy Cajun crickets. The tastings are included with Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium admission (while supplies last). 

Necaise added, "If guests are lucky, there may even be some leftovers yummies on Sunday.”

Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.