DEAR READER: How misinformation about cicada ice cream evolved

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — When I got word that Sparky's was mixing up a new batch of ice cream featuring the seasonal pest cicadas I was ecstatic. I had just finished writing a piece about using cicadas as food, and this seemed like the perfect follow-up story about a local shop finding a use for the insects that have invaded Columbia.