Uh..uh...beetle larvae shaped chocolates
Chocolate. It's such a lovely, malleable substance. It can be shaped into anything really. Anything.
But, one wonders what kind of twisted mind came up with this idea...chocolates shaped like kabutomushi (rhinocerous beetle) larvae!
Avert your eyes if you are squeamish. You may not want to read this while you're eating.
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They look somehow uh, worse, in multiples.
According to Yahoo! Japan News (Japanese), these were displayed at a 'regional products fair' at a department store in Akita, which is in northern Japan. They are made by a confectionery maker. They've been so popular at the fair that they've been selling out within an hour every day. Apparently they have been a big hit because they are so kimo kawaii (a combination of kimochiwarui, or 'gross out!' and kawaii). As a matter of fact, according to the maker's website (Japanese of course), they have been so inundated with orders that people who order will receive the product after April.
The larvae bodies are made of milk chocolate with crunchy 'flakes', covered with white chocolate, with dried cuttlefish (sakiika, a popular beer snack) for the legs and orange peel for the mouth. Each one is 4.5 cm (almost 2 inches) long.
If these are too tame for you, they make them in an adult flavored version (with a rum-laced ganache). They also have some virulently colored potato grubs (imomushi), which are made of bean paste (an).
Yes I know, Japanese people are weird. Kimokawaii!
(If you are in Tokyo, it seems the maker is selling the little buggers at the Chocosweets Exhibition at Sunshine City in Toshima-ku.)