Gummy Desires with 3D Candy Printers

Posted by Chuck Harrell on Dec 26, 2015 11:00:00 AM

gummies.jpgEver since the 1950's, home chefs and housewives have been looking at ways of making their lives easier.  Initially, it began with the first automatic coffee pot and now today, you can make your own soft drinks using Sodastream.  

But now, an ingenious company could be just about to fulfill our sweetest sweet tooth desires.  In much the same way that Sodastream brought soft drinks to the kitchen, this new 3D candy printer could give us or gummy desires.  In reality, it's unlikely that our homes will have one of these devices any time soon, but for commercial bakers it could add a whole new level of design to cakes.  The Magic Candy Factory is the brainchild of Bastian Fassin, CEO of Katjes and Melissa Snover, founder of organic confectionery brand Goody Good Stuff and is thought to be the first consumer 3D food printer.  Initially, for its beta phase, it make its debut in Berlin for eight weeks during September and October 2015 but, the future plan is to roll it out to shopping malls where in five minutes, a 10 gram printed gummy design is completed.

If however, sweets aren't your thing and you prefer real food but without the hassle of mixing ingredients and rolling it out and forming it into shapes, Natural MachinesFoodini may be the answer. It's envisaged, this table top product will make the production of detailed, highly skilled foods such as ravioli or petite fours an awful lot easier. Even if you don't want something as complicated as that but would still like to know which ingredients are in your food, then the Foodini may well be the answer, in much the same way that the Breadmaker gives us the option of which ingredients we use in our dough.
There are , however, several problems with version one that may prevent it gaining traction in homes. Perhaps the most important is that cooks still need to perform the time consuming task of preparing the food before performing the messy task of putting the combined ingredients into dispensing tubes. Once printed, the newly formed items then need to be cooked.  However, on an industrial level, machines like this could be a game changer in the production of convenience food. Imagine a world where airline food is prepared in the air. Thereby giving a much fresher flavor and potentially a much greater variety of options. 
Initially these devices won't change the way we cook at home, but they offer a glimpse into a future we've been promised since the 1950s.

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