cricket king cake

This cricket king cake, available at the Bug Appetit restaurant at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, is filled with roasted crickets and topped with more crickets. (Photo provided by Audubon Nature Institute)

Feeling adventurous this Carnival season?

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is offering a new version of king cake that might make some a little squeamish: cricket king cake.

“At Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, we like to celebrate the holidays, bug style!” said Jayme Necaise, director of animal and visitor programs, in a news release. “Why would Mardi Gras be any different?”

The king cake is filled with roasted crickets, which Necaise says gives the cake “a nice nutty flavor.” It’s topped with more crickets.

“And of course, it’s decorated with purple, green and gold sugar,” Necaise said. “We couldn’t call it a king cake without that!”

The cricket king cake is available to sample at the museum’s Bug Appetit restaurant through Lundi Gras. Tastings are included with general admission.