An ice cream that doesn’t melt is for real! Or should I say ice cream that takes time to melt?
Ice cream is one of my favorite desserts. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love ice cream. This treat is just so sweet to resist!
So imagine my delight when I discovered that there’s an ice cream that doesn’t melt. Well, to be specific, this ice cream is one that would take several hours to show signs of melting.
The interesting story behind the ice cream that doesn’t melt is one that began with an accidental discovery. In 2011, a Great East Japan earthquake hit the country, damaging crops in the farms.
How Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt Became Possible
Because of the strong force brought about by the tragedy, farmers were only able to harvest deformed and distorted strawberries. As a result, they had no earnings during the earlier months as a customer wouldn’t buy misshapen goods.
Realizing that it is quite impossible to sell the fruits, the harvesters went the Biotherapy Development Research Center in Kanazawa to seek for assistance. The researchers then came up with the idea of creating a confectionary out of the strawberries.
The team invited Pastry Chef Miyagi Prefecture to lead an experiment that aims to identify more uses of strawberries. They wanted to know if they can utilize the fruit’s poly-phenol content in making confectioneries.
Several testings after, Chef Prefecture complained about creams solidifying upon mixing with poly-phenols. Tomihisa Ota, professor emeritus of pharmacy at Kanazawa University, then heard about this so he tested the compound on ice creams immediately. And this is when they discovered the next ice cream breakthrough.
Polyphenol, being a compound that slows the progress of water and oil separation, helps prevent the ice cream from turning to a liquid state. It gave birth to Ota’s ice cream that doesn’t melt.
Japanese citizens have been harvesting strawberries since the time we can’t remember but this is the only instance that they discovered that power of polyphenol. The good news is, the compound is a natural product, so there’s no more question lying around its safety.
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