After only 6 days, Sparky’s Ice Cream in Columbia was told to cease making ice cream made with chopped cicadas. 

The quirky ice cream shop is known for making wacky flavors. Besides cicada, they have made crab rangoon, dill pickle, and other interesting varieties. Maybe when the cicadas come back Sparky’s will again offer ice cream with those crispy critters—if they “get the bugs worked out.” 

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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