Children in Meriden learn eating a bug isn’t so bad

MERIDEN — Standing in front of a crowded room at the Meriden Library, Lisa Monachelli drizzled a generous amount of honey over a bowl of popcorn and mixed it around.

Next she opened two small containers filled with roasted mealworms and crickets.

“Crickets taste earthy and mealworms taste nutty,” explained Monachelli, who works at the Stamford Museum Nature Center.

Monachelli poured the insects into the popcorn mixture, which she named “Bee Vomit Cricket Corn,” and stirred it with a spoon.

Then she took a handful of small paper cups and scooped out the snack for children to try. Dozens ran to the front of the room to try the insect popcorn.

The snack was part of a program, called “Incredible Edible Insects.”

Digging through his cup of popcorn, Chris’Angel Rivera of Meriden pulled out a whole cricket, held it between his two fingers and stared at it for a minute.

“You actually dare me to?” Chris’Angel asked his father Carlos Rivera. “Is it alive?”

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