The Hershey Company shows off 3-D printed chocolate

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The Hershey Company demonstrated 3-D printed chocolate at the recent National Confectioners Association’s annual Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago…

The Hershey Company demonstrated 3-D printed chocolate at the recent National Confectioners Association’s annual Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago.


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The intersection of technology and consumers’ desire for customisation is changing their experiences with confection and foods. 3-D printing is at the forefront of this shift with its nearly endless customisation capability. Staying at the forefront of confectionary innovation, Hershey has partnered with 3D Systems, the industry’s leading 3-D printing company, to introduce 3-D printed chocolate.

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A finalist in Engadget’s “Best of the Consumer Electronics Show” awards, this one-of-a-kind food technology can make intricate designs and custom shapes, such as faces, animals, buildings and logos that are simply not possible with traditional chocolate molding.

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The printer made its public debut at a live 3-D chocolate printing exhibition at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction in Hershey, Pennsylvania, last year. Hershey has since evolved the technology based on consumer feedback and the latest iteration 3-D chocolate printer—the most advanced version in the world—went on display at Sweets & Snacks. The printer will be part of a permanent exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction beginning later this year.

3-D printed chocolate gives consumers the opportunity to personalise their own confectionary

Speaking in December when the 3-D printer was unveiled at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction, Will Papa, Hershey’s Chief Research and Development Officer, said, “We are now using 3-D technology to bring Hershey goodness to consumers in unanticipated and exciting ways.

“3-D printing gives consumers nearly endless possibilities for personalising their chocolate, and our exhibit will be their first chance to see 3-D chocolate candy printing in action.”

Chuck Hull, Founder and Chief Technology Officer for 3D Systems, added, “We are committed to democratising 3-D printing, making this game-changing technology accessible and engaging for everyone.

“Our partnership with Hershey, the largest producer of quality chocolate inNorth America and a global leader in chocolate and confections, allows us to create unique, exciting and personalized edible experiences, and this is a great way to showcase the power and possibilities of 3-D printing.”

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