Pure Decadence - Laser Etched Chocolate Bar

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Introduction: Pure Decadence - Laser Etched Chocolate Bar

after seeing the Laser Etched Powerbook project i got to thinking - i don't use a mac, and isn't there something a bit more temporal i could do? we were breaking out the saturday night munchies and i had an idea...

Step 1: Unwrap Chocolate Bar

buy a quality chocolate bar, and unwrap it. do not eat yet!

Step 2: Place Chocolate Bar in Laser Cutter

Align carefully and size your graphic to fit the bar.

Put a piece of clean paper under the bar, so that burned plastic from other projects doesn't get on the bottom of the bar. you're going to be eating this!

Step 3: Laser Etch the Chocolate!

I used these settings for the epilog 45 watt laser:
300dpi
30% power
100% speed / raster cut

Step 4: Done

after the etching success i tried to cut all the way through the chocolate with the laser. i was hoping to cut some Escher tilings with different color chocolates. unfortunately the chocolate is much too melty, trying to cut all the way through just made a big puddle of melted chocolate iwhich dribbled all over the laser cutter.

Step 5: Don't Have a Laser Cutter? No Problem!

if you're hoping to do this at home and don't have a laser cutter - don't worry! you can easily do this with a piece of cardboard, a sharp knife, and a lamp. just cut the cardboard into a stencil of the pattern you want, then hold the cardboard between the chocolate and the hot lamp. the chocolate will melt in the exposed areas, leaving a very visible pattern even after it cools.

Step 6: Enjoy!


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    First, thank you SO MUCH for posting this. I needed something fun for Mother's Day. This is perfect and super fun. I'm really enjoying it.

    One challenge I have, though. Whenever I etch glass, I get a fog in the field around the etching. This was even more pronounced on the chocolate. I get rid of it on the glass by wrapping a paper towel around it. Do you have that problem and a way to deal with it on chocolate?

    Thanks!

    Wow. I wish I had a laser cutter. How many tries did it take to get that bar?

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    first try, but it was close - i found it in the 'baking' isle and picked it up, but then while transferring to my shopping cart i was distracted by a cutie looking at the brown sugar and almost dropped it!

    Where do all your crazy kooks get your laser cutters? I suppose this one is owned by squid labs? I've tried and tried to convince my main squeeze that we need one, but then he hasn't gotten me a sandblaster either. Suppose I better work on getting a couch first. Really, though. Is there an artist's coop or something in the bay area that has one open for use?

    any local hackerspaces?

    user

    not that i know of, but possibly Techshop in palo alto has one.

    Just the other day at work we were talking about "branding" images into steaks (raw meat, pre-cooking). A coworker of mine did it a few years back. Pretty similar in concept.

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    oh yeah? just yesterday we were talking about "branding" images onto people (live, with skin). My coworker gave it a try.