3-D Printed Chocolate Makes Science Even Sweeter

The future of chocolate is here.

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.

Cover image via Rock and Wasp / Shutterstock.

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