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Celebrate the World’s Longest Reigning Monarch by Eating the 3D Printed Queen of All Lollipops

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downloadWhen it’s not at your expense, what could be more delightful than British humor? Hmmm…perhaps scarfing it down in chocolate form from a candy stick?  We don’t think Queen Elizabeth II would mind a bit, and all signs would point toward nearly an infinite number of novelties emerging in celebration of her new designation as the world’s longest reigning monarch–no small feat. Just yesterday, the Queen officially surpassed the previous longest reign, overtaking her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, with more than 63 years on the throne. Not only do we enjoy celebrating great accomplishments, but we also just generally get a kick out of Candy Mechanics and the idea of ‘your head on a stick.’

We’ve followed this company previously as they had just emerged from a stint at the Makerversity in Selfridge’s. Following with the pioneering spirit that embodies Makerversity, the team at Candy Mechanics, founded by Londoners Sam Part and Ben Redford, went on to indulge their passion for making ‘awesome stuff’ out of familiar countenances (perhaps yours?). Employing the hand-held scanner, they are becoming famous for originating the selfie on the gourmet stick, featuring multiple flavors.queen lollipop

Now, they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign just in time as the world celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s historical reign, marked on September 9th, 2015.  Catching your attention with the queen’s face etched into a handmade lollipop, the team at Candy Mechanics is hoping to raise at least £15,000 (approximately $22,931 USD) by October 9th.

“There are a lot of lollipops in the world but this — this is no ordinary lollipop,” says the team. “Sculpted in three dimensions and poured by hand in London, this is the queen of all lollipops.”

849d44d97e3a1a6419b089ed009bac7f_originalThe team highlights the queen with pure sugary delight, via strawberries and cream and chocolate biscuit flavors. Their ultimate goal is to create ‘the candy of the future.’ Upon leaving the Makerversity project, Part and Redford discovered they’d created a very good concept but they ‘sucked’ at making chocolate. In need of greater epicurean and confectionery expertise, they asked Will Leigh to join their team as their very own Willy Wonka.

While they’ve got the experience, having already launched Candy Mechanics in London, and they’ve got the design and confectionery expertise on board, the team has launched the Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising funds for:

  • Developing packaging further
  • Assembling kits
  • Setting up a more extensive candy lab

If you’re interested in supporting this campaign, you can go wild without spending much at all. For only £5 (or about $8), you receive one Queen lollipop in either chocolate biscuit or strawberries and cream. Prices (and discounts) ascend as you order in volume, with £110 for thirty queens–and a quantity of 200 selfie lollipops for £800 if you are in the mood to spend.

e344e1e0bf7594498fc54cafcd6a5dfb_originalAs for having your image pressed into these yummy candies, you have to meet with the group.

“To turn you into a lollipop we have to do a few things,” states the team. “First of all, we need to get you down to Somerset House in London to be 3D scanned. We make a 3D model from your scan using a 3D printer. Then, it’s a case of making a mold, casting the chocolate, and adding your flavor of choice.”

As they point out, with the exception of filling out their candy lab to more expansive proportions, the team has everything else ‘nailed down.’ They are counting on the Kickstarter campaign to help them with set up, packaging, and assembly of kits in their new lab.  What do you think about these 3D printed treats?  Let us know in the 3D Printed Monarch forum thread o 3DPB.com.

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