Fat Turkey Cricket Petits Fours
Fat Turkey, an Austin, Texas-based chocolatier, brought some lovely chocolate coins to the event...with big, fat crickets on them. They're dark chocolate, with a few chopped walnuts (correction: these were caramelized cocoa nibs) and one big cricket laid right on top. These I liked a lot, although the crickets seemed mostly unnecessary. The chocolate had just the right balance of sweet and bitter, with a very nice mouthfeel--not too melty, not too firm. The cricket wasn't noticeable at all; I poked it with my finger and found that it was soft and pliable, so the pleasant crunch of the coin was due only to the walnuts. Still, I suppose it adds a bit of protein--and shock value, if you're into that kind of thing.