Crickets as Protein Food

Crickets as Protein Food
By Halle Quinn

Have you heard of an Energy Bar made from crickets? Gross? That’s exactly what I thought. All we know is that these kinds of bugs are seen only outside our home. Hear me out when I say it is good and has passed my taste test. You might have heard of the growing fan base of this insect flour which serves as the main ingredient of the energy bars. Have you tried it?

Honestly, I’m not a big fan of this cricket flour made food. Just to hear where it is made from makes me gag. I know, it’s a bit strange but this is the truth and I know that I am not the only one who feels this way.

Gathr Foods, which produces energy bars made from crickets in New Mexico, got in touch to see if I’d like to review their product range. Having already reviewed quite a few of the leading US bars recently, I was looking forward to seeing how these things taste like.

The product arrived in my doorstep in neat boxes with properly packaged snack bars. It comes in 2 different flavors. So, I asked my friends to test them with me.

Their Apricot and Chia Bar is moist, has a good chunky texture and that wonderful crunch from the chia seeds. It had a bit of a fruit cake feel. It is definitely our overall favorite. We all agreed that we can eat one of these babies at any time of the day.

For me, the Dark Chocolate Bar is also a good one. It’s not because I’m a dark chocolate fan but because of the taste. It is slightly less moist than the Apricot bar and not too sweet. It has a nice taste. It’s flavour is not as strong as the other one though maybe it needs more chocolate.

Go check them out and try their product, you will surely love it.

Gathr Foods

We are health enthusiasts who started our very own brand, Gathr Foods. In 2015, we launched our first product – an energy bar made from crickets. Yes, you’ve heard it right! A cricket.

If you heard crickets chirping in your garage doors in Shelby Township, MI, would it occur to you to grind them into a powder and made them into food?

We think that insects are the most sustainable form of protein we have on Earth. Probably the only real barrier to people eating insects is a cultural prohibition. In the information we have received, other countries already embrace the fact that some insects like crickets are beneficial. And they’ve eaten a lot of them.

In 2012, a report from the Food Organization stated that some insects are nutritional and high in protein. A lot of people are been excited about the news of the potential of edible insects. Insects also can be farmed in the nearest land or even in the city. This is also good for the environment as they emit lesser greenhouse gases than traditional livestock.

Therefore, the idea that we as owners of Gathr Foods implemented was that we bought a blend of powdered crickets for baking. We processed the crickets into edible cricket flour which we used to create homemade energy bars. We had the products tested by nutritionists and experts and obtained approval for it as food additives. Then we started taste testing it within our network of friends, neighbors and office mates. Little did we know that our business would grow this quick.

At 15.4 grams of protein per 100 grams, crickets have about half the protein of chicken and beef.

We target young and health-conscious individuals, who follow a gluten-free diet or the new form of diet called Paleo. We’re going after these early adopters because we know how much they care about the food they’re putting in their body.

Our company has found surprisingly strong following from mothers. We realized that mothers want to get more protein in their kids’ diets, but it can be hard to feed children who are quite choosy about their food. If you can give them food that are appealing, like a cookie and snack bars that’s actually more similar to an energy bar, that’s magic for mothers.

Our first product, the energy bar, comes in 2 different flavors — the Dark Chocolate Bar which is moist and oozing with dark chocolate. This is perfect for chocolate lovers. The other one is Apricot and Chia Bar. This one is filled with nuts, apricot and chia seeds. It is also moist and tastes like Christmas cake. Energy Bars of Gathr Foods come in a box that contains 12 bars. It’s affordable, delicious and nutritious.

Check out the blog section to see more information about our product. You may refer to other parts of this website to know about us. If you want to be a wholesaler, just send us an email.

Please hold on as we launch our next product line that will soon be out in the market. Thank you and we’re looking forward to your next visit here.

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