The Goûte was roughly modeled after the shape of a human finger. Taking into account that a food’s weight, color and size also have a major impact on the enjoyment people derive from eating it, the designers attempted to use the utensil to modify the diner’s encounter with food.
The resulting form is a teardrop shaped device that resembles a honey-dipper or a pestle. The initial designs were fabricated using glass and wood. According to the designer, glass was chosen for its sensory properties. The Goûte can also be made from pear, olive or maple woods.
The designers tested study participants’ perceptions of the same food, eaten with either a plastic spoon or a Goûte. According to the research, diners perceived yogurt as being creamier and better-tasting when they used a Goûte.
Clearly, the Goûte isn’t a one-to-one replacement for a spoon, since the design won’t help you eat cereal or soup, but the designers intend to continue researching the effects of their utensil on people’s perceptions of the food they eat. The Goûte isn’t being mass marketed just yet, but interested users can purchase one from the designer’s website. Glass Goûtes can be yours for about $30 per piece. Wooden versions are available for about $20.
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