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Chocolate Ant Bars

Allegheny mound ants 

Submitted by Tyler J. Colaw

Insects are a great source of protein and the Greeks, Romans, and many other cultures dined on insects throughout history. We have been snacking on chocolate covered insects for quite some time, but this may bring a different twist. If you are lucky enough to eat one of these ants you would find that the citric acids give the ants a blueberry, raspberry, or orangey zip! When combined with a rich chocolate, it makes one of my favorite treats.



Harvest Allegheny Mound Ants by patting a large nest to erupt the ants.

  1. Coax ants into a zip lock bag, with hands, tools, or words.
  2. Place ants in a freezer for 10 minutes.
  3. While the ants are chilling, melt your chocolate. I prefer to use a double boiler with 2 saucepans on a stovetop.
  4. Combine frozen ants with melted chocolate on a cookie sheet.
  5. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of salt on top.
  6. Freeze for 1 hour.
  7. Cut out bars and enjoy!

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  • 12 oz (one bag) Hershey's dark chocolate morsels
  • 3/4 cup of Allegheny Mound Ants (F. exectoides)
  • 1 tablespoon salt

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