Science And Nature Combine To Form This Weird, Tasty Snack

While still in its infancy, 3D printing is really starting to take off as many designers and hobbyists experiment with different uses for the technology. While the most common uses of 3D printing involve making common objects out of plastic, food designer Chloé Rutzerveld has taken a different approach. Using a special type of 3D printer, Chloé creates edible structures that literally come to life in front of your eyes.

Chloé wanted to find a way to use 3D printers in food that show that the production methods don’t have to create unnatural or unhealthy foods.

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The edible, 3D-printed snack is made from a unique mixture of organic seeds, spores and yeast that begin to sprout after a few days.

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The basket-shaped shell of the snack is printed with a filling of agar. Agar, a gelatin made from algae, is both edible and provides the seeds and spores with enough nutrients to sprout.

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After only a few days, the snack is fully sprouted.

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As the snack slowly grows and everything starts to sprout, its shape, along with its flavor profile, also changes.

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The end product is not only healthy but also incredibly sustainable.

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