As far as we’re concerned, food inventions don’t get nearly the credit they deserve. Sure, they might not be curing cancer or saving the world, but anything that keeps our cereal crunchy and automatically refills our beer cup has got to be worth a little fanfare. With that in mind, here’s a list of eleven food inventions that we’re sure are changing lives all over the world.
The only thing sadder than eating alone is eating alone without your electronic devices to keep you company. Luckily, the Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl prevents solitude-induced depression by carving out a space for that special something in your life: your iPhone. Just don’t let it fall into your ramen, or you’ll be lonely and phoneless.
Pre-order Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl @ MisoSoupDesign
These specially-designed coffee mugs hold onto your spoon so you can maximize stirrability without worrying about getting a spoon to the face. We approve of any invention that makes coffee mugs multi-functional, but sadly these coffee cups aren’t available for purchase. Yet.
This Brrrrr ice cube maker from Black + Blum might look like the result of some really freaky inter-species sexcapades (if the polar bear/caterpillar orgy included a brief cameo by a manhole cover) but it’s actually the most efficient ice-cube maker we’ve ever seen. There’s no overflow and no mess, and explaining the bizarre plastic animal living in your freezer is the perfect icebreaker for any party.
Brrrrr $20 @Black + Blum
This swagged-out reusable wine container keeps your leftover vino fresh for seven whole days after you open it — way longer than even the fanciest reusable wine cork.
Savino $50 @ MyShopify
You might’ve thought that brushing your teeth while sitting on the toilet was the height of oral hygiene efficiency, but you were wrong. This is a toothbrush that 1) comes with built-in toothpaste, and 2) lets you clean out those food-packed molars any time, anywhere, with no one else the wiser. Stealthy, convenient, and efficient — we’re pretty sure this is the Batman of oral care aisle.
Toothbrush soon to be released at Tongue to Teeth
Okay, so it’s really just a five-level automated breakfast machine that takes less than five minutes to whip up eggs, toast, ham, and cheese for you while you sit at the table in your underwear. The ultimate breakfast robot would also pour you a glass of orange juice and fry up some bacon on the side, but we’re not picky. We just like breakfast.
Breakfast Sandwich Maker $30 @Hamilton Beach
Any invention that maximizes cereal crunchiness and kills the dreaded soggy factor has our vote. We only wish this breakfast-saving invention had come out decades ago.
Eatmecrunchy $11 @Eatmecrunchy
We love it when human ingenuity focuses on the important questions, like: “How can I text with both hands without spilling my latte?” The makers of this mug understand that we love texting (and the internet) almost as much as we love our daily caffeine fix, and we salute them for it.
Uppercup $25 @Indiegogo
Everything about an individually-sized fondue mug makes us tingle in places we probably shouldn’t talk about on the internet. The twin fondue mugs are way more portable than traditional fondue pots and will let you double-dip to your heart’s content, plus they come with little tea lights for maximum melted deliciousness. Can you say perfection?
Fondue Mugs $15 @ Amazon
We’ll be completely honest: Our jaws dropped when we saw this. Seriously, a plate that lets you eat at your computer while also protecting your keyboard from stray breadcrumbs and bacon grease? Every laptop should come with one of these babies stapled to the packaging. Sadly, this invention isn’t available for purchase; it was part of an art exhibit and isn’t being mass-produced. Sad day.
We saved the best for last with this beautiful Bottoms Up Armchair. This magnificent example of booze-motivated engineering automatically refills beer cups using a specially designed dispensing tap, which means you can get properly wasted without ever having to leave your seat. It’s what happens when ultimate comfort meets ultimate practicality, and we’re pretty sure that this is what true love looks like.
Bottoms Up Chair $1,149.99 @Bottoms Up