In New Food Aesthetic, part of our Future of Food Industry Trend, we explored how new technologies are enabling food products to be presented in unusual new shapes and guises. This includes inhalable and vapourised formats.
Expanding on this concept, UK-based food inventor Charlie Harry Francis has conceived an Edible Mist Machine that extracts flavour out of foodstuffs and presents it as an edible mist that can be inhaled via a straw.
"Using ultrasonic vapourisation, the machines produce from a choice of 200 flavours, from mango to chocolate, apple pie to smoked bacon," he explains on his website Lick Me I'm Delicious. Delivering a robust hit of flavour, the machine has the capacity to satisfy the sensory needs of dieters who want to experience decadent flavours without the calories.
For more on futuristic food replacements, including odour-emiting smartphone apps, see our report Next-Gen Dieting. For a wider view into how new guises of food are impacting editorial culinary directions, see New Food Styling.