Taste Testing 3-D Printed Food (VIDEO)

We sample a trio of machine-crafted confections — CocoJet dark chocolate, ChefJet tart blackberry candy and XYZ Printing butter cookies. 

The 3D printers used to create everything from industrial prototypes to jewelry are coming to the culinary world. In collaboration with chefs and companies like Hershey’s and Barilla, makers of 3-D printers are experimenting with chocolate, cookie dough, sugar and other ingredients that can be loaded into a printer.

The promise of these machines isn’t just mass production, but also an entirely different type of deliciousness. The printers can render ingredients like chocolate and pasta in shapes and textures that have previously been impossible to create. Molecular-gastronomy pioneer Ferran Adrià has experimented with the technology; a Barilla-sponsored competition for 3-D-printed pasta designs yielded one that blooms into a flower when boiled.

Most food-capable 3-D printers are targeted at professional chefs and will likely cost thousands when they hit the market. But what does the food taste like? At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, I sampled sweets produced by three different models. For all, I asked for seconds. … (read more)

Source: WSJ.com