If you've been hearing about 3D food printers for a while but figured it would be years before you got your hands on one, the wait is over. Katje's Magic Candy Factory has just released one that makes customized gummy candies in just five minutes, and you can try one online or at a store near you.
The machine lets you play candy designer, so you can draw your own shapes or words with your finger on a tablet, and the gummies will print out exactly as entered. Or you can choose from a few hundred templates for messages and shapes like dinosaur, elephant, octopus, stingray, whatever you want. Next, pick a flavor (green apple, elderberry, blackcurrant, and much more), and add a finishing spritz of fizzy dust, edible glitter or sour spray. Bonus: The candies are made with pectin instead of gelatin, so unlike most mass-marketed gummies they're totally vegan.
The Magic Candy Factory service is available now at Dylan's Candy Bar in New York City and Chicago, and will be online and at the company's other locations in Los Angeles and Miami in June.
"We love merging fashion, art and pop culture, and we always look for innovative products, but this is really the most innovative product we've seen in the 14 years we've been open," founder Dylan Lauren explained to Teen Vogue.
It won't be long before you see the 3D food printing technology showing up everywhere. Much of the innovation is being spearheaded in European countries such as Germany, where the Magic Candy Factory launched last year (and where gummy companies like Haribo rule), and in Finland, where a team of scientists is building the 3D snack printing vending machines of our dreams.
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