Have you ever looked at your frozen yogurt’s plastic or cardboard packaging and thought, “I’m still a little hungry, I wish I could eat the box”? Well even if you haven’t, Stonyfield Farm is making edible food packaging a reality with their “yogurt pearls” which contain portions of frozen yogurt inside edible skins instead of cardboard cartons. The completely sanitary and nutritious pearls can be placed directly into shopping carts, according to Stonyfield, making it a completely plastic-free treat. That’s plus one for the environment.
“We’ve long dreamed of the day that after you eat the yogurt, you eat the cup too,” Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield co-founder and chairman, said in a statement. “Frozen yogurt pearls are the next step in a revolution. No spoon needed, just a delicious bite of beautifully-crafted organic frozen yogurt served without any container. Re-imagine all the ways you can eat your favorite organic dessert.”
In case you’re wondering, the skin on yogurt pearls, called “WikiPearl,” is made from organic fruit materials, and was developed by WikiFoods. The skin is designed to protect the yogurt inside, and can be carried, washed and thrown (OK, maybe not thrown), without affecting the product inside. For now, the pearls can be found at various grocery stores in the Boston/Cambridge area inside small, biodegradable cellulose bags located in the freezer section.
Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi.