Summer is here and its the perfect season to enjoy ice cream! But most ice cream starts melting just moments after it is taken out of the freezer or scooped put into the cone or a bowl. So the only solution is to eat it up quickly before it melts.
But now that may change, as a team in Japan have found a way to slow down the melting of the ice cream! Sounds unreal and hard to believe right? Well, read on to know more.
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A team of Japanese scientists have discovered a way to make and sell ice creams which do not melt using the accidental discovery of a chef. In 2011, the tsunami and earthquake hampered the growth and shape of the strawberries and customers were unwilling to buy it, so the chef was asked to make use of the strawberries. He discovered the use of the strawberries was making the cream solidify. A team from the Kanazawa University, further made some investigations and found that a compound called polyphenol was responsible.They tried mixing it in the ice cream, and found that it prevented the ice cream from melting.
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The chemical compound polyphenol slows the separation of water and oil , this discovery is used to make the ice pops now sold in Japan as Kanazawa ice, the non melting ice pops.This popsicle as compared to other ordinary ice cream cone, or ice pop, holds its shape for over five minutes even when exposed to the sun.There is a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors of this Kanazawa ice popsicles, and are found in major Japanese cities like Osaka and Tokyo.
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An Australian lady, found it really weird, when the ice cream thrown by her grandson, remained unmelted for four days outside in the sun. The Australian grocery chain Coles had an answer to the mystery saying that thickener is added to the cream, to create a honeycomb like structure which slows the melting process, so when the product starts to melt, liquid evaporates leaving what appears as foam.
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At the University of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and Astronomy Cait MacPhee with her team, discovered a naturally growing protein that helps slow the melting of the ice cream by bringing together air, fat and water.The ice cream will melt eventually, but will remain stable for a little bit longer.
Though not currently available in India, we hope it comes to our country soon too as the Indian summers are the best time to gorge on ice creams and if it can be enjoyed without the worries of it melting and getting messy, it would be perfect! isn’t it?