Talk about strange foods, and this one is sure to top the list. Ice cream is all about flavour for most people. But it is the colour that counts for Spanish physicist Manuel Linares.
A new ice-cream has been developed by Linares, which actually changes color as it is eaten. Xamaleon known as fruity confection starts out as a winkle blue and gradually morphs into blues of purple and pink-much similar to a chameleon.
The specific ingredients responsible for the change of colour in the ice cream has been tight-lipped by Linares till date but how the reaction works has been opened by him a bit. Heat from saliva and slight changes in the surrounding air are the major factors for change in colour of the ice cream.
You have probably observed something similar with other edibles – without realizing it and as such the change may seem unusual. “Any food will change color if it changes temperature, you encapsulate it or it oxidizes,” Linares told Spanish-language gastronomy website Cocinatis.
A sample ice cream cone can been seen changing from purple to pink—similar to the way chameleons change colours to adapt to their surroundings has been posted in a form of video on Linares’ IceXperience Facebook page.
Linares says that he drew his inspiration creating Xamaleon from an experimental glow-in-the-dark ice cream created by the British company ‘Lick Me Delicious’. Luminescent proteins found in jellyfish are the key to the glowing ice cream.
Xamaleon’s cost is comparable to that of artisanal ice cream though the glow in the dark treat is priced at a whopping $225 a scoop. Isn’t it surprisingly delicious?