Hungry? Try cricket Mardi Gras king cake at the Audubon Insectarium

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The Audubon Insectarium is offering cricket king cake for Mardi Gras 2017. ( )
Melinda Morris, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Melinda Morris, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune MardiGras.com
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on January 24, 2017 at 11:36 AM, updated January 25, 2017 at 12:54 PM

Most king cakes are sweet. Some are savory, with hamburger, or crawfish, or bacon. Or crickets.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is offering cricket king cake through Lundi Gras (Feb. 27).

Audubon announces in a press release that "The king cake is filled with roasted crickets," which, says Jayme Necaise, director of Animal and Visitor Programs, "lends 'a nice nutty flavor,' and is topped with a crickety crunch on top, similar to a danish with pecans. Necaise adds, 'And of course, it's decorated with purple, green and gold sugar...we couldn't call it a king cake without that!'"

Bug Appetit at the Insectarium offers exotic culinary creations prepared by Audubon bug chefs along with lessons about how insects are an important alternative source of protein and a "culinary delight if cooked correctly."

The tastings are included with general admission while supplies last. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will be closed Mardi Gras day, Feb. 28. 

Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting AudubonNatureInstitute.org or at any Audubon Nature Institute attraction. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located at 423 Canal St., New Orleans in the U.S. Custom House.