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chocolate covered crickets


  • Bakers Chocolate
  • Coconut Oil
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Candied Crickets
  • Vanilla Ice Cream


  1. Put candied crickets in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
  2. Put 1/4 cup coconut oil in a pan over a medium heat.  
  3. Add 2 squares of baker's chocolate and stir until dissolved.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar and stir.
  5. Put a scoop of ice cream into a dish.
  6. Remove the crickets from the freezer and, one by one, dip them into the melted chocolate.  The chocolate should harden on contact like the chocolate coating on a dip cone.
  7. Top the ice cream with 4 or 5 candied crickets.
  8. Add colorful sprinkles and serve.

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