The Original Cricket Cookie
All of the treats and the food are proudly baked in the US.
Crickets make up 15-18% of the Original Cricket Cookie (dry ingredient measurement) depending on the flavor. It is the first ingredient in our Original and Sweet Potato and Apple Recipes. Second ingredient in Peanut Butter and Blueberry.
Crickets make up approximately 10% of the soft and chewy treats.
There are approximately 5 crickets per biscuit and approximately 2 crickets per soft and chewy treat.
There are approximately 525 crickets in each bag of biscuits and about 150 per bag of soft & chewy.
Jiminy’s purchases roasted ground crickets from suppliers based in the U.S. and Canada. The whole cricket is used, however it is roasted and ground before it is sent to us. We bake our products with what we call ‘cricket protein powder’.
We carefully select our ingredients to be delicious and provide benefit, for example:
Pumpkin – Aids in digestion + carotenoids, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, fiber, zinc, iron, vitamin A, and potassium
Peanut Butter – Boosts Energy + protein, healthy fats, potassium, antioxidants, magnesium, and vitamin E. And, Dogs love it.
Flax Seeds – Provides Omega 3 fatty acids & high in antioxidants
Blueberries – High in Antioxidants & Vitamins C, E, A and B complex
Sweet Potato – Balanced source of energy + fiber, vitamin C, beta carotene & manganese
Apple – Sweet flavor and provide calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and pectin
Lentils – Great source of protein, fiber, and iron and they’re They are alkaline and do not cause gas for most dogs!
In order to ensure that the ingredients don’t develop mold or become rancid we use two products: a natural mold inhibitor (Citric Acid, Buffered Distilled White Vinegar) which makes the PH of the product more acidic which in turn prevents mold from developing and natural antioxidants ((Canola Oil, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract) which helps keep fats from oxidizing (going rancid).
More About Cricket Protein
Banded Crickets – gryllodes sigillatus
House Crickets – acheta domesticus
Jiminy’s crickets are grown in cricket barns in the U.S. and Canada.
The facilities produce crickets for human consumption under controlled, standardized conditions.
The cricket’s diet is consistent across all of our suppliers. (this is important because we need our product to have a consistent Guaranteed Analysis)
They eat a human food-grade feed that includes ingredients like alfalfa, soy meal, corn, vitamin mix, mineral mix, etc. (it is very similar to a grain based chicken feed)
Crickets are naturally a swarming species, and like being in a dark, warm place. They’re raised in cricket condos which allow the crickets to live in a way as close as possible to how they would live in the natural world. They are free to hop from feed station to feed station, and can burrow deep into the condos if they so choose.
Harvesting time comes near the end of their natural life cycle – which is approximately 6 weeks.
Temperature is lowered and they go into a hibernation-like state before their life ends.
The typical position of entomologists is that insects feeling pain is pretty unlikely. But there is some debate about this.
Animal Agriculture, The U.N Studies, etc…
Traditional Animal Agriculture (for example: beef, pork, chicken) is brutal and the biggest contributor to Climate Change.
It’s a bigger contributor to climate change than transportation and energy combined.
65% of nitrous oxide comes from animal agriculture – nitrous oxide has a global warming potential that is 296x greater than CO2 emissions.
Land Based Animal Agriculture is responsible for:
- 30% of global water consumption
- 45% of global land consumption
- 91% of Amazon Destruction
- Leading cause of Ocean “Dead Zones” – nitrogen flooded areas
- Leading cause of Habitat destruction
- Leading cause of species extinction
There are two key UN studies that we reference. The first reports that the world’s population will exceed 9 billion by 2050 and to feed this population food production needs to increase by 70 percent. A more recent UN study reports that eating insects can reduce world hunger.
Scientists report that insects provide more protein than beef & other meats AND use less of our precious resources to produce.