Ice cream is one dessert that is enjoyed by people from all age groups across the globe. Be it in the form of sweet and fruity popsicles (remember orange bar and mango bar?) or in the form of luscious and creamy gelato or a simple cornetto with some strawberry jelly on top, ice cream is one dessert that finds its way into every house during the summer and satisfies not only the stomach but also the soul.
But what’s the fun of eating ice-cream if it’s not melting? Licking it from your hand and fingers just add the fun. No? But it seems Japanese aren’t too happy with that fun element.
So, a Japanese chef has found the perfect solution to steal the fun from all you ice-cream lovers — they have come up with an ice cream that doesn’t melt (yes, you heard it right!).
Though we are not happy with these latest turn of events, here is the story behind the creation. So, it all started when a pastry chef was trying to create a new confectionary using strawberries. While he was experimenting, he realised that the cream would solidify when he used the strawberry extract that he had created. Although this extract is commonly used in the confectionaries, scientists at Japan’s biotherapy development research center realised that it could be used to keep ice-cream from melting.
The secret lies in an ingredient called ‘polyphenol’ that is found in the strawberry extract. Polyphenols made it difficult for the oil and water to separate, making the cream retain its original shape for a longer time. Result? An ice-cream that doesn’t melt!
To test the discovery, a Japanese reporter held the ice-cream in 28 degrees Celcius heat for five minutes and guess what? It didn’t melt. Currently, this wonderful dessert is available in Japan only and we really don’t want it to make its way to India.
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