Getting some kids to eat their vegetables is often a challenge. And we’ll admit the same can be said for some adults. Maybe it would help if the next time you brought a forkful of broccoli to your lips, it tasted like chocolate.
The Aromafork is a new product by a Canadian company called Molecule-R designed to trick your taste buds.
“The initial idea was to reinvent the traditional fork into an improved utensil that would trick people’s mind by liberating an intense flow of aromas,” said Jonathan Coutu, president of Molecule-R flavors Inc., in a statement. “Nobody teaches us how to properly taste and most of us instinctively concentrate on our taste buds during the tasting experience. The Aromafork demonstrates and amplifies the importance of your nose in the perception of flavors."
The fork works by using 21 different liquid aromas including chocolate, coffee, banana, passion fruit, mint, almond, peanut, cinnamon, smoke and truffle, butter and more. The aromas are separated into six categories including beans, fruits, herbs, nuts, spices and umami.
The fork comes with a small hole located where the mouth of the fork connects with the stem. A small blotting paper sits underneath the hole. To create an aroma, users drop small amounts of the liquid onto the paper. When you go in to take a bite, you’re supposed to eat the food and inhale the aroma from the fork.
This flavor trickery reminds us of Willy Wonka’s three-course dinner chewing gum. If only that one really existed, without the whole blowing up like a blueberry part.
The Aromafork is part of Molecule-R’s Aroma R-evolution kit, which comes with four forks, the 21 aromas, four droppers, 50 diffusing papers and one multi-sensory evening program with aroma and food pairing suggestions. The kit is available for $58.95 on Molecule-r.com.
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