Some people swear food is tastier when you eat it with your fingers. Even those who prefer a more formal dining approach would admit that eating with a spoon creates a different sensation than a more manual method. Now, design team Michel/Fabian has created a utensil that’s meant to mimic that finger-lickin’ good sensation without actually getting your hands dirty.
Goûte (named after the French word for “taste”) is a wand-shaped utensil intended to replace a spoon as a way to eat foods that are viscous enough to stick to it – think things like yogurt, honey and Nutella as opposed chicken noodle soup. Created by Charles Michel, an experimental psychologist at Oxford University, and Andreas Fabian, a designer at Buckinghamshire New University, Goûte promises a lot of benefits over simply spooning food into your mouth: The product claims it “enhances the sensation of creaminess, improves the intensity of sweet flavours, highlights the value of food, [and] makes for a more mindful eating experience.”