This California family’s idea of an afternoon snack is not for the faint of heart.
Four-year-old Miles of Phoenix, Ariz., often enjoys a fried scorpion whenever he’s feeling hungry after his dad, Josh Mauls, came up with a simple recipe — mixing the arachnid with bread crumbs and an egg wash.
“It’s not like I got him licking nine-volt batteries or riding around on my lawn mower,” Mauls told KPHO.
Mauls explained that after he and his son hunt for scorpions at night using a blacklight flash light before freezing the creatures “to put them out of their misery.”
They then cut off the stinger before preparing the dish. Cooking the scorpion neutralizes its venom.
Although his son seems to enjoy the delicacy, Mauls said fried scorpion is not for him.
“I couldn’t chew it, so I swallowed it whole and I could feel every pointy leg, every claw as it lodged its way slowly down my throat,” he said. "I had to swallow five or six times."