Edible Cups Are the Tasty Solution to Our Summer Picnic Problems
Our excitement runneth over.
Once in a billion years, all of our squad goals merge together into one big happy goal: Live sustainably, recycle more, worry less, drink better. Every one of those is now coming true, at the same time, thanks to one humble little invention: the edible cup. This is a cup you can eat, in its entirety, immediately after you're done drinking. The simplicity of the idea is mind-boggling, and yet it's the first edible cup that we know of on the market.
The cups are produced by a company called Loliware, which first introduced them last year; more recently, founders Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker got an added jolt from investors Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran, who offered to buy a 25 percent stake in the company after the founders' appearance on Shark Tank, as Food & Wine reports.
Sold in packs of four, the cups are made from a seaweed product that's fully digestible, or compostable if you're not as into cup-eating as Gene Wilder. The company claims they're 100% biodegradable, plus "100% plastic-free, gluten-free, gelatin-free, BPA-free, non-GMO, all natural, non-toxic, safe, and FDA approved." So what do they taste like? They come in four varieties infused with sweeteners and natural flavors: Tart Cherry, Vanilla Bean, Yuzu Citrus and Matcha Green Tea. There's a fifth unflavored "natural clear" variety too (currently sold out), which we're guessing tastes more like "cup" and won't compete with more delicate beverages on offer.
Disclaimer: Since the four-packs are $15.99 a pop, you'll probably want to save these for your more intimate outdoor gatherings. If you're like us, you don't want anyone but your nearest and dearest watching you chomp on your tableware in public.
Meanwhile, we're curious whether these other white-chocolate-lined edible cups, tested by a famous fast-food chicken chain at its U.K. shops last year, will ever hit the market stateside. Stay tuned.
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