The Internet has been buzzing about the future of chocolate ever since CocoJet was unveiled at CES last week. The CocoJet is a very delicious looking 3D chocolate printer, which is the result of the collaboration between 3D Systems and The Hershey Company.
You know those nights when you’re up late working, and you crave a chocolate bar to keep your energy flowing? Now you’ll just have to walk to your own kitchen to create your own chocolate treat. Yep, making chocolate has officially become geeky.
I know your first thought, since it was my first thought too. You are wondering if this 3D chocolate printer will be affordable. If the cost of the other 3D printers developed by 3D Systems is any indication, this one will be pricey when it’s released to the public (boo).
For the foreseeable future, it will most likely be much more affordable to walk to the corner store and buy a chocolate bar. But we all know that being a geek ain’t cheap, so for some geeks with a sweet tooth, this will probably be a realistic option.
What I like most about this idea is that Hershey is taking our love of chocolate into the future with pride. Hershey chocolate has been around for over 100 years, and it makes me happy that the company is progressive enough to get involved with new technologies for the next generation of chocolate lovers around the world.
One hurdle I have to get over in my mind is the fact that 3D printed food is edible. There’s just something about printed food that seems fake to me. The reality is, we are hearing more and more about 3D printed food. It’s likely going to become an integral part of our future. I’m sure the first time I taste delicious, sweet 3D printed Hershey’s Kisses, I’ll forevermore love 3D printed food.
YouTube: CocoJet 3D Printer (by 3D Systems)