Parents have long chastised children for threatening to withhold dessert unless the plate is licked clean.
Now, though, it looks like they’ll have to go one step further and eat the crockery too before they can eat pudding – as a UK company has launched a range of edible spoons, cups, plates and bowls.
The crockery is made of wheat bran, similar to breakfast bran flakes, and is designed to hold hot or cold foods.
British company Stroodles has launched a range of edible spoons, cups, plates and bowls (pictured)
The dishes — made by eco-company Stroodles — are 100 percent biodegradable, vegan and compostable, in case diners don’t feel like a plate of soggy wheat between courses.
However, the plates will likely cost more than the average picnic lunch, with a pack of ten large bran plates costing £7.99.
Stroodles has been making eco straws made from pasta since 2019 and is now expanding its range to cover the full dining experience.
The raw pasta straws are tasteless, last over an hour in cold drinks, and don’t compromise your drinking experience, even when drinking cocktails, according to Stroodles.
The company already supplies its products to Fortnum & Mason, Spar supermarkets and, bizarrely, the British Embassy in The Hague.
In fact, the pasta straws were such a hit with diplomats that they drank ice-cold gin and tonics through the straws while celebrating the Queen’s birthday party at the embassy in 2019.
Peter Wilson, the British ambassador to the Netherlands, had such a good time that he even wrote a thank you note to the founder of the pastastro firm.
The plates come in various sizes up to 28cm and the company also plans to launch biscuit saucers, which can be dipped in place of a biscuit.
The company already supplies its products to Fortnum & Mason, (pictured) Spar supermarkets and, oddly enough, the British Embassy in The Hague
The edible mugs, made of waffle, are designed to last 40 minutes with hot drinks and can be held together at temperatures up to 85C.
The cups are available in multiple sizes up to 220 ml and Stroodles claims there is no heat transfer and the wafer does not alter the taste of the drink.
The spoons are available in the flavors classic, cocoa, pepper and masala and the coffee stirrers are gluten-free and suitable for vegans.
Maxim Gelmann, founder of Stroodles, said: ‘We believe we need millions of people who don’t do sustainability perfectly, rather than a few who do it perfectly.
‘With our range of eco-tableware we want to inspire and show how fun and easy it is to do a straw, cup, plate or spoon right at the same time.’