You may have seen them on Shark Tank and got excited about the prospect of Cricket Protein Energy Bars … Or Not.
We are glad to be able to offer Chapul Energy Bars here at Bare Essentials. Not only are these bars good to eat, they are good for you and good for the environment.
Pat Crawly, founder of Chapul Bars, has long had a passion for water and the more he learned about our water supplies the more he understood how precious our water is.
Pat became interested in the possibility of insects as a protein source after hearing Dr. Marcel Dicke’s TED talk on entomophagy which is the practice of eating insects. Our industrialized agriculture sector, consumes as much as 92% of all freshwater we humans use around the world, with most of this going to the raising of cows and pigs. Insects convert grain and grass into edible protein as much as ten times more efficiently as cows and pigs.
Not only are insects a sustainable source of protein they are also nutritious. Insects are high in protein, a good source of iron, calcium, omega-3’s, and B-12.
I was not shocked by the introduction of Chapul Bars as we had lived in Niger for a short time and insects were available for sale in our weekly market, some particularly long grasshoppers stand out in my mind. Insects have been consumed for thousands of years and still are around the world today, so I believe it is a good thing that Chapul is introducing insect protein to the American Market.
Chapul Energy Bars come in three delicious flavors. The Aztec Bar combines dark chocolate, coffee and cayenne, this one is my favorite and it’s like a rich fresh cup of coffee with a kick. The Chaco Bar is peanut butter and chocolate, it tastes like a handful of fresh peanuts. The Thai Bar blends coconut, ginger, and lime; it’s a refreshing burst of lime that settles into the coconut and ginger as the flavors linger on the palate. The remaining ingredients in these bars are simple and pure.
Another good thing is that Chapul is investing 10% of all profits in water conservation in the regions which inspired their bars.