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Cicada news, facts and… recipes! After 17 years underground, Brood X cicadas are set to emerge across 15 states in the coming weeks.Billions of cicadas are expected to take over in May 2021. The insects will mate, lay eggs, then die off between June and July. Stick with WEAA to hear what everyone is buzzing about. Are you ready for Cicada Mania?

Maryland restaurant serving up chocolate covered cicadas

Photo credit: chouquette.us

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Chocolate covered cicadas are on the menu at a candy shop in Gaithersburg, Maryland and according to their website, the limited edition treat is in high demand. 

Billions of the loud, red-eyed bugs are reemerging after 17 years below ground.

 For some people, the thought of eating a cicada may turn stomachs, but there are others who are taking advantage of the opportunity to indulge in the gluten-free, low-carb critters. 

 Chouquette Chocolates and Confections, founded by Sarah Dwyer, posted on their website about the overwhelming response to customers eager to try their new treat. 

“Please bear with us, we are happily inundated with order. We are gathering, preparing and packing cicadas as fast as we can...We shipped over 500 packages this week- more than the two weeks before Valentine’s Day.” 

 The below video, recorded by Montgomery County Media, shows how the staff at Chouquette Chocolates and Confections prepares chocolate covered cicadas.  

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Baltimore native, Micarie Kemp has always been passionate about working in the media.