Sweet little bug cakes by Japan's Komatsuya Honten bakery make an interesting belated Valentine's Day treat. Interesting tidbit of Valentine's Day trivia: in Japan, women give chocolate to men for Valentine's Day, not the other way around.
"A Japanese company has added a new twist to Valentine's Day: giving the gift of insects. In 2005, Komatsuya Honten, a bakery and confectionery shop located in Akita Prefecture, debuted a series of cakes and candies modeled on the larval and adult forms of kabuto-mushi -- the massive rhinoceros beetles native to the Japanese archipelago.
'There is a bug festival held here in Yokote city, every year, and I created the insect chocolates to capture the sense of that festival,' explains Satayoshi Komatsu, president of Komatsu Honten. 'It's very popular with children. I collected kabuto-mushi as a kid myself, so there's a nostalgic aspect, too.'"
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