Virtually anything tastes better covered in chocolate, including crickets and other six-legged critters. To prove it, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans held Chocolate-Covered Insect Day Saturday.

The Insectarium has a Bug Appetit kitchen that cooks up various concoctions featuring insects and worms. At the Tiny Termite Cafe, the less gastronomically adventurous can find bug-free offerings.

Zack Lemann, the museum’s animal and visitor programs manager, has said federal regulations allow for microscopic insect fragments in chocolate, so covering a whole bug smothered in chocolate is not out of the question.

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The chocolate-covered bugs are being offered along with chocolate chirp cookies, the cricket-infused treats available at the museum year-round, the Associated Press reported. It also sells sugared wax worms and spicy Cajun crickets.

The museum isn’t the only place serving up insects. offers a variety of Crick-ettes packaged delicacies, including Bacon & Cheese, Salt N’ Vinegar and Sour Cream & Onion flavored varieties. There is even packaged larvae.

Bugs actually are a diet staple in many cultures.