The Backpacker Taste Test: Raw Scorpions, Tarantulas, and More

Watch as BACKPACKER staffers chomp down on scorpions, tarantulas, and other creepy crawlers to see if they're trailworthy snacks.
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Watch as BACKPACKER staffers chomp down on scorpions, tarantulas, and other creepy crawlers to see if they're trailworthy snacks.


Because dried mopani worms have three times as much protein as beef, would you swap your jerky for them on the trail? London-based food company Edible thinks you should, and also try some raw scorpion, oven baked tarantula, and chocolate covered ants while you're at it.

Some brave BACKPACKER staffers gulped down these crawly creatures and weighed in on their texture, trailworthiness, and taste (you'll never guess which one had the editor-in-chief thinking crab). Check out the video to see if eight legs equals the new mid-afternoon trailside snack and to watch grown adults devour bugs and--I kid you not--coffee harvested from cat feces. My mouth is watering already.