Snazzleberries!: 3-D Printing Mixed-Fruit Flavored Berries

June 2, 2014


Berries: everybody loves them. One time in college I was wandering around campus high when I stumbled across a wild blackberry patch. I sat there in the sunlight for like an hour just eating and dyeing my hands purple. It was the best day of my life. Now UK company Dovetailed has developed a 3-D fruit and berry printer. I am going to invent so many new flavors!

Dovetailed is sparse with details on how their new printer works, but it more than likely uses a molecular gastronomy technique called "spherification." This begins when fruit juice or puree gets mixed with a thickening agent (usually sodium alginate). Then, the substance is added to a bowl of calcium salt where it forms into spheres with tiny skins that hold all the juiciness inside (sort of like fruit in its native form). The 3D printer then combines these spheres and prints them out in whatever combination of flavors, textures and shapes you want. Or you can just print out a plain pear or apple or any other fruit you have a craving for.

Pretty awesome, right? Now you print some new berry flavor combinations and I'll try to guess what they are. *eating* Mmmm, strawboysenberry. I liked that one a lot, clearly you have a knack for this. *eating another* YUM -- blue strawcherry. Keep going. *bites, immediately spits out* Dingleberry -- good one, jerk.

Keep going for a video of a ripe berry being printed.

Thanks to Garbera, who always buys fresh berries at the farmer's market on Sundays and bakes pies. Please tell me you leave them on the windowsill to cool.

  • px4

    Just to be clear, he used an expensive machine and fancy sounding ingredients to make... jello.
    The people impressed by this are the same saps that sign those petitions to ban dihydrogen monoxide.
    If this is the most interesting tech article available, i'd say we're sliding back towards the dark ages.

  • channingz

    not really jello, something more akin to Fruit Boba

  • Richelle Howes

    Im getting tired of "3D printers" "oh lets make an overly complicated machine to make a jelly candy" think the only think useful they've made with these damn printers are the 3D printed casts...

  • Richelle Howes

    But still they made BOBA! out of a 3D printer, come one haha, but yes I agree there are more useful things, but really, does it NEED to be that complicated

  • channingz

    and homes, and prosthetic limbs, and tools, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

  • dougfunnay

    you are so right richelle
    silly 3d printers
    who would want a machine that could create almost anything they can think of out of metal, plastic, glass etc.

    these are trinket machines and dont let anyone tell you otherwise

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Those droplets have a liquid core so it isn't just jelly candy... Although you wouldn't need a 3D printer to make that.

  • I Do Not want a cherry that tastes like an Apple!

  • Closet Nerd

    Never mind.... Snazzleberries, not Schnozberries
    still better than dingleberries
    .....just sayin

  • Closet Nerd

    In a later Roald Dahl book, "My Uncle Oswald" (1979), the word is used
    as slang for the head of a penis. (The book is about Oswald and his
    female accomplice developing an aphrodisiac to obtain the semen of
    notables, for sale to women desiring gifted offspring.)

    So in Willy Wonka when the kids are licking "Schnozberries" they're "licking the tip"
    .......just sayin

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