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Would You Eat an Energy Bar Made of Crickets?

Wake up, make yourself some coffee … and eat an energy bar made out of crickets?

One Austin company is betting that you'll change your habits, just as long as you don't mind eating bugs. John Tucker is the owner of Hopper Foods, which makes a protein-rich, gluten-free energy bar made out of cricket flour. 

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Hopper Bars come in three flavors.

The company's Kickstarter campaign, which ends tomorrow, has already surpassed its $30,000 goal to ramp up production of the bars. 

Tucker joined Texas Standard host David Brown – samples in hand – to talk about what goes into making cricket bars – and how he's going to convince you to try one. Listen to the interview in the player above. 

So would you be willing to eat a Hopper bar? Let us know by tweeting Texas Standard or leaving a comment below. 

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Texas Standard host David Brown tries a Hopper Bar

David entered radio journalism thanks to a love of storytelling, an obsession with news, and a desire to keep his hair long and play in rock bands. An inveterate political junkie with a passion for pop culture and the romance of radio, David has reported from bases in Washington, London, Los Angeles, and Boston for Monitor Radio and for NPR, and has anchored in-depth public radio documentaries from India, Brazil, and points across the United States and Europe. He is, perhaps, known most widely for his work as host of public radio's Marketplace. Fulfilling a lifelong dream of moving to Texas full-time in 2005, Brown joined the staff of KUT, launching the award-winning cultural journalism unit "Texas Music Matters."
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