East Colombia’s delicacy, hormigas culonas, almost literally translated
as big ass ants, made a gastronomic evolutionary leap after two
businessmen decided to market them not just regularly friend, but with
lemon and spicy barbecue flavor.
The ants are traditionally eaten in the Santander department, bordering Venezuela. The insects are huge, hence the ‘big ass ants’ nickname and usually are eaten deep fried.
Two locals came up with the idea to spice the ants and put them in a little colorful box, so they can be eaten as snacks and not only fresh from teh frying pan.
The inventors of the flavored insects are now working on cheese-flavored and chocolate-flavored ants and hope to be allowed to export the new delicacy so other parts of the world can enjoy the Santander department’s culinary novelty.