Yesterday I watched Snowpiercer and somehow I was a bit curious as to what was in the protein bars they made. It looked like insects.

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    Was it explained in the movie? If not, why would any of us have a "correct" answer as opposed to a "speculative" answer? Apr 14, 2014 at 8:42
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    Because maybe saw it clearly in the movie. I didn't Apr 14, 2014 at 8:48
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    @MeatTrademark It was explained in the movie and the OP simply missed it. While that doesn't need to make it a particualrly good question, it definitely makes it a perfectly on-topic plot-explanation question. And if it happened to be not shown in the movie, then well, it's still a perfectly on-topic plot-explanation question, just with the simple "unfortunately that isn't answered in the movie"-answer. Request immediate reopening.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 6, 2014 at 14:02
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    @MeatTrademark Haha, no problem, the close-vote wasn't entirely ungrounded. But I'm glad I could convince you of the opposite. In return I'll try to be more lenient on crappy ID questions. ;-)
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 6, 2014 at 15:50
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    In real life, they are sweet red (adzuki) bean paste jelly bars. Delicious.
    – Trish Ling
    Jan 3, 2015 at 4:28

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The protein bars in Snowpiercer use Insects as their primary ingredient, much to Curtis' Horror.

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Known as Entomophagy, the practice is actually not uncommon, as insects are used in diets around the globe.

There are plenty of Dystopian Entomophagic possibilities's being actively discussed right now, as some prominent researchers believe humanity's acceptance of an insect based diet is a key milestone to global sustainability.

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    In fact I don't think entomophagy would actually be a dystopia rather than a utopia, as I tend to agree with those mentioned "many scientists" (even if not being an expert on the topic myself).
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Apr 14, 2014 at 9:20
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    Insect diet, huh? I vote non-sustainable extinction. Jul 6, 2014 at 15:18
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    I'm not sure why Curtis was so horrified by the bugs, considering what he admitted to eating later in the movie!
    – user12726
    Jul 15, 2014 at 4:34
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    So true. It looked like insects to me as well, but the actors' reactions to it seemed more like straight out of Soylent Green. Jul 17, 2014 at 2:13
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The film's final draft screenplay (registration required) indicates that the bars are made from ground up cockroaches:

CURTIS’ POV: the tank is full of millions of cockroaches, interlocked in a hellish vision of crawling, squirming movement. They seem to be cannibalizing one another. Crushed body parts are visible. The cockroaches are fed into a grinder that turns them to black powder.

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