On July 1, the fast food chain will be rolling out an Oreo Mud Pie Protein Milkshake made with chocolate-flavored cricket protein powder. Yes, you read that correctly: crickets! The decision to start selling an insect-infused drink evolved organically after the concoction was announced online as an April Fools Day stunt this past spring. Wayback received such a great response to the idea that they decided to team up with an organic cricket protein vendor and test out the shakes at their East Meadow, Long Island location, where it sold so well they decided to roll it out to all of their locations this summer through the end of September. Depending on its performance, it could eventually because a permanent menu item, company officials say.
We're amping up our protein offerings. Enjoy it starting April 1st! pic.twitter.com/Yjn3MNrEp9
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If the thought of eating crickets makes your stomach churn we totally get it. But after the bugs are dried and milled into powder, the taste and look is virtually indistinguishable from other types of protein powder. Though crickets have about as much protein as chicken breast (plus three times the calcium), sipping the powder through a Wayback straw isn’t the best bet if you’re trying to lose weight or gain lean muscle mass. Even before the protein powder is added into the mix, a junior-sized Oreo Mud Pie Milk Shake has 690 calories and 65 grams of sugar and the regular size carries 1,120 calories and 106 grams of the sweet stuff.
If you really want to try a cricket protein milkshake from Wayback, we suggest ordering the junior-sized Vanilla Shake, which has 550 calories, and asking your server to add the protein powder to that. (According to company officials, customers can have the powder added to any shake.) Or, better yet, pick up a container of cricket powder and make your own Oreo-inspired shake at home. All you need is 2/3 cup of milk, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2 Oreos, 1 medium frozen banana and a scoop of cricket protein powder. Throw it all into the blender and enjoy!