Who knew? National Chocolate-Covered Insect Day observed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is celebrating National Chocolate-Covered Insect day two days early.

The official date is Oct. 14, but the insectarium is breaking out a chocolate fountain Saturday at its “Bug Appetit” area behind the cafe.

Director of Animals and Visitor Programs Jayme Necaise says bugs “are surprisingly nutritious and a major food source for many people across the globe.”

He also jokes that since the federal Food and Drug Administration allows 60 or more microscopic insect fragments for each 100 grams of chocolate, it’s not a huge leap to chomp down the whole bug.

Some people may prefer to wait a few days and celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day. It’s Oct. 18.