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How to Make Chocolate-Covered Insects
The days of our busy lives seem to fly by, and, before you know it, it’s October 14th, National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day. There’s no reason to panic or go buggy. If your gift list for this holiday is as long as your arm, then you might want to think about making these sweet, high-protein goodies yourself to save money and time pounding the pavement or wandering the Internet. Your friends and loved ones will know you care when you present them with an artfully arranged selection of carefully hand-dipped crickets, grasshoppers, ants or mealworms.
Things You’ll Need:
– 8 to 12 dozen mealworms, crickets or grasshoppers

– Colander

– 12 by 12 inch screen or strainer

– Large freezer bag

– Paper towels

– Baking sheet
– Microwave-safe bowl
– 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate pieces or chips
– Spoon
– Wax paper
Prepare the Insects:
1. Place mealworms, crickets or grasshoppers in the colander and cover with a screen or a large strainer to prevent insects from escaping. Rinse thoroughly and drain.
2. Put the rinsed insects inside the freezer bag. Place bag in freezer for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
3. Cover the baking sheet with a single layer of paper towels. Distribute the insects evenly on the baking sheet. Place in preheated oven and bake for 1-1/2 hours.
4. Remove the wings and legs of the roasted crickets and grasshoppers when cooled.
5. Pour three-quarters of the semi-sweet chocolate pieces or chips in the microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 50 percent power for one minute or until the chocolate begins to turn shiny. Add the remaining chips to the melting chocolate, stir with the spoon, and continue microwaving until shiny and melted. Don’t overcook the chocolate or it becomes grainy.
6. Dip individual roasted insects into the melted chocolate, working quickly before the chocolate firms. Place each chocolate-covered insect on a large sheet of wax paper until chocolate hardens.
7. Refrigerate the chocolate-covered insects in a covered container where they can remain for up to three weeks.

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Calendar day; October 14, 2015

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Wednesday, the 14th of October, 2015 is the 287th day in 2015 and in the 42nd calendar week.
General Events:
World Standards Day
October 14, 2015 in the World
World Standards Day is celebrated internationally each year on 14 October. The day honours the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.
14 October was specifically chosen to mark the date, in 1946, when delegates from 25 countries first gathered in London and decided to create an international organization focused on facilitating standardization. Even though ISO was formed one year later, it wasn’t until 1970 that the first World Standards Day was celebrated.
Around the globe, various activities are chosen by national bodies to commemorate the date. The United States is holding a 2014 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on 23 October 2014. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada’s national accreditation body, celebrates World Standards Day together with the international community by observing the day near the dates of the international observance. In 2012 SCC celebrated World Standards Day on Friday, 12 October.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Chocolate-Covered Insect Day: Bug Appetit!
October 14, 2015 in the USA
Chocolate is one of the most popular flavors in the world and people will eat it on anything—strawberries, pretzels, peanuts, even bugs! This holiday honors anyone brave enough to try a bite of chocolate-covered insect.
For this exotic snack, insects are roasted to perfection then coated in chocolate. Crickets and ants are the most popular variety, and most people think they taste like chocolate-covered popcorn. Bugs including ants, spiders, termites, sucking lice, grubs, beetles, bees and crickets are just a few of the creepy crawlers on the menu! You can find an impressive selection online.
In some countries, like China and Thailand, chocolate-covered insects are a delicacy. In Southern Africa, caterpillars (without the chocolate!) are an important source of protein for the indigenous people.
Test your bravery on National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day, invite your friends over for a fear factor party, and sample this unusual treat!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
National Dessert Day
October 14, 2015 in the USA
National Dessert Day is celebrated on October 14, 2015. Dessert is a typically sweet course that concludes a meal. The course usually consists of sweet foods, but may include other items. There is a wide variety of desserts in western cultures including cakes, cookies, biscuits, gelatins, pastries, ice creams, pies, puddings, and candies. Fruit is also commonly found in dessert courses because of its natural sweetness.
Many different cultures have their own variations of similar desserts around the world, such as in Russia, where many breakfast foods such as blint, oladi, and syrniki can be served with honey and jam to make them popular as desserts. The loosely defined course called dessert can apply to many foods.
Desserts are by definition a sweet course. This usually means high content of sugar or fats. Desserts have historically been known as a smaller course to end a meal but in modern times they have become a more major part of people’s diets. Although desserts are sweet a small amount of sugar is recommended in a daily diet.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 14th October:
1066 – Battle of Hastings, Duke William of Normandy and Norman army defeat English forces of Harold II
1322 – Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland’s independence
1586 – Mary Queen of Scots goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth
1773 – The first recorded Ministry of Education, the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej (Polish for Commission of National Education), is formed in Poland
1773 – American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom’s East India Company tea ships’ cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland
1840 – Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta
1865 – Cheyennes & Arapahos sign “peace treaty” then chased out Colorado
1867 – 15th & last Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu resigns in Japan
1884 – George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film
1912 – Cretan representatives are admitted to the Greek assembly; in doing so the Greek Government challenges the Turkish Government
1913 – Senghenydd Colliery Disaster, the United Kingdom’s worst coal mining accident, an explosion claims 439 lives
1926 – AA Milne’s book “Winnie the Pooh” released
1931 – Spanish Cortes agrees to separation of Church & State
1933 – Nazi Germany announces withdrawal from League of Nations
1946 – Netherland & Indonesia sign cease fire
1951 – Organization of Central American States forms
1957 – Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first Canadian monarch to open the Parliament of Canada with the Speech from the Throne
1962 – US U-2 espionage planes locate missile launchers in Cuba
1964 – Premier Nikita Khrushchev replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party
1968 – 1st live telecast from a manned US spacecraft (Apollo 7)
1979 – 100,000 demonstrate in Bonn against nuclear energy
1982 – President Reagan proclaims war against drugs
1986 – Nobel Peace Prize awarded to concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel (against violence/racism)
1994 – Nobel Prize awarded to Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin & Shimon Peres

 

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