Not only is ice cream about the best thing ever — and that’s not just summer talkin’ — it actually keeps getting better and better. Every year brings new ice cream innovations.
This summer, for instance, Cronut® creator Dominique Ansel teamed up with fashion designer Lisa Perry to bring the world an ice cream sundae in a can: a sealed, frozen chocolate-lined soup can filled with root-beer and stracciatella ice creams, mascarpone semifreddo, macerated cherries, honey marshmallows and mini cherry meringues. “Pop It!” reads the label of the limited-edition frozen treat, which was available at only one location and for only one day, earlier this month.
And last month, a Spanish ice cream-making physicist, Manuel Linares, revealed he’d developed an ice cream that changes color when you lick it. The frozen treat, a flavor called Xamaleón that’s said to taste like tutti-frutti, responds to temperature changes and acids in the mouth. When it’s first scooped into a cone and sprayed with something Linares calls a “love elixir,” which he has said is “made with natural ingredients,” the ice cream is periwinkle blue, but as it’s licked, its hue changes to pink and then purple. It’s kind of like a frozen food mood ring.
Linares is reportedly also working on an aphrodisiac ice cream — lending the term “ice cream lover” a whole new meaning — and is said to have found inspiration for his new flavors in the work of U.K.-based food inventor Charlie Harry Francis. Francis, whose “edible inventions” company is called Lick Me I’m Delicious, also got attention when he invented a glow-in-the-dark ice cream using jellyfish protein. Each lick reportedly made the scoop glow brighter.
Maybe, come to think of it, ice cream isn’t really getting better and better — just weirder and weirder.