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Richard III cake by Conjuror’s Kitchen.

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Butterfinger bars are delicious, but they’re not exactly healthy. I mean, all that sugar aside, chocolates like these are generally loaded with artificial ingredients—including food dyes and preservatives. However, Nestlé USA is planning on removing these unnatural elements from its chocolate products by the end of this year. Over 250 Nestle chocolate products, ranging from Butterfinger bars to Baby Ruth and 100 Grand bars, will be affected by this change.

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This Candy Craft Chocolate Pen by Skyrocket Toys may be my new favorite cooking gadget. It’s exactly what you think it is –– a pen that lets you write in chocolate. Not chocolate syrup mind you, but chocolate.

The pen has an electric motor to heat and extrude real liquid chocolate, and the tubes can be switched out so you can use different colors. Once that chocolate cools, you’ve got chocolate in whatever design you can think of.

I have to figure that this pen, which will retail for $30 starting this Fall, is going to make cooking a lot more fun for a lot of the geeks I know.

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The world likes molding food into shapes, so it’s a good thing companies keep coming out with new shapes to mold things into. This time around, you can turn your ice/gelatin/chocolate/etc into your favorite Star Wars ships or characters from both the Dark and Light sides of the Force.

Extra points to people who make grand ship battles out of chocolate, complete with pew pew noises.

Product Pages: Star Wars Spacecraft Ice Cube Tray / Star Wars Dark Side vs. Light Side Ice Cube Tray ($9.99)

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They’re so yummy! Eat one Captain. EAT IT DAMN YOU!

Redditor CakeForReddit got cardboard Jean Luc Picard to help make a batch of Valentine’s chocolates featuring Earl Grey ganache and lemon cream.

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If you and your S.O. are planning on pigging out on chocolate this Valentine’s Day, then a chocolate piggie from Tokyo-based candy manufacturers, tutto bene would be the perfect treat. Then again, it might send the wrooooooong message.

Though it’s a Japanese company, the candy makers’ name is derived from an Italian saying that means, “Everything is great.” In keeping with the whole Italian thing, the company makes a variety of chocolates that are pig-shaped, since Italy is (apparently) pretty well known for its pig-themed good luck charms, symbols and trinkets.

The company offers a few different piggie chocolates, but all of them are definitely tasty. The big guy pictured up top is the Gran Siesta, a 2.2-hunk of chocolate that’s made with 35 percent cocoa butter and it’s priced at $68, or 8,000 yen. There’s also the Juliette II, a smaller, tutu-wearing chocolate piggie that costs 600 yen, or roughly $5. Lastly, there’s the Figaro set, which features a mixture chocolate “cuts” that are arranged to look like a butcher’s pork diagram. That one runs for 1,800 yen or roughly $15.

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In celebration of World Nutella Day last week, Elizabeth of Sugar Hero made giant versions of Ferrero Rocher candies. These candies are usually bite-size balls of hazlenut and chocolate that are made by Ferrero (the same company that makes Nutella). Elizabeth’s versions measure 5 inches across.

Since they wouldn’t hold if they were made exactly like the candy, she changed them up a little. They’re filled with layers of hazelnut chocolate mousse and chocolate cake. One of them will do nicely for dinner, don’t you think?

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Tell her you’ll give her the moon this Valentine’s Day. Then give her this box of chocolates. Close enough.

See Also: This Planetary Glass Set Is Both Beautiful And Educational

It’s got the entire solar system in one box. Each chocolate looks like a different planet so although we can’t travel to them yet, we can at least devour them as sweet chocolates.

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These striking chocolates were designed by Oki Sato of Nendo. He was named Designer of the Year by Maison et Objet and made this very special set of 9 chocolates for the occasion.

Each represents a Japanese onomatopoeic word that describes texture. There will only be 400 sets of Chocolatexture made and they’ll be sold during a special event held today in Paris.

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So, we’ve talked about all kinds of 3D printers that deal with food, but this particular version is definitely among the most marketable.

3D Systems, in conjunction with The Hershey Company, unveiled a 3D chocolate printer at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas on Tuesday. The CocoJet can create unique geometric chocolate designs through pre-programmed synchronized printing methods. At this moment, there isn’t any word on when the CocoJet will be available commercially, though 3D Systems does plan on making it available to the public.

But just as a heads up, 3D Systems also has a number of other candy printers (like the ChefJet, which retails at around $5,000, or the ChefJet Pro which comes in at $10,000), so the price tag will undoubtedly scare off most ordinary buyers.

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