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3-D printing candy machine debuts at Dylan's Candy Bar

The world's first 3-D food printer to hit the retail market is yours to try at Dylan's Candy Bar.

Created by the Magic Candy Factory, for $20 you can design your own candy, pick a flavor and watch your creation get made.

Here's the inside scoop, and reasons why you should run to Dylan's on the Upper East Side or in Union Square.

It's a computer that makes candy

While 3-D printing has been used in candy
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While 3-D printing has been used in candy prototyping for years, according to Melissa Snover, the creator of the Magic Candy Factory, this is the first time one has entered the retail market.

"[The computer] prints 35,000 lines of code," she said, adding that it took 18 months to design and build.

You can say what you want to say

Add a custom message to your design. Dylan
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Add a custom message to your design.

Dylan Lauren, owner of Dylan's Candy Bar, expects the 3-D printer to be rented out for parties and baby showers, and to be used for guest invitations and party favors. Who wouldn't want to personalize a wedding or party invite with a gummy candy?

Take a selfie -- and then print it

Scan a picture into the Magic Candy Factory
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Scan a picture into the Magic Candy Factory and within three to five minutes, you'll have a gummy selfie. (Or a picture of Beyoncé.)

You can make an octopus (and then eat it)

Or if you don't like selfies, choose from
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Or if you don't like selfies, choose from dozens of other animals, shapes or custom messages.

You have flavor choices, too

From Tropical Blue to Beautiful Blackcurrant, choose the
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From Tropical Blue to Beautiful Blackcurrant, choose the color and taste that suits you and your candy.

You can watch it all happen

There's no greater joy than watching a machine
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There's no greater joy than watching a machine shoot gummy candy -- all-natural, vegan, gluten-free -- out of a machine, and having the finished product resemble your face (or whatever else you chose to print).

There's the NYC skyline...

It's easy to fall into a mesmerized state
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It's easy to fall into a mesmerized state of consciousness.

Glitter spray abounds

Because of course you're going to want edible
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Because of course you're going to want edible glitter all over your candy!

You leave with something you helped create

And if you don't want to eat it
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And if you don't want to eat it because it looks so cool, the machine prints out a test heart first, perfect for eating while your design is being made.

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