A few summers ago we were on a camping trip with another couple and one of the partners had a gluten allergy. We had stopped at drive-thru for a quick refuel on the way back. The gluten free friend (GFF) had ordered a vegan burger with a lettuce wrap to avoid the bun. What a mess! There were condiments all over her hands and subsequently, my car! Not only is the gluten a problem, it’s also the high carbs of that bun. A typical burger bun is some 40 grams of high glycemic index refined white flour. There had to be a better way.
When we got back to or studio, I grabbed ( hang on, not physically) a colleague and we brainstormed. I always loved the genius of the edible ice cream cone, especially the one inaccurately named the “cake” cone. I did a little research and these wonders of industrialization, a literal injection molding of water and flour are only 6 grams of carbs and that’s with rice flour. And, it gets better…, if you use almond flour, you can bring the carb count down to zero! Not to mention how brilliant the whole family of edible packages are! Taco shells! Sushi! And then.. wholly cow , and start digging in more, and did you know the average common restaurant – remember those , burrito flour tortilla can be 80 grams of carbs!!!
The big idea was to make a small edible piece of luggage, kidding, not luggage but a bread or tortilla replacement that could be gluten free if needed and lower carb. This is good for celiacs, diabetics and everyone that wants to lower their ingestion of high glycemic index carbohydrates. By the way, the term “Keto” was Google searched for more than Subaru in the Pacific NW.
In terms of design, this concept allows almost infinite shape, color, texture and flavor. This concept can replace anything where bread is simply a carrier. Think pizza, tacos, burritos, all the bread shapes, even low carb snacks like crackers can be NED. Best of all if you were brought up by TV like some of us were, then you’ll love the brand-ability of this concept. See the images above.
Knowing there’s a fair amount of tooling (though relatively inexpensive per mold) to make these things, we approached the Joy Cone company with NED. They are biggest ice cream cone maker in the U.S. with plants in Pennsylvania and Arizona. Joy makes special branded cones for some of their largest customers.
I don’t want to say we’re brilliant, but I think given the hand friendliness, this qualifies as thumbelievable!
Ok, shutting up now – have a look!