Researchers say that up to 80 percent of how we experience flavor comes from our sense of smell. The people at Molecule-R are definitely capitalizing on this phenomenon with the invention of AromaFork, a fork that is designed to change the way you experience the flavor of your food by releasing different “flavors” of scents from a capsule of liquid aroma sitting just under the fork’s handle. The combination of, say, a plain piece of grilled chicken with the basil, truffle, or even chocolate flavors (hey—Umami Burger has made chocochicken a thing already-link), can really send your taste buds haywire, and make for a unique eating experience.
“Combined with the taste of the food you are actually putting into your mouth, the AromaFork doubles the flavors your brain can analyze,” Sophie Boivin, of Molecule-R Flavors told The Daily Meal. “By amplifying the nose's input in the tasting process, we think that the AROMAFORK™ opens up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to flavor combinations as well as the general tasting experience.”
The flavors available right now are chocolate, coffee, vanilla, banana, lychee, passion fruit, strawberry, basil, cilantro, mint, almond, coconut, peanut, cinnamon, ginger, jalapeño, wasabi, butter, olive oil, smoke, and truffle. The Aroma R-EVOLUTION kit is available for pre-order and comes with 21 aromas, four glass droppers, four forks, and 50 pieces of blotting paper for $58.95. Order yours here.
Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi