For several years now, bars where science and alcoholic beverages like Scotch mix have been majorly on trend. Want a neon-layered cocktail created with nitrogen? A bar in Queensland has your fix. Dream of boats that self-propel across the top of your drink? MIT students designed just that.
It's understandable, then, that science is being fused with another common after-dinner indulgence: dessert. 3-D printing, sometimes called the future of manufacturing, is now a technique used to make and shape chocolate. The results are incredible.
According to its website, La Miam Factory, a Belgian chocolate shop based in the municipality of Gembloux, was the first start-up spun off by the local University of Liege's Smart Gastronomy Lab. The lab's purpose is to bring together creativity from "different universes": that of chefs, software developers, and leaders in the agricultural industry.
The shop uses a 3-D printer developed by the lab that has since been certified by AFSCA, a federal agency that oversees food safety in Belgium. La Miam Factory's website boasts that the resulting chocolate shapes — letters outlined in thin chocolate swirls, sharply cut geometric patterns, tubes of chocolate that coil together — could not be achieved with traditional molding tickets, and truth be told, they're a sight to behold.
Check them out in the video above.
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