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

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

Nancy Chaney

Published on: October 26, 2020

Salt & Straw's seasonal bug ice cream called Creepy Crawly Critters contains mealworms
Creepy Crawly Critters ice ceam 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 — has brought back a popular (really??) themed flavor for 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 current seasonal flavor called 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 Mummy's Pumpkin-Spiced Potion (vegan) and The Great Candycopia. (Um, these are the ones I would try.)

Maybe 2020 is the year you say, heck, on top of everything, now is the moment I will eat bugs! Why not? Get your scoop at one of Seattle's scoop shops, or you can order Salt & Straw pints for home delivery.

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...

Where: Find Salt & Straw Ballard at 5420 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle. Find Salt & Straw Capitol Hill at 714 E. Pike St., Seattle. Scoop shops are open, but you must wear a mask while inside the shop, and, sorry, no free samples right now. (You gotta commit.)

When: The Ballard shop is open daily, noon–10 p.m.; the Capitol Hill shop is open daily noon–11 p.m.

Cost: A single scoop is $5.50. A handmade waffle cone costs $1.25. Hand-packed pints are $12.50.

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