To make your yogurt seem more decadent, eat it from a plastic spoon, suggests a new study, which found that the color, weight and shape of utensils influences our experience of the food we eat with them.
The findings add to plenty of other evidence that the taste of food varies depending on the accessories we use to eat it. When people drink from a glass that has a color perceived as "cool," for example, they find the beverage more thirst-quenching. And food eaten out of a heavier bowl seems like a larger portion.
To see what kind of influence utensils might have on food experiences, researchers from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom conducted a series of experiments. They added hidden weights to some plastic spoons, for example, and asked people to rate the sweetness, density and expensiveness of yogurt. They also played around with the color and shape of cutlery.
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People perceived yogurt as denser and more expensive when eaten with lighter spoons, the researchers report today in the journal Flavour, probably because those spoons matched their expectations. But yogurt tasted with that spoon was also rated as less sweet than when eaten with heavier or larger spoons.