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Japanese sweets maker cooks up edible spoons

More sustainable packaging to come as companies shift away from plastics

The edible spoon was developed to withstand Japanese sweets that can be thick and sticky.

OKAYAMA, Japan -- Confection seller Minamoto Kitchoan has turned rice crackers into an edible spoon strong enough for thick Japanese sweets, aiming to cut plastic waste and adopt a more sustainable business model.

Made solely from domestically produced rice flour and sugar, the tiny new utensil contains no common allergens. Minamoto Kitchoan plans to include it with a rice-cake-and-sweet-bean snack from the spring.

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