You Know You Want a Machine That Turns Any Food Into Dippin' Dots

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Despite the fact that you’re eating tiny fish eggs, caviar lends any meal a feeling of sophistication. So it only makes sense that you’d want to eat everything in the form of those tiny Jello-like spheres, right? That’s where this handheld contraption, currently raising funds on Kickstarter, comes in.


The Imperial Spherificator doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but the novel food it creates certainly does. If it can be blended into a liquid that can be squeezed out of a syringe, then any food you can imagine can be turned into tiny caviar-like spheres. Fruit, vegetables, spices, it’s all fair game, although you might have trouble making steak spheres.

Illustration for article titled You Know You Want a Machine That Turns Any Food Into Dippin Dots

The process by which the Spherificator does its thing is actually well known in the molecular gastronomy world. All you need to do is mix your blended food with a tiny bit of sodium alginate, and then eject tiny drops of it into a mixture of water and calcium chloride. When the two meet, a chemical reaction occurs creating a thin membrane that traps the liquid in a soft squishy sphere.

Try it with dairy and a freezer and you could be churning out your own home-made Dippin’ Dots in no time.

Typically, a small syringe is used to create the tiny caviar-like spheres, but the Imperial Spherificator simplifies the process even further with an adjustable powered mechanism that creates perfect uniform spheres every single time. Its creators are trying to raise $80,000 on Kickstarter before the month is out to help finalize the Spherificator’s design, and you can pre-order one, with a delivery expected as early as November, with a discounted donation of $100.

That includes all the additional chemicals needed to get you started, but not the imagination needed to figure out what foods might taste better as tiny spheres—just kidding, everything tastes better as tiny spheres.


[Kickstarter - Imperial Spherificator]

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I thought Dippin’ Dots were just rapidly frozen droplets of ice cream. I’ve made them at home using liquid nitrogen before. Granted, I don’t think that is how they are made commercially, but I don’t think they are made with this process.