What’s Baseball Without a Side of Grasshoppers?


– [Narrator] When you think of snacks at a ballgame, you think hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, peanuts, pretzels, and, of course, grasshoppers. Okay, maybe you don’t, but the Seattle Mariners and their fans sure do. (playful music) So, how did this crunchy critter get a spot next to your everyday concession snacks at Safeco field? It all starts at this
restaurant with this guy. – My name’s Manny Arce. I’m the executive chef here at Poquito’s. The grasshoppers are grasshoppers. You know, they’re a delicacy, but
they’re also a snack. I put them on the menu here as a novelty when we opened, and we kind of just,
it’s been on the menu for almost six and a half years. I describe them, crunchy
like a sunflower seed, um, salty, a little bit spicy. Uh, every once in a while, you get one that’s a little squishier than you’d like. We just toast them and then we put salt and some lime and some chili on them. That’s about all that we do to them. – [Narrator] It’s one thing to see restaurant success, but
Manny’s grasshoppers became the highlight of
going to Mariners’ games. – [Manny] When Mariners were saying that we’d be a fit for them, I sent some out. – [Narrator] The response was unreal. As in 300,000 plus grasshoppers sold. – [Manny] We were selling out, you know,
before even the first inning, and I started off with 50 pounds, thinking like, oh, this’ll last us,
you know, a month or two. It lasted us one day. To date, we’ve probably gone through about a thousand pounds. People want more than, you know,
hot dogs and popcorn, and nobody else had been
doing it at the stadium, so it’s kind of one of these things that I think people
just really latched onto and the popularity far
exceeded my expectations.

34 thoughts on “What’s Baseball Without a Side of Grasshoppers?

  1. I love this, finally North Americans are going to get over the taboo of eating insects. It is truly delicious. Try them 🙂

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  3. It makes sense that a place like Seattle would try this out. It's a very liberal state and the people are more open minded into trying new things.

  4. I've probably had virtually all parts of several types of animals aka offal (innards) & the final frontier was edible insects! Thus far I've tried ants, crickets, grasshoppers & meal worms. Some w/o any seasoning like the ants & all of the others w/seasoning from cheddar cheese to sour cream 'n onions. High in protein & nutrients & low in fat & calories. More than 80 million people world-wide eat them & in areas of Mexico over 200 different insects are eaten. With the world's population ever increasing & traditional meats like beef taking up so much land (cattle), insects & edible seaweed will be the wave of the future.

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