Chocolate May (June) bug


People in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states of the U.S. are now experiencing an assault of cicadas, that only occurs once every 17 years or so. No such insect attack here in Switzerland fortunately, but one sort of "bug" we see a lot of around this time are chocolate Maierhäfer, or May (June) bugs. They come in all sizes, from tiny foil-wrapped ones to monster bugs up to around 30cm long with bristling legs, which frankly look way too scary to eat to me.

This little fellow however is just about the right size. It comes from Sprüngli, the finest patisserier and chocolatier in Switzerland in my opinion (the more internationally known Teuscher is a distant second). The body is a creamy chocolate filled case, and the wings are almonds. He looked so cute that I could barely stand to eat him but, of course I did, right after I took this photo.

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Your chocolate bug is gorgeous - and, I bet, delicious, too!

mmm... chocolate bug.
by the way, your recipe for the rhubarb crumble pie was super. everybody wants me to make another one now!

it's so adorable i don't think i can quite eat it.. :D

I'm sick of the cicadas (I live in Maryland), but I'd love to be invaded by these chocolate bugs!!!

That's so cute and adorable!
I'll be going to Switzerland in september, to Zurich, actually. Can you tell me if there's gonna be any eating-related events around this date? I'm dying to experience swiss cuisine! :D

Laura, I'm not sure of any food events in September in Zürich off the top of my head but I'll find out and post it here if there are.


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That's about the cutest thing I've ever seen. I love June bugs--I always looked on them as good luck for some reason. One of the monthly blog challenges (softies, as in stuffed toys) just had June bugs as a theme. I like this version better :)

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Now that's a chocolate bug I'd actually be willing to eat.