Dare if you will - scorpion sweets on sale
6 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM - Tipped as the latest craze among the hip youth, a sweet with a difference was launched in Groningen last weekend - a clear-coloured lolly made with a real Chinese scorpion.
6 July 2004
AMSTERDAM - Tipped as the latest craze among the hip youth, a sweet with a difference was launched in Groningen last weekend - a clear-coloured lolly made with a real Chinese scorpion.
Salesman Peter Dool, 31, claims the Vodkalix lollies are set to become the latest rage as people use them to steal the show at a disco or a club. He says they even glow in the ultraviolet light of a nightclub.
The scorpions are covered in a vodka-flavoured casing and once the outer shell has been licked away, those who dare can eat the scorpion whole, or limb by limb. The scorpion's poisonous sting has been removed to prevent untimely death.
Both Dool and his 29-year-old brother Henry think the bizarre sweet is exceptionally tough due primarily because a live scorpion is deadly and allegedly enhances virility, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported on Tuesday.
Dool, of Bedum in the northern Groningen province, believes that the scorpion lolly is easy enough to eat.
He said there are some restaurants that serve insects - such as a dish of mealwoms, the larva of various beetles that infest flour and other grain products - but that many people can not cope with such dishes.
But it is easier if it comes in a fun style, the entrepreneur said.
Besides the scorpion lollies - which are alcohol and sugar free - the Dool brothers also sell other extreme sweets from their website www.bestthings.nl.
For example, they also sell peppermint lollies with red ants or clear-coloured, tequila-flavour lollies with a worm, Thai green crickets with curry flavour and toffee scorpions.
The idea of the insect lollies originated in the UK, where the Dool brothers import their products from. They claim to be the only insect sweets shop in the Netherlands.
The price of one sweet is EUR 5.95, comparable to prices in the UK and the Dool brothers expect a new trend to develop in the Netherlands.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news