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Parmesan Cheese Pencils: Sharpen Your Way into Better Salads

Instead of grating your Parmigiano-Reggiano, try sharpening them. 

German advertising agency Kolle Rebbe rolled out these parmesan cheese pencils for food coop The Deli Garage, which sells hand-made artisanal delicatessen food in ingenious and artful packaging. Available in three different flavors (truffle, pesto, and chili, all found where the graphite ought to be in a normal pencil), Kolle Rebbe molds the king of cheese into oversized cylindrical pencils that can easily be sharpened as you would the wooden kind.

This clever packaging reinvents the parmesan from a nondescript block you might easily pass over in the supermarket to a delightful, hands-on experience. It includes the calorie count relative to the length of the pencil used, as well as recommendations on how much to use for certain recipes. Produced in a limited batch of 500 sets, these quirky parmesan cheese pencils unfortunately ran out in as little as two weeks.

Parmesan cheese pencils from The Deli Garage.
A scale on the back shows the calorie content per portion.
Shave the pencils as you would a normal pencil.