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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 04, 2022

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 mettle-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, we’re feeling wild, 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 nationwide home delivery. Ice Scream flavors are available during October.

Salt & Straw, founded in 2011 by cousins Kim Malek and Tyler Malek, 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.

If you go...


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

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