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Japan's waspiest snack

Ransom Riggs

It's enough to make you toss your cookies: Japan's newest snack craze is the product of a rice cracker producer who decided to spice up their recipe a bit ... by adding wasps. Harvested by elderly wasp hunters from a nearby village, the digger wasps are boiled in water, dried and sprinkled over the cracker mix, then stamped by hot iron cracker cutters. As you can see from the picture, they don't skimp on the good stuff (like Raisin Bran, they give you two scoops), though no word yet on what taking a bite of this delicacy does to your tongue. A bag of 20 crackers costs about $3, but supplies are limited since the wasps are caught in the wild, and "only the best" are used.

This sounds suspiciously like a schoolyard game of "would you rather" -- would you rather jump into a pool filled with razor blades or eat a box of wasp cookies? Keep your eyes peeled for razor-blade-pool-jumping, coming to a Japanese blog near you.