A public health official in Missouri has asked an ice cream shop to cool it with the cicada ice cream, even though customers apparently can't get enough of it.

Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream sold out of its only batch of the insect-filled dessert within hours of its June 1 debut.


Employees at Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream collected cicadas in their backyards and after a process of boiling and picking off the wings created a cicada ice cream. The batch sold out within hours. (Gerry Broome/Associated Press)

Employees collected the cicadas in their backyards and removed most of the dead bugs' wings. They then boiled the bountiful bugs and covered them in brown sugar and milk chocolate. The base ice cream is brown sugar and butter flavour.

Gerry Worley, an environmental health chief with the Columbia County Department of Public Health, said the agency's food code "doesn't directly address cicadas" and that he has advised against their use as an ingredient.