Fruit-Flavored Envelopes Taste Good When You Lick Them

Fruit-Flavored Envelopes Taste Good When You Lick Them

'Flavorlopes' smell and taste like fruit, making mailing a letter a more enjoyable and flavorful task.

Allie Walker
  • 13 june 2012

Are you one of the many people who despises licking the back of an envelope? While there are a few options to get around actually licking an envelope to seal it- using tape, a wet washcloth, or even buying a glue stick to get the job done, licking is by far the most efficient- and cleanest- method, if only the glue tasted better!

Two years ago, when Chris Dunbar was busy stuffing and licking envelopes at work one day, he was struck with an idea- why not improve the actual taste of the glue? He reasoned that if his children’s pencils and highlighters could be scented, there was no reason why he couldn’t make make envelopes that smelled and tasted good. He started mixing flavored oils in his kitchen and tested the flavors out on his 3 children- he knew that if they liked his concoctions, his idea had potential. When he had gotten their nod of approval, Dunbar filed his patent (a first in the envelope market!) for a flavored gum to seal envelopes, and ‘Flavorlopes’ was born.

There are currently five flavors in the new ‘Flavorlopes’ envelope and notecard line–cherry, grape, orange, apple, and strawberry–with plans to introduce specialty and holiday-themed flavors soon. Dunbar and his wife Paige oversee flavor creation while their neighbor prints the envelopes- production started in April of 2012, and already, big name retailers are approaching the couple for custom flavored, branded envelopes.

The Dunbars commented on their vision for ‘Flavorlopes:’

Over 400 billion envelopes are made yearly, but that number is in decline as modern technology competes with our more traditional ways of communicating.  By introducing some flavorful fun into the lick of an envelope, we hope to reverse this trend.  Since the 1800’s when machine-made envelopes came into production, no one has thought to make sealing the envelope a process people can actually enjoy.  But now the envelope is about to leap into the 21st century, with a flurry of flavors that are sure to delight with each delicious lick!  We hope to reinvent an old fashioned idea, communicating with the written word and sealing it with the sweet taste of Flavorlopes!

Watch a video of people’s reactions to tasting a ‘Flavorlope:’



Dubai And The Future Of Humanitarian Design

Design & Architecture
Technology october 21, 2016

Concept Camera Designed To Only Take Unique Photos

Camera Restricta is tool that prompts photographers to only capture one-of-a-kind images

Design & Architecture october 21, 2016

Fragrance Will Release The Smell Of Data If Your Private Information Is Being Leaked

The device is designed to create a physical cue for the potential dangers lurking online


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Retail october 21, 2016

LYNK & CO Is A New Auto Brand That Promises Mobile Connectivity On Wheels

Online access and mobility sharing are driving the company to disrupt the auto industry

Related Expert

Jonathon Keats

Experimental Philosopher, Artist

Travel october 21, 2016

Become A Citizen Of The First Nation In Space

Asgardia is a new concept for a floating society above Earth

Entertainment october 21, 2016

Speaker Displays Song Lyrics As Music Is Played

The device is able to generate the graphics on a translucent screen and retrieve the words from a connected database

AI october 21, 2016

Travel Assistant Scans Your Emails To Make Planning Easier

This AI add-on will sync with your inbox and sends reminders to make sure you don't miss anything important


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed october 20, 2016

Wearable Tech Expert: Designing Technology To Empower Connection To Ourselves

Billie Whitehouse, Founder of Wearable Experiments, shares her new vision for the quantified self

PSFK Labs october 21, 2016

PSFK Picks: Top 5 Performance-Enhancing Wearables

Our new report looks at innovations pioneering the future of performance through intelligent activewear and predictive analytics

Millennials october 21, 2016

FOMO Survival Kit Helps Millennials Cope With Social Anxieties

The satirical product is meant to be a playful diversion for people who feel like they are missing out

Food october 21, 2016

New York Restaurant Uses Tomato Sushi As Its Newest Meat Alternative

fresh&co is using sous vide Roma tomatoes to create a vegan option that has the texture and taste of tuna

Advertising october 21, 2016

Red Bull Converts Sao Paulo Payphones Into Data-Driven Bus Schedules

The booths allow city residents to check local transit times through a simple toll-free phone call

Work october 21, 2016

Health Expert: Nutritional Meal Replacements Are A Solution To Corporate Wellness

Ample Foods Founder Connor Young explains why supplements are the next food trend coming to the workplace

Retail october 21, 2016

Why Experiential Events Could Replace Trade Shows

Marketers are seeking creative and impactful new ways to connect with influencers

Children october 21, 2016

Modular Kit Teaches Kids How To Make Their Own Robots

MODI features magnetic modules and a platform for programming to encourage experimentation

Infants october 21, 2016

Work Table Doubles As A Baby Seat

Designer Kunsik Choi created the furniture to facilitate emotional communication between between parents and their children

Technology october 21, 2016

Album Turns Into Something New Each Time It’s Streamed

Bill Baird's new album explores the relationship between time and music through a website crafted by design team, One Pixel Wide

No search results found.