Out with the old and in with the extremely new. That’s the hope for plenty of smart appliances that are coming down the pipeline for consumers to add to their kitchens. From 3D printers that produce chocolate creations and sweet treats to devices that make meal prep way easier, our homes are about to get a lot more Jetsons-esque. The future of meal, snack and beverage making will not only be cooler, but it will also be smarter than the appliances you’re working with in your kitchen today.
With that in mind, Brit + Co teamed up with The Hershey Company to share 10 kitchen gadgets that are looking to claim a space on your countertop in the coming years. And if you were in San Francisco for Re:Make last week, you got to check out the CocoJet IRL.
1. CocoJet: Is there anything better than a piece of chocolate customized for you? Beautiful and delicious come together in Hershey’s new 3D chocolate printer, which will soon be printing customizable treats for you at home and when you’re out on the town. To provide innovative sweets, Hershey’s food experts and its innovation team partnered with 3D Systems for its latest venture to make the most advanced 3D chocolate printer. Hershey is going beyond simple confections to give bakers, chocolatiers and home cooks endless opportunities to print custom designs in dark, milk or white chocolate. With the CocoJet you can create chocolate pieces that have intricate, custom designs with textures and shapes not possible with traditional chocolate moulding. Hershey’s printer will be able to print anything your heart desires… the sky’s the limit! Everything from a logo to animals, people and places. Before you know it, you’ll have this CES fave in your home to express your creativity through chocolate, watching those projects print right before your eyes… and then enjoying them the second they’re done ;)
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2. ChefJet: The first professional-grade culinary 3D printer, the ChefJet Pro brings unprecedented design potential to the culinary arts. Utilizing a variety of confectionary recipes, including sugar, frosting and candy in a variety of flavors, the ChefJet Pro, also from 3D Systems, can create bespoke confections for an unlimited array of applications—sculptural, ornate cake and cupcake toppers, bespoke candies and mints, delicate latticework over which a cocktail is poured and logo sugar cubes to sweeten coffee at a corporate event, just to name a few.
3. Genie: If you’ve been wanting to eat better without all of the prep work, this future private chef machine is exactly what you’re looking for. With the Genie, all you have to do is place an eco-friendly Genie Smart Baking Pod into the smart device, and voila — you’ve got a meal. Baking pods are made up of natural baking ingredients mixed with freeze-dried fruits and veggies with no added preservatives — and, bonus, they have a shelf life of over a year! After placing your ingredient pod of choice into the device, a five-star meal pops out ready for you to eat in less than a minute. It’s not magic; it’s a genie.