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The treat that's for those with the sweetest face

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 28, 2013

  • Dr Liang Hao has combined 3D printing technology with chocolate to create a tasteful commercial opportunity

  • It's a dream gift for egotistic chocoholics

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Chocoholics who are still not sick of the chocolates this Christmas can now get their face made out of their favourite treat – with the world's first 3D chocolate printer.

A firm called Choc Edge has designed the state-of-the-art machine which allows users to build any 3D shape out of Belgian chocolate.

Customers can send an image of themselves through the company's website and the machine creates a thick layered chocolate portrait – like a mask – for between £50 to £80.

There is also a cheaper version – the machine will produce a 2D portrait on edible ricepaper for £24.99.

The company was set up in 2011 by Dr Liang Hao of the University of Exeter in Devon and has since sold the machines to companies across the globe.

The unique machine – Choc Creator – works by squirting out chocolate and, via computer instructions, allows the user to build any shape they like out of the food.

Dr Liang Hao, who is also a senior lecturer at Exeter University, said: "We now have plans to supply to retail units in the high street."

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