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Salt & Straw’s Seasonal Bug Ice Cream: It’s Back

It's no trick ... Creepy Crawly Critters ice cream has actual bugs in it

Nancy Chaney

Published on: October 01, 2021

Salt & Straw's seasonal bug ice cream called Creepy Crawly Critters contains mealworms
Don Bugito's Creepy Crawly Critters is a seasonal ice ceam flavor from Salt & Straw

Everyone loves ice cream, right? Well, even die-hard ice cream fans might pause at this palate-testing Halloween flavor.

Fabled Portland-based ice cream purveyor Salt & Straw — with two shops in Seattle and a third shop in Kirkland — has brought back a popular (really??) themed flavor for the Halloween season. Salt & Straw is known for pushing the envelope in ice cream flavors, but this one is downright hair-raising.

In Salt & Straw's seasonal flavor called Don Bugito's Creepy Crawly Critters, you'll find chocolate-covered crickets and toffee-brittle mealworms. Yep, you read that right, those are bugs. According to Salt & Straw, these tasties are “hiding in the grass” in light-green matcha-flavored ice cream. What do you say?

Less creepy seasonal flavors in Salt & Straw's Ice Scream Series include Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin BreadBlack Cat Licorice & LavenderDouble Bubble Toil & Trouble (vegan) and The Great Candycopia. (These are the ones I might try.)

Maybe this is the moment you say, heck, on top of everything we've been through, let's eat some bugs! Why not? Get your scoop at one of their local scoop shops, or you can order Salt & Straw pints for home delivery nationwide. Ice Scream flavors are available during October. You can also get your scoop in a creepy “haunted” waffle cone while supplies last.

Salt & Straw, founded by cousins Kim Malek and Tyler Malek in 2011, has earned legions of fans with its imaginative ice cream flavors, such as Pear & Blue Cheese and Arbequina Olive Oil. Salt & Straw specializes in small-batch ice cream made with locally sourced ingredients.

Salt & Straw likes to keep its fans craving ice cream through social media. Keep an eye on its Instagram for delicious-looking ice cream shots and announcements of special events and seasonal offerings.

If you go...


Open hours: Shops are open daily, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Cost: A single scoop is $5.75 and a kid's scoop costs $4.35. A handmade waffle cone costs an additional $1.50. Hand-packed pints are $13.

Upcoming Salt & Straw specials and events:

  • Oct. 15–17: Buy 3 pints, get a 4th for free on these dates. Offer good at your local scoop shop only, not online.
  • Oct. 31: Kids ages 16 and under who visit a scoop shop in costume can claim a free kid-sized scoop.

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