DSC02508Today my friend Donna Morris and I strolled down to Le LABO in Paris, a shop that blends science and art. It’s a brightly lighted space, very spare, offering some English language books, including one of my all-time favorites, Einstein’s Dreams by MIT professor Alan Lightman. Their display of objects for sale was sparse, but the windows were full of Le Whif, a product jointly developed by Harvard professor of biomedical engineering David Edwards and Thierry Marx, a French chef who has won two Michelin stars.

 

                  Le Whif is a lipstick-shaped plastic tube that gives you a puff of chocolate powder in the mouth. The theory is that you can inhale the scent and flavor of chocolate without the calories. The tubes come in several flavors: plain chocolate with mint, with raspberries.

                  We felt pretty silly sticking the tubes into our mouths,

Le Whif, product demonstration by Donna

Le Whif, product demonstration by Donna

 and I’m sure I wouldn’t want to use Le Whif in public. You definitely get a chocolate taste, but without the luxurious mouth-feel of silky chocolate. I think I’ll save up my calories and have a cup of chocolat Africain at Angelina’s instead.