Creating custom cookies and confections requires a high level of artistic ability and baking skills. Many cooks and bakers bake, frost, and skillfully hand decorates cookies with elaborate detail. With Eddie, the edible image printer, bakers can now easily decorate cookies with photos, logos, and graphics, saving time and adding a level of detail that would not be possible by hand. Bakers can add frosting details on top of the printed cookies for an even higher level of customization.
In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know to become familiar with Eddie, including what Eddie is, how to use Eddie, how Eddie can maximize your profits, and much more.
About Eddie: The Edible Image Printer
Eddie, the edible image printer is unlike other edible image printers on the market. Eddie prints directly onto the food item, whereas some of the other printers on the market print on sugar sheets that need to be applied to the cookie or confection. This adds another expense and time-consuming step to the process of making and decorating cookies.
In addition to not requiring frosting sheets, Eddie is extremely flexible. Not only can Eddie print on round cookies but also any other shape, including rectangles, hexagons, plaques, or any shape you can make. Some bakers go so far as to create custom 3D printed cookie cutters to fit the shape of a particular graphic or photo. Imagine the shape of a pizza slice made into a cookie and printed like an actual pizza slice! In addition to cookies, Eddie can print on macarons, lollipops, marshmallows, chocolate toppers for cakes, donuts, and much more, making it the most versatile edible image printer on the market today.
The most important feature that sets Eddie apart from the competition is its food industry certifications. The print head and all inks are certified as GMP components. Additionally, Eddie is the first and only edible ink printer ever approved by NSF®, a USA-based company that certifies thousands of products to comply with specific standards for safety, quality, sustainability, or performance. So, Eddie would be at home in any commercial bakery.
How to use Eddie
Getting proficient with Eddie can require a slight learning curve, but with a little effort, most bakers are able to start making custom desserts very quickly. Primera, the maker of Eddie, also offers free one-on-one training and free technical support for the printer’s life. Whether you’re printing cookies using the rotating carousel or using manual mode for larger or unique shaped treats, Eddie makes decorating cookies a fast and efficient process.
How long does it take to print custom cookies and desserts, you ask? Good question! Eddie can print twelve custom cookies in only two minutes. Best of all, each cookie is fed automatically into the printer one at a time; Eddie will then print directly onto the surface of the dessert before rotating it out and going to the next cookie or dessert.
As for the sizes, Eddie can hold up to twelve 3” to 3.5″ (76 to 90mm) cookies in the rotating tray at a time, which means that you can print around 360 custom edible cookies or desserts per hour with Eddie.
Why is this printer right for me?
There are a number of excellent reasons to choose Eddie for your bakery or custom dessert business. Let’s look at some of the main benefits you’ll enjoy when you choose Eddie as your custom edible image printer.
Eddie prints more than just cookies
Eddie can print:
- Chocolate toppers for cakes and donuts
- Pastries and bread
- Much more!
By allowing you to print custom edible images on many different confections, Eddie can help you take your dessert business to the next level by giving you more custom options than other edible image printers on the market today.
Eddie prints different shapes
Eddie prints food items in the shape of circles, squares, rectangles, stars, and even other custom shapes, such as Christmas trees and much more. It gives you the ultimate freedom and flexibility to design whatever custom-shaped cookie you want without being limited to a few choices.
Eddie doesn’t require frosting sheets
Other edible image printers require you to buy and print on special frosting or sugar sheets, which not only cost a lot of money but can be difficult to work with. On the other hand, Eddie doesn’t require frosting sheets and instead uses proprietary technology to print directly onto your desserts, saving you money and a ton of prep time.
Eddie prints very quickly
Unlike other custom edible image printers, Eddie can produce a batch of twelve custom cookies in only two minutes, which equals around 360 custom cookies or other desserts per hour. By increasing the speed at which you can produce custom confections, Eddie allows you to take more orders and ultimately make more money.
Eddie can maximize your profits
All things considered, Eddie can increase your profits and take your business to the next level. Many customers say Eddie is a “game-changer” for their business with many saying they pay off the cost of their printer in just a few weeks. Eddie also speeds up production and at the same time, enhances and elevates the design with details like graphics and photos that couldn’t be replicated easily by hand. Eddie is especially beneficial for printing highly profitable logo cookies for corporate orders and events. Eddie, the edible image printer, is one of the best investments you can make as a baker or custom dessert seller.
Getting started with your edible printing project
Rest assured that when you first get started with Eddie, Primera is with you every step of the way. They offer free one-on-one training and free support for the life of the printer. They even have a Facebook User Group with over 10,000 members sharing tips, recipes, and advice along with their beautiful creations. Within no time, you’ll be up and running, printing your custom confections. If you need any help along the way, Primera, the lovely folks who make Eddie, have world-class customer service and support available by phone or live chat six days a week. Plus, tons of videos, tutorials and a knowledge base are available online.
Troubleshooting and FAQs
Now, let’s briefly look at some of the most common issues and questions people have when installing or using their Eddie. Again, keep in mind that if you don’t find the answer to your question here, you can always reach out for support online.
How do I install my Eddie, edible image printer?
The process of installing your Eddie is just as easy as using your new edible image printer. Everything you need to know can be found in this easy setup and installation video on Primera Technology’s YouTube Channel.
How do I clean and replace the ink on Eddie?
Eddie will run regular maintenance on the print head if the printer is kept plugged in. This will keep the print head primed and ready to print. The average ink cost per print depends on the coverage of the design and the colors used; however, on average, you can expect around 1,400 to 2,700 prints per cartridge for a 3.5” cookie with a full-coverage design.
How do I clean the cookie sensor?
It’s also possible that you may need to clean the cookie sensor on occasions to ensure that your Eddie keeps detecting your desserts as they enter the print tray. The process is incredibly easy, and everything you need to know is covered on Primera Technology’s YouTube Channel.
How do I clean the copper contacts?
Like the cookie sensor, you may need to clean the copper contacts after heavy use. Fortunately, you can do this yourself in only a few minutes. The complete process is covered on their YouTube Channel.
Does Eddie make desserts?
Eddie doesn’t make any dessert; it simply prints custom designs, graphics, and logos onto your already prepared cookies or other compatible desserts.
How do I avoid common mistakes when using Eddie?
You can avoid almost all of the most common mistakes by simply following the online manual that’s included with your Eddie, edible image printer. Generally speaking, if you clean and maintain your Eddie frequently, use only approved Primera Eddie edible inks, and follow the details outlined in the manual, then you shouldn’t have any major issues.
Although Eddie is very user-friendly, it is still an electronic device and, as such, should be treated with care. Always follow the information contained in the user manual, and don’t hesitate to contact customer support with any questions you may have regarding the safe operation of your Eddie: Edible image printer.
Eddie is revolutionizing the cookie and confections industry, offering bakers an easy way to create the most detailed and spectacular desserts more quickly, translating to more profits. Eddie is the most versatile printer on the market, offering a rotating tray for fast production, manual mode for larger and unique shapes, and accessory kits for items like macarons and more! Eddie is also fully certified, so you can be sure it will be at home in your commercial bakery.