A chocolate mousse cupcake with edible chocolate straws
A chocolate mousse cupcake with edible chocolate straws

Edible tableware is tableware, such as plates, drinkware glasses, utensils and cutlery, that is edible.[1] Edible tableware can be homemade[2] and has also been mass-produced by some companies, and can be prepared using many various foods.


Injera bread being used as a utensil to scoop wat
Injera bread being used as a utensil to scoop wat

Edible tableware can be homemade or mass-produced, and is prepared from various foods.[2] For example, homemade tableware can be fashioned using sliced celery as chopsticks, and celery can also be used to scoop foods such as dips and cream cheese.[3] A leaf of cabbage can be used as a spoon, and a carrot stick that has been sharpened can be used as a skewer.[2] Edible bowls and plates can be prepared with many methods. Bread which has had its center removed can be used for soups, and similarly, baking cheese in an oven and forming the cheese into the desired shape.[4] Chocolate can also be fashioned into edible tableware.[a]

Flatbread such as khobez is sometimes used as an eating utensil, such as when it is used to scoop hummus, and Ethiopian injera bread is used as a utensil to scoop wat.[6] In West Africa, flatbread is sometimes used to scoop fufu for consumption.[6] In India, chapati flatbread is used as a utensil to consume sambar and dal.[7] In North and Central America, the tortilla is used as a utensil to scoop various foods such as salsa and bean dips.[8] Foods such as crackers, corn and tortilla chips, crudités, bread and cheese sticks can also be used as edible utensils.[9][10][11]


Edible tableware such as cups, bowls, plates and platters prepared using sugar paste have been in use since at least the Elizabethan era and edible tableware was considered as a sign of wealth.[12] In 1562, a recipe for edible tableware and cutlery, such as knives, forks, chopsticks and spoons, was published by Alexius Pedemontanus.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "Beyond Yohay's chocolatey edible tableware, retail operators have many choices in using chocolate to its best advantage."[5]


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  2. ^ a b c Somov, P.G. (2008). Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time. New Harbinger Publications. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-60882-117-4. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  3. ^ Damrosch, B.; Coleman, E. (2013). The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook. Workman Publishing Company. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-7611-7681-7. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Medina, R. (2011). If You Can't Stand the Heat: A New Orleans Firefighter's Cookbook. Tate Publishing & Enterprises. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-61777-168-2. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  5. ^ Fresh Cup: The Voice of the Specialty Coffee Industry. Fresh Cup Publishing Company. 1997. Retrieved June 3, 2016. (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b Holland, M. (2014). The Edible Atlas: Around the World in Thirty-Nine Cuisines. Canongate Books. p. 187. ISBN 978-0-85786-856-5. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  7. ^ Singman, B. (2011). India in Your Face: An Intimate E-mail Travelogue of a Young Woman's Adventure as a Spiritual Seeker. Lulu.com. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-257-11487-0. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Tatum, C.M. (2013). Encyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceaneras [3 Volumes]: From Calaveras to QuinceaĂąeras. Cultures of the American Mosaic. ABC-CLIO. p. 450. ISBN 978-1-4408-0099-3. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  9. ^ Brown, A.; Fields, D. (2015). Toddler 411 5th edition ebook: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Toddler. Windsor Peak Press. p. 232. ISBN 978-1-889392-54-7. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Weiss, Laura B. (January 29, 2014). "Get Extra Points For Super Bowls Of Dips And Spreads". Minnesota Public Radio News. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  11. ^ Shaw, T.; Beisch, L.; Salvas, J.P. (2007). Gentlemen, Start Your Ovens: Killer Recipes for Guys (in Danish). Chronicle Books. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-8118-5206-7. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  12. ^ Wilkinson, S. (2007). Mimosa: The Life & Times of the Ship that Sailed to Patagonia. Ylolfa. pp. 99–100. ISBN 978-0-86243-952-1. Retrieved June 3, 2016.