Lotte's newest Toppo chocolate-filled pretzel stick snacks might seem like just another unconventional snack creation from Japan, but the newest flavor offers a look into the future of product creation, powered by artificial intelligence.
The Calamansi Chocolate Toppo features calamansi, also known as the Panama orange or Philippine lime. This flavor was selected by an AI program that analyzed data detailing consumer preferences when it came to flavors and ingredients. To reflect the unique way the pretzel snack product was created, the packaging integrates circuit board imagery.
Artificial intelligence is now being used to create everything from entire music albums to commercials, as well as judging panels that are able to assess works of art and design. Although the many possibilities of AI are being explored by a range of different sectors, the food industry in particular is leveraging the technology to create bold and unexpected new flavor pairings.