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UConn food truck serving up crickets on Storrs campus

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STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

University of Connecticut students are enjoying a "cricket craze" that has made its way to Storrs.

The odd offering of crunchy roasted crickets was just made available in the school's Food for Thought food truck. It's one of a few trucks introduced on campus this year.

"Well, when we were investigating the menu for the food truck, we were trying to come up with some different combinations and food that people aren't used to,” Chuck Couture with UConn Dining Services, said.

UConn serves up more than 80,000 meals a week in the dining halls.

The Connecticut-based Wayback Burgers already introduced a cricket milkshake. UConn is offering the critters imported from Canada.

"I'm glad to see UConn dining services has something a little more interesting to offer instead of the usual bland options,” Lizzie Collin, of Ellington, said.

Couture said while some people enjoy it, “some people don't” enjoy the new option.

“But it's very high in protein and it's something unusual,” Couture said. “And again, we try and challenge our kids to think differently about food."

UConn students challenged WFSB’s own Mark Zinni to taste it. UConn student Ceci Estanislao, of Greenwich, also tried the insect treat on Monday.  

"I don't know how I feel about this, actually. But, we'll see. Down the hatch. I'll just do it,” Estanislao said. “It's crunchy."

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