What if you could use an edible utensil for flavoring your food? Many companies now do this.
For catering business Bartleby & Sage, their famous mac and cheese is always a hit, but what makes the dish so special is that it is served on a spoon you can eat.
The spoon has a cheese flavor thanks to Boston-area company Edibles by Jack, which makes utensils that come in 18 flavors from savory to sweet.
“People are choosing these products because the client themselves wants something sustainable, wants something fun that elevates their menu,” Charlton Becker of Edibles by Jack said.
And the caterers believe they serve up a double dose of delicious and practical.
“We were an early adapter because we just thought that was a great way to serve the food and you can also eat the spoon and then your waiters don’t have to go around picking up the dirty spoons,” Leslie Nilsson of Bartleby & Sage said.
Others brands around the world have their own innovative ways of launching products. “bite the utensil that feeds you.”
Sorbos edible straws are biodegradable, and can be used in cold beverages for up to 40 min.
“The water is definitely still water, but the little after taste of the strawberry, it’s like candy,” said one person who tested the straws.
Italian coffee-maker Lavazza has made an espresso treat that comes in an edible cookie cup, and a company called Incredible Eats sells spoons and sporks with flavors like chocolate, vanilla, oregano chili and black pepper.
You’ll have to “For an edible utensil that costs more than a dollar, you will have to fork over extra cash. They range from 25c each to more like a dollar. This compares to standard plastic wear which can be as low as 4 cents per piece.
While an edible spoon may not replace your plastic one just yet, the hope is to take a small bite out of climate change.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest data, landfills took in 27,000,000 tons of plastic in 2018.