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As any pastry chef will tell you, sugar cracks quickly when hardened and needs intimidatingly high temperatures to melt. Which means that detailed sugar work on cakes and cookies often leads to frustration and burns. The ChefDoodler pen makes it simple, safe, and fun—like a hot glue gun for sugar decorating. Though it will also work with real sugar, the device comes with a flavor-neutral, diabetic-friendly sugar substitute, isomalt, that can be extruded in thin, moldable lines. One beta tester called it “a gingerbread house maker’s dream come true,” says Daniel Cowen, co-founder and CEO of maker 3Doodler. The gadgets are shipping to more than 1,500 Kickstarter contributors and early adopters in October.

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