3DchocolateBookaholics and chocoholics are two very seriously overlapping groups.

Thanks to the wonders of 3-D printing, could the V-Day gift of the future be a chocolate book of love poems—with slightly three-dimensional images on the cover and maybe even on some pages inside?  Yes, technical challenges would arise, such as making the pages sufficiently study and flippable. But who knows how far R&D can take us?

Such thoughts come to mind in the wake of a TechCrunch item, augmented with a video:

Hershey’s chocolate scientists are now 3D printing uniquely designed candy. The confection company is taking its CocoJet 3D printer from 3D Systems to different exhibits throughout the U.S. to show chocolate lovers how this futuristic candy machine creates uniquely delicious designs.Consumers interact with a library of 3D graphics on an iPad to get the machine to form a number of chocolate designs—including complicated hexagons and intricately laced patterns. The CocoJet works on open-source patterns so it’s possible to upload your own design to the CocoJet, too. According to Hershey’s tech marketing exec Jeff Mundt, it’s a bit more complicated to get a figurine, but you could theoretically make yourself (or your crush friend) into a chocolate replica.

What do you think? Could a chocolate book of love poems be just the ticket for you or your SO for V-Day 2020?

About the image: No, it’s not the book I have in mind. But it shows how far along are Hershey’s R&D people.


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