Sweet 3D Printer

Dylan’s Candy Bar is an upscale sweet shop in Manhattan. In a stunning proof that 3D printing has become buzzword-worthy, they’ve announced a deal with Katjes Magic Candy Factory to bring four 3D gummy printers to the US (specifically, to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami).

The device looks a bit like a classic 3D printer, but it extrudes eight different gummis in a variety of flavors. The store offers twenty designs but you can also print text or your own drawings (including, apparently, your face).

Each creation costs about $20. Time will tell if this is just a stunt, or if we are going to see food printers cropping up at a mall near you. You can see a video they posted to Twitter below along with a video from the product roll out of the printer in question.

We’ve seen plenty of chocolate printers, both made of Lego and eight-armed.  We even heard a talk on mayonnaise printers in Belgrade.  Is this the tip of an iceberg or a passing fad?

12 thoughts on “Sweet 3D Printer

  1. Why is this one called 3D printer when it only printed in 2D? All the video shows the resulting project to be flat and fairly thin which suggest no Z-axis capability.

    1. Nah, it printed 2 layers, likely using off the shelf firmware with some slight mod for the extruder\depositor.

      A bigger issue might be claiming it is a ‘world first’, when surely some person did and published this in like 2002.

      I mean, also, they bought the machines off the shelf.. Perhaps they just mean ‘worlds first consumer-availability’ or something.

  2. Lots of printable food out there. Plenty of cake-shops will put an edible photo (food-safe inkjet on fondant?) on your cake, and there are now a bunch of “selfie cafes” all over Asia where they will print your selfie on coffee, cake, whatever.

    1. Originally they used food coloring ‘inks’ printed onto thin sheets of something, probably gelatine, which was then carefully laid onto a frosted cake.

      That is old tech. Now there are machines that print directly onto cakes and other confections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDXmb_acWOs

      The latest thing? Coffee printers that can spray down full color photos onto the foam atop a latte.

      1. I recall the cake photo printing via color inkjet at local grocery stores in the early 90s.
        I also recall being more interested in the digital photography or photo scanning/digitization of it back then than the inkjetting.

        I also thought at the time how cool hooking a frosting extruder to a CNC machine would be, in the 90s I think most people considered 3D printing(rapid prototyping then) to be an expensive futuristic thing with lasers and photo-cured resin.

    1. She will come around, I’ll cook up some bacon. Maybe I can 3D print on it so she thinks it is kale!
      There might be some frozen hamburger in the freezer that she eats one day a year. 99.726% vegan.
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      3D food has been around for decades. I couldn’t care less about printed candies! I hope it’s a passing fad.

    2. Agreed 100%. I shut the video off at that moment.

      Also, I don’t see anything new here, but there are plenty of gullible “health food” nuts out there, so I’m sure they’ll make a killing.
      I think Ted Nugent said it best, “You can eat the rabbit food, I’ll eat the rabbit!”

    3. Not all vegan food is healthy and not all healthy food is vegan, but there is considerable overlap. As opposed to the so called “natural” labels that don’t really mean much. Complain about those instead. :)

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