DARE to join us!
We create deliciously daring foods powered by the most nutritious and sustainable food source available: edible insects.
Our Dare Squares are made with organic and all-natural medjool dates, roasted nuts and seeds and come in two types: Chili, Choc & Cricket and homemade PB & Buffalo Worm.
Dare Squares are high in protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy omega 3 and 6 fats. Dare squares are free from gluten, lactose, refined sugar and any antibiotics.
We use insect flour so you can't actually see the insects in the Dare Squares. BUT we do illustrate the insect on the packaging to enhance awareness and so you know what type of bug you're eating (and because it looks kinda cool!)
We make our products with sustainably sourced insects from certified European farms under strict regulations for safety and animal welfare. The insects are free of any antibiotics, pesticides or chemicals. The insects are fed on vegetables.
Insects are an exceptionally nutritious and healthy food source, rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, fibre and minerals.
Eating insects has all the nutritional benefits of eating rye bread, beef and fish! Insect flour has a very high protein content.
Eating insects offers a viable solution to the global food crisis. Insects are highly efficient at converting feed into protein, have rapid growth and reproduction rates and require very little water, land and space for production.
It is intuition that an insect consumes less than a chicken, a pig or a cow - they are tiny! However, interestingly insects actually consume much less to produce the same amount of food.
To produce 1kg of protein from insects requires 12x less feed and 20,000x less water than cattle and emits 100x less greenhouse gasses. In other words, producing insects gives us much more food while putting much less strain on the environment.
These graphs show the amount of input needed to produce the SAME amount of food from different sources of protein.
What do insects taste like?
Insects come in all sorts of sizes, colours and flavours. Buffalo worms have an aroma of peanuts and fried crickets taste a bit like popcorn, and they have a lot of umami.
Other types of insects typically taste quite neutral, resembling the taste of what they eat, typically vegetables. One day we would love to start our own production of insects, as the taste nuances are endless: coffee, ginger, mint!
We've added buffalo worms to the Peanut Butter Dare Square as buffalo worms literally taste like peanuts, it's like adding more peanuts!
The crickets in the Chili & Chocolate Dare Square adds a roasted taste and soothes the edge of the cayenne pepper.
STILL not convinced?
It is estimated that more than 2 billion people around the world enjoy insects on a regular basis and have done so for millennia. In ancient Greece, cicadas were considered a luxury snacks, while the Romans preferred beetle larvae.
The Dare team
We're Jessica and Malena, founders of Dare to Eat.
Our journey started when the insect-nerd on the team, Malena, cooked up a a risotto with wox moth larvae (yes that's one of the edible ones) as our first dinner together. It wasn't love at first sight for Jessica, coming from a social fashion start up, and we agreed to start experimenting with something that could have a stronger visual appeal. Together with Maria Green, we developed a daring yet appealing identity to spur up curiosity and create awareness without scaring people away.
It was right around Christmas, so we started making chocolate truffles, pebernødder (a Danish Christmas cookie) and healthy snacks with dates and nuts, always adding insect flour, for friends and family.
To our surprise we were invited to sell them at lots of Christmas markets, where we had a blast talking to curious people who either immediately loved the concept and products or who were completely in shock and needed some convincing. We almost always managed get the sceptics to open up to the idea and try our tasters, and many even ended up buying a few gift boxes.
Since then, we’ve chosen to go down the delicious-snack-with-a-good-conscience route, and have been perfecting the recipes of our Dare Squares. After testing them on friends and family and making sales arrangements, we're now ready to spread the word more widely and start the first production. This requires that we move into a professional kitchen and make the minimum orders for a big production.
Combined, we have more than 10 years experience researching agriculture and entomophagy (edible insects), setting up successful innovative startups, sustainable business development, communications and graphic design.
WHAT WE NEED
We’ve got the team, the recipes and the packaging design all set to go, but we need a Kickstarter push to help us cover the startup costs of the first production.
What Gorm has to say about Dare to Eat:
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Big thanks to Silas Addington and Anders Devantier for film production.
Risks and challenges
We've spent the past several months testing our products and setting up arrangements to bring Dare Squares into production. As this will be the first big production some hurdles are inevitable, such as longer international shipping times, but we have allowed for potential delays in the shipment date. We will be transparent about any changes or challenges we may encounter along the way.
While we ship worldwide please be aware that we do not know the details of each country's import regulations. Please check that it is possible to import food products if you pledge for Dare Squares.
October 2016 -
February 2017: Developing and testing our products and brand, selling at Christmas markets and preparing for Kickstarter
March: Kickstarter campaign begins
March: Tasting and adjustments to the recipe, if needed
April: Kickstarter campaign ends
April: Production of a small prototype batch
April/May: Dare Squares ready for final production
May: Shipment of rewards to Kickstarter pledgers.
- (30 days)