UPPER EAST SIDE — Dylan's Candy Bar is going high-tech.
Owner Dylan Lauren unveiled the sweet shop's new 3D printer during a launch party on the Upper East Side on Monday, demonstrating how its new printer can make anything from unicorns to images of their face out of gummy candy.
Customers will now be able to walk in to either of Dylan's Upper East Side or Union Square locations and choose from 100 pre-made designs or create their own images to print out into candy for $20 each.
"Customers want to see their own candy being made," Lauren said. "It's like you're visiting a factory."
The vegan, gluten- and dairy-free gummies come in a variety of flavors including "Elegant Elderberry," "Sublime Strawberry" and "Beautiful Blackcurrant."
Once visitors choose the design using the in-store tablet, the 3D printers get to work, laying down layers of the viscous gummy in just five minutes, according to Lauren.
The designs can also be made online and shipped, especially for those who want a batch of them made for an event, party or wedding, Lauren said.
The 3D printers can also be loaned out, she added.
Already, a couple rented a printer for their wedding and a man proposed to his girlfriend via printed gummy, Lauren said.
Melissa Snover, the managing director of Katjes Magic Candy Factory, developed the printer over a period of 18 months and then approached Dylan's Candy Bar with the concept, Snover said.
"3D printing is unapproachable for many people because you have to have a high level of technical knowledge, and everyone agrees that it's cool but it hasn't reached mainstream because it's too difficult to use it," Snover said. "We want to use the medium of candy to change that."
DNAinfo New York streamed the party on Facebook Live: