3D printed chocolate might be around the corner

3D Systems
has announced a partnership with confectionery giant Hershey to bring
3D printed chocolate to the mainstream.

3D Systems showcased
the ChefJet printer at the Las Vegas CES expo this month, which begin at around
$US 5,000 and were developed by the husband-and-wife team at the The Sugar Lab.
The ChefJet units print in sugar and chocolate.

“We believe that innovation is key to delivering
relevant, compelling consumer experiences with our iconic brands,” said VP and chief R&D officer at Hershey Co., William Papa, in a statement.

“Mainstreaming 3D printing is fundamental to our success
and we are fortunate to partner with Hershey, the largest producer of quality
chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and confection to
expand the 3D printing experience into delectable edibles,” said Chuck
Hull from 3D Systems.

Reuters reports that there is no sign yet regarding when the multi-year agreement will
produce anything, and that a company spokesperson has suggested Hershey would
like to bring the printers to consumers rather than put them purely to
commercial use.