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Scientist Invents Ice Cream That Changes Color As You Lick It

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Justine Alford

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clockJul 30 2014, 16:33 UTC
1644 Scientist Invents Ice Cream That Changes Color As You Lick It
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Your childhood dreams of being Charlie Bucket are coming one step closer to reality thanks to physicist turned Willy Wonka, Manuel Linares, who has invented an ice cream that changes color as you lick it.

Linares developed a passion for ice cream and pursued a “Masters Diploma in Creating Artisan Ice Cream,” (seriously? That exists? No one told us…). Marrying gelato ardor with his scientific background, Linares set out to develop an ice cream that changes color when exposed to temperature changes and varying acidities found in the human mouth. The result is Xamaleón, a tutti-frutti tasting bonanza.

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Linares is obviously keeping his cards very close to his chest as his formula is patent-pending. However, he says that the color-change is merely chemistry: “Any food can change color depending on temperature and oxidation,” Sploid reports.

Some have speculated that the color changing ability might be due to the varieties of fruit used in the ice cream, alongside a spritz that Linares has dubbed a “love elixir” which is squirted onto the dessert before you eat it. The ice cream is blue in the tub, but becomes pink and eventually purple as it is licked. Feast your eyes on this:

Gif credit: Sploid

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He does not intend his chameleon adventure to end here, though. He’s already in the process of developing an ice cream that reacts to UV lights in nightclubs, and a saucy version called Xamán which will be made with medicinal plants that supposedly induce an aphrodisiac effect. We hope he is recruiting taste testers. 

[Via Phys.org and Sploid]


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